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Edona Maloku Bërdyna, MS

Edona MalokuRIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Faculty

Phone: +381 38 608 608 Ext. 135

email emaloku[at]auk.org

Office hours:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Edona Maloku Bërdyna joined RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) in 2008, where she teaches Introduction to Psychology. In the past, she also taught Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Research Techniques, Creative Critical Thinking and has been a mentor for Capstone Projects. Edona also teaches Psychology of Motivation at University of Prishtina (Psychology Department).

Edona is currently a PhD candidate at Leiden University (Netherlands), where she is doing research in social psychology. Her research project focuses on the process of building the national identity in Kosovo’s new state by examining the extent to which people identify and cognitively combine the Kosovar identity with ethnic identities and how this effects intergroup relations. Her primary focus is on the previously conflicting Albanians (majority) and Serbs (minority). Her research project has been awarded a fully-funded fellowship by the prestigious Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP), and in 2014, she has been selected for the International Scholar Spotlight of the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), division of the American Psychological Association (APA). She received her MSc. Degree Cum Laude in 2008 (Leiden University) in Social and Organizational Psychology. She received her BA degree in Psychology at University of Prishtina in 2004, as part of the first generation of psychology graduates in the country.  

She has participated, co-lead or lead research activities that have mainly focused on social identification, mental health issues, organizational development and effectiveness, and education-specific corruption as a form of power abuse. Her latest project is a regional research consortium in Western Balkans (funded by Regional Research Promotion Program), where Edona and colleagues from Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina examine the interplay between national, ethnic and religious identities among youth in these countries (see www.sibyouth.org for details). Her career outside academia includes working on Staff and Organizational Development at ProCredit Bank, and Human Trafficking Prevention with International Organization for Migration (IOM). Edona co-founded Telephone Helpline, the first helpline in the country providing emotional assistance and suicide prevention. She serves as a trainer for various organizations on topics of group processes and dynamics, organizational development, inter-personal relations, emotional support, and basic counseling skills.

Edona fundamentally believes in human potential. She continually engages in a variety of voluntary and community initiatives that encourage a meaningful life for all. One of her latest activities was initiating and leading the Diversity Team at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) which focuses on awareness-raising about various aspects of diversity, including issues of ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation and religion. 

Main publications:

  • Maloku, E., Derks, B., Van Laar, C., & Ellemers, N. (2015). Building national identity in newborn Kosovo: Challenges of integrating national identity with ethnic identity among Kosovar Albanians and Kosovar Serbs. In S. McKeown, R. Haji., & N. Ferguson (Eds.). Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory: Contemporary and World-Wide Perspectives. Springer Publications (in press).
  • Maloku, E., & Demukaj, V. (2014). When corruptive behavior becomes a rule, not an exception: Use of abusive practices for private benefit in higher education institutions in Kosovo. In Proceedings of International Conference on Good Governance in Developing Countries. Tirana, Albania
  • Landsman, M., & Maloku, E. (2009). Justice denied: The state of education of children with special needs in post-war Kosovo. UNICEF. Retrieved from http://www.unicef.org/kosovoprogramme/Eng_-_Justice.pdf
  • KOAPS (2006). Needs Assessment: The situation of people with mental health problems and people with intellectual disabilities in Kosovo. Retrieved from http://www.enil.eu/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Situation-of-People-with-Mental-Health-Problem-in-Kosovo_2006.pdf

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