Youth Research and Policy Officer, EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership, Brussels
Currently based in: Brussels, Belgium
MPhil Development Studies (2011)
Talk to me about: Research, youth, youth policy, citizenship participation and activism, social inclusion, NGOs, non-profits, communications, M&E
Lana is currently a Youth Research and Policy Officer, at the EU-Council of Europe youth partnership, in Brussels, where she works on topics of youth political participation, education for democratic citizenship, youth transitions and COVID and the use of digital tools for social inclusion of young people.
Prior to this role, Lana was a members of the Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR) and an independent consultant, working with various international and non-governmental organisations including UNICEF, UNDP, Council of Europe, Oxfam, Save the Children, European Youth Forum and SALTO SEE. She has worked with young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, South-East Europe, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, gaining international, as well as European and regional experience on youth issues.
Lana holds MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, and was a recipient of Weidenfeld-Hoffman Trust scholarship. She also holds a BA in International Relations (2006), with distinction, from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and from a joint European Masters in Local Development from the University of Trento, Italy (2011).
She published various research, studies and analysis, including as contributor to Al Jazeera English and Open Democracy, and country editor for Balkanalysis. Among other works, she published an ebook Twenty Years After Dayton. Where is Bosnia and Herzegovina Today? in 2016, a journal article on “Political and Social consequences of Continuing Displacement in Bosnia and Herzegovina” in Dayton +20: Bosnia and Herzegovina twenty years on from the Dayton Peace Agreement Forced Migration Review 50, September 2015, Refugee Studies Centre of the Oxford Department of International Development; and research on Youth work against violent radicalisation: Theory, concepts and primary prevention in practice. Lana also writes a personal blog: Local Living in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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