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Dr Jana Bacevic

Assistant Professor

PhD (Cantab); B.Sc., MPhil, MA, PhD (University of Belgrade)

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology  
Steering Group Member in the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS)  



I am a social theorist with an interest in aspects of knowledge, ranging from formal epistemology to social practices, politics and policies. My work combines philosophy, sociology, and political economy to study how ideas, institutions, and practices of knowledge production interact with the social world. 

I have a PhD in sociology and one in anthropology. I joined the Department of Sociology at Durham in 2020, having previously worked at the University of Cambridge, University of Aarhus, Central European University in Budapest, Singidunum University and the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade. I have also held visiting fellowships at the University of Bristol, University of Auckland, Open Society Archives in Budapest, and the University of Oxford.

My recent publications address questions such as the role of scientific evidence and expertise in managing pandemics; relationship between knowledge, prediction, and social interventions; and the politics and policies of valuing, measuring, and distributing knowledge. I am particularly interested in the relationships between knowledge, power, and forms of community, identity and justice. 

At Durham, I convene Public Sociology: Theory and Practice (PGT) and Social Theory and the Politics of Knowledge (UG). 

Research interests

  • social theory
  • sociology of knowledge
  • philosophy of (social) science
  • political philosophy
  • political sociology
  • political economy
  • inequalities and social justice
  • anthropology of Empire
  • sociology of science
  • relational sociology

Research groups

  • Higher Education and Social Inequalities

Esteem Indicators

  • 2022: : Member of editorial board, The Philosopher, UK's oldest public philosophy journal
  • 2022: : Keynote speaker, Political Epistemology Network, Amsterdam, 2022
  • 2022: : Keynote speaker, Anthropology of the Future/Future of Anthropology, Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Viminacium 2022
  • 2022: : Invited lecture: School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds
  • 2021: : Keynote speaker, Theory Summmer School, ;Leibniz Center for Science and Society, September 2021
  • 2021: : Invited lecture: Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge
  • 0000: : Editorial board member, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour (SAGE)
  • 0000: : Keynote speaker, ;Praxis Symposium IV: Post-pandemic higher education, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, May 2022 ;


Authored book

  • Bacevic, J. (2014). From class to identity: The politics of education reforms in former Yugoslavia. Central European University.

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Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Bacevic, Jana (2021). Epistemic autonomy and the 'Free Nose Guy' problem. The Philosopher

Supervision students