Jelena holds an M. A. degree in International Peace Studies from University of Notre Dame and an M.A. degree in Strategies and Methods of Non-violent Social Change from University of Belgrade. She received her B. A. from University of Belgrade, majoring in Special Education and Rehabilitation.
Jelena’s research will focus on the complexity of migration by comparing and contrasting experiences of encamped and transitory refugees in Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe. Specifically, she will examine the patterns of integration and exclusion of encamped and transitory refugees within the host communities, focusing on the dynamics within both groups and interaction between the host communities and refugees. Her research also entails human behavior, poverty, development, gender, peace, conflict and violence as they affect lives of refugees migrating to developed nations, and encamped refugees, particularly in socio-politically instable countries. Jelena is a Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) Research Fellow.
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