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Professor Kenneth Morrison

Job: Professor of Modern Southeast European History / Co-Director of the Jean Monnet Centre for European Governance

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2078385




Personal profile

I specialise in Eastern European politics and history, with an emphasis on the states of the former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia & Slovenia).  I have established myself as the leading scholar in the field, having published Montenegro: A Modern History and my London School of Economics ‘European Institute’ paper Change, Continuity and Consolidation: Assessing Five Years of Independence. My second (co-authored) monograph The Sandžak: A History is in publication with Hurst & Co., London, and should appear in early 2013. I have also recently completed work on a collaborative project called ‘Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies: A Scholars’ Initiative’, which involves experts on East European history and politics from the US (the US Institute for Peace, Washington) and Europe. The resulting book will be published by Purdue University Press (US) in August 2012. I am currently working on a chapter for an edited book by Sabrina Ramet & Ola Listhaug called Building Democracy in the Yugoslav Successor States: Accomplishments, setback and challenges and I am editing a book called Civic and Uncivic Values in Montenegro.

From 2011-12 Kenneth was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Publications and outputs 


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Key research outputs

Kenneth Morrison, ‘Montenegro: A Polity in Flux 1989 - 2000’, in Ingrao & Emmert (eds), Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies: A Scholar’s Initiative, Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, Indiana, US, 2012. 

Kenneth Morrison & Elizabeth Roberts, The Sandžak: A History (Hurst & Co., 2012)

Kenneth Morrison, Montenegro: A Modern History (IB Tauris, 2009)

Kenneth Morrison, Change, Continuity and Consolidation: Assessing Five Years of Montenegro’s Independence (London School of Economics, LSEE Papers) 

Kenneth Morrison, The Criminal State Symbiosis and the Yugoslav Wars of Succession, in Colas & Mabee, ‘Mercenaries, Pirates, Bandits and Empires (Hurst & Co., London, 2010) 

Kenneth Morrison, The Political Life of Milo Djukanović, Sudosteuropa, Sudost Institut, Munich, 2009) 

Areas of teaching

20th century European history; The Cold War; The history of Yugoslavia and its successor states.


  • PhD, History and Area Studies (University of Stirling) 
  • MA (Hons.), Politics and International Relations (University of Aberdeen)

Courses taught

History BA (Hons)

  • Yugoslavia and Beyond (HIST 3009)
  • The Cold War (HIST2007)
  • The Second World War (HIST 2006) 

Honours and awards

  • Winner of the Trevor Thomas Prize for Teaching Excellence (UCL-SSEES), May 2007
  • Winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Prize, DMU, June 2011

Conference attendance

Since 2011, I have given lectures in the UK (LSE) and Norway (NTSU, Trondheim). Additionally, regularly give interviews for the media – in the UK (BBC World Service, Radio 4), Australia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Slovakia and Bulgaria.  In September 2009, I was interviewed for the Serbian television series Integracija (Integration).  I have also written articles for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the UK Defence Academy Advanced Research and Assessment Group (ARAG), the Guardian, Balkan Insight (BIRN), Jane’s Intelligence Weekly (JIW), Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst (JIAA), and ‘The World Today’ (Chatham House). 


Consultancy work

I am regularly engaged as an external expert by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).  I have briefed the previous three UK ambassadors to Serbia and Montenegro, and am a regular participant in roundtables at both the FCO and FCO-organised roundtables at the London School of Economics.  I have, previously, carried out consultancy for NATO and the UK Serious Fraud Office. I am also a member of the advisory boards of BIRN Consultancy and Trans-conflict Serbia, and am a member of the editorial board of the Western Balkans Security Observer (Belgrade).


Current research students

  • Christina Williams (The Bosnian Diaspora in the UK), MA by Independent Studies – First Supervisor
  • Helina Khatun (The Role of Women in the Civil War in Bangladesh), MA by Independent Studies – Second Supervisor  
  • Stacey Bridge (Islamic Fundamentalism in Pakistan), MA by Independent Studies – Second Supervisor 
  • Peter Harris (The Peace Movement during the First World War) – PhD, Co-supervisor with Panikos Panayi  
  • Aleksander Zdravkovski (Politics and Religion in Serbia’s Sandzak region) – PhD, Co-supervisor with Sabrina Ramet (NTSU, Trondheim, Norway)

Externally funded research grants information

I am currently in the process of writing grant applications for the British Academy and the ESRC. I have also submitted an application for a Jean Monnet Module Award to develop my ‘Yugoslavia and Beyond’ course and have been involved in joint proposals for an EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Award.


Internally funded research project information

I was the recipient of one of DMU’s sabbaticals (for one year) in 2011. I have also have been funded on two occasions by the Faculty of Humanities (£450 & £330 respectively), to conduct research in Serbia and Montenegro. The first research trip was conducted in April 2010 and the data gathered was used for my co-authored book on the history of the Sandzak region (written in conjunction with Elizabeth Roberts (Oxford University), to be published by Hurst & Co. in 2012). The second award was used in February 2011 to carry out interview with a number of Balkan politicians.  The data gathered will be used in a publication – a short book entitled ‘Montenegro: Assessing Five Years of Independence’ which is being published by the London School of Economics’ European Institute in March 2011. In December 2011, I was awarded £400 of research expenses to visit archives in Bonn, Berlin (The German Foreign Ministry Archives) and London (National Archives). In April 2012, I was awarded £985 from the ‘Special Projects Fund’ at DMU, which allowed me to complete work on the collaborative project ‘Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies: A Scholar’s Initiative’. 


Case studies

Given my engagement with government, my research directly feeds into policy-making.  I present my latest findings to ambassadors, FCO and Cabinet Office Staff.  I was also a joint organiser of a UK/Montenegrin government public diplomacy project in Brezna, Montenegro, in September 2009. I have published numerous articles in the mainstream media, and my book Montenegro: A Modern History is, according to the highly-reputable Balkan Insight, widely recognised as the most authoritative book on Montenegro. As a result, I was asked to write only the second in the prestigious LSE papers on Southeast Europe (the renowned journalist and analyst, Tim Judah, being the first). In June 2011, I was appointed ‘Senior Visiting Fellow’ at the LSE’s European Institute (a Senior Fellowship is awarded to academics deemed to have made a significant contribution to their field). 

My engagement with the media – in the UK (BBC World Service, Radio 4), Australia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Slovakia and Bulgaria, and with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the UK Defence Academy Advanced Research and Assessment Group (ARAG), the Guardian, Balkan Insight (BIRN), Jane’s Intelligence Weekly (JIW), Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst (JIAA), and ‘The World Today’ (Chatham House) – further demonstrates that my research has significant impact beyond academia.

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