The study involves 21 experienced researchers working in three teams lead by Bosnian team in Sarajevo – each combining policy analyst(s), psychologist(s), social worker(s), forced migration scholar(s) and social anthropologist(s) with supervision and training in the ethnographic data collection and analysis by professor Stef Jansen (University of Manchester), as well as the institutional mentoring and cooperation on international level with professor Brad Blitz and Centre for Social Policy at Middlesex University, UK, and other national and regional organisations (international, governmental and non-governmental) of relevance to migration and health practices and policies in the three countries.



The Foundation for Women's Empowerment is an independent and non-profit women’s foundation based in Bosnia and Herzegovina fully committed for supporting initiatives of women`s grassroots civil society organizations (CSOs) in promoting women`s human rights, empowerment of women and gender equality.


Dr Selma Porobic, holds a PhD degree in migration studies from Lund University in Sweden, focused on the mental health and resilience of Bosnian war refugees. She has produced two books on the subject of mental health and resilience of (re)settled Bosnian refugees ('Resilience and Religion in a Forced Migration Context', 2012 and a forthcoming book 'War Displaced and Spiritually Emplaced. Bosnian Refugee Resilience Stories' for Forced Migration Series, Berghahn Books, Oxford University, 2015). Her research proposes a model for studying psychological resilience in the context of forced migration experiences and criticises the overly clinical work with refugees. She has also authored and co-authored a number of articles on the subject of mental health and war displacement, organised education events like summer schools, open lectures, round table debates, conferences on a range of topics concerning refugee experiences, return process to Bosnia, reintegration of returnees, forced migrants' education and health, as well as research methods relevant to forced migration studies in BiH, UK, Sweden and other countries. She has delivered lectures and taught courses in main stream psychology and forced migration studies at Lund University, Malmoe University,Oxford and Bookes Universities, UK, and University of Sarajevo.


Prof Jagoda Petrovic BiH's senior researcher on the project, from the University of Banja Luka is a professor of social work and a leading researcher in social work, inequality and social justice relating to refugees and returnees in BiH. She worked for the Refugee and IDP Ministry in Republika Srpska and has produced a number of publications and conducted a series of research projects focusing on the provision of social services to the war displaced in BiH.

Dr. Nina Bosankic holds doctoral degree in gender studies from University of Novi Sad and is an assistant professor of psychology at Internaitonal University of Sarajevo. She has conuducted and authored a number of relevant studies on reintegration of returnees and psychosocial health among women returnees in BiH. She is experienced qualitative researcher focused on gender specific/sensitive health issues.


Selvira Draganovic is a PhD candidate at psychology department, Faculty of philosophy, University of Sarajevo and experienced researcherer in the psychosocial area studies. She has produced articles and book chapters focusing on pscyhosocial conditions of various categories of women in BiH.

Suajb Solakovic is an assistant professor of psychology at University of Eastern Sarajevo and has specialised in a quantitiative /statistic analysis. He worked on a number of research projects and has an expertise in psychometric analysis.

Ivana Ljustina holds a BA in anthropology from Univeristy of Ljubljana and has extensive empiric experience in migration studies area.



Group 484 is the leading Serbian migration think tank. Since 2002, this NGO think-tank conducted dozens of regional and national research projects on various migration issues. Its research experience involves surveys and statistical data analyses but also qualitative research methods and content analyses.


Vladimir Petronijević coordinated several major research projects and contributed to a number of publications, including the Study on Refugee and Displaced Women (Group 484, 2006) and Challenges of Forced Migration in Serbia (Group 484, 2011).


Siniša Volarević is a psychologist, the research methodology expert in Group 484 and experienced statistical data analyst. Among others, he made methodology design for the survey and wrote the research report on the capacities and needs of refugees and displaced persons in informal collective centres in Serbia (Volarević, 2010). He contributed to several publications and was the author of a research work in RRPP project in 2012-2013 (in Vajzović and Rašidagić, 2013).

Danica Ćirić has the great experience in direct psychosocial work with refugees and IDPs as well as with qualitative research and evaluation work. She conducted focus groups and in-depth interviews and made content analysis in some recent Group 484’s research, contributing also to the research reports (e.g. Asylum Seekers from Serbia: Migration, Poverty and Risks of Human Trafficking).


Ljiljana Đajić is a M.A. student in social work, with dedicated participation in several direct assistance programmes that targeted children and adults in various marginalised communities. She wrote few research papers concerning healthcare systems, psychosocial development, and institutional care.


The Balkan Policy Institute is an independent and not-for-profit think tank that seeks to initiate and deepen public policy debate at all levels of decision making. Based in Pristina, Kosovo, the Balkan Policy Institute works to promote sustainable development and good governance through pragmatic policy making that works for the welfare of the citizens.


Seb Bytyci has taught at the University of Prishtina (Department of Political Science) and University of York (School of Management). He is currently completing his PhD on public services in transforming societies. He has co-authored the UNDP Human Development Report on Social Inclusion in Kosovo. He has written on issues of public policy, public services and rule of law and minorities. He has participated in numerous conferences and has given presentations on these topics.


Liridona Jemini, teaches at the Psychology Department of the University of Prishtina. She has experience working with internally displaced persons and has written on mental health issues and seocially excluded people in Kosovo.

Driton Jahmurataj, has a social work and psychology background, and has experience working with mental health issues and women.


Liridona Ibrahimi has a background of political science studies with a focus on civil society and development.


Institutional Mentoring Partner

Social Policy Research centre, Middlesex University, UK


Available research resources