Rok Zupančič is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre of Southeast Europe, University of Graz, and Assistant Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Defence Research Centre. His research interests focus on regional security in Southeast Europe, conflict prevention, post-conflict stabilisation, reconciliation and the role of the EU and other international organisations in these processes. Rok led the research team of the University of Ljubljana in the Horizon 2020 project IECEU – “Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention” (www.ieceu-project.com), focusing on CSDP missions and operations in the Balkans. Currently he is working on a Marie S. Curie Individual Project “KOSNORTH” , which analyses the intra-ethnic conflict in North of Kosovo.
Challenges of (academic) fieldwork in post-conflict societies (1 July 2017) - Conducting fieldwork in post-conflict societies has certain characteristics and unwritten rules: it will often touch upon sensitive issues and will thus automatically be challenging. This is amplified when one conducts academic research, which is ambitious by definition, as it strives for theory-building.