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Professor Adam Fagan, BSc (Bradford) MA (Manchester) PhD (Manchester)

Professor of European Politics and Head of School

Tel: 020 7882 8602
Location: Arts One 2.36


Adam Fagan

Adam is a co-investigator in the EU-funded MAXCAP (Maximizing the Integration Capacity of the European Union) research project His research focuses on the Europeanization of the Western Balkans, with particular reference to judicial reform, minority rights and environmental governance in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia. 

Adam is also the editor of East European Politics

Adam’s work has been funded by the AHRC, the British Academy, and the Leverhulme Foundation.
He is Head of School, holds a chair in European Politics at QMUL, and is also Professorial Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSEE – LSE South East Europe Research).

Follow Adam on Twitter: @adamfagan24



Research interests:

My research focuses on the Europeanization of the post-conflict former Yugoslav states of the Western Balkans.  I have written extensively on the impact of foreign donor aid to Bosnia-Herzegovina, the building of new policy knowledge and capacities in fragile democracies, as well as an evaluation of attempts by the EU to develop civil society and good governance in Serbia and Kosovo.  

Since joining the College in 2000, my research has been funded by grants from both the British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation. I have recently been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for my project 'Building Kosovo: an evaluation of EU intervention.'

Since September 2007 I have been principal investigator on an AHRC-funded £209,000 project examining the Europeanization of environmental governance in Bosnia and Serbia EU Compliance in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia (ECoBHAS)



Promoting Democracy in the Western Balkans After the Global Economic Crisis (LSE Papers on South Eastern Europe, 5, 2012) with Indraneel Sircar

Green Activism in Post-Socialist Europe and the Former Soviet Union (Routledge 2011) edited by Adam Fagan, JoAnn Carmin 

Europe’s Balkan Dilemma: Paths to State building or Civil Society? (I B Tauris, 2010)

Environment and Democracy in the Czech Republic: The Environmental Movement in the Transition Process, (Elgar,2004)

Journal Articles

The ‘Old’ and the ‘New’ Europeans: Analyses of Public Opinion on EU Enlargement in Review MAXCAP Working Paper Series (No.2), April 2014 (With Dimiter Toshkov, Elitsa Kortenska and Antoaneta Dimitrova)   

Democracy promotion in Kosovo: mapping the substance of donor assistance and a comparative analysis of strategies Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 2014

"Promoting Democracy in the Western Balkans after the Global Financial Crisis: Good Intentions Badly Executed?" in Southeastern Europe, 37(3), 283 – 311, 2013

“Building environmental governance in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Europeanisation and transnational assistance in the context of limited statehood" Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 30(4) 643 – 657, 2012

 EU assistance for civil society in Kosovo: a step too far for democracy promotion? Democratization,18(3):707-730, 2011

"Foreign donor assistance and environmental capacity building: evidence from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina" European Political Science Review, 2011

(with JoAnn Carmin) ‘Environmental Mobilization and Organisations in Post-Socialist Europe and the Former Soviet Union’ Environmental Politics 19(6), 2010

(with Indraneel Sircar): ‘Compliance without governance: the role of NGOs in environmental impact assessment processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina’ Environmental Politics 19(2) 2010

(with Indraneel Sircar): ‘Environmental politics in the Western Balkans: river basin management and NGO activity in Herzegovina’ Environmental Politics 19(6), 2010

'EU Conditionality and Governance in Bosnia & Hercegovina: Environmental Regulation of the Trans-European Road Network' Europe-Asia Studies 63(10),  1-21

'The New Kids on the Block – Building Environmental Governance in the Western Balkans' Acta Politica Vol. 45, 1/2, pp. 203–228

Global-local Linkage in the Western Balkans: The Politics of Environmental Capacity Building in Bosnia-Herzegovina.' Political Studies 55(1) January 2008

'Neither North nor South: Environmental Issues and Civil Society in Post- conflict Bosnia' Environmental Politics, 15(4), 2006.

'Transnational Aid for Civil Society Development in Post-socialist Europe: Democratic Consolidation or a New Imperialism?' Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 22(1) pp. 115-134.

‘Taking stock of civil society development in post-communist Europe: evidence from the Czech Republic'. Democratization 12(5) Autumn 2005.

‘Civil Society in Bosnia a decade after Dayton’ International Peacekeeping Vol. 12 (3) Autumn 2005.

'Contours of the Czech environmental movement', Environmental Politics, 12/2, 2003, pp.49-70 (with Petr Jehlicka)

Environmental Capacity in the Czech Republic', Environment and Planning A, 33, April 2001, pp.589-606.

‘Environmental Protest in the Czech Republic: Three stages of Post-Communist Development ’ Czech Sociological Review, 2000, Vol. 8 No. 2.

Book Chapters

"Global Assistance for Local Environmental Movements: The Politics of Capacity-Building in Bosnia-Herzegovina" in Gabriela Kütting and Ronnie Lipschutz (eds.) Environmental Governance Power and knowledge in a local-global world. (Routledge, 2009)

‘Civil society development in Bosnia’ in D. Chandler (ed) 2005, Protecting the Bosnian Peace: Lessons form a Decade of Nation-building. Routledge.

'Environmental Capacity Building in the Czech Republic' in M. Janicke and H Weidner (eds), National Environmental Policies: A Comparative Study of Capacity Building, (Volume 2), Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, Springer, 2002, ISBN 3 5404 3158 6

'Environmental Movements, Nation States and Globalisation’ with Andrew Tickle in F.W. Carter and D. Turnock (eds.) Environmental Problems in East Central Europe. (Second Edition) Routledge, 2002.

‘Euro-governance and eastward expansion of the EU: the issue of third sector development’ in F. Carr & A. Massey (eds.) Euro-Governance: Institutions and Public Policy. Edward Elgar, 1999.

‘Sustainable Development in the Czech Republic: a doomed concept?’ (with Petr Jehlicka), in S. Baker and P. Jehlicka (eds.) Dilemmas of Transition: The Environment, Economic Development and Democracy in East and Central Europe. Frank Cass, 1999.

PhD Supervision

I welcome PhD proposals in the following broad areas:

  • Europeanisation of the Western Balkans
  • State-building and intervention in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo
  • Environmental politics in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans
  • NGO and civil society development / governance and capacity building

Current PhD Students:

Ceren Ak (first supervisor), The Europeanization of Minority Rights in Turkey: A multilevel governance approach

Marius Calu (first supervisor), Multi-ethnic Models of Governance in Kosovo: Intended and unintended consequences of implementing minority rights in the post-conflict and post-independence context

Sean Parramore (first supervisor), Enduring Corruption: EU rule of law assistance and the actual sources of domestic power in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo since 2000

Paul Sims (co-supervisor with the School of History), The Growth of Environmentalism in Post-War Britain

Koen Slootmaeckers (first supervisor), Struggling for Acceptance: EU Accession and the LGBT Movement in the Western Balkans

Public engagement

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