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Dr Milena Komarova

After graduating from the University of Sofia (MA in Sociology, 1995), and working for a year as a researcher in market research, I attended the Central European University in Budapest where I got an MA degree in South-East European Studies (CEU, 1997). This interdisciplinary graduate programme on the modern history, societies and politics in the Balkans underpinned my research interests in nationalism and ethno-nationalist conflict in the Balkans; a topic I have also completed a year of post-graduate research on, as a visiting student at the University of Oxford (1998). I then worked as a social researcher for both non-governmental and academic institutions, before starting my PhD research at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). The title of my dissertation, “You Have a Future in this Society!” Discourses on Peace-building in Northern Ireland, outlines my current research interests in civil society and ethno-national conflict in Northern Ireland; public sphere and collective identities; and discourse analysis. In 2007 I was awarded a PhD in Sociology by the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, at QUB.

Drawing on both my past and current research interests, areas for future research include: civil society’s role in peace-building in a comparative perspective; exploring the complex connections between collective identities, urban governance/policy processes, and public space.








Principal Investigator

Dr Wendy Pullan
Architecture, University of Cambridge (Jerusalem)

Prof James Anderson
Geography, Queen's University Belfast (Belfast)
Prof Mick Dumper
Politics, University of Exeter (Jerusalem)
Prof Liam O'Dowd
Sociology, Queen's University Belfast (Belfast)

Research Associates

Dr Britt Baillie
Architecture, University of Cambridge (Jerusalem)
Dr Craig Larkin
Politics, University of Exeter (Jerusalem)
Lefkos Kyriacou
Architecture, University of Cambridge (Jerusalem)
Dr Milena Komarova
Sociology, Queens University Belfast
Dr Martina McKnight
Sociology, Queens University Belfast

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Website Manager

Dr Britt Baillie
Architecture, University of Cambridge (Jerusalem)

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Dr Andong Lu
University of Cambridge