Research Assistant, CITSEE Project

Biography

Gëzim Krasniqi joined the Law School as a part-time research assistant on the CITSEE research project. Previously he has held the position of research fellow on the CITSEE project and was engaged in preparing national case studies on citizenship in Kosovo and Albania.

CITSEE (Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia) is a comparative and contextualised study of the citizenship regimes of the seven successor states of the former Yugoslavia (SFRY). Grounded in the discipline of law, but using methods which look at the evolution of legal and institutional change in its broader social and political context, the project involves the application of the broad approach of constitutional ethnography. It comprises national case studies of the seven states and thematic case studies of key issues which have a transnational dimension: the status of residents of the former SFRY Republics resident in other Republics at the moment of independence, dual and plural nationality, the granting or denial of political rights for resident non-nationals and non-resident nationals, the status of minorities such as the Roma, gender issues arising in a citizenship context, and the impact of citizenship concepts on free movement and travel across borders.

CITSEE involves a team of 8 researchers, with multiple national, disciplinary and linguistic backgrounds. The project is funded by an Advanced Investigator Award of 2.24 million Euro awarded to Professor Jo Shaw, by the European Research Council. The project will run from 1 April 2009 until 31 March 2014.

Gëzim Krasniqi is undertaking his PhD in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. He also holds an MA in Human Rights and Democracy in South East Europe from the Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna and another MA in Nationalism Studies with distinction from the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), within the framework of which has completed two MA theses: "Ethnonationalism – the old ideology in a new reality: empowering the core nation and disempowering minorities in the former Yugoslav republics” and "Unrecognized alike, yet not equal: Albanians and Bosnian Muslims in interwar Yugoslavia 1918-1941".

He has written articles for numerous local newspapers, magazines and academic journals in Kosovo, Albania and the U.S, including Koha Ditore, Express, Koha Jone, MM, Polis, Kosova Law Studies, Diplomatic Courier etc.

In addition, he has worked as project supervisor with Kosova Education Center (KEC) and as external evaluator of education programs/projects of the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS) in Prishtina, Kosovo.

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