Sean Parramore is finishing his PhD at Queen Mary University of London and is a member and advisor at the America – Bosnia Foundation working on mobilizing support for the socio-economic reforms program launched by the Center for Transatlantic Relations. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University SAIS (BO’09/DC’10), he is living between Brussels, London, and Washington, D.C.
Sean’s PhD focuses on how and under what conditions real estate sector reforms enable business and reduce corruption risk in the Western Balkans. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo on the role of domestic and international actors, particularly the EU, in enabling transparent large-scale land acquisitions, addressing illegal construction and reducing land information asymmetries. His academic interests include land governance, corruption prevention, state-building and European integration.
Before graduating from SAIS Sean studied international relations and law in Groningen, the Netherlands. He has published in journals and newspapers on Southeast European affairs, including the Dutch national daily NRC Handelsblad. He was employed as a EU enlargement/foreign policy analyst in Brussels, where he worked for the European Commission, the European Stability Initiative, the President of the European Parliament and a MEP. He was in Belgrade and Sarajevo with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Southeast Europe Rule of Law programme. He also worked on the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Bosnia-Herzegovina Fellowship Programme and taught international relations in London.