Jelena Šapić

Jelena Šapić has been a CENTAR’s associate since November 2015. She graduated from the Central European University in 2014 with a Master of Arts in International Relations and European Studies. Her master’s thesis was entitled “Evolution of the Economic Order in the Western Balkans: Foreign Direct Investments as the engine of (under)development” and it was supervised by Professor Friedrich Kratochwil. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, majoring in international relations. During her studies, she was awarded scholarships by Fund for Outstanding Talents, Ministry of Education of the Republic of Serbia and by the Dragoslav Srejovic Foundation for Young Talents.


Jelena attended many extracurricular activities including a year-long course at the Department for advanced undergraduate students of the Belgrade Open School and the Summer School on Terrorism and Counterterrorism held in Olympia (Greece) where she was one of the youngest participants. She also participated in the 2013 TRAIN Programme (Think Tanks Providing Research and Advice through Interaction and Networking) organized by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). During TRAIN, she conducted a research project which aimed to explore the impacts of the Brussels agreements on bilateral trade and freedom of movement between Kosovo and Serbia. Findings and recommendations were presented to stakeholders in Brussels. Jelena worked in the Institute for Economic Territorial Development and volunteered in NGOs in Kragujevac. She is especially interested in social-economic inequalities, transitional processes in the Western Balkans, education, and migration.

Jelena currently works on the following CENTRE's projects:Addressing Firearms Misuse and its Impact on Gender-based Violence through Civic Action and Policy Advocacy (2016/2017), "Documenting new experiences of “Otherness” and advocating for successful integration of Roma migrants through better education/employment policies“ (2016/2017), Local Security and Role of MPs, (2017.)

Previoulsy she took part in the CENTRE's projects: How does Security Sector Reform Affect Human Security in Serbia? Reassessing the impact on LGBTSecurity issues within Serbian 2016 election campaign (2016)