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Any proposal for a research project that deals with representative politics in ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse contexts from a comparative perspective is warmly welcome. I am particularly interested in the interplay of social and institutional change, equitable representation of citizen interests either via civil society groups, or parties, as well as policies tasked with diversity management. In this context, I welcome research ideas which seek to illuminate the workings and the effects of non-discrimination, minority protection, formal and informal mechanisms of interest articulation and representation by civil society groups but also by political parties. in short, the opportunities and constraints that existing social and political institutions exercise over the dynamic relations between (ethno)national identity, peace and stability, and diversity accommodation, focussing on the postcommunist region or on societies managed by power-sharing institutions.


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My work looks at policies and political actors involved in negotiating durable solutions to conflicting commitments of protection of group-relevant interests and guarantees of individual equality. I am interested in relationships between the institutions of the state and expectations from these institutions in society, the relationships between the majority and the minority after group-based conflict, and issues relating to equality and non-discrimination in culturally diverse societal contexts. 
At the heart of it, sits my focus on institutional commitments underpinning democratic politics and these commitments’ effect on transition from conflict to peace, from one ideological paradigm to another (e.g. from communism to liberal democracy). I have come to appreciate the role that power-sharing mechanism can play, under appropriate conditions, in consolidating peace and ensure long-term democratic stability. 
More recently, I have investigated mechanisms through which consociational political systems encourage stability, dismantle intergroup tensions and incur benefits to all citizens even when quality of political regimes remains questionable and lags behind popular expectations. In this, cross-segmental cooperation at both the elite and the ground, interpersonal levels, is key to enhance the returns on peace for all segments of postconflict societies.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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