FELLOWS

Since its establishment in 2011, PCRC’s work has been supported by the work of a number of researchers, academics, students and interns. Some of them were included in our main core activities and development and are continuing to promote and improve the work of our center through their careers. As a way to present these amazing individuals, we’ve decided to highlight their work here and thank them for their efforts.


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ABDALHADI “HADI” ALIJLA

Palestine, Sweden

Hadi is a Palestinian-Swedish academic, researcher, and writer. He is the executive director of the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies Canada (IMESC) and serves as the regional manager for Gulf countries at Varieties of Democracy Institute, Gothenburg University, Sweden. He holds a PhD in Political Studies from Milano University and an MA in Public Policy from Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, Germany. Hadi is also the advisor and program manager on religion and public affairs at Adyan Institute in Beirut. He is a fellow of the Soliya network for dialogue and was selected as a junior scientist at the 30th Alternative Noble Prize by Right Livelihood College. Hadi is the author of “Social Movement, Political Party or Armed Militia: Hamas as an informal institution" and his writings have appeared on a number of local and international platforms, including Huffpost, OpenDemocracy, Qantara, Your Middle East, Jaddaliya and others. In 2017, Hadi was selected as one of the most influential figures on social media in Palestine.


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STEPHANIE DE SMALE

Netherlands

Stephanie de Smale is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University, affiliated with the Centre for Conflict Studies and the Centre for the Study of Games and Play. She obtained a bachelor in communication and two cum laude master degrees in new media studies. Her NWO funded PhD research focuses on the way in which wartime suffering is imagined and remembered in translocal digital culture communities. In particular, she researches digital game culture in Bosnia-Herzegovina and its potential for post-conflict reconciliation processes.


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CAROLINE HOPPER

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Caroline has worked with the Post-Conflict Research Center on programming and research projects since 2012, both in Sarajevo and from Washington, D.C., where she is based. Caroline's full-time position is as a program manager at the Aspen Institute, where she manages initiatives focused on cultural literacy and civic engagement. Caroline joined the Aspen Institute in 2014, and brings experience and passion for advancing human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. Caroline graduated from the George Washington University in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science.


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DINO PEHLIĆ

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Dino Pehlić is currently an M.A. candidate at the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna (Italy) in the field of Democracy and Human Rights. He previously worked as a researcher at the Association Transitional Justice, Accountability and Remembrance in Sarajevo and is currently a correspondent for the Post-Conflict Research Center. His civil and political activism dates from 2009, at which time he focused his interests towards legal studies, politics, and history.  Dino is a high honors graduate from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he received his bachelor's degree in International and Comparative Law. He is primarily interested in researching about the sustainability of human rights in developing and post-conflict societies. Whilst studying, Dino worked as an intern in World Vision and International Commission on Missing Persons. He also participated in the “Transitional Justice and Humanitarian law” training organized by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 2013. During the undergraduate studies, he was named the President of the university’s Student Union. In July, 2016, he was selected by the British Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina to be a fellow for a short educational program held in London. Additionally, he has participated in various informal educational programs, such as the United Nations Youth Forum “Dialogue for the Future” and “Training on Social Integration for Young Political Leaders” organized by the Youth Initiative for Human Rights.


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LOUIS MONROY SANTANDER

COLOMBIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Louis currently works at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom, teaching postgraduate students at the Durham Global Security Institute.  Louis has a master's degree in conflict, security and development from the University of Birmingham and is finishing his doctoral studies in international development at the same university. His research focuses on the possible links between state reconstruction practice and initiatives for reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Louis specializes in the fields of conflict resolution, peacebuilding and transitional justice, focusing specifically on approaches to reconciliation in post-conflict societies and their relation with processes of state-building.  Louis has previously worked for various Bosnian-based organizations such as the Center for Peacebuilding Sanski Most and the Nansen Dialogue Center Prijedor.  He has also worked as a teacher of conflict and social reconstruction at the University of Birmingham, as a guest lecturer at Aston University in the United Kingdom as well as worked as a human rights consultant in Bogotá, Colombia.


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CHRIS MUCH BERMUDEZ

UNITED KINGDOM

Chris is a former intern for the Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC) in Sarajevo, returning twice in three years to contribute to the organization's mission and to conduct research in Bosnia for his Master's Dissertation focusing on the relationship between politics and truth-telling organizations in post-conflict societies and how these relationships affect post-conflict reconstruction and transitional justice initiatives. He now holds an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Sussex. Through Chris' work with organizations such as the UNDP and PCRC, he has been able to further explore his primary areas of interest, which include economic and environmental policy, identity politics, peace processes, and the role of media and propaganda in shaping political discourse.


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NEVENA MEDIĆ

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Nevena obtained her master’s degree in Democracy and Human Rights though an interdisciplinary study program jointly conducted by the University of Sarajevo and the University of Bologna and also holds a master’s degree in Nationalism from the Central European University in Budapest. She completed her bachelor studies of Journalism at the University of East Sarajevo, and has worked as a journalist and as a researcher within the project "Mapping camps and detention places 1992-1995." She is currently working as a project assistant at the International Organization for Migration on a program of Reparations and legal protection for survivors of sexual violence. She is a longtime collaborator at Post Conflict Research Center Sarajevo in capacity of researcher and journalist and has contributed to youth and peach building programs during her six-year engagement.


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VANJA PANTIC OFLAZOGLU

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Vanja Pantic-Oflazoglu is the International Program Manager at Welcoming America, where she works with communities around the world to help them reach their full potential by becoming welcoming to immigrants and refugees. Prior to joining Welcoming America, Vanja worked as a Consultant in Istanbul, where she contributed to projects aimed at evaluating migrants’ labor rights as well as refugees’ rights and livelihoods in Turkey. Previously, she also spent a year in Turkey as a Fulbright scholar conducting research on how to promote social inclusion programs for rural-to-urban women migrants.

Before turning her professional focus to the topic of migration, Vanja worked with the Post-Conflict Research Center in Bosnia to promote peace-building in the Balkans and with Geneva for Human Rights in Switzerland to assist in monitoring global human rights standards. She is passionate about promoting the social inclusion of migrants and refugees, safeguarding human rights, and advancing women’s rights worldwide.

Vanja holds a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Boston University, where she was inducted into the Scarlet Key Honor Society in recognition of her community involvement.