Dr Jelena Obradovic – Wochnik, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Aston University, UK

Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations / Deputy Director Aston Centre for Europe

Jelena Wochnik-Obradovic
Jelena joined Aston University in 2009 as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. Before joining Aston, Jelena held visiting fellowships at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinkiand the European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris. Between October and December 2012, Jelena was a visiting fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard. Most recently, Jelena was a Harry and Helen Gray Reconciliation Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University

In 2015, Jelena was nominated for the Aston Excellence Awards in the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Category. She also received a nomination for the Most Engaging Academic in the My Astonishing Aston Academic Awards. In June 2015, she was awarded the British International Studies Association and Higher Education Academy Teaching Excellence Award


Jelena is the co-convenor of the Jean Monnet Module EU’s Approaches to Corruption and the Crime-Security Nexus, and co-convenor of the UACES Collaborative Research Network Europe and the Everyday: EU, Grassroots and the Politics of Crisis. 

Jelena is the Director of Research Degree Programmes in the School of Languages and Social Sciences and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Specialisms: transitional justice, peacebuilding, democratisation, Western Balkans, Serbia and Kosovo.

  • PhD Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education 


  • LP2021  Security Studies
  • LP2027 Security Studies 1
  • LP3025 Conflict and Politics in Contemporary Balkans    
  • LP3028 Contemporary Conflict    


  • LPM022 Security and Defence in Europe 
  • LPM034 International Security 
  • Silvia Grant, ‘NATO and the Language of Crisis'
  • Luke John Davies, ‘Youth Wings and MP Recruitment in the Social Democratic Parties of Europe’
  • Karolina Augustova, ‘Refugee crisis in Serbia'
  • Ana Omaljev, University of Reading (as external supervisor). Thesis: 'Constructing the other/s: Discourses on Europe and Identity in First and Other Serbia'. Defended 28 May 2013. 

Jelena is interested in hearing from students wishing to pursue PhDs on topics related to peacebuilding, transitional justice and conflict. 


Journal Articles

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Room: NW 806

Phone: 0121 204 5168
Email:  j.obradovic-wochnik@aston.ac.uk 
Twitter: @J_Obradovic_W