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Edona Maloku, PhD Candidate

Edona Maloku BërdynaRIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Faculty

Phone: +381 38 608 608 Ext. 135

email emaloku[at]auk.org

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3:45 - 5:15 p.m.


Edona Maloku is a social psychologist specializing in reconciliation in post-conflict societies. She is a Lecturer of Psychology at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Kosovo (RIT Kosovo) and a research member of Utrecht University “Groups and Identity Lab”. In the past, she has also taught Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Research Techniques, Creative Critical Thinking and has been a mentor for Capstone Projects. She is finalizing her PhD at Leiden University (The Netherlands), where she also received her MSc. Degree (Cum Laude) in 2008 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 cohort in the country.

As a survivor of war, Edona is dedicated to understand the processes that underlie relations between groups with a history of conflict and gain empirical knowledge to help achieve a lasting peace. Her research work is grounded on Social Identity Theory and Contact Hypothesis; with a special emphasis on the readiness to engage in contact with outgroup members in segregated contexts like Kosovo. Her work on the social-psychological processes of identity-building in Kosovo’s new state and their effects on inter-ethnic relations is considered pioneering for the context and has been recognized for its significance by the Open Society International (London, UK), when Edona was granted the Open Society Scholar Award in 2017. She has been profiled as a rising international scholar (2014) by the Society for Psychological Studies of Social Issues (SPSSI, a division of American Psychological Association), while her PhD project has received the prestigious Netherlands Fellowship (2013). Recently, she has expanded this insight to understanding how the development of social identities and prejudice is like among children born and raised after the conflict and country’s independence. More broadly in the region, Edona examines politicized social identities (i.e., national, ethnic and religious identities) and their effects on intergroup relations in the aftermath of the 1990s wars and the Yugoslav collapse.

In her latest project, Edona has teamed up with colleagues from Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland) and the Western Balkans region to examine how school-based initiatives can facilitate intergroup contact and improve relations in divided societies. In so doing, she has initiated the establishment of an Advocacy Group that promotes reconciliation through school-based activities. This includes the former President of Kosovo, her Excellency Atifete Jahjaga (Jahjaga Foundation), and the youngest mayor in Kosovo, Mr. Qendron Kastrati (municipality of Kamenica, eastern Kosovo), where these education initiatives will be piloted.

Edona collaborates on a number of international research projects with colleagues from Europe and the United States. The current collaborations include:


Felicia Pratto, Iirs Žeželj, Edona Maloku, Vladimir Turjačanin, & Marija Branković (Eds). Shaping Social Identities After the Violent Conflicts: Youth in Western Balkans. Palgrave Macmillan Publishing (2017). DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-62021-3


Maloku, E., Derks, B., Van Laar, C., & Ellemers, N. (under final review, September 2018). Stimulating interethnic contact in Kosove: The role of social identity complexity and distinctiveness threat. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. SAGE Publications.  

Maloku, E., Kelmendi, K., & Vladisavljević, M. (2017). Who Is This New We? Similarities and Differences of Ethnic, Religious, and National Identity Among the Albanian Majority and the Serb Minority in Post-Conflict Kosovo. In F. Pratto., I. Žeželj., E. Maloku., V. Turjačanin., & M. Branković (Eds). Shaping Social Identities After the Violent Conflicts: Youth in Western Balkans. Palgrave Macmillan Publishing. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-62021-3

Branković, M., Turjačanin, V., & Maloku, E. (2017). Setting the Stage: Research on National, Ethnic and Religious Identities After the Recent Violent Conflicts in the Western Balkans (2017). In F. Pratto., I. Žeželj., E. Maloku., V. Turjačanin., & M. Branković (Eds). Shaping Social Identities After the Violent Conflicts: Youth in Western Balkans. Palgrave Macmillan Publishing. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-62021-3

Turjačanin, V., Žeželj, I., Maloku, E., & Branković, E. (2017). Taming conflicted identities: Searching for new youth values in the Western Balkans. In T. P. Trošt & D. Mandić (Eds). Beyond ethnic identity: Changing youth values at European periphery. Routledge publishing, US. DOI: 10.4324/9781315111049 

Maloku, E., Derks, B., Van Laar, C., & Ellemers, N. (2016). 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. 


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 (Contributor)

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