School of Politics and International Relations

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


Professor of European Politics and Head of School

Telephone: 020 7882 8602
Room Number: Arts One, 2.36
Office Hours: By appointment only


Adam was 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. He has also written extensively on civil society and social movement activism in Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans/South East Europe. Adam was co-founder of the UACES Collaborative Research Network on Fringe Politics South East Europe.

Adam is also Editor-in-Chief 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

Follow Fringe Politics SEE: @Fringe_politics 


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)



Europeanization of the Western Balkans Environmental Governance in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) co-authored with Indraneel Sircar.

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).

Edited Books

The Routledge Handbook of East European Politics, (Routledge 2018) edited by Adam Fagan, Petr Kopecký

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

Edited journal special issues

(with Indraneel Sircar) Activist Citizenship in Southeast Europe, Europe-Asia Studies (online), 69(9), 2017.

(with Tanja A Börzel) Environmental Governance in South East Europe/Western Balkans: Reassessing the Transformative Power of Europe, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, No 33(5) October 2015

(with Indraneel Sircar) Europeanisation and multi-level environmental governance in a post-conflict context: the gradual development of environmental impact assessment processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, No 33(5) October 2015

(with JoAnn Carmin) Environmental Mobilization and Organisations in Post-Socialist Europe and the Former Soviet Union, Environmental Politics, 19(5), 2010.

Working Papers

(with Indraneel Sircar, Antoaneta Dimitrova, and Elitsa Kortenska) Unintended Consequences of EU Conditionality on (Potential) Candidates, MAXCAP Working Paper Series, No. 14, August 2015, “Maximizing the integration capacity of the European Union: Lessons of and prospects for enlargement and beyond” (MAXCAP).

(with Indraneel Sircar) Judicial Independence in the Western Balkans: Is the EU’s ‘New Approach’ Changing Judicial Practices?, MAXCAP Working Paper Series, No. 11, June 2015, “Maximizing the integration capacity of the European Union: Lessons of and prospects for enlargement and beyond” (MAXCAP).

(with Dimiter Toshkov, Elitsa Kortenska and Antoaneta Dimitrova) The ‘Old’ and the ‘New’ Europeans: Analyses of Public Opinion on EU Enlargement in Review, MAXCAP Working Paper Series (No.2), April 2014, “Maximizing the integration capacity of the European Union: Lessons of and prospects for enlargement and beyond”.

(with Indraneel Sircar) Promoting Democracy in the Western Balkans After the Global Economic Crisis, LSE Papers on South Eastern Europe (No. 5), December 2012.

Journal Articles

(with Natasha Wunsch) Fostering Institutionalisation? The Impact of the EU Accession Process on State-Civil Society Relations in Serbia, Acta Politica (online), 2018.

(with Indraneel Sircar) Activist Citizenship in Southeast Europe, Europe-Asia Studies (online), 69(9), 1337-1345, 2017.

(with Tanja Börzel) Environmental governance in South East Europe/Western Balkans: reassessing the transformative power of Europe, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 33(5), 885-900, 2015.  

Democracy promotion in Kosovo: mapping the substance of donor assistance and a comparative analysis of strategies, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 28(1), 115-135, 2015.

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.

(with Indraneel Sircar) Foreign donor assistance and environmental capacity building: evidence from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, European Political Science Review, 3(2), 301-320, 2011.

EU Conditionality and Governance in Bosnia & Hercegovina: Environmental Regulation of the Trans-European Road Network, Europe-Asia Studies 63(10), 1-21, 2011.

(with Indraneel Sircar): Environmental politics in the Western Balkans: river basin management and NGO activity in Herzegovina, Environmental Politics 19(5), 808-830, 2010.

(with Indraneel Sircar): Compliance without governance: the role of NGOs in environmental impact assessment processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Environmental Politics 19(4), 599-616, 2010.

The New Kids on the Block – Building Environmental Governance in the Western Balkans, Acta Politica Vol. 45, 1/2, 203–228, 2010.

Global-local Linkage in the Western Balkans: The Politics of Environmental Capacity Building in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Political Studies 56(3), 629-652, 2008.

Neither 'north’ nor ‘south’: The environment and civil society in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina, Environmental Politics, 15(5), 787-802, 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), 115-134, 2006.

Taking stock of civil society development in post-communist Europe: evidence from the Czech Republic, Democratization 12(4), 528-547, 2005.

Civil Society in Bosnia a decade after Dayton International Peacekeeping Vol. 12(3), 406-419, 2005.

(with Petr Jehlicka) Contours of the Czech environmental movement: a comparative analysis of Hnuti Duha (Rainbow Movement) and Jihoceske matky (South Bohemian Mothers), Environmental Politics, 12(2), 49-70, 2003.

Environmental Capacity in the Czech Republic, Environment and Planning A, 33(4), 589-606, 2001.

Book Chapters

“Building Environmental Governance in Potential Candidate Countries: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina” In Arolda Elbasani (ed.) European integration and transformation in the Western Balkans Europeanization or business as usual? (Routledge, 2013).

(with Indraneel Sircar) “Environmental Movement Activism in the Western Balkans: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina” in Kerstin Jacobsson and Steven Saxonberg  (eds.) Beyond NGO-ization: The Development of Social Movements in Central and Eastern Europe (Ashgate, 2013).

“Civil Society and ‘Good Governance’ in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia: An Assessment of EU Assistance and Intervention” in Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic, James Ker-Lindsay, and Denisa Kostovicova (eds.) Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

"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 David Chandler (ed.) Protecting the Bosnian Peace: Lessons from a Decade of Nation-building. (Routledge, 2005).

“Environmental Capacity Building in the Czech Republic” in Martin Jänicke and Helmut Weidner (eds.) National

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