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Rositsa Dzhekova

Coordinator
Security Program

Education

MA Social Research (Distinction), University of Sheffield

BA Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin

Biography

Rositsa has over 10 years of experience in security research, policy analysis and consultancy across the private, academic and non-government sector. She manages the Security Program’s research and policy evaluation activities in the field of EU criminal justice, security and home affairs. Her areas of expertise include radicalisation and counter-terrorism, organised crime, corruption, informal and underground economies, asset forfeiture, irregular migration, policing and border control, security sector reform.

She is responsible for CSD’s research on countering radicalisation and terrorism. Rositsa has conducted studies on the drivers of radicalisation and violent extremism and on the link between crime and terrorism and has developed risk assessment tools for practitioners. She is member of the expert pool of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), as well as of the European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues (EENeT).

Rositsa has previous academic experience as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. Before joining CSD, she worked as a political analyst and corporate investigations consultant at the global risk consultancy Control Risks in Berlin and London, where she provided in-depth risk assessments and forecasts related to organised crime, security and terrorism risks, political stability, corruption and state capture in the Balkan region. She further conducted corruption and compliance audits, fraud investigations, integrity due diligence and litigation support and advised clients operating in Southeast Europe on the risks of reputational and integrity damage, fraudulent or hostile commercial activities and association with organised crime.

Reports

Dzhekova, R. and Gerganov, A. (2018) Assessing Vulnerabilities to Violent Extremism in Jordan. Findings from a National Survey. Amman, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Dzhekova, R. et al. (2017) Situational Assessment of Extremist Trends. Sofia, Center for the Study of Democracy.

Dzhekova, R. et al. (2017) Monitoring Radicalisation. A Framework for Risk Indicators. Sofia, Center for the Study of Democracy.

Shentov, O., Dzhekova, R. and Rusev, A. (eds.) (2017) Cross-border Organised Crime: Bulgaria and Norway in the Context of the Migrant Crisis. Sofia, Center for the Study of Democracy.

Mancheva, M. and Dzhekova, R. (2017) Risks of Islamist Radicalisation in Bulgaria: A Case Study in the Iztok Neighbourhood of the City of Pazardzhik. CSD Working Paper. Sofia, Center for the Study of Democracy.

Dzhekova, R. et al. (2016) Theoretical framework and concepts of radicalisation, In: Shentov, O. and Todorov, B. (eds.) Understanding Radicalisation. Review of Literature. Sofia, Center for the Study of Democracy.

Dzhekova, R. (2015) Policy approaches to monitoring, countering and preventing radicalisation. In: Todorov, B. and Shentov, O. (eds.) Radicalisation in Bulgaria: Review of Trends and Threats. Sofia, Center for the Study of Democracy.

Rusev, A. and Dzhekova, R. (2015) Organised VAT fraud in the EU: mixing the money flows. In: Levi, M., Shentov, O. and Todorov, B. (eds) Financing of Organised Crime. Sofia, Center for the Study of Democracy.

Dzhekova, R. and Williams, C.C. (2014) Tackling the Undeclared Economy in Bulgaria. A Baseline Report, GREY Working Paper 1, Sheffield University Management School.

Dzhekova, R., Gounev, P. and Bezlov, T. (2013) Combating Police Corruption: European Perspectives. Sofia, Center for the Study of Democracy.

Dzhekova, R., Franic, J., Mishkov, L. and Williams, C.C.(2014) Tackling the Undeclared Economy in FYR Macedonia, GREY Working Paper 3,  Sheffield University Management School.

Dzhekova, R., Parvu, S., van Hulten, M., Slingerland, W. and Beltgens, M. (2013) Civil society organisations involvement in drafting, implementing and monitoring anticorruption policies in Romania. Assessment Report. Bucharest, Pro Universitaria.

Gounev, P., Dzhekova, R., Bezlov, T. (2012) Study on Anticorruption Measures in EU Border Control, Sofia, Center for the Study of Democracy.

Book chapters

Dzhekova, R. and Rusev, A. (2015) The Private Security Sector in Bulgaria. In: Klopfer, F. and van Amstel, N. (eds.) A Force for Good? Mapping the Private Security Sector in South-east Europe. Geneva: DCAF.

Dzhekova, R. (2014) Civil forfeiture of criminal assets in Bulgaria, in: King, C. and Walker, C. (eds.) Dirty Assets: New Issues in the Regulation of Criminal and Terrorism Assets. Aldershot, Ashgate.

Stoynova, N. and Dzhekova, R. (2019) Vigilantism against ethnic minorities and migrants in Bulgaria. In: Bjorgo, T. and Mares, M. (eds.) ‘Vigilantism against Migrants and Minorities.’ London, Routledge (forthcoming).

Kojouharov, A. and Dzhekova, R. (2017) Accountability of the Private Security Sector in Bulgaria. In: Klopfer, F. and van Amstel, N. (eds) ‘Whose responsibility? Reflections on accountability of private security in Southeast Europe’. Geneva, DCAF.

Journal articles

Williams, C. C. and Dzhekova, R. (2014) Evaluating the Cross-National Transferability of Policies: A Conceptual Framework. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 19(4), 1450022.

Williams, C.C., Franic, J. and Dzhekova, R. (2015) Explaining and tackling the undeclared economy in Bulgaria: an institutional asymmetry perspective. SEE Journal of Economics and Business, 9(2), 33-45.

Williams, C.C., Franic, J., Dzhekova, R., Mishkov, L. (2015) Evaluating the policy approach towards the undeclared economy in FYR Macedonia.  Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 24(2), 268-286.

Languages

English, Deutsch

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