Julija Sardelić

Lecturer in Political Science
School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

Teaching in 2020

Office Hours

INTP363 Friday 12:00pm-1:00pm

INTP365 Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm


Julija joined the Political Science and International Relations Programme in July 2019. Prior to this position, she was Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Leuven International and European Studies (University of Leuven, Belgium), where she worked on her postdoctoral project entitled “Invisible Edges of Citizenship: Readdressing the Position of Romani Minorities in Europe”.  Before her Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship, she worked at the University of Liverpool, European University Institute and the University of Edinburgh. She was also a visiting fellow at the Centre on Statelessness (University of Melbourne). Besides her academic endeavours, she has a decade-long experience as a civil society activist working with marginalized minorities and migrants in Europe.

Julija has a general research interest in citizenship and migration including minority rights, statelessness and forced migration. Her main research focus has been on (1) minorities as marginalized citizens in Europe and on (2) how the 2015/16 'refugee crisis' has affected the politics of diversity in Europe and globally.

Her personal website is available at www.julijasardelic.net and she tweets at @JulijaSardelic.


  • PhD in Sociology
  • MA in Nationalism Studies

Research interests

  • Citizenship, (forced) migration, statelessness, refugee politics, minority rights politics of diversity, ethnic relations, racism, nationalism, multiculturalism, human rights.

Thesis supervision

Julija is interested in supervising students on the following topics:

  • Citizenship and statelessness
  • Refugees and forced migration (including refugee crises)
  • Minority rights and politics of diversity in Europe and globally
  • Ethnicity and nationalism
  • Racism and extreme right groups.

Selected awards and honours

  • 2017-2019:  Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (considered as the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowship in Europe awarded by the European Commission)
  • 2019: Visiting fellow at the Centre on Statelessness (University of Melbourne)
  • 2014: Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship (European University Institute)
  • 2012. Fellowship for the participation in the International Visitor Leadership Program Current U.S. Social, Political and Economic Issues for Young European Leaders (U.S. Department of State).
  • 2011. PhD Scholarship through the Innovative Scheme for Co-Funding of Doctoral Studies to Promote Cooperation with Economy and Solving of Contemporary Social Challenges (funded by the European Commission)
  • 2011: Award for the best MA Thesis in Nationalism Studies (Central European University)
  • 2010: Academic Pro-Rector’s Excellence Award (Central European University)

Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Sardelić, J. (2019). Roma in Times of Territorial Rescaling: An Inquiry into the Margins of European Citizenship. Ethnopolitics, pp.1-15.
  • Sardelić, J. (2018). In and out from the European margins: reshuffling mobilities and legal statuses of Romani minorities between the Post-Yugoslav space and the European Union. Social Identities, 24(4), pp.489-504.
  • Sardelić, J. (2017). The position and agency of the ‘irregularized’: Romani migrants as European semi-citizens. Politics, 37(3), pp.332-346.
  • Sardelić, J.(2017). Romani Minorities in War Conflicts and Refugee Crises of the (Post)-Yugoslav Space: A Comparative Socio-Historical Perspective. Roma Rights (1): 35-41.
  • Sardelić, J. (2015). Romani Minorities and Uneven Citizenship Access in the Post-Yugoslav Space. Ethnopolitics, 14(2), pp.159-179.
  • Sardelić, J.(2014).Romani Minorities and the Variety of Migration Patterns in the Post-Yugoslav Space. Roma Rights (1): 15-23.

Book chapters

  • Sardelić, J. (2019). The Politics around Romani Migration. In: S. Croucher, J. Caetano and E. Campbell, eds., The Routledge Companion to Migration Communication, and Politics. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Sardelić, J. (2019). Reading Too Much or Too Little into the Matter? Latent Limits and Potentials of EU Freedom of Movement. In: R. Bauböck, ed., Debating European Citizenship. SpringerOpen.
  • Sardelić, J. (2019). Differing Romani mobilities? The case of cross-border migration of Roma between Slovenia and Austria. In: T. Magazzini and S. Piemontese, ed., Constructing Roma Migrants: European Narratives and Local Governance. IMISCOE Book series Springer Open.
  • Sardelić, J. (2018). The Refugee Crisis and the Reimagined Politics of Belonging: Political Discourses on the Western Balkan Route. In: T. Agarin and N. Nancheva, eds., A European Crisis: Perspectives on Refugees, Solidarity, and Europe. Ibidem, pp. 127-147.
  • Sardelić, J.(2016).Roma between ethnic group and an ‘underclass’ as portrayed through newspaper discourses in Socialist Slovenia. In: Rory Archer, Igor Duda and Paul Stubbs (eds.): Social Inequalities and Discontent in Yugoslav Socialism. London and New York,Routledge, pp. 95-112.
  • Sardelić, J.(2015). Romani Minorities and Uneven Access to Citizenship in the Post-Yugoslav Space, in: Dejan Stjepanović and Gezim Krasniqi (eds.): Uneven Citizenship Minorities and Migrants in The Post-Yugoslav Space. London and New York, Routledge, pp. 47-67.
  • Sardelić, J. (2014). Antiziganism as Cultural Racism: Before and After Disintegration of Yugoslavia, In Timofey Agarin (ed.): When Stereotype Meets Prejudice: Antiziganism in European Societies. Ibidem, pp. 201-223.
  • Sardelić, J. (2013). The Roma Community Act in the Republic of Slovenia: Implementation of Roma Non-Territorial Autonomy?, In Ephraim Nimni, Alexander Osipov and David Smith (eds.): The Challenge of Non-Territorial Autonomy; Theory and Case Studies. Peter Lang International Publishing, pp.  197-213.

Working papers

Other relevant publications (policy papers, media, etc.)

Teaching in 2020