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Ivan Gusic

My research interests are:

  • peacebuilding, peace and conflict studies, feminist theory, poststructuralism, urban theory, critical geography

  • postwar cities (Belfast, Beirut, Jerusalem, Kirkuk, Mitrovica, Mostar, Nicosia, Sarajevo, etc.)

  • power, space, order, agency, governmentality

  • subject formation

  • urban planning, development and governance

  • nationalism and the nation-state

  • ethnicity and ethnonational conflicts

  • the Western Balkans (including Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia)



Gusic, Ivan (2017) War, peace & the city: urban conflicts over peace(s) in the postwar cities of Belfast, Mitrovica, and Mostar. Lund Univeristy.


Peer-reviewed articles & book chapters

Gusic, Ivan & Annika Björkdahl (2016) Sites of friction: governance, identity, and space in Mostar, in Annika Björkdahl et al. Peacebuilding and friction: global and local encounters in post-conflict societies, pp. 84-102.

Gusic, Ivan (2015) Contested democrac(ies): disentangling understandings of democratic governance in Mitrovica, in Annika Björkdahl and Lisa Strömbom eds. Divided cities: governing diversity, Nordic Academic Press, pp. 215-234.

Gusic, Ivan & Annika Björkdahl (2015) '‘Global’ norms and ‘local’ agency – frictional peacebuilding in Kosovo', Journal of International Relations and Development, 18, pp. 265-287.

Gusic, Ivan & Annika Björkdahl (2013) 'The divided city: a space for frictional peacebuilding', Peacebuilding, 1(3), pp. 317-333.


Working papers, conference contributions, etc.

Gusic, Ivan, (2014). Contested Democracies. Conference paper, National Conference on Peace and Conflict Studies, Umeå, Sweden.

Gusic, Ivan, (2013). Bringing cities in: the urbanisation of critical peacebuilding. Contested administrations working paper series, no. 2.

Gusic, Ivan & Annika Björkdahl (2013). Mostar and Mitrovica: contested grounds for peacebuilding, Contested administrations working paper series, no. 1.

Gusic, Ivan & Annika Björkdahl (2012). The quest for peace in contested cities: an urban reconceptualization of peacebuilding. Conference paper, National Conference on Peace and Conflict Studies, Gothenburg, Sweden.

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E-mail: ivan [dot] gusic [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Postdoctoral fellow

Department of Political Science

+46 46 222 92 57



I have been a PhD candidate at the department since September 2012. I hold an MA in Political Science and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies. Prior to joining the department as a PhD candidate I worked as a research assistent on various projects at Lund University, University of Gothenburg and Malmö University. If you have any questions or enquiries please feel free to contact me by mail or phone (office hours by appointment only). 

Department of Political Science
Lund University
Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5H (House: Eden)
Postal address: Box 52, SE-221 00 LUND
Telephone: +46 46-222 89 52

Faculty of Social Sciences