Sanja Angelovska is a trained psychologist. Her education is mainly interdisciplinary with holding a master degree in Studies of South-Eastern Europe and constantly educating herself in some of the psychotherapy approaches, being herself a Systematic and Family Counsellor and currently enrolled in a Gestalt course.
She believes that modern living requires a more holistic approach in general, including here social phenomena. This is the reason why she opted for a Ph.D. programme in IR-Conflict Management whereas her topic of interest is Psychology of Intergroup Conflicts. Being more precise her research topic covers The Role of Psychological Dimensions (Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Fear) in Intergroup Conflicts in the region of the Balkans. This is the research topic she is going to work as a fellow researcher at IASK.
She has a solid experience with peace-building programmes and advocates for women`s rights. Her professional life consists of working in both academic and NGO sector.
Topic: The Role of Psychological Dimensions (Stereotypes, Prejudice and Fear) in Integroup Conflict
Abstract: The field of International Relations since the 1950s has been emerging its scope of research with including social psychology in the field of conflict management and resolution. With this wave of change IR gained a whole new perspective. Psychological dimensions are crucial especially when it comes to the intergroup (ethnic conflicts). Being more precise the aim of the research is to explore the role of the psychological dimensions – stereotypes, prejudice and fear in intergroup conflict. This will explore both the cognitive and emotional processes that occur in intergroup conflict. The importance of these dimensions is that once they are successful identified, treated or canalized It would be much easier to design appropriate approach and strategy for whole the phases of conflict resolution.
Key words: international relations, psychological dimensions, stereotypes, prejudice, fear, intergroup conflicts