Selma Porobić, PhD

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Born in 1979.

Education

  • (2005-2009), PhD Migration studies, Faculty of Arts and Theology, Lund University, Sweden, (state-funded 4-year-long university employment; thesis defended in 2012 - due to 18months maternity leave)
  • (2003-2004) Master Degree, Migration and Religion, Faculty of Arts and Theology, Lund University, Sweden
  • (2004-2005) Bachelor Degree, Theology, Faculty of Arts and Theology, Lund University, Sweden
  • (2002) Bachelor Degree, Psychology of Religion, Faculty of Arts and Theology, Lund University, Sweden
  • (2006) Visiting Fellow, Refugee studies Centre, International Development Department, University of Oxford, UK
  • (2006) International Academic Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, Fordham University, New York, US and the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland
  • (2005) Post-graduate specialization Ph.D level course 'Cultures of Exile,' Centre for Migration and Refugee studies, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • (1999-2002) Undergraduate courses at Lund university, Sweden in Central and Eastern European studies, European Ethnology, Psychology, Social Anthropology, Social Sciences of Religion.

Employments and Offices

  • 2017-dato: Head of Humanitarian studies section, Department of Christian Social Work, Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty, Palacky university, Czech Republic
  • 2017-dato: Assistant professor, International Humanitarian and social work, Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty, Palacky university, Czech Republic
  • 2017-dato: Migraition and displacement specialist (Stand/by List of Global Mixed Migration Secretariat), Danish refugee Council.
  • 2016-dato: External lecturer, European Regional Master's Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies - University of Sarajevo and Institute for Central-Eastern and Balkan Europe - University of Bologna
  • 2009-2017: Assistant professor part-time, at Psychology Department of International university in Sarajevo/ Teaching, syllabus development, tutoring, supervision of BA and MA students www.ius.edu.ba
  • 2014-2017: Research manager, Foundation for Women's Empowerment, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo. /Manages and coordinates the research unit, develops and implements research activities focusing gender. www.fwebih.org
  • 2015-2017: Project coordinator of Impulse project for BiH Team, 'Gender in a changing society' (Austrian Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research) with Danube University, Krems, Austria, University of Rijeka, Croatia and Singidunum University, Serbia. /Academic Coordination and research supervision and management.
  • 2014-2016: Project leader, Regional Research Promotion Programme (Fribourg University, Research project entitled 'Engendering Forced Migration, Sociopolitical Transition and Mental Health in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo' www.rrpp-efm.net /Project development, academic coordination and management, training, organization, research and education
  • 2012-2015: Director Centre for refugee and IDP studies, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo /Academic research management, project development and applications, organization and implementation of research activities and educational programs, teaching, supervision and tutoring of individual PhD and M.Sc. students and CESI Internship www.rrpp-efm.net/cesi/en
  • 2005-2009: Phd employee, Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Department of Religious Behavioral Science (Migration and religion), Lund university in Sweden./ PhD program education (20%), Research and dissertation work (75%), teaching and administrative experience (5%), www.ctr.lu.se
  • 2002-2004: Asssitant for dyslectic students, Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund university in Sweden www.lu.se

Themes of research

  • International humanitarian work: causes, dynamics and effects of humanitarian crises
  • Experiences of crises-affected communities, refugees and internally displaced, gendered experiences
  • Legal issues in humanitarian affairs, including protection, access, international human rights and refugee law
  • Humanitarian assistance and rehabilitation, resilience, development, peacebuilding in particular in protracted situations
  • Forced migration and psychosocial wellbeing: risk factors and mental health promoting factors among forced migrants
  • War and peace studies focusing former Yugoslavia: peace building, humanitarian and development work, war reparations and rights-based return
  • Research methods, education modules, training, supervision and scientific ethics in education

Selected bibliography

Monographies

  • (forthcoming 2018) Co-editor with Brad Blitz / 'Forced Migration, Gender and Wellbeing: the Long Term Effects of War and Displacement on Women', Edward Elgar Academic Publishing, UK (under review).
  • (2016) Editor/ 'Rodna studija prisilne migracije i dobrostanja u Bosni i Hercegovini.' Fondacija za osnaživanje žena BiH. ISBN:992-681-201-5 https://www.rrpp-efm.net/images/doc/Rodna_studija_Porobic-2016_final.pdf
  • (2012) Author/'Resilience and Religion in a Forced Migration Context'. Media-tryck, Lund University, Sweden, 2012. ISBN: 978-91-628-8529-8

Articles and Book chapters

  • (2017) Porobic, S., and Zuparic-Iljic, D.,"Access to Asylum and Reception conditions in Western Balkans -Focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia" in (Maria O'Sullivan& Dallal Stevens eds.) 'Fortresses and Fairness - States, the Law and Refugee Protection'. (Maria O'Sullivan& Dallal Stevens eds.) Studies in International Law. Hart Publishing, UK and Australia ISBN: 9781509901289 www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/states-the-law-and-access-to-refugee-protection-9781509901289/
  • (2017) Porobic, S., "Invisible' returns of former Bosnian refugees and sociality of their well-being" in 'Return Migration and Psychosocial Wellbeing: Discourses, Policy-Making and Outcomes for Migrants and their Families', edited by Russell King and Zana Vathi, Routledge Books, UK. ISBN-13: 978-1138677500 ISBN-10: 1138677507
  • (2017-2018) Porobic, S.,"Resilience and well-being of naturalised Bosnian refugees in Sweden - survival, self-complexity and spiritual development" in 'Resilience - A Transdiciplinary Perspective' (Michael Fingerle and Ruediger Wink eds.) Springer Publishing (Book submitted for proofreading)
  • (2016) Porobić, S. and Stef Jansen "Rod, prisilna migracija i dobrostanje" u Porobić (2016) "Rodna studija prisilne migracije i dobrostanja u Bosni I Hercegovini". Fondacija za osnaživanje žena BiH. ISBN:992-681-201-5 www.rrpp-efm.net/images/doc/Rodna_studija_Porobic-2016_final.pdf
  • (2016) Porobic, S., "Bosnian 'Returnee Voices' Communicating Experiences of Successful Reintegration - A Study of the Social Capital and Sustainable Return Nexus in Bosnia and Herzegovina." Südosteuropa. Journal of Politics and Society. Thematic issue: Migration. Values, Networks, Wellbeing. Volume 64, Issue 1, Pages 5-26, ISSN (Online) 2364-933X, ISSN (Print) 0722-480X, DOI: 10.1515/soeu-2016-0002, April, 2016.
  • (2016) Porobic S.,"Daring 'life-return projects' to post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina," in International Migration, for special issue 'Peace Processes and Durable Returns, 'edited by Neophytos Loizides and Djordje Stefanovic, Volume 55: 192-204. doi:10.1111/imig.12366
  • (2016) Porobić, S., Petrović, J., Volarević,S., Ćirić,D., Gashi E.,'Clearing the path to wellbeing: Improving provision of psychosocial services for forced migrant women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo', Policy Brief, 'Engendering Forced Migration, Socio-political Transition and Mental Health in BiH, Serbia and Kosovo'. 2014-2016. Regional Research Promotion Programme, Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (IICEE) at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. www.rrpp-efm.net
  • (2016) Hasanagić, A., Draganović, S. Bosankić, N. Porobić, S., 'Provjera metrijskih karakteristika i faktorska analiza skale socijalne podrške SS-A' u Empirijska Istraživanja u psihologiji. Zbornik radova sa 22 naučnog skupa. Filozofski fakultet u Beogradu, Insitut za psihologiju, Filozofski fakultet u Beogradu, Univerzitet u Beogradu, Beograd, 2016.
  • (2015) Porobic, S., "Asking the right questions in research on psychosocial well-being" in 'Dayton+20' Special Issue of Forced Migration Review www.fmreview.org/dayton20/porobic
  • (2015)'Dayton+20' Special Issue of Forced Migration Review, Special advisor and key expert with Erin Mooney (UNHCR, Geneva HQ) (September 2015) www.fmreview.org/sites/fmr/files/FMRdownloads/en/dayton20.pdf
  • (2014) Porobic, S. and Mameledzija, S. "An Overlooked Potential of Social Capital in Returnee Communities: A Way Forward to Sustainability of Return in BiH." Policy Development Fellowship Program. Open Society Fund, BiH www.osfbih.org.ba/images/Prog_docs/PDFP/pdfp_14/ENG_89_Selma_Porobic_Selma_Mameledzija.pdf
  • (2014) Porobic, S., and Mameledzija, S., "They are doing it for themselves! Partner up with competent returnees and CSOs in returnee communities if you aim to achieve the sustainability of return in BiH." Policy Development Fellowship Program. Open Society Fund, BiH 2013-2014, Policy Brief 89 www.cesi.fpn.unsa.ba/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/ENG_PB_89_Selma_Porobic_Selma_Mameledzija.pdf
  • (2012) Porobić S., "Analiza medijskih prikaza koncepta mentalnog zdravlja'' u 'Istraživanje stavova javnosti o osobama sa mentalnim poremećajima- finalni izvještaj' Fedaralni Zavod za Zdravstvo FBiH, 2012 www.zzjzfbih.ba/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/Istrazivanje-stavova-javnosti-o-osobama-sa-mentalnim-poremecajima-u-FBiH.pdf
  • (2010) Porobić S., "Searching for significance in IMER research: the application of extreme cases'methodology" in GLOBAL CHALLENGES - LOCAL RESPONSES Malmo university, Malmö, Sweden. 25-27 August, 2010
  • (2007) Porobic, S., "Analysis of the Access to Quality Education by Asylum-seeking, internally displaced and Returnee children in Bosnia and Herzegovina." Country report by Selma Porobic, UNHCR/UNICEF Booklet, Geneva.
  • (2005) "Tibetanska kvinnor- tre generationer i exil och buddismen i vardagaslivet". Teologisk Årsbok, Centrum för Teologi och Religionsvetenskap, Lunds universitet
  • (2005) Porobić, S., "Att existera som flykting - existentiellt psykologiska förutsättningar för studiet av flyktingskapet." Teologisk Årsbok, Centrum för Teologi och Religionsvetenskap, Lunds universitet.
  • (2005) Porobić, S., "Om att förbereda en speacialfkurs i flyktingspasfrskning -metodoliska synpunkter." Centre for Educational Development, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

Granted projects

  • (2015-2016) 'Gender in a changing society '(IMPULSE project, Austrian agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research) with Danube University, Krems, Austria, University of Rijeka, Croatia and Singidunum University, Serbia. Project Coordinator for BiH. (90 000 Euros grant)
  • (2014-2016) 'Engendering Forced Migration, Socio-political Transition and Mental Health in BiH, Serbia and Kosovo'. 2014-2016. Regional Research Promotion Programme, Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (IICEE) at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Project leader and BiH team Coordinator. (258.000 CHF Grant) www.rrpp-efm.net
  • (June-November, 2016) Project Upgrade Grant received for 'Engendering Forced Migration, Socio-political Transition and Mental Health in BiH, Serbia and Kosovo'. 2014-2016. Regional Research Promotion Programme, Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (IICEE) at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. (60 000 CHF Grant)
  • (2013-2014) 'Overlooked potential of the social capital for (re) integration of minority returnees in BiH' (2013-2014 Open Society Fund). Co-researcher in Policy research fellowship programme. (5 000 Euros Grant)
  • (2011-2013) CESI research and educational project activities, UNHCR Office, BiH. Establishment of resource center, data archiving, educational platform, desk-based research, field-based research, capacity building of junior and senior researchers. Head of the Centre and all programme acitivies. (150 000 Euros per 3 years Grants)
  • International Summer Schools, 2012, 2013 External funding received by DAAD, Germany. Programme director. (15 000 Euros Grants)
  • (2013) 'The transnational life of objects: Material practices of migrants' being and belonging' with Malmo University, Sweden Co-researcher and Coordinator in BiH to prof. Maja P.Frykman, MAH, Sweden.
  • (2014) SERSCIDA PROJECT/FP7 Establishment of National Data Service for Social Sciences. Cooperation with Human Rights Centre, University of Sarajevo, Essex University, UK, Gothenburg University, Sweden, Belgrade University, Serbia, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Completed in 2014. Expert Participant
  • (2014) 'Being a recipient of Humanitarian aid during 1990s war in BiH - affective elements of the experience.' /Research collaboration with Malmo Institute for studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmo University, Sweden
  • (2013/2014) 'Contemporary Return Migration from Western Europe to BiH', with Dragana Kovacevic (Oslo University)/Research collaboration.