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Economic resources and family strategies during post-war reconstruction in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Research project
Avslutad forskning
Project owner
School of Global Studies

Short description

This project aims to examine the social and economic strategies that people, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, used after the war as they rebuilt their homes or relocated.

Background and research aims

The series of wars marking the disintegration of Yugoslavia reached Bosnia in 1992, resulting in 250,000 of the pre-war population of 4.4 million killed or missing, over a million refugees, and half of the nation’s homes severely damaged or destroyed as well as nearly all the productive infrastructure. 

This project examines the social and economic strategies that people used after the war as they rebuilt their homes or relocated, and the various resources they used to accomplish reconstruction, focusing on four elements: economic resources, social and ethnic considerations, legal and policy issues, and the cultural meanings of place and home. 

By learning more about how home reconstruction was undertaken by families in Bosnia, it may be possible to design policies that make it easier for families to rebuild after destructive conflicts.