Shahin Vallée – Bruegel
Shahin Vallee is has been a Visiting Fellow at Bruegel since October 2010. His research interest is essentially focused on international macroeconomics but he is also particularly interested in the all research areas at the intersection of financial markets and public policy. He is working in particular at Bruegel on the international monetary system, European economic governance and monetary and macroprudential policy.From July 1 July 2012, Shahin has been appointed to the Cabinet of President Van Rompuy as an economic advisor.
Aurelie Valtat – Council of the European Union
Aurelie Valtat drives the digital communication strategy of the Council of the European Union. Previously, she was the online communications manager at EUROCONTROL, the European air traffic management agency. She holds an M.A in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, a postgraduate degree in International Public Administration and a B.A in Anthropology from the Sorbonne University.
Ana Varela-Rey – University of Barcelona
Ana Varela-Rey completed a degree in Psychology at the University of Barcelona (2002) and in Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2007). She holds a Masters degree in Psychosocial Intervention (2010) and is currently a PhD candidate in Social Psychology and a member of the “INVICTUS Research Group” at the University of Barcelona. She has been awarded a PhD scholarship by the University of Barcelona. Her PhD thesis deals with violence legitimation discourses and their implication in peace processes, and takes the ETA terrorism group in the Basque Country as the main case study. Her research interests include terrorism; political violence; discourse of legitimation; maintenance of violence and selection of the victims, among others.
Sofia Vasilopoulou is a Lecturer at the University of York. She was previously a Fellow in Comparative Political Analysis in the School of Public Policy, University College London, and a Teaching Associate in Politics at Aston University, UK. She has taught extensively modules on Comparative Politics and Government, European Union politics, Political Parties, Political Economy and Quantitative methods. She is the Editor (with Daphne Halikiopoulou) of Nationalism and Globalisation: Conflicting or Complementary? (Routledge, 2011).
Dimitris Venieris - University of Peloponnese
Dimitris Venieris is a professor at the University of Peloponnese. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Hellenic Observatory at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Guy Verhofstadt - Leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Guy Verhofstadt has held a number of high profile posts in Belgium including Political Secretary to Willy De Clercq, National President of the Party for Freedom and Progress (PVV), an MP in the House of Representatives, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Budget, a Senator, and National President of the PVV and National President of the Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD). In 1999 he became Prime Minister of Belgium, heading three separate governments over the course of nearly ten years. In 2009 Guy he was elected to the European Parliament where he will pursue his interests in European politics after winning the unanimous support of the ALDE Group in their leadership contest. In addition to his duties as a politician, Guy has written a number of books including, The New Age of Empires (2008) and Emerging from the Crisis: How Europe can Save the World (2009).
Reinhilde Veugelers - Bruegel
Dr. Reinhilde Veugelers is a professor at KULeuven (BE) at the Faculty of Economics and Business, where she teaches international business economics and game theory. She is a senior fellow at Bruegel whose activities include coordinating Bruegel research in the area of competition, innovation and sustainable growth. She is currently a CEPR Research Fellow and a member of Commissioner Potocnik‘s Knowledge for Growth expert group. Her research concentrates on industrial organisation, international economics and strategy, innovation and science, and she has authored numerous publications in leading international journals.
Natalya Vince – University of Portsmouth
Natalya Vince is Senior Lecturer in North African and French Studies and is presently an Arts and Humanities Research Fellow. Her research focuses on modern Algerian and French history. In particular, she is interested in oral history, gender studies, and the relationship between history, memory and the construction of identities in both Europe and Africa.
David Vogel is the Solomon P Lee Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics, Haas School of Business, and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. David Vogel’s research focuses on business-government relations with a particular emphasis on the comparative and international dimensions of environmental and consumer regulation. He also writes on corporate social responsibility, and religion and environmentalism. Vogel teaches classes on environmental policy, and business ethics and corporate responsibility. His most recent books are What’s the Beef? The Contested Governance of European Food Safety (co-editor Chris Ansell) MIT Press, 2006) The Market For Virtue: The Potential And Limits Of Corporate Social Responsibility, (Brookings Institution Press, 2005), and Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States (Princeton University Press 2012).
Clara Volintiru – LSE Government
Clara Volintiru is a PhD candidate in the Government Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She holds an MSc in Comparative Politics, also from the LSE, an MBA from CNAM, and an undergraduate degree in economics. Her thesis is focused on political parties in new democracies, but her research activity has also covered topics from the wider area of political economy as well as conflict studies.
Benedetta Voltolini – LSE Department of International Relations
Benedetta Voltolini is a Ph.D candidate at the LSE. She was a Visiting Fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) between September and December 2011 and a Visiting Ph.D student at the Freie Universität Berlin in May-June 2012. Her research interests include lobbying and advocacy in EU foreign policy, EU policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and EU democracy promotion in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Claes de Vreese – University of Amsterdam
Claes de Vreese is Professor and Chair of Political Communication and Scientific Director of The Amsterdam School of Communication Research at the Department of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. He is also Director of the Netherlands School of Communication Research, the national research school in communication science, recognized by the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences KNAW. Finally, he is Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Journalism at the University of Southern Denmark. His research interests include comparative journalism research, the effects of news, public opinion and European integration, effects of information and campaigning on elections, referendums and direct democracy.
Dr. Gudrun Wacker is a Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. She is particularly interested in China’s foreign and security policy and China’s domestic development. Previously, Dr Wacker has worked as a researcher at the Department for Chinese and Korean Studies at the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen and at the Federal Institute for Russian, East European and International Studies in Cologne.
Robert Wade – LSE Department for International Development
Robert Wade is a Professor of Political Economy and Development at the LSE’s Department for International Development. His research interests include globalization and trends in world poverty and income/wealth distribution, the functioning of multilateral economic organizations, and industrial and technology policies, especially in developing countries.
Jonathan Wadsworth – LSE Centre for Economic Performance
Jonathan Wadsworth is a senior research fellow at the LSE’s centre for Economic Performance and a Professor of economics at Royal Holloway College, University of London.
Andrea Walter –University of Münster, Germany
Andrea Walter is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Politics at the University of Münster. She works as a researcher in the WILCO project. Her research interests include the mechanisms of local governance, civil society and participation as well as methods of qualitative research.
Fabio Wasserfallen- University of Zurich
Fabio Wasserfallen is a PhD student at the Department of Political Science, University of Zurich. His research interests include policy diffusion, international and comparative political economy, advanced empirical methods, tax competition dynamics, fiscal federalism, direct democratic institutions, and legal integration in the European Union.
Graham Watson has served as a Member of the European Parliament for South West England since 1994. He was the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) between 2002 and 2009 and he was the first British Liberal Democrat ever to be elected to the European Parliament. Born in Rothesay, Scotland, in 1956, Graham pursued a degree in Modern Languages at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. He is a qualified interpreter who speaks four European languages.
Andrew Watt - European Trade Union Institute
Andrew Watt is senior researcher at the European Trade Union Institute, where he coordinates research on economic, employment and social policies. He edits the ETUI Policy Brief on economic and employment policy, coordinates the European Labour Network for Economic Policy, and writes a column for the Social Europe Journal. He has worked as a consultant/adviser to the European Commission, Eurofound, and the European Economic and Social Committee.
Joachim Wehner – LSE Government
Joachim Wehner is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a member of the Political Science and Political Economy (PSPE) research group and the Public Policy Group (PPG). He has previously worked at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), and as a consultant including for the World Bank and the OECD. His research interests are in the field of political economy, in particular in relation to fiscal policy as well as legislatures. He currently works on projects investigating the “competence” of economic policymakers in OECD countries; the politics and economics of fiscal gimmickry in Europe; and the effect of democratisation on service delivery in South Africa.
Niels Wergin-Cheek is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich since 2004. His research covers Industrial Relations and Sociology of work, with a particular emphasis on comparative issues. Previously, he has studied and worked at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the universities of Warwick,Toulouse, and Göttingen.
Alexander Wochnik – Aston University
Alexander Wochnik is a PhD candidate at Aston University. He is researching the influence of societal actors on foreign policy making in Germany and Poland. He also researches reconciliation policy and in 2012 held the Harry and Helen Gray Reconciliation fellowship at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC.
Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik – Aston University
Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Aston University. Before joining Aston, Jelena held visiting fellowships at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki and the European Union Institute for Security Studies. Her research interests include Serbia-Kosovo relations and transitional justice. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Studies, Harvard University.
Guntram B. Wolff – Bruegel
Guntram Wolff is the Deputy Director of Bruegel. His research focuses on the euro area economy and governance, on fiscal policy, global finance and Germany. He has joined Bruegel from the European Commission, where he worked on the macroeconomics of the euro area and the reform of euro area governance. Prior to joining the Commission, he was an economist at the Deutsche Bundesbank, where he coordinated the research team on fiscal policy. He also worked as an adviser to the International Monetary Fund.
Simon Wren-Lewis – Oxford University
Simon Wren-Lewis is a professor at Oxford University and a Fellow of Merton College. His current research focuses on the analysis of monetary and fiscal policy in small calibrated macromodels, and on equilibrium exchange rates.
Julen Zabalo – University of the Basque Country
Julen Zabalo is a Doctor of Political Geography and a professor at the University of the Basque Country’s sociology department. He is director of a master in Nationalism at the University, and author of a number of publications on Basque nationalism, including Basque Nationalism and National Territory (Bilbao: UEU, 1996; in Basque language) and Migrants and integration. Integration ways in the Southern Basque Country, 1950-1980 (Bilbao: GITE_IPES, 2010; in Basque language).
Georg Zachmann - Bruegel
Georg Zachmann joined Bruegel in September 2009. Prior to that he worked at the German Ministry of Finance and the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin. Georg holds a doctoral degree of the Technical University Dresden as well as a diploma in economics from Humboldt University Berlin.
Ruben Zaiotti – Dalhousie University
Ruben Zaiotti joined the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University (Canada) in July 2010. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, a Master degree from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Bologna. His main areas of interest are international relations theory, international security, border control and European Union politics. He is currently working on two research projects. The first looks at the transatlantic partnership over issues of homeland security. The second examines the challenges of European Union foreign policy after the signing of the Lisbon Treaty. He also writes at Schengenalia.
Anna Zhelnina – National Research University – Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg
Anna Zhelnina is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Sociology, National Research University – Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg. Her current research concerns issues of public space, diverse forms of civic participation, including the participation of young people, as well as to the problematic of the creative city, and the social initiatives of improving the urban environment.
Annette Zimmer –University of Münster, Germany
Annette Zimmer is Professor of Social Policy and Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science at the University of Münster. She is one of the Principal Investigators of the EU-funded WILCO project, “Welfare innovations at the local level in favour of cohesion” (7th Framework Programme of the European Commission), and the head of the WILCO team at the University of Münster.
Fabian Zuleeg – European Policy Centre
Fabian Zuleeg is Chief Economist at the European Policy Centre (EPC), in charge of the Europe’s Political Economy Programme. He leads the EPC’s work in the Economic Policy Forum, working closely with decision makers in the European institutions. He is responsible for the EPC’s work on the Economic and Monetary Union, the European Single Market (in particular the Digital Single Market), European labour markets, the EU budget and PPPs, health and well-being, and environment and energy issues. His current work focuses on the economic and Euro crises, Europe’s economic future and the future sustainability of Europe’s economic and social models in light of challenges such as demographics. He is particularly interested in how European policy and economic governance can address Europe’s dual growth crisis: a low aggregate growth rate and growth divergence, increasing disparities between countries.