since 04/ 2021

Senior Researcher and Project Manager, self-employed

Acquisition, design and implementation of research projects for public and private clients in the fields of digitization, political opinion research, as well as project evaluation and consulting.

Preparation of reports based on large-scale quantitative and/ or qualitative data

Communication of reports, studies or evaluation results on panel discussions or directly to clients

Design and delivery of courses in digital ethics and media at the University of Luxembourg

01/ 2018 – 03/ 2018

Senior Project Manager, policy matters, Berlin

Conception, design, coordination and management of international comparative opinion research projects in the field of European politics

Consulting for political foundations and parties

Short-term employment due to unforeseen termination of business operations by the partners

04/ 2016 – 12/ 2017

Researcher, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB Berlin)

Researcher at “Demokratiemonitor”, a collaborative research project between the WZB and the Bertelsmann Foundation, to assess the role of the media in the quality of democracy

05/ 2014 – 06/ 2015

Researcher, University of Oxford, Nuffield College

Research project on diaspora politicians career paths

Collected data and provided research support for the Croatian case in a research project on Eastern European diaspora politicians

07/ 2012 – 11/ 2012

Tutor, University of Oxford, St. Anne’s College

Led individual one-on-one tutorials in the Oxbridge style in Comparative Politics and Politics in Europe (Politics 206)


Tutor, Cusanus foundation, Bonn 

Led block seminars on “external democracy promotion”

2007 – 2013

Consultant, European Parliament and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation

Presented studies to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament in Brussels

Performed risk analysis on Croatia and South-Eastern Europe

Advised MPs, government officials, visiting delegations in background briefings

2007 – 2012

Policy Adviser, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin

Research Unit EU-Integration

Impacted policy decisions in background briefings with members of the German and European Parliament and the German Foreign Office

Publicly communicated current policy scenarios in policy briefs, panel discussions and media interviews

Wrote grant application for The Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission

Initiated a policy dialogue between the SWP and European Policy Centre (EPC)


Researcher, University of Zagreb, University of Konstanz (lead)

Research project: “The Relevance of Perceptions of Corruption to Crime Prevention”

Led research team on financing of presidential elections

Coordinated a research team on the reform of electoral financing in Croatia

Produced project reports and conference contributions

10/ 2005 – 12/ 2005

Researcher, Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Zagreb

Research project: “Croatian Accession to the EU”

Designed and carried out a comparative research project on the structure of the Croatian EU accession-negotiation team and the process of negotiation talks

Authored a double-blind peer-reviewed book chapter

02/ 2005 – 09/ 2005

Intern, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Zagreb

Coordinated EU pre-accession programmes (Project cycle management of PHARE, ISPA & SAPARD)

Contributed to transposing of the Acquis Communautaire into Croatian law


2010 – 2015

Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil), in Politics with distinction (“no corrections”), University of Oxford, Department of Politics and International Relations

1998 – 2004

German Diploma in Political Science, Free University Berlin

Relevant Skills

Data collection: webscraping with outwit and python, extensive experience with setting up online surveys, building quantitative questionnaires and programming with Limesurvey, years of experience with expert and elite interviews

Data analysis: automated sentiment analysis with python (nltk package), software-assisted qualitative content analysis with MaxQDA and Atlas.TI, descriptive statistics with Stata and R

Data visualization: plotly (python), Adobe Creative Suite (In-Design, Illustrator, Photoshop), Piktochart, Canva


German: native speaker

English: Level C2

Bosnian/ Croatian/ Serbian: Level C1

French: Level B1


Writing up award, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

Full doctoral scholarship, Cusanus-Foundation, BonnResearch fellowship, German

Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

Voluntary Work

Taught German for a beginners’ class of refugees, ITAP Friedrichshain, Berlin

Befriended and supported children and teenagers in children hospice Helen & Douglas House, Oxford

Co-organized and coordinated of the Croatian student project “Beetle Tour Europe”

Co-organized and coordinated the European short-film-festival Moviemiento, financed by EU-Youth, European Commission