Julija Sardelić is a sociologist with a general interest in citizenship, minority policies, migration, inequalities and welfare in South-East Europe. Her main research focus has been on the position of Romani minorities as marginalized citizens in the post-conflict contexts of Post-Yugoslav states.
Prior to joining the EUI as a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, she was a CITSEE Research Fellow at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh. Within the CITSEE Research Project, she conducted a socio-legal analysis on how the transformations of post-Yugoslav citizenship regimes have impacted the position of Romani minorities as the socio-economically as well as culturally most vulnerable population in the region.
She worked as a doctoral researcher on various EU-funded projects (FP7, IPA SI-HR, ESF, etc.) at the University of Ljubljana, where she also defended her PhD thesis in 2013. Her dissertation deals with the socio-historical transformation of minority cultural representations and its correlation to the position of Romani minorities before and after the disintegration of socialist Yugoslavia, with special attention given to the Romani minority in Slovenia.
She holds an MA degree with distinction in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University. She also has a decade-long experience of working as a civil society activist in Romani settlements of the post-Yugoslav region.
Julija is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, where she is conducting a socio-legal research about the impact of the 2015/16 Refugee Crisis on the understandings of diversity and multiculturalism. From September 2017, she will start her Marie Curie Individual Fellowship entitled “Invisible Edges of Citizenship: Romani Minorities in Europe” at the University of Leuven.