Suncana Laketa

Suncana Laketa, Dr.

Research Associate

Space and Organization

Tel.: 044 63 55163

Room number: Y25 L 82

Research interests

My research lies in political and urban geography and I am interested in understanding how affect, political discourses and lived spaces come together to perpetuate social and cultural divisions in societies experiencing violent political polarizations. Situated within theoretical frameworks of non-representational theory, feminist approach to geopolitics and poststructural theories of space and identity, in my work I attend to the geopolitical role of feelings in the volatile political climate of (post)-conflict cities.

My recent research projects include the study of:

a) the emotional and affective dimensions of urban space of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina examining the way young people negotiate ethnic-sectarianism through everyday landscapes of schools, streets and bridges of Mostar as well as how state powers regulate differences around which identity is formed and policed; and

b) the emotional mechanisms of lockdown in Brussels, as well as the state of emergency in Paris, following terrorist attacks in 2015 and 2016, exploring the relationship between geopolitical security threats, dynamics of public affect and emotions, and the urban built environment . 

The primary methodological approach I have been developing in my research is feminist ethnographic methodology developed at an intersection between critical psychology and geography.



2015 University of Arizona: PhD Human Geography

2004 University of Zagreb: MSc Psychology


since 2015 University of Zurich: Postdoctoral Researcher

2009-2015 University of Arizona: Teaching and Graduate Assistent

Grants and Fellowships

2017 - 2018 International Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of St. Gallen

2016 Pump-Priming Fund, University of Birmingham, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (co-PI with Sara Fregonese as PI and Martin Müller as co-PI)


2015 - 2016 Forschungskredit, University of Zürich (PI)


2011 - 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, U. S. National Science Foundation (with JP Jones III, University of Arizona)




Presentations and Talks


2017 “Between ‘this’ side and ‘that’ side: on performativity, youth identities and sticky spaces”, University  of Birmingham, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UK.

2016 “Affective landscapes and sticky spaces: emotions and affect in geopolitical struggles over space and identity”, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

2015 “Affect, identities, territories: nationalism embodied”, International Winter Academy "Beyond History and Identity: New Perspectives on Aesthetics, Politics and Society in Eastern Europe”, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin, Germany.

2013 “Youth and the affective geopolitics of everyday life in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, 11th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Lausanne, Switzerland.

2013 “Desire and affect in the formation of geopolitical subjects”, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.


2011 “Living the Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina”, 6th International Conference of Critical Geography, Frankfurt, Germany.


2011 "Beyond the Old Bridge: geopolitics of identity in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina”,  Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.