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Research Statement

Emily is a senior PhD Candidate in Sociology.

The working title of her thesis is:

'The Silencing of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Survivors in Post-Yugoslav States'.

Emily's PhD project seeks to: identify social silencing mechanisms faced by survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in the post-Yugoslav region (focusing on Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, and Kosovo); interpret how these silencing mechanisms impact survivors' ability to give voice to their lived experiences of sexual violence during conflict; and assess how a minority of survivors overcome these silencing mechanisms.



  • PhD candidacy, Queen's University Belfast, 2017 to present.
  • MA Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen's University Belfast (Distinction), awarded 2017.
  • BA History and War Studies, University of Wolverhampton (First Class), awarded 2016.


  • Awarded DfE Scholarship for full-time PhD funding, 2017-2021.
  • Recipient of the University of Wolverhampton War Studies Prize, for overall outstanding achievement, 2016.

Research Interests

Emily's primary research interest is silencing (in concept, theory, and practice), with particular focus on how silencing shapes the lives of sexual violence survivors.

Her additional research interests include:

  • Norms, roles, and codes surrounding gender in the post-Yugoslav region.
  • Gender dynamics in historical and contemporary youth subcultures.

More widely, Emily is interested in the use of multi-disciplinary contributions to social sciences research, as well as the continued use and development of discourse analysis as a methodological approach.


Outside of her PhD candidacy, Emily fosters a continued interest in the body of work by C.G. Jung.

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War Studies Prize

Mitchell-Bajic, Emily (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)