I am a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Ethnic Conflict. I hold a PhD from Aberdeen and an MA from Phillips University Marburg
I am interested in relationships between the state and society, interrelations between the majority and the minority, issues relating to non-discrimination in the wider Europe and the impact of European integration broadly conceived on societal change and dynamics in political institutions. At the heart of it, is the interest in ethnic politics and their impact on transition from communism in Central Eastern European states.
I am particularly interested in the interplay of social and institutional change in postcommunism in issue areas of non-discrimination, minority protection, migration and civil society. In the past I looked at the dynamic relations between national identity, power relations and ethnic conflict across the postcommunist region and particularly at institutions of the nation-state. Using the cases of institutions tasked with minority protection, I investigate how democratising states cooperate with one another as well as with international organisations to reduce ethnic tensions domestically and ensure peace and stability in postcommunist states.
I am currently a principle investigator with Allison McCulloch on the ESRC-funded project "Exclusion Amid Inclusion: Power-Sharing and Non-Dominant Minorities" and welcome research students willing to engage with issues pertaining to the status of non-dominant groups in divided societies managed by consociational political systems.
Further, I am leading the Civil Society in Post-Conflict Societies project funded by the Global Challenge Research Fund which runs from 1 June 2019 to 31 May 2020, I investigate the role of civil society plays in governance of post-conflict societies. Jointly with Drs Zdeb and Mikhael we seek to understand whether, as widely believed, international support for the NGOs "helps people help themselves", or not.
Finally, the project Minority Participation and Representation in National Societies, funded by the International Researcher Mobility Scheme of the Autonomous Province Bolzano – Südtirol for Research Collaboration with the Eurac Research, Bolzano examines the prevailing view in everyday life, politics and science that nation states offer the best forum for negotiating the contradictory claims of majority and minority groups. However, this has so far only partially proven itself useful as such policies tend to focus on groups significant at one point in time, and neglect both the less significant identity communities (e.g. micro minorities) and those that emerge as a result of societal change (e.g. EU citizens benefitting from freedom of movement, migrants as well as new minorities). My research project therefore asks: What are the effects of nation state consolidation on political participation and representation of all affected in the increasingly diverse societies?
Postgraduate Supervision and teaching
Proposals for research projects that deal with aspects of ethnic politics from a comparative perspective are warmly welcomed. I teach on issues related to ethnic and national minorities in European politics, National and Ethnic Conflict Management, and Conflict Resolution.
I am the Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy. I am the Chair of the RC14 Politics and Ethnicity of International Political Studies Association and a Convenor of the PSA UK Standing Group Ethnopolitics. I also convene the UK Baltic Study Group, sponsored by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES). I was the co-founder (with Matthew Kott, Uppsala) of the collaborative research network “Romanis in Europe: Probing the Limits of Integration”, sponsored by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES).
I am a member of University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), International Political Science Association (IPSA), and Political Studies Association (PSA). I regularly review papers for Journal of Baltic Studies, Ethnicities, Regional and Federal Studies, Journal of Common Market Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, European Security, Journal of Social Science Education, Journal on Ethnic and Minority Issues in Europe and Journal of Contemporary European Research among others.
Edited books/ journal special issues & symposia
Refereed Journal Articles
Selected Chapters in Edited Volumes
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