Maja Kovač

With over of 13 years of professional experience within international and national not-for-profit and academic organizations and institutions, Maja Kovac established herself as a consultant, researcher and programme/project manager active in the key areas of social, economic and political development in Serbia and the region of the Western Balkans.

Her experience spans from leading regional and national development programmes, programme/project design, implementation and evaluation to policy analysis and advocacy, and participation in research projects of both international and national NGOs (including UNDP, Global Integrity, BIRN, CeSID, The Management Centre) in the domains of civil societydevelopment, social inclusion, anti-discrimination and poverty reduction,good governanceand transitional justice. Maja was engaged as Research Fellow at the Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research, Belgrade (2004-2010) working on the several projects funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development mainly on the issues of violence in and through sport and vetting (lustration) as a form of transitional justice and institutional reform in the Western Balkans.

As a researcher, she publishes in the fields of social capital, social inclusion, community cohesion and active civic participation and representation in and through sport, gender perspective in social capital research in the context of semi-periphery, the phenomenology of violence in sport, issues of vetting (lustration), and in the field of anti-corruption policy framework analysis in Serbia. Her recent research and professional interest are related to the theoretical concepts of social capital and the role of social capital as a resource in development of local communities, civil and political society and public policy in the context of semi-periphery.

Maja received her PhDin sociology (of sport) from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, United Kingdom in February 2015, M.A. in economics of sport and leisure from the University Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble II in 2002 and B.A. in international economics and foreign trade from the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade in 1999.She is member of the International Football Institute at the University of Central Lancashire,and the Section for Feminist Research and Critical Studies of Masculinityof the Serbian Sociological Society.