Research Interests

The Balkans, Western Balkans, Balkanization, Southeast Europe, EU and NATO enlargement, discourse analysis.

Background & Qualification

Liridona Veliu is a PhD student at the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. Her research focuses on the links between ‘balkanization’ and the Euro-Atlantic integration processes of Western Balkans. Liridona holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Peace and Conflict Transformation from the University of Basel in Switzerland, and a Master of Arts Degree in Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Sciences from the South East European University in Macedonia and completed an undergraduate Erasmus+ visit at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Liridona has provided administrative, editorial and research assistance for institutions such as the University of Malmö in Sweden; Swisspeace Foundation in Bern, Switzerland; Center for Community Development in Kicevo, Macedonia; Ipa Cross Border Cooperation Program in Skopje, Macedoia; Training and Advice Center for Immigrants ABSM in Basel, Switzerland; and the Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis in Basel, Switzerland.

She has also assisted research for book projects such as the forthcoming book by Dr Gëzim Visoka on the derecognition of states, and is a section editor for the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies. For three years Liridona undertook the role of Project Assistant and Researcher, Teacher, and Trainer within the framework of Erasmus+ European Commission funded project on the Creation of the Graduate Curricula in Peace Studies in Georgia (PESTUGE).

Liridona’s most prominent publication is her book titled #Balkanization: A Critical Study of Otherness through Twitter (Springer, 2018).

  • Master of Arts degree in Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation (2014 – 2018) at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Master of Advanced Studies degree in Peace and Conflict Transformation (2013 – 2014) at the University of Basel, Switzerland.
  • LLP Erasmus Exchange Program (2013 – 2013) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Sciences (2010 – 2013) at the South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia.

Doctoral Research

Back to the Future: Balkanization and the Euro-Atlantic Integration Processes of Western Balkans.

Research Overview

The long-tail of the balkanization discourse still lingers even as the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have shifted their attention from an “intervention” to an “integration” approach towards the Western Balkans. The enlargements of the EU and NATO are seen as beneficial for both, the Balkans as well as the EU and NATO countries in bringing stability and security to the Western Balkan countries. “Balkanization” on the other side, is a long-standing discourse of otherness and stereotyping, imbedded in pejorative conceptualizations of the Balkans. The aim of this study is the examination and exposure of the different shapes that the EU and NATO integration policies towards the Western Balkans undertake as underpinned by the “balkanization” discourse. This is expected to further enable a better theorization and comparison of other discourses of differences and otherness across Europe and beyond.

Contact Details

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Dr Kenneth McDonagh: [email protected]
Dr Gëzim Visoka: [email protected]