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Dr Branislav Radeljic

Reader in International Relations

Social Sciences

Dr Branislav Radeljic specializes in European Union, East European and Western Balkan politics. He is the MSc International and Comparative Public Policy programme director. 

    Dr Branislav Radeljic is a reader in international relations within the Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London. His main research interests focus on the study of European Union, East European and Western Balkan politics. In addition to these, Branislav is interested in, and has written about, the presence of Islam in the EU and its impact on future EU policy-making. He has held visiting fellowships at the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan and University of Pittsburgh. Branislav has presented and discussed his ideas at numerous conferences and public lectures across Europe, America and Asia. Outside academia, he conducts research and provides consultancy services within his area of expertise.



    Overview

    EU enlargement, Western Balkans, Russia and the EU, (semi-)authoritarianism, multiculturalism and European identity, qualitative research methods


    Research

    Books and Edited Volumes

    2017. European Community-Yugoslav Relations: Debates and Documents that Mattered (1968–1992) (ed), Oxford: Peter Lang;

    2016 (co-edited with Leandrit I. Mehmeti). Kosovo and Serbia: Contested Options and Shared Consequences, Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press;

    2015 (co-edited with Martina Topić). Religion in the Post-Yugoslav Context, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books;

    2014. Debating European Identity: Bright Ideas, Dim Prospects (ed), Oxford: Peter Lang;

    2013. Europe and the Post-Yugoslav Space (ed), Farnham: Ashgate;

    2012. Europe and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The Role of Non-State Actors and European Diplomacy, London and New York, NY: I. B. Tauris;

    2012. European Identity (co-editor, special issue of The Review of International Affairs), Vol. LXIII, No. 1145.

    Journal Articles and Book Chapters (selection)


    (forthcoming) Tolerating Semi-Authoritarianism? Contextualizing the EU’s Relationship with Serbia and Kosovo;

    2017. Russia’s Involvement in the Kosovo Case: Defending Serbian Interests or Securing its Own Influence in Europe? Region: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, Vol. 6, No. 2, 273–300;

    2017. Serbia’s Delayed Transformation: Illiberal Practices, External Approvals and the Politics of Opportunity. East European & Balkan Studies, Vol. 41, No. 1, 129–157;

    2017. On Archives and Documents: Understandingthe European Community-Yugoslav Relations through Primary Sources. In Branislav Radeljić (ed), European Community-Yugoslav Relations: Debates and Documents that Mattered (1968–1992), Oxford: Peter Lang, 1–48;

    2016. Kosovo in the Official Rhetoric of the European Union and Russia. In Leandrit I. Mehmeti and Branislav Radeljić (eds), Kosovo and Serbia: Contested Options and Shared Consequences, Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 63–84;

    2016. European Union Approaches to Human Rights Violations in Kosovo before and after Independence. Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, Vol. 24, No. 2, 131–148; 

    2015. From Brussels to Belgrade: Challenges in Conducting Research and Constructing Explanations of the Collapse of Yugoslavia. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Vol. 14, No. 5, 1–10;

    2015. Complete and Incomplete Archives: An Analysis of Archival Material Documenting European Community-Yugoslav Relations. The Historian, Vol. 77, No. 1, 80–99;

    2014. Official Discrepancies: Kosovo Independence and Western European Rhetoric. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Vol. 15, No. 4, 431–444; 

    2014. The Politics of (No) Alternatives in post-Milošević Serbia. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2, 243–259;

    2014. Debating European Identity. In Branislav Radeljić (ed), Debating European Identity: Bright Ideas, Dim Prospects, Oxford: Peter Lang, 1–20;

    2014. Muslim Diaspora and European Identity: The Politics of Exclusion and Inclusion. In Sadananda Sahoo and B. K. Pattanaik (eds), Global Diasporas and Development: Socio-economic, Cultural and Policy Perspectives, New Delhi: Springer, 237–248;

    2014. The European Neighbourhood Policy and its Capacity to Manage Mobility and Migration. In Margaret Walton-Roberts and Jenna Hennebry (eds), Territoriality and Migration in the EU Neighbourhood: Spilling over the Wall, New York, NY: Springer, 193–208;

    2013. The Future of the Post-Yugoslav Space. In Branislav Radeljić (ed), Europe and the Post-Yugoslav Space, Farnham: Ashgate, 211–219;

    2013. Europe and the Post-Yugoslav Space: From Intervention to Integration. In Branislav Radeljić (ed), Europe and the Post-Yugoslav Space, Farnham: Ashgate, 1–32;

    2013. Diaspora Impact on European Community Policy Making: Ex-Yugoslavia as a Case Study. In Ulrike Ziemer and Sean P. Roberts (eds), East European Diasporas, Migration and Cosmopolitanism, Oxon: Routledge, 43–57;

    2012. European Involvement in Serbia: From Intervention to Integration? Izazovi evropskih integracija, Issue 21, 117–125;

    2012. On European Identity: Origins, Challenges and Prospects. The Review of International Affairs, Vol. LXIII, No. 1145, 7–23;

    2011. An Unstable Decade: The European Economic Community and Yugoslavia 1968-1979. Japanese Slavic and East European Studies, Vol. 32, 89–106;

    2011. The European Economic Community and Yugoslavia in the 1980s. South Slav Journal, Vol. 30, No. 3-4, 90–116;

    2011. Questionable Adaptation: Young Muslims and European Identity. Forum 21: European Journal on Child and Youth Research, No. 7, 66–72; 

    Book Reviews and Review Articles (selection)

    2018. Fred C. Abrahams, Modern Albania: From Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe (2015), Slavonic and East European Review, Vol. 96, No. 2, 388–390;

    2017. Identities in the Balkans: Assessing the Politics of Nationalization and Europeanization. A review article for European Politics and Society, Vol. 18, No. 4, 557–563;

    2017. Assessing the Politics of Fear and Power in Contemporary Russia. A review article for Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 69, No. 8, 1310–1316;

    2017. Who Really Cares about Kosovo? Failures and Successes of Local and International Authorities. A review article for Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, Vol. 25, No. 3, 375–379;

    2017. Europe and its Surroundings: Partners, Enemies or Both Depending on Circumstances? A review article for European Politics and Society, Vol. 18, No. 2, 284–289;

    2016. Milan Panić (with Kevin C. Murphy), Prime Minister for Peace: My Struggle for Serbian Democracy (2015), Slavonic and East European Review, Vol. 94, No. 3, 578–580;

    2015. Marlene Spoerri, Engineering Revolution: The Paradox of Democracy Promotion in Serbia (2015), Slavic Review, Vol. 74, No. 4, 915–916; 

    2015. Accommodating Diversity in Europe: Expectations and Possible Outcomes. A review article for Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol. 23, No. 2, 292–296;

    2015. The EU, European Identity and the Role of Citizens. A review article for European Politics and Society, Vol. 16, No. 2, 321–328;

    2014. Robert Hudson and Glenn Bowman (eds), After Yugoslavia: Identities and Politics within the Successor States (2012), Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol. 22, No. 4, 528–530;

    2014. Jürgen Habermas, The Crisis of the European Union: A Response (2012), Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Vol. 15, No. 4, 622–623;

    2014. Debating Present Concerns and Future Directions of the European Union. A review article for Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol. 22, No. 2, 199–204;

    2013. Are We Becoming more Religious or just more Religiously Aware? A review article for Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol. 21, No. 3, 448–453;

    2013. Democratizing and Europeanizing the Western Balkans: Contexts, Challenges and Prospects. A review article for East European Politics, Vol. 29, No. 2, 245–251;

    2013. Mark Biondich, The Balkans: Revolution, War and Political Violence since 1878 (2011), European Review of History-Revue européenne d’historie, Vol. 20, No. 2, 322–324;

    2012. Turkey and Europe: Actors, Policies and Consequences. A review article for Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3, 381–386;

    2012. Tomislav Z. Longinović, Vampire Nation: Violence as Cultural Imaginary (2011), Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol. 20, No. 2, 247–248;

    2012. Cerwyn Moore, Contemporary Violence: Postmodern war in Kosovo and Chechnya (2010), Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Vol. 13, No. 2, 246–247;

    2012. Catherine Baker, Sounds of the Borderland: Popular Music, War and Nationalism in Croatia since 1991 (2010), Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 64, No. 2, 384–385;

    2011. A Note from the Profession Considering Book Reviews: One Book and Three Conflicting Reviews of Interwar Yugoslavia. A review essay for The Historian, Vol. 73, No. 4, 792–796;

    2011. Jan Orbie (ed), Europe’s Global Role: External Policies of the European Union (2009), Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Vol. 12, No. 4, 510–512;

    2011. Dimitris Livanios, The Macedonian Question: Britain and the Southern Balkans 1939-1949 (2008), European History Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 4, 709–711;

    2011. Stevan K. Pavlowitch, Hitler’s New Disorder: The Second World War in Yugoslavia (2008), European Review of History-Revue européenne d’historie, Vol. 18, No. 2, 277–279;

    2011. Oto Luthar (ed), The Land Between: A History of Slovenia (2008), European History Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 1, 141–143;

    2011. Dennison Rusinow, Yugoslavia: Oblique Insights and Observations (2008), Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 63, No. 1, 168–169;

    2011. Russell King, Nicola Mai and Stephanie Schwandner, The New Albanian Migration (2005), Balkanistica, No. 25, 245–247;

    2010. Pål Kolstø (ed), Media Discourse and the Yugoslav Conflicts (2009), Tokovi istorije, No. 3, 141–143;

    2010. Jürgen Habermas, Europe: The Faltering Project (2009), The Review of International Affairs, Vol. LXI, No. 1137, 109–111;

    2009. Leila Simona Talani (ed), EU and the Balkans: Policies of Integration and Disintegration (2008), The Review of International Affairs, Vol. LX, No. 1136, 108–110;

    2009. Richard P. Farkas, Democratization in the Balkans: Prescription for a Badly Scarred Body Politic (2007), Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3, 352–354;

    2009. Vassilis K. Fouskas (ed), The Politics of Conflict (2007), Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 11, No. 2, 230–232;

    Publications

    I am an implementation partner on the Erasmus+ Project Integration through Education: Combating Unemployment and Social Exclusion, running from 2015 to 2018. The project is realised with the support of the European Commission and the Consortium is led by the Polish In Posterum Foundation; four partnership organisations make up the consortium team (from Poland, Austria, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom), who have conducted research and developed methods for better family assistantship / public service. The goals of the project include:

    (1) enhancement of the professional competencies of social workers and others in similar fields, by using modern and innovative methods of working with families at risk of social exclusion;
    (2) preparation of a new form of providing environmental support for families, by adapting the methods and techniques used throughout the process in organisations that assist families.

    Working across the four countries, the knowledge-sharing approach served as an innovative model for current and future work in this field as it enabled all partners to benefit strongly from transnational working practices and learning from each other. Additionally, the project enabled wider engagement globally through web presence, which is essential for sustainability of this knowledge and future developments.

    Funding

    My university career has been characterised by significant contributions in three distinct, but interconnected areas.

    First, I have taken an active part in the teaching and learning process. This has involved the development and validation of new modules at all levels, a postgraduate programme (MSc International and Comparative Public Policy), summer schools (International Relations and the Crisis of Global Governance) and short executive training (Future Leadership and Organization). In the context of support and guidance, I have acted as academic advisor to numerous students and provided supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Moreover, I have regularly served as an external examiner and evaluator at other institutions of higher learning.

    Second, I have published and presented my research findings in more than a hundred conferences, workshops and invited talks. In addition, I have offered commentary to different media outlets. My scholarly achievements have provided me with an opportunity to hold visiting fellowships at the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan and University of Pittsburgh. Most recently, I was a visiting scholar under the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Programme at the University of Agder, Norway. Currently, I am an implementation partner on the Erasmus+ Project Integration through Education: Combating Unemployment and Social Exclusion, which runs from 2015 to 2018.


    Third, I have directly participated in academic management and decision-making. I have sat on the Academic Development Committee, responsible for the changes and improvements of the curriculum, the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee, centered around the research excellence and action plans for the career progression of researchers, the Quality Standing Committee, largely concerned with the standards and operation of quality assurance and enhancement, and the International Development Committee, primarily considering the implementation and promotion of the University’s International Strategy. As the International Representative for Social Sciences I have attended a variety of events globally, leading to new partnership agreements.


    Interests

    Portfolio

    Teaching (programmes)

    BA(Hons) Politics and International Relations
    MSc International Relations
    MSc International and Comparative Public Policy
    PhD

    Teaching (modules)

    Global Governance (UG)
    European Union Politics (UG)
    International Organisation (PG)
    Research Methods for the Social Sciences (PG)

    Teaching