Marina Hughson (Blagojević) is a sociologist (PhD) and presently holds a position of a research professor (scientific counselor), at the Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research, Belgrade. She is former President of Sociological Association of Serbia and current president of a Section for feminist research and critical studies of masculinities in Serbian Sociological Association, as well as in Sociological Association of Serbia and Montenegro. Marina is is internationally recognized gender scholar as well as international gender expert. Her academic experience include teaching at universities throughout the region (Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina), as well as at universities in USA, Germany, Hungary and Austria. Her work is both academic and policy relevant. In 2003 she has delivered a study on the Social Status of Women in the Balkans, for the European Parliament, which served as the basis of the Resolution of the EU Parliament on improvement of the position of women in the Balkans. In 2004 she has become member of the Enwise expert group of the European Commission and co-editor of the Enwise Report related to women scientists. As an expert Marina was also engaged by UNDP, IFAD, UNSAID, UNIFEM, UNWOMEN and different governments in the region of the Balkans and in Eastern Europe. In 2014 Marina was engaged by the EU Commission to make the first Gender Study of one accession country, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She worked as a consultant and/or done research in 15 countries (Ukraine, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Montenegro, Hungary etc.).
As a researcher, Marina has conducted research in a wide scope of different social fields, including: social inequalities, social stratification, social demography, women professionals, women in science, rural women, migrations, everyday life, quality of life, parenthood, knowledge production, transnationalism, critical studies on men and masculinities. She has published extensively in different languages. Her books include: Parenthood in Serbia in the 90-ies (1998), Migrations of Serbs and Montenegrins from Kosovo and Metohija (1989), Women out of the Circle: Profession and Family (1992), Lot of Responsibility, Too Little of Support: Single parents in Western Balkans (2015); The Semiperiphery and Gender: The Rebellion of the Context (2015), Knowledge Production at the Semiperiphery: A Gender Perspective (2009), Tomorrow was Yesterday: Contribution to Social History of Women in Yugoslavia in the Second Part of the 20th Century (2015). She has conducted wide research in the region under the title “Gender Barometer” and has published four books as a result, including, Gender Barometer in Serbia 2012, Development and Everyday life from Gender Perspective (2012). She also co-edited a book. She has co/edited a book Transnational Men: Beyond, Between and Within the Nations (2013, Routledge) (co-edited a book with him and Katherine Harrison), and at the moment she is preparing a book The Unsustainable Institutions of Men: Gender Power and the Contradictions of Transnational Dispersed Centers (co-editing with Jeff Hearn and Ernesto Vasquez del Aguil, 2018, Routledge), as well as her own new book: Men in Serbia: The Other Side of Gender In/equality. (2017). In her academic work Marina is presently concentrated on issues of transnationalism, globalization, knowledge production and gender. In her work in the last ten years she develops the concept of the “semiperiphery” and “theory of the semiperipheriality”, with the intention to support deeper understanding of the global developments and the position of different societies, including their internal developments and dynamics.
Following her deep conviction that knowledge and evidence based public policies should support rational and progressive social change, nationally and transnationally, Marina devoted a lot of her time and energy into activism and social innovation. She has been one of the leaders of women’s movement in Serbia in the 90-ies, as well as one of the initiators of Women’s Party (ZEST, 1990) which was anti-war and socially-democratically oriented. She was one of the initiators of the first course on gender studies at the Faculty of Philosophy (together with Andjelka Milić and Žarana Papić) , which was at that time the first of that kind in the post-communist Europe. She was also one of the co-founders of Center for Women’s Studies, in 1992, in Belgrade, and a member of the Board ( 1992-8). She initiated and organized the first feminist post-communist conference in Belgrade, under the title “What Can We do for Ourselves?” (1994). She was engaged as a piece activist from the beginning of the 90-ies and was a co-founder of Belgrade’s Circle of Independent Intellectuals (1991). She was a co-founder and a Board member of Democratic Centre Foundation (1998) where she initiated the first conference and the first programme for Integration of Refugees in Serbia (in 1998). She also initiated and organized in 1998 the First NGO Forum in Serbia, which gathered more then 300 NGOs, and which contributed enormously in creation of anti-Milošević widely spread social movement. In 2003 Marina was also an Initiator and co-organizer of the first Conference of women parliamentarians of the Southeastern Europe ( title: European Enlargement, Globalization and Women – From Victims to Agents of Change, Budva, Montenegro, May 10-11, 2003). In the last ten years Marina is engaged on the improvement of the position of rural women and has imitated first researches on rural women in Serbia and RS, which then were integrated into the referential national strategies. For her work on economic empowerment of women, Marina has been awarded The Award for Gender Equality in Vojvodina Province (2013), and in 2015 Marina was awarded TIAW World of Difference100 Awards (the International Alliance of Women, based in Washington), for her contribution to the improvement of women’s economic condition in the post-communist world.
In this phase of her intellectual and political development Marina is more oriented towards “knowledge activism” meaning towards creation of knowledge base which could support adequate intervention into the social reality, which would be beneficial for the largest part of Serbian society and transnationally.
Finally, in her effort to communicate with the public in a role of “public intellectual” , Marina has started from the beginning of the 2017 to publish her column in “Politika”, the oldest daily newspaper in the Balkans. Also, Marina made some of her publications available on: independent.academia.edu/MarinaHughson .