Biljana Kotevska joined EPI in a researcher role in August 2014. She moved on to be EPI’s external collaborator for the duration of her stay in Belfast (UK) for her PhD studies, and resumed her researcher post in October 2018. Biljana has worked as a researcher for ten years for think–tank organisations in SEE, and as an expert and consultant for IGOs (EU, CoE and OSCE) and NGOs (mainly from Macedonia) on equality and non–discrimination, ESCR, NHRIs and minority rights. Biljana is the non-discrimination country expert on Macedonia in the European Commission’s Network of Legal Experts in Gender Equality and Non-discrimination and in its predecessor network since January 2011. Biljana has been awarded four competitive individual research grants and three competitive full postgraduate scholarships, including the Chevening Scholarship by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Biljana is a PhD candidate at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast (UK). She started her doctoral research “Intersectionality In the Post-Yugoslav Space” in September 2015. For her doctoral research, she was awarded the Special Postgraduate Research Scholarship by the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast (UK) and the Civil Society Scholar Award by the Open Society Institute (London/New York). She holds an LL.B from the University ‘St. Cyril and Methodius’ (Macedonia), MA in Democracy and Human Rights in South-East Europe from the University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the University of Bologna (Italy), and an LL.M in International Human Rights Law (with distinction) from the University of Essex (UK).