Svetluša Surova

Senior Researcher

Dr Svetluša Surova received a doctorate and graduated with honours in Political Theory at the Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. From 2011 to 2017 she was teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on minority rights and multiculturalism at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava. She has won competitive grants and prestigious awards, such as the latest Project Partnership Award in 2021 from the Office of the Embassy of Canada in Bratislava and Short-Term Scientific Mission in 2020 from the European Non-territorial Autonomy Network COST Action. Earlier grants include Research Scholarship from the National Scholarship Program of Slovak Republic, Brown International Advanced Research Institutes Alumni Seed Award and Erste Foundation Fellowship for Social Research.

Dr Surova is currently working on the projects examining the impact of Covid-19 measures on human and minority rights in Slovakia and the political participation of minorities in Serbia. In the long term, she investigates collective identities of the Slovak minority in Serbia, Slovak diaspora policies and works on proposing a new definition of diaspora using combinatorics. Her research interests include political theory, comparative politics, diaspora studies, minority rights, ethnic politics,      collective identities, identity politics and multiculturalism. Her work was published in Diaspora Studies and Nationalities Papers. She is contributing to Critical Magazine Minority policy in Slovakia published by the Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture (CVEK)  and she has written investigate articles, reportage and experts interviews for Slovak daily newspaper Denník N, weekly magazine .týždeň and her blog on sme.sk.

Dr Surova is an expert member of the Working group for drafting the Law on National Minorities in Slovakia and Human Rights Lecturer for the Amnesty International Slovakia project “Schools for democracy”. She has founded BARI-Global Network- an international, multidisciplinary and global initiative, which seeks to critically examine how to govern and approach an increasing diversity in contemporary societies. She is also an active member of her community defending human and minority rights, helping people in need by collecting and distributing clothes among lower-income families, investigating and revealing corruption in the health sector and academia. In her opinion knowledge, wisdom and capital should be in the service of freedom, equality, justice and peace.

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