Sanja Hajdinjak, BA MA PhD

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Sanja Hajdinjak, Ph.D., is a doctor of political sciences in the field of political economy. She is as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Government, University of Vienna, Austria, where she is working on European Values Study project. Her doctoral research focused on the political and bureaucratic institutions and their role in preventing corruption and resource misuse. Her research interests also include quantitative and qualitative research methodology, the rise of populism and right-wing extremism, democratic backsliding and environmental social movements.

Sanja obtained a PhD in Political Science in 2017 from the Central European University, Hungary. Her dissertation “When Bureaucrats Constrain the Grabbing Hand: Environmental Resource Sustainability in Tourism” under the mentorship of Dr Cristina Corduneanu Huci received a summa cum laude. In the dissertation, she developed a new theoretical framework for analysing the institutional determinants of sustainability in the use of natural and cultural resources in tourism sector. Beyond quantitative research through which she generalized the research findings, her doctoral dissertation focused on two case studies, Croatia and Montenegro. She has an MA degree in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University, as well as a second MA and a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Zagreb. In the final year of her BA programme, she won in co-authorship with Gorana Mišić, Rector’s Award for the original research paper.

She is engaged in European Consortium for Political Research’s Summer and Winter schools, teaching qualitative and quantitative research methods to senior scholars and graduate students. She is a part of the Varieties of Democracy team, a large research project on the determinants of democracy where she works as Croatia country coordinator. She is the author of 3 articles and 3 book reviews published in peer-reviewed journals in the field of Political Science and Political Economy. Moreover, her MA dissertation was published as a monograph with VDM Verlag, Berlin in 2011.

Sanja took part in academic exchange at the University of Vienna, Austria in 2009 and the School of Advanced Social Studies; Nova Gorica, Slovenia in 2014. She was a visiting researcher at the University of Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Spain in 2015 and a research fellow as a part of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship framework, at the University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland.


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