Sonja Stojanović Gajić has been BCSP Director since 2006. She holds an MA in Politics, Security and Integration with distinction from the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University College London. She is currently a PhD candidate at the International Studies Department of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade. She is the author of the methodology for measuring security sector reform (SSR) in transitional societies from the perspective of civil society tested in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia published in the Almanac of Security Sector Oversight in the Western Balkans. She is one of the lead researchers in the research on practices of security community-building “The Western Balkans from Conflict Zone to Security Community” as well as in the comparative review of implementation of UNSCR 1325 – Women, Peace and Security in the Western Balkans. Publications include Security Community Building in the Western Balkans, (with Filip Ejdus), Ashgate 2014, Odanović, Gorana and Stojanović, Gajić Sonja (eds.) (2013): Women, peace and security in the Western Balkans, (edited with Gorana Odanović), Belgrade: BCSP, and Stojanović, Sonja and (eds.) (2010): Gender and Security Sector Reform in Serbia, (edited with Kathrin Quesada), Belgrade: BCSP.
European and international responses to conflict early response
EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Western Balkans and Horn of Africa
Local capacity-building strategies
Lessons identified, lessons learned, and best practices
Dissemination and communication
As well as being one of the leading independent think-tanks in the Western Balkans, BCSP has considerable experience conducting research on gender and security governance, including in relation to peacebuilding.