Guest Contributors

yiannisheadshotBW (1)Yiannis Baboulias is a Greek investigative journalist. His work on politics, economics and Greece appears in the New StatesmanVice UK and others. Follow him on Twitter at @yiannisbab.

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SmallIMG_7608Stefan Bauchowitz holds an MA in European Studies from K.U. Leuven and an MRes in Political Science from LSE. He is currently pursuing a PhD in International Development at the LSE. His research focuses on the role of oil and mining companies in developing countries and efforts to regulate their behaviour.

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Mireia Borrell-PortaMireia Borrell-Porta holds a BSc in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and a MSc in European Political Economy from LSE. She is currently a third  year PhD student of Political Economy at the European Institute at the LSE. Her research focuses on the factors which influence the evolution of social preferences, with an emphasis on family values and social policy reforms. She is also interested in issues of fiscal and political descentralization and federalism and has done some consultancy work on the field of Regional Development and Cohesion Policy. Mireia contributes periodically to a blog on economics and politics, written in Catalan: http://ekonomicus.com

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PhotoDr Vasileios Bougioukos holds a PhD in Economics from Bangor University (Wales). His research focuses mainly on wage bargaining, labour economics and social dilemmas. Moreover, he holds a MSc in European Political Economy from the LSE.

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Maria BrockMaria Brock holds an MSc degree in Social and Cultural Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently a PhD student at Birkbeck College, University of London and teaches at the LSE. Her research evaluates the psychosocial dynamics of transitional and post-transitional societies focusing on the former Eastern Bloc and Russia in particular. Follow Maria on Twitter @BrockMaria or visit her profile page on academia.edu.


Sally-BroughtonMicova2014-Cropped-270x180Sally Broughton Micova is a Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she also completed her PhD. She is also Acting Director of the LSE Media Policy Project with which she has been involved with for the last 3 years. Before entering academia she spent more than a decade in international organisations working with the media. She also lectures on media economics and industries at the Institute for Communications Studies at the School of Journalism and Public Relations in Skopje.

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Lila CaballeroDr Lila Caballero is head of projects and a senior researcher at Counterpoint. She holds a PhD in Government and an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics. During her postgraduate studies she focused on the underlying power dynamics of institutions, which are deeply rooted in culture and traditions. At Counterpoint she has been able to continue exploring the ‘hidden wiring’ and cultural complexities of European institutions, mainly through her work on populism. Lila has authored, co-authored and commissioned various pieces on the hidden wiring of populism within the Reluctant Radicals project, and often writes short pieces on current events for the Counterpoint website.

                                                                                                                                                              

Bart CammaertsDr Bart Cammaerts is senior lecturer and director of the PhD program in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is the former chair of the Communication and Democracy Section of  ECREA and vice-chair of the Communication Policy and Technology section of IAMCR. His most recent books include: Mediation and Protest Movements (eds with Alice Matoni and Patrick McCurdy, intellect, 2013), Media Agoras: Democracy, Diversity and Communication (eds with Iñaki Garcia-Blanco and Sofie Van Bauwel, Cambridge Scholars Publisher, 2009), Internet-Mediated Participation beyond the Nation State (Manchester University Press, 2008) and Understanding Alternative Media (with Olga Bailey and Nico Carpentier, Open University Press, 2008). Beyond academia, Bart Cammaerts is also active within the community radio movement and as a musician and DJ.

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CarvalhoDaniel Carvalho is an economist at the Banco de Portugal since 2005. He was seconded to the European Central Bank for two years (2010-2012). He holds a Research Masters from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and is currently a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses mainly on international economics and financial integration.

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Michael CourtneyMichael Courtney is an IRCHSS PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin. He studies the dynamics of intra-party attitudes in Ireland. Follow him on twitter @MichaelPolSci or visit his personal website.

 


David CrouchDavid Crouch is a freelance reporter in Gothenburg, Sweden. He was previously deputy Europe news editor at the Financial Times. He occasionally contributes to The New York Times and The Guardian. He tweets at @davidgcrouch.

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Olga DemetriouDr Olga Demetriou is a social anthropologist and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. She joined PRIO Cyprus Centre in 2006, following post-doctoral appointments at Cambridge (Wolfson College) and Oxford (St Peter’s College) Universities. She has carried out fieldwork in Western Thrace and Cyprus and has been working on issues of human rights, minority-state relations, refugeehood, gender, and migration. Her latest book is Capricious Borders: Minority, Population and Counter-Conduct between Greece and Turkey (Berghahn, 2013).

                                                                                                                                                             

DimoulasDr Constantine Dimoulas is Lecturer in Social Policy at Panteion University, Athens, and senior analyst at the Institute of Labour, the think-tank of the confederation of the Greek trade unions. Constantine Dimoulas  is co-author of Greece, Financialisation and the EU; the Political Economy of Debt and Destruction, London: Palgrave-Macmillan (forthcoming August 2013).

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maija elonheimoMaija Elonheimo holds a Master of Science in Agriculture and Forestry. She is a journalist at Yleisradio (Yle), Finland’s public broadcasting company. Over the last few years Maija Elonheimo has been the broacast journalist of Yle’s programme on the European Union, calledBrysselin Kone (‘the Plane to Brussels)

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Vanja FigenwaldVanja Figenwald is Brussels based journalist who writes for a weekly business magazine Lider from Zagreb, Croatia. He holds a masters degree in politics from University of Zagreb and specializes in international economy and European politics.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                               

Johan FornasProfessor Johan Fornäs teaches Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden. He currently has a research project on East European Narratives of Europe and has published extensively on cultural, identity and media issues, including Cultural Theory and Late Modernity (Sage 1995), Digital Borderlands (Lang 2002), Consuming Media: Communication, Shopping and Everyday Life (Berg 2007), Signifying Europe (Intellect 2012) and Capitalism: A Companion to Marx’s Economy Critique (Routledge 2013).

                                                                                                                                                               

Professor Vassilis FouskasProfessor Vassilis K. Fouskas is taking up the chair of International Politics & Economics at the Business School of the University of East. He is the founding Director of the Institute for Conflict, Security and Development Studies (CSDS) and the founding editor of the refereed periodical Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (Routledge, quarterly since 1998). He read international history, politics and economics at the Universities of Richmond, Athens, Perugia and London. He has been awarded two doctoral titles, from Panteion University, Athens, and from Queen Mary University of London. He is co-author of Greece, Financialisation and the EU; the Political Economy of Debt and Destruction, London: Palgrave-Macmillan (forthcoming August 2013).

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0Antonis Galanopoulos is graduate student in Political Theory and Philosophy (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). His research interests are: post-Marxism, post-structuralism, critical theory, ideology. He is blogger and editor of Greek magazine, Unfollow. He has translated in Greek several articles of theorists (such as Slavoj Žižek and Immanuel Wallerstein) from the international press. Twitter: @antonisgal

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Fabrizio GoriaFabrizio Goria is business and finance correspondent of the Italian online news magazine Linkiesta. He also writes for the Italian weekly Panorama. He is the Italy correspondent for Eurointelligence. He holds a BBA from Turin University.

 

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Xavier GuillaumeDr Xavier Guillaume is Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of International Relations and Identity (Routledge 2011) and co-editor, with Jef Huysmans, of Citizenship and Security. The Constitution of Political Being (Routledge 2013). You can follow him on twitter @xaf_san or follow his academic profile.

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Paul Jonker-hoffrenDr Paul Jonker-Hoffrén is a post-doctoral researcher in Sociology at Turku Center for Labour Studies (Finland) with main interests of industrial relations, competition policy and economic policy in the EU. He writes Arjenpolku blog.

 

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mary-kaldor1-280x160Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and Director of both the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit and the Justice and Security Research Programme at the London School of Economics.

 

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Dr Eirini Karamouzi is currently lecturer of European Studies and History and postdoctoral fellow of Hellenic Studies at the Macmillan Center, Yale University. She is Book Review Editor for the Cold War History Journal and deputy Head of the LSE IDEAS Balkans International Affairs Programme. Her monograph on the origins of Greece’s road to EEC membership is due to appear next year with Palgrave Macmillan. She is also co-editing a book on ‘Balkans in the Cold War’ and is interested in the transatlantic relationship regarding Southern Europe in the turbulent decade of the 1970s. Follow Eirini on Twitter @EiriniKaramouzi or visit her profile page. 

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Kristina_KardumKristina Kardum holds an MSc degree in international relations from University of Bristol and a master degree in sociology from University of Zagreb. Former technology and a business journalist working for several print and online editions, she is currently employed by the European Parliament.

 

 

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anne_kaunDr Anne Kaun is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department for Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University, Stockholm and will commence a visiting fellow position at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Being interested in the relationship between crisis and social critique, her current project concerns historical forms of media participation that emerged in the context of moments of crisis. Furthermore she is working in a collaborative project on European Narratives. She has previously published in peer-reviewed journals such as Participation; Communications – The European Journal of Communication Research; Information, Communication and Society and the International Journal of Qualitative Methods. Anne is board member of ECREA and vice-chair of ECREA’s Young Scholars Network as well as student board member of the International Communication Association (ICA).

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IMG_8342Dr Zeynep Kaya is a Fellow at the LSE. She completed her PhD in the International Relations Department at the LSE. Her expertise is on the interactions of ethno-political groups with international society, focusing on Kurdish nationalists. She is a regular contributor to the media on debates about Turkish politics.

 

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Foto Antoine KerfantAntoine Kerfant holds a Masters in Business Administration from ESSEC Business School (France). He has worked in different financial positions in multinational companies such as Total and AB Volvo. He is now a business consultant for Spanish entrepreneurs at Consultoría Financiera Kerfant and a blogger at Crear mi Empresa, where he gives tips and business ideas for future business creators.

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KetolaDr Markus Ketola is lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Ulster. His main research interests focus on how civil society actors, NGOs and social movements interact with various Europeanisation processes, with particular interest on the case of Turkey. He holds a PhD from the Social Policy Department at the London School of Economics where he has also worked as a Fellow in Social Policy and Development. His monograph Europeanisation and Civil Society: NGOs and instruments of change (Palgrave Macmillan) was published in May 2013.

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ellieknott1Ellie Knott is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at LSE researching Romanian kin-state policies in Moldova and Russian kin-state policies in Crimea (@ellie_knott).

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Christos Kostopoulos holds a Master’s degree in Global Studies from Lund University, Sweden.

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Sophie LechelerDr Sophie Lecheler is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Government at the LSE and an Assistant Professor of Political Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research focuses on political journalism in the EU and the effects of journalistic news on citizens’ political attitudes and behaviour. She is currently working on a project on the role of emotions in European political communication. Twitter: @Sophelpoffel.

                                                                                                                                                               

oditorium twitterStefan Loesch used to be a banker at J.P.Morgan, and a consultant at McKinsey. A long time ago he was a derivatives quant and theoretical physicist. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD. Now he is an Internet entrepreneur, building up a white-labelled online education platform – oditorium – where he is also sometimes teaching himself to experiment with new online delivery models. He is blogging on online education and on finance on http://www.oditorium.com/ou.

                                                                                                                                                               

Rui LopesDr Rui Lopes is currently a Teaching Fellow at the LSE and Managing Editor of the journal Cold War History. In June 2013 he will assume the post of Research Fellow for three years at the Instituto de História Contemporânea, in Lisbon, where he will study fictional depictions of the Portuguese dictatorship in international audiovisual media. In 2010/2011, he was Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Politics of Goldsmiths, University of London. His monograph ‘Between Cold War and Colonial Wars: The making of West German policy towards the Portuguese dictatorship, 1968-1974’ has been submitted to Palgrave Macmillan for publication.

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MaldonadoVíctor Andrés Maldonado has an MBA from ESADE (Barcelona) and is an ex-EU official (first of the Court of Auditors and then of the European Commission). He participated in one of the technical working groups for the preparation of the Euro. He was Head of Unit in the old General Directorate for Foreign Relations, first, for Mexico and Central America and, then, for the South Caucasus and Central Asia. In 2010, he was transferred to the EEAS, the European External Action Service of the EU, as Head of Division for Central Asia. In November 2012, he left the European Institutions. Since then, he has published articles in La Voz de Barcelona and Crónica Global, as well as on the blog Clave Ciudadana.

                                                                                                                                                               

Giannis Manolis

Giannis Manolis is a PhD student at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. His research focuses on the impact of Europe on national public administrations. He holds a MSc in European Political Economy from the LSE.

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DimitrisMathioudakis Dimitris Mathioudakis is a first year PhD candidate at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. He is also a Research Analyst at Human Dynamics, an Austrian based public sector consulting group working on transition and developing countries. His research focuses on the impact of the euro crisis management in the institutional and political dimensions of European integration. He holds an MSc in Politics and Government in the EU from the London School of Economics and a BSc in International and European Studies.

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Shqipe MjekiqiShqipe Mjekiqi is currently a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin and has an MSc in Politics and Government in the EU from LSE. Her research looks at the impact of electoral systems on MPs’ behaviour across several European countries, including those of South East Europe. Shqipe has previously worked as an Adviser on European Integration to the former President of Kosovo (2006-2010).

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20120318_JMoeller_1Johanna Möller, is a research associate in the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center 507 ‚Transformations of the State’ (within the project ‘Transnationalization of public spheres in Europe: Citizens’ (re)actions’) and member of the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI), both at the University of Bremen. She received a degree in Political Sciences at FU Berlin and has studied in Lublin and Kraków (Poland). Her research interests are the public sphere, transcultural elites and celebritisation. At present, Johanna Möller is working on her PhD project, entitled ‘Transcultural Public Actors. A case study on Polish-German political communication’.

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DSC_3863_053-138x184Marley Morris is a researcher and consultant at Counterpoint on the Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals project. Marley focuses on populist parties and movements, political narratives, and the social and cultural determinants of instability in Europe.

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DiegoMuroDiego Muro is Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). Prior to joining IBEI he was Associate Professor in European Studies at King’s College London and Senior Fellow at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. His research interests include comparative politics, ethnic conflict and asymmetric warfare.

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Henrik MuellerProfessor Henrik Müller teaches economic policy journalism at TU Dortmund University, Germany. He studied economics at the University of Kiel, holds a doctorate degree in economics from the University of the Armed Forces in Hamburg and got his journalism training at Deutsche Journalisten-Schule in Munich. Henrik worked as a journalist for many year, his last position being deputy editor-in-chief at manager magazin,  Germany’s leading business monthly. He is the author of several books on European monetary integration.

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NordensvardDr Johan Nordensvärd holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oldenburg, a MA in Political Science and a BA in Media and Communication from the University of Lund. He currently works as Researcher in Social Policy and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research and teaching expertise is in the fields of social justice and low carbon development, social policy and education policy.

                                                                                                                                                               

Emilio Ontiveros BaezaProfessor Emilio Ontiveros Baeza teaches Economics and Business Administration at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid since 1985, where he has been Vice Chancellor for four years. Founder and President of Analistas Financieros Internacionales (AFI).  He is  contributor and member of the editorial board of several magazines and journals specialised in international economy and finance. His most recent books: Global Turning Points. Understanding the challenges for business in the 21st. Century. (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Una nueva época. Los grandes retos del siglo XXI (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2012) and El Rescate (Aguilar, 2013).

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blueDr Kevork Oskanian is Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics, and has formerly co-edited the Millennium Journal of International Studies, as well as After Liberalism? (Palgrave, 2013) a volume on the future of liberalism in International Relations. He is also the author of ‘Fear, Weakness and Power in the Post-Soviet South Caucasus’ (Palgrave, 2013, forthcoming), a monograph on security in that part of the former Soviet Union.

 

 

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PhotoCentralProfessor George Pagoulatos teaches European Politics and Economy at the Department of International & European Economic Studies, Athens University of Economics & Business; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges; Member of the High Council of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence; Member of the Board of Directors of ELIAMEP; Academic Fellow at the European Policy Centre; President of ECSA-Greece. In 2011-2012 he was Senior Advisor and Director of Strategy to the Prime Ministers Lucas Papademos and Panayiotis Pikrammenos. He has extensive experience in providing advice and analysis on the Greek political economy. He holds a Law degree from the University of Athens, M.Sc. and D.Phil. in Politics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His research and publications focus on the EU, Southern European and Greek political economy, European integration, economic governance, the political economy of banking and finance, politics of reform. See more at: www.pagoulatos.eu

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PapadimitriouProfessor Dimitris Papadimitriou is a Professor of Politics at the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester. He is also the Director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. He has published extensively on Greek politics, the EU’s political economy and aspects of its enlargement strategy in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. His full academic profile is here.

                                                                                                                                                              

Professori Heikki PatomäkiProfessor Heikki Patomäki teaches world politics at the University of Helsinki, Finland since 2003. Previously he worked at the Nottingham Trent University, UK (1998-2003), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (2007-2010) and in 2012, as a visiting professor at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. He was a founding member of NIGD (Network  Institute for Global Democratisation, NIGD); also took part in the founding meeting of international Attac in Paris in 1998 and has chaired Attac Finland on two occasions. He sits on the Board of Left Alliance and is running for the European Parliament in 2014.

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dperronsChina61x85Professor Diane Perrons is the Director of the Gender Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research interests include: globalisation, gender and inequality; paid work, care and social reproduction; economic transformation, crises and changing gender relations; regional development and social change. Much of her writing examines the interplay between economic and social theory and everyday life. She was appointed a fellow of the British Academy of Social Science in 2003, and currently serves on the Management Committee of the UK’s Women’s Budget Group.

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Dr Ania-Plomein-80x108Ania Plomien is a Lecturer at the Gender Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her main research interests are labour markets and social policies from a gender perspective at EU and Member State levels. Plomien has also published on the gender aspects of welfare state change in the Central East European region, on the links between migration, globalisation and  social reproduction, and on the economic crisis. She is a member of the Women’s Budget Group in the UK.

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Ivana PopovicIvana Popovic is a master’s student of international relations and security at the University of Westminster, London. She holds an MA in Political Institutions, Sociology, and Theory, and BA in International Relations from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade (Serbia). Her interests lie in European studies, energy policy, and international security.


LSE BLOG photoGiovanni Puglisi is a freelance journalist. He writes regularly for Futuro Europa with a particular focus on British politics. Mr Puglisi holds an MSc in European Social Policy from the LSE and a PG Diploma in Communication, Journalism and Public Affairs from Il Sole 24 Ore Business School.

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raik_150pxDr Kristi Raik is researcher in the EU programme of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. She holds both a Master’s and a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Turku. She works on EU foreign policy, European diplomacy, the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood, and foreign and EU policies of Finland and the Baltic states.

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RichterHannah Richter just completed her MSc in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Her main research interests lie in the fields of post-structural theory, political sociology and discourse studies. She is currently working on a PhD proposal to research the potential of crisis discourses to shape and change perceptions of political legitimacy.

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bio_pic_tjeerdTjeerd Royaards is editorial cartoonist and cartoon editor for the Cartoon Movement. Explore his work at http://www.tjeerdroyaards.com/.

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Fabrizio-ScrolliniFabrizio Scrollini is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Co-Founder of DATA, an Uruguayan based NGO working on transparency, open data and human development. As an academic Fabrizio is interested in accountability institutions, access to information laws and transparency.  As a practitioner Fabrizio has worked as a senior consultant with transparency institutions in Serbia and Chile looking at transparency standards and governance issues. He previously lead a peer to peer policy and state sector reform cooperation programme between Uruguay and New Zealand. Follow Fabrizio on Twitter @Fscrollini.

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Dr Francisco Seoane Pérez is assistant professor in political communication at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Cuenca Campus). He holds a PhD in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds, and an MA in Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago (with a grant from the Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza). His research focuses on the role of journalism in liberal democracies, and on the intersection of new media and political engagement. His latest book is Political Communication in Europe: The Cultural and Structural Limits of the European Public Sphere (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

                                                                                                                                                                              

DSC_0014[1]Dr Sonia Sierra is associate professor in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB (Spain). She holds a PhD in Spanish Philology and MA in Spanish Literature. She is a founding member of the group “Brandenburg Gate“.  Sonia contributes periodically to a newspaper Crónica Global. Follow Sonia on Twitter  https://twitter.com/soniasi02

                                                                                                                                                               

Afzal SiddiquiDr Afzal Siddiqui is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Statistical Science at University College London. Previously, he was a Lecturer in Statistics at UCL and a College Lecturer in the Department of Banking and Finance at University College Dublin. After having completed his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley, Afzal served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at U.C. Berkeley and a Visiting Post-doctoral Researcher at the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he continues to hold a Guest Senior Scientist position. In addition, he is a Professor (20% time) at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences of Stockholm University. Afzal’s research interests are in energy economics, specifically the application of financial and operational research methods for making decisions under uncertainty and managing risk.

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Simone TagliapietraSimone Tagliapietra is a Researcher at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in Milan and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Istanbul Policy Center in Istanbul. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, where he is currently a PhD candidate at the Doctoral School in Institutions and Policies. He has recently authored the books “The Geoeconomics of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Renewable Energy” and “The Globalization of Natural Gas Markets”. You can find more information about Simone here.

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George N TzogopoulosDr George N. Tzogopoulos is research fellow at ELIAMEP and website editor. He obtained his doctorate in Social Sciences (Media & Communication Studies) from Loughborough University in November 2008. George has worked as a columnist in politics and international relations for the Greek newspaper Apogevmatini from January 2007 until January 2010, has taught propaganda at Loughborough University and has co-operated as a researcher with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). He is a columnist for China’s Global Times and the author of the books: Framing the Rise and Fall of Neoconservatism (I.B.TAURIS, 2012) and The Greek Crisis in the Media (Ashgate, 2013). Ηe speaks English, French, German and Italian.

                                                                                                                                                             

Julie UldamDr Julie Uldam is Assistant Professor at Copenhagen Business School, conducting her postdoctoral research in a collaboration Free University of Brussels (VUB) and London School of Economics (LSE). Her research explores the relationship between online media and civic engagement from three avenues of enquiry: (1) challenges to political contestation, (2) corporate practices of managing visibility and legitimacy, and (3) the discursive construction of civic engagement as a resource, and how a shift
of responsibility from the state to civil society can be made possible in democratic and sustainable ways. Julie’s work has been published in peer
reviewed journals, including International Journal of Communication, Policy & Internet, Sociology Compass and International Journal of Electronic Governance. Julie is vice chair in ECREA’s Communication & Democracy section and the founding coordinator of the network on Social Innovation and Civic Engagement (nSICE).

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AlfonsoValeroAlfonso Valero is a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent University). He is specialised in Arbitration, European Union law and Sports Law. The focus of his research is predominantly dispute resolution, in particular private international law aspects. Alfonso is a dually qualified lawyer in Spain (abogado) and England and Wales (solicitor) and was in practice for a number of years before become a full time academic.

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luuk_van_middelaarLuuk van Middelaar is a political analyst and historian, and the author of The Passage to Europe: How a Continent Became a Union www.passage-to-europe.eu  (Yale University Press 2013, paperback released on 5 June), winner of the European Book Prize 2012. He worked in The Hague and Brussels and has been the speechwriter to the European Council President since 2010.

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Picture-David-RinnertADavid Rinnert  is a Master of Public Administration dual degree candidate at the LSE and Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, with a focus on development and governance in the post-Soviet space. Following his undergraduate studies in Berlin, New York and Paris, he worked in Georgia and Moldova. In addition, he is an independent policy analyst and has published several papers on the region. You can follow him on Twitter: @DRinnert

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GuillemVidalGuillem Vidal holds a BSc in Economics from the Utrecht School of Economics (USE) and a MA in International Relations from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI), were he currently works as a research assistant. His research interests include political economy, comparative politics and Southern Europe.

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WilliamWalker_Bill[1] Walker is Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews which he joined in 1996.  He worked at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex from 1974 to 1996 with a two year secondment to the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London.   He has been recipient of numerous research grants and awards, including Leverhulme and Nobel Institute Research Fellowships.  He was member of the ESRC Priorities Board, 2002-06, and the RAE Panel on Politics and International Studies, 2008.

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Matthew Whmatthew-whitingiting is Lecturer in British and Comparative Politics at the University of Kent. He teaches courses in British politics and comparative European politics. His research focuses on state responses to separatism and institutional reform within the United Kingdom.

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sotiris_smallDr Sotirios Zartaloudis is Lecturer in Politics at Political Science and International Studies at University of Birmingham. His research interests include Europeanization, public policy, welfare reforms, and the impact of the financial crisis on national social policy and politics. His full academic profile is here.

                                                                                                                                                               

 

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