June 28, 2017
RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) is proud to announce that professor Edona Maloku Bërdyna has been awarded the Civil Society Scholar Award (CSSA) 2017-2018 for her outstanding contribution to social identity research in Kosovo. CSSA is awarded internationally by the Open Society Foundation on a basis of rigorous competition among scholars from over 30 countries. Scholars are selected based on their exceptional contributions to research or other engagement with local communities to advance debates on challenging social issues as well as to strengthen critical scholarship and academic networks within their fields.
Ms. Maloku-Berdyna’s work has focused on national, ethnic, and religious identity in Kosovo and the Western Balkans. In particular, she examines how these identities affect relations between ethnic groups in post-conflict contexts. She will use the current grant to work on a cross-cultural research project with 35 scholars worldwide to compare intergroup contact and social (in)equality in Kosovo and 23 other countries. To do so, she will spend time at the Psychology Lab of the University of Zurich.
Ms. Maloku-Berdyna has also been awarded a grant to conduct her doctoral research on “Building Identity in Post-war Kosovo” from the Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP). As a result of all her research work, in March 2014, she was profiled as a rising international scholar by the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).