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21.01.2016

How are the research institutes financed and do they have enough space for young researchers? A short, online story about young researchers’ perspective in Serbia


There are various challenges that young researchers in Serbia face on a daily basis: Difficult financial situation; inadequate conditions for scientific work; rigid Ph.D. programmes; insufficient applicability of the acquired knowledge. Politicians always speak about necessary and indispensible investing in youth in order to achieve a sustainable development. Do they really care about the future of young researchers in Serbia? Why are young researchers employed at the research institutes dissatisfied with their status?

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21.01.2016

Research Results: Performance Audit and Policy Evaluation in the Western Balkans - On the Same or Parallel Tracks?


A study, edited volume and a policy brief have been prepared within the RRPP project Performance Audit and Policy Evaluation in the Western Balkans - On the Same or Parallel Tracks? While in Montenegro and Serbia there is no systemic approach to policy evaluation, it has already been introduced in Macedonia but only for legislative procedures. Relatively poor experience and legalistic public administrative culture have been hindering the potential of performance audit to make a positive change. What is more, there has been almost no evidence on the existing links between performance audit and policy evaluation so far.

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21.01.2016

Research Results now online: Country Studies on Electoral and Party Systems. A Perspective of Internal Party Democracy Development


The country studies constitute the first research results of the RRPP-funded project Balkan Electoral Comparative Study: Impact of Personal Vote on Internal Party Democracy. They tackle a crucial but underresearched field of inter-party democracy in Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are some common patterns observable across the region: The informal decision-making process within political parties; the personality of a leader matters much more than a party programme; weak opposition and difficulties of new parties to handle the electoral threshold; social demagogy and avoiding accountability.

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08.01.2016

Upcoming: Regional Conference on "Communication in the Context of Citizen Protests: The Experiences from the SEE Region" takes place on 21 January 2016 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Organised within the RRPP-funded project Communication practices in the context of social uprisings and requests for public accountability, the event aims to present its first research findings and further discuss the communication practices in the context of citizen protests in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia, the way the protests are framed in the media content, and how the three major stakeholders (journalists, activists and party/government officials) perceive the communication practices during the protests.

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18.12.2015

Workshop on Developing Effective Strategies & Communication Tools for Policy Advocacy was held in Petrovac, Montenegro


The training brought together 20 participants from 11 RRPP funded projects. It was convened within the Policy Bridging Initiative and tailored for researchers currently involved in the PBI Development Stream programme. The aim of the workshop was to build strategic capacity of participants to design a targeted and policy relevant advocacy campaign in order to achieve their desired policy objectives.

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18.12.2015

Call for Applications: Training Seminar on "Qualitative Data Management and Analysis" to be held on 5-6 February 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia


The RRPP is organizing a training seminar on the computer assisted Qualitative Data Management and Analysis. The event takes place on 5-6 February 2016 in Belgrade. It aims to address the very process of qualitative data management and analysis and provide practical tools to deal with it. It is centered around various ways in which unstructured data can be turned into structured data before being processed further either qualitatively or quantitatively. The Call is now open, the deadline for applications: 05 January 2016.

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15.12.2015

RRPP Annual Conference 2016


The final RRPP Annual Conference will take place on 2-3 September 2016 in Tirana, Albania. The Call for Papers and further organisational issues will be communicated in due course. Stay tuned.

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15.12.2015

Book promotion: "The Figure of the Enemy" took place on 27 November in Belgrade


The event was organised as a part of the RRPP-funded project Figuring out the Enemy: Re-imagining Serbian-Albanian Relations, implemented by the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory and KPZ Beton. Because the dialogue between Serbia and Albania has usually been hampered by political factors and inherited prejudices, the authors of this book aim at broadening debate on common issues between Serbians and Albanians by inclusion of theoreticians from Kosovo, Serbia and Albania. The book provides not only the most comprehensive overview of scientific and theoretical thoughts concerning political and media relations of the two countries, but also analysis of the current potential and limitations for critical thinking.

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11.12.2015

International Conference on "Labour Migration and Industrial Citizenship" took place at the University of New York Tirana, Albania


The event was organized within the RRPP-funded project Industrial Citizenship and Migration from the Western Balkans: Migration from Albania and Kosovo towards Greece, Germany and Switzerland and was a joint effort of the RRPP grantees from the University of New York Tirana, University of Prishtina and their mentoring Institution, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. It was attended by remarkable 120 high-level participants: representatives of governmental bodies, diplomats, NGOs, trade union, international organizations and academic community. Guest speakers observed that the increased migration was caused not only by the lack of jobs, but above all by the lack of perspectives. The migration was an outspoken evidence of the situation in the source country. The state should play an important role in regulating issues related to migrants’ working legal status, recognition of the time of employment, the ability to combine working years in several countries to obtain adequate pensions.

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10.12.2015

Scientific Café III: How Social Science Research Imagines Kosovo - American Impressions


The event was organised as part of the Policy Dialogue for strengthening social science research in Kosovo, and with the aim to increase informed dialogue between various interest groups. Guest speaker of the meeting, Dr. Mark Baskin from the State University of New York, pointed to the still missing good quality research on crucial but typical issues such as political parties, public policies, urban-rural divides. Kosovo is still regarded as an "interesting experiment" associated with post-conflict challenges that will hopefully develop into a "boring" case, similar to other small countries in Europe - also for scientific comparison.

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10.12.2015

Call for Participants - Research Academy: Introduction to Social Science Research Methods for Junior Researchers in the Western Balkans, 11-18 April 2016 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


The RRPP is organizing a fully-funded comprehensive training on social science research methods tailored for junior researchers in the Western Balkans. It is designed as a summer school composed of several linked one-day modules. Junior researchers will be guided through all stages of the research process and the sessions will be highly interactive and practice-oriented. The program will be delivered by a team of 13 trainers coming from European and regional universities and research institutes. Deadline for applications: 15 January 2016.

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09.12.2015

Round table on research results: "The Politicized Life in Serbia - Rules of the Game“ was held on 30 November in Belgrade, Serbia


Organised by the SeCons Development Initiative Group within the RRPP-funded project Informal Practices of Capturing Economic Resources by Political Elites: Exploring Party Patronage in Kosovo and Serbia, the event unvailed that the employment based on belonging to political party is one of the key mechanisms in the process of 'capturing' of public resources. In Serbia, on the top of the social hierarchy there are networks of political and economic actors - "ekipa" - based on loyalty and aimed at using public resources in order to finance political parties and for personal benefit.

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04.12.2015

Now in English: Web Platform PolicyHub Dedicated to Development of Social Research


Center for Social Research Analitika (Bosnia and Herzegovina) started a web platform PolicyHub (www.policyhub.net/bs) now also available in English: http://www.policyhub.net/en and easily accesible at the policy hub twitter account @policyhubWB. The platform is dedicated to the development of social research, with a focus on policy-relevant and applied research in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans.

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02.12.2015

Round Table on "Migration as social protection: Analysis of Albanian remittance-receiving households" was held in Elbasan


The event was organized by the Albanian Centre for Socio-Economic Research (ASCER) within the RRPP-funded project Migration as social protection: Analysis of Macedonia, Albanian and Serbian remittance-receiving households to present the project’s preliminary findings. Accordingly, remittances seem to affect poverty by fueling every-day consumption. Their positive effects are also related to other non-income aspects of vulnerability, such as health, housing and leisure.

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19.11.2015

"To UNESCO or not to UNESCO: Serbian Cultural Heritage in Kosovo between Sovereignty and Protection" by Aleksandar Pavlović and Jelena Lončar


The article has been published at the Balkans in Europe Policy Blog within the RRPP project Figuring out the Enemy: Re-imagining Serbian-Albanian Relations. It touches upon the legal status of Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovo, its forced adoption and the opposition to its implementation. Shifting the focus from the question of sovereignty to the legal framework of this cultural heritage in Kosovo seems to be the most productive option in the long run.

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18.11.2015

International Workshop for Managers of Research Organizations in the Western Balkans and the EU took place on 19-21 October 2015 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


The workshop was organized by the Center for Social Research Analitika in cooperation with the RRPP and the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Foundations to address the needs of managers (directors, executive directors, deputy directors and research directors) of research organizations while facing the common obstacles: Unpredictable socio-political contexts, insecure sources of funding, high staff turnover and a shortage of trained staff, as well as an increasing competition.

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18.11.2015

International Conference "Informality in Central and South-East Europe: Linkages between Political and Economic Actors" was held at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, on 30-31 October 2015


The conference was organized within the RRPP-funded project Informal Practices of Capturing Economic Resources by Political Elites: Exploring Party Patronage in Kosovo and Serbia. It highlighted actors as well as resources of the party patronage in the political field in Serbia. The most important mechanisms guiding the relation between political elites and the public sector in the economy are parties’ capture of the management structures of public enterprises; parties' funding by public enterprises and parties' directed employment.

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18.11.2015

Research results: Round table on "Socio-economic position of the remittance-receiving households in Serbia" was held on 2 November in Belgrade


The event was organized by the Foundation for the Advancement of Economics (FREN) within the RRPP-funded project Migration as social protection: Analysis of Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian remittance-receiving households – The first project to investigate effects of remittances on the socio-economic position of the remittance-receiving households. It proves that the received remittances do serve as an informal social protection for households in rural areas and contribute to a decrease of the overall vulnerability of the household.

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06.11.2015

Save the date: International Conference on "Labor Migration and Industrial Citizenship. Albanians on the move - Citizenship, Identity and Development" will be held on 13-14 November 2015 at the University of New York Tirana


The conference is organized as a joint collaboration between University of New York Tirana (Albania), University of Prishtina (Kosovo) and the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) within the RRPP Academic Mentoring programme and draws on the research findings of the RRPP project Industrial Citizenship and Migration from Western Balkans: Case studies from Albania and Kosovo migration towards Greece, Germany and Switzerland. It intends to explore the formation of industrial citizenship of Albanian labor migrants (both from Albania and from Kosovo) in the time of austerity.

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05.11.2015

Now online: Research results of the RRPP project "The Impact of Socio-Economic Structure of Rural Population on Success of Rural Development Policy"


The main research findings of this RRPP-funded project encompassing one monograph and three policy briefs reveal that rural areas of Macedonia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina face common problems such as intensive depopulation, low activity on the labour market, slow process of farm restructuring and a high share of small and semi-subsistent farms with mixed income. However, the analysis confirms the existence of large differences in the socio-economic structure of rural areas between and within the countries, as well as among surveyed farmers and their farm households.

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05.11.2015

Round Table entitled "Young Researchers in Social Sciences: Education and Support" was organized by the Institute of Economic Sciences on 23 October 2015 in Belgrade


The event was held within the National Policy Dialogue in Serbia to present the research on institutional support and education for young researchers in humanities and social sciences. A servey conducted by the Working Group on Young Researchers within 356 doctoral students indicates that 8% of PhD students have no regular income, while 20% estimate that their income is not sufficient to cover their basic needs. Only 27% of respondents believe that the doctoral programs are internationally relevant. Institutional support is missing even for participation in conferences. The access to international journals is limited and the university libraries are not fully equipped with the necessary literature. Doctoral programs do not provide training in research methodology. Only 11% of respondents believe that they are fully trained to work in programs for data processing.

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05.11.2015

RRPP project "Figuring out the Enemy: Re-imagining Serbian-Albanian Relations" will be presented on 18 November at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University


The research project aims to challenge the Serbian-Albanian hostility by reinvestigating contemporary events and discourses from the past and recent times. In his lecture, Mr Aleksandar Pavlovic will try to identify common views and practices that could deescalate the present enmity and promote cooperation.

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21.01.2016

How are the research institutes financed and do they have enough space for young researchers? A short, online story about young researchers’ perspective in Serbia addresses various challenges that young researchers in Serbia face on a daily basis: Difficult financial situation; inadequate conditions for scientific work; rigid Ph.D. programmes; insufficient applicability of the acquired knowledge. Politicians always speak about necessary and indispensible investing in youth in order to achieve a sustainable development. Do they really care about the future of young researchers in Serbia? Why are young researchers employed at the research institutes dissatisfied with their status?
learn more

21.01.2016

Research Results: Performance Audit and Policy Evaluation in the Western Balkans - On the Same or Parallel Tracks? are now available online. While in Montenegro and Serbia there is no systemic approach to policy evaluation, it has already been introduced in Macedonia but only for legislative procedures. Relatively poor experience and legalistic public administrative culture have been hindering the potential of performance audit to make a positive change. What is more, there has been almost no evidence on the existing links between performance audit and policy evaluation so far.
learn more

21.01.2016

Research Results now online: Country Studies on Electoral and Party Systems. A Perspective of Internal Party Democracy Development. Written within the RRPP-funded project Balkan Electoral Comparative Study: Impact of Personal Vote on Internal Party Democracy, they tackle a crucial but underresearched field of inter-party democracy in Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are some main patterns observable across the region: The informal decision-making process within political parties; the personality of a leader matters much more than a party programme; weak opposition and difficulties of new parties to handle the electoral threshold; social demagogy and avoiding accountability.
learn more

08.01.2016

Upcoming: Regional Conference on "Communication in the Context of Citizen Protests: The Experiences from the SEE Region" takes place on 21 January 2016 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Organised within the RRPP-funded project, the event aims to discuss the communication practices in the context of citizen protests in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia, the way the protests are framed in the media content, and how the three major stakeholders (journalists, activists and party/government officials) perceive the communication practices during the protests.
learn more

18.12.2015

Workshop on Developing Effective Strategies & Communication Tools for Policy Advocacy was held in Petrovac, Montenegro. The training brought together 20 participants from 11 RRPP funded projects. It was convened within the Policy Bridging Initiative and it served developing the strategic capacity of participants to design a targeted and policy relevant advocacy campaign in order to achieve their desired policy objectives.
learn more

18.12.2015

Call for Applications: Training Seminar on "Qualitative Data Management and Analysis" to be held on 5-6 February 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia. It aims to address the very process of qualitative data management and analysis and provide practical tools to deal with it. It is centered around various ways in which unstructured data can be turned into structured data before being processed further either qualitatively or quantitatively. The Call is now open, the deadline for applications: 05 January 2016.
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15.12.2015

The final RRPP Annual Conference will take place on 2-3 September 2016 in Tirana, Albania. The Call for Papers and further organisational issues will be communicated in due course. Stay tuned.
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15.12.2015

Book promotion "The Figure of the Enemy" within the RRPP-project Figuring out the Enemy: Re-imagining Serbian-Albanian Relations took place on 27 November in Belgrade within the RRPP-funded project implemented by the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory and KPZ Beton. Becuase the dialogue between Serbia and Albania has usually been hampered by political factors and inherited prejudices, the authors of this book aim at broadening debate on common issues between Serbians and Albanians by inclusion of theoreticians from Kosovo, Serbia and Albania.
learn more

11.12.2015

International Conference on "Labour Migration and Industrial Citizenship" took place at the University of New York Tirana, Albania. It was organized within the RRPP-funded project Industrial Citizenship and Migration from the Western Balkans: Migration from Albania and Kosovo towards Greece, Germany and Switzerland and was a joint effort of the RRPP grantees from the University of New York Tirana, University of Prishtina and their mentoring Institution, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Attended by remarkable 120 high-level participants, the conference highlighted the missing role of the state in regulating issues related to migrants’ working legal status, recognition of the time of employment, the ability to combine working years in several countries to obtain adequate pensions.
learn more

10.12.2015

Scientific Café III: How Social Science Research Imagines Kosovo - American Impressions was organised as part of the Policy Dialogue for strengthening social science research in Kosovo. Guest speaker of the meeting, Dr. Mark Baskin from the State University of New York, pointed to the still missing good quality research on crucial but typical issues such as political parties, public policies, urban-rural divides. Kosovo is still regarded as an "interesting experiment" associated with post-conflict challenges that will hopefully develop into a "boring" case, similar to other small countries in Europe - also for scientific comparison.
learn more

10.12.2015

Call for Participants - Research Academy: Introduction to Social Science Research Methods for Junior Researchers in the Western Balkans, 11-18 April 2016 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants will be guided through all stages of the research process and the sessions will be highly interactive and practice-oriented. The program will be delivered by a team of 13 trainers coming from European and regional universities and research institutes. Deadline for applications: 15 January 2016.
learn more

09.12.2015

Round table on research results: "The Politicized Life in Serbia - Rules of the Game“ was held on 30 November in Belgrade, Serbia within the RRPP-funded project Informal Practices of Capturing Economic Resources by Political Elites: Exploring Party Patronage in Kosovo and Serbia. The event unvailed that the employment based on belonging to political party is one of the key mechanisms in the process of 'capturing' of public resources.
learn more

04.12.2015

Now in English: Web Platform PolicyHub Dedicated to Development of Social Research is availabe also in English: http://www.policyhub.net/en and easily accesible at the policy hub twitter account @policyhubWB. The platform is dedicated to the development of social research, with a focus on policy-relevant and applied research in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans.
learn more

02.12.2015

The Round Table on "Migration as social protection: Analysis of Albanian remittance-receiving households" was organized in Elbasan by the Albanian Centre for Socio-Economic Research (ASCER) within the RRPP-funded project Migration as social protection: Analysis of Macedonia, Albanian and Serbian remittance-receiving households. According to the preliminary findings, remittances seem to affect poverty by fueling every-day consumption. Their positive effects are also related to other non-income aspects of vulnerability, such as health, housing and leisure.
learn more

19.11.2015

"To UNESCO or not to UNESCO: Serbian Cultural Heritage in Kosovo between Sovereignty and Protection" by Aleksandar Pavlović and Jelena Lončar has been published at the Balkans in Europe Policy Blog within the RRPP project Figuring out the Enemy: Re-imagining Serbian-Albanian Relations. It touches upon the legal status of Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovo, its forced adoption and the opposition to its implementation. Shifting the focus from the question of sovereignty to the legal framework of this cultural heritage in Kosovo seems to be the most productive option in the long run.
learn more

18.11.2015

International Workshop for Managers of Research Organizations in the Western Balkans and the EU took place on 19-21 October 2015 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Organized by the Center for Social Research Analitika in cooperation with the RRPP and the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Foundations it addressed the needs of managers of research organizations while facing obstacles in their daily work: Unpredictable socio-political contexts, insecure sources of funding, high staff turnover and a shortage of trained staff, as well as an increasing competition.
learn more

18.11.2015

International Conference "Informality in Central and South-East Europe: Linkages between Political and Economic Actors" was held at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, on 30-31 October 2015 within the related RRPP research project. It highlighted actors as well as resources of the party patronage in the political field in Serbia.
learn more

18.11.2015

Round table on "Socio-economic position of the remittance-receiving households in Serbia" was held on 2 November in Belgrade and was organized by the Foundation for the Advancement of Economics (FREN) within the related RRPP-funded project. It proves that the received remittances do serve as an informal social protection for households in rural areas and contribute to a decrease of the overall vulnerability of the household.
learn more

06.11.2015

Save the date: International Conference on "Labor Migration and Industrial Citizenship. Albanians on the move - Citizenship, Identity and Development" will be held on 13-14 November 2015 at the University of New York Tirana.
learn more

05.11.2015

Research results of the RRPP project The Impact of Socio-Economic Structure of Rural Population on Success of Rural Development Policy are now available online. Rural areas of Macedonia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina face common problems such as intensive depopulation, low activity on the labour market but at the same time large differences in the socio-economic structure of rural areas between and within the countries, as well as among surveyed farmers and their farm households.
learn more

05.11.2015

Round Table entitled "Young Researchers in Social Sciences: Education and Support" was organized by the Institute of Economic Sciences on 23 October 2015 in Belgrade to present the research on institutional support and education for young researchers in humanities and social sciences.
learn more

05.11.2015

RRPP project Figuring out the Enemy: Re-imagining Serbian-Albanian Relations will be presented on 18 November at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. In his lecture, Mr Aleksandar Pavlovic will try to identify common views and practices that could deescalate the present enmity and promote cooperation.
learn more

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