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Dr Nela Smolovic-Jones

Sanela (Nela) Smolovic Jones

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Organisation Studies
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
  • n.smolovic-jones

Professional biography

I am a lecturer in Organisation Studies at the Open University, UK. My research focus is on gender, feminism, organisational democratic practice and leadership. I am particularly interested in civil society organisations.

As a PhD researcher I explored the democratic practice generated via the work of civil sector organisations. I hold an MA in Development Studies from the University of Auckland and an MRes from The Open University. Prior to embarking upon full-time study, I was an experienced interpreter/translator and election monitor, with an extensive background of working with civil sector organisations.

I have worked in the field of democratic development throughout my professional career. My experience in the monitoring of elections with OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and European Network of Election Monitoring Organisations, as well as acting as an interpreter and translator, increased my interest in understanding the ways in which democratic practice can be generated.

Research interests

Participative democracy, agonism and deliberation; feminist theory; performativity; poststructuralist discourse theory; ethnography; multimodal analysis.


Understanding sovereign leadership as a response to terrorism: A post-foundational analysis (2019-03-14)
Smolovic Jones, Owain; Smolovic Jones, Nela and Grint, Keith
Organization ((Early Access))
Putting the discourse to work: On outlining a praxis of democratic leadership development (2016-09-01)
Smolovic-Jones, Nela; Smolovic Jones, Owain; Winchester, Nik and Grint, Keith
Management Learning, 47(4) (pp. 424-442)
'[PDF] beinghaRasseD?' Accessing information about sexual harassment in New Zealand's universities (2013-12)
Smolovic-Jones, Nela; Boocock, Kate and Underhill-Sem, Yvonne
Women's Studies Journal, 27(1) (pp. 36-48)
Theorising moral-collaborative leadership, or, direction-less-than-domination: Gramsci and beyond (2014)
Smolovic-Jones, S.; Smolovic Jones, O.; Winchester, N. and Grint, K.
In : 13th International Studying Leadership Conference (14-16 Dec 2014, The Copenhagen Business School)
Performative democratic practice: An ethnographic study of the Women’s Rights Centre in Montenegro (2019-03-12)
Smolovic-Jones, Sanela
PhD thesis The Open University
Feminist Solidarity Building And Working With Difference: The Case Of The Fiji Women’s Forum (2014)
Smolovic Jones, Sanela
mphil thesis University of Auckland