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Research interests

My primary research interest lies in European foreign and security policy, with a particular focus on the development on the EU’s conflict prevention and crisis management capabilities and its role in conflict resolution. My previous research project examined the EU’s intervention in the Western Balkans since the dissolution of the Yugoslav Federation in 1991. This study looked into the coherence and effectiveness of EU foreign policy over time and assessed the EU’s contribution to post-conflict stabilisation and peacebuilding in Bosnia. In other work, I have examined EU security sector reform and the institutionalisation of EU foreign policy, in particular, in relation to the newly created European External Action Service. My current research examines EU peacebuilding in the neighbourhood, including the shift towards resilience approaches at the EU level. 


Current research projects:

Consortium Coordinator, EU-CIVCAP Preventing and responding to conflict: developing EU Civilian Capabilities for a sustainable peace (H2020 Grant Agreement: 653227).

Principal Investigator, PeaceCapacity Peace Capacity: building capacities in civil society for inclusive peace processes in the Horn of Africa and the Western Balkans (ESRC IAA)

Principal Investigator, Resilient Peace Exploring resilient peacebuilding actors, cultures and policy transfer in West Africa (WUN RDF)


EU Foreign and Security Policy in Bosnia. The Politics of Coherence and Effectiveness, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Making Sense of EU Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management: Institutions, Policies and Roles, with Eva Gross, London: Routledge.

Recent journal articles:
Reclaiming the local in EU peacebuilding: Effectiveness, ownership, and resistance’ (2018), Contemporary Security Policy, with F. Ejdus.

'EU security sector reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Reform or resist?' (2018), Contemporary Security Policy.

'Resilience as the new EU foreign policy paradigm: a pragmatist turn?' (2017), European Security, Vol 26(1), 1-18.

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  • Cabot Institute Natural Hazards and Disasters Research


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