Marie-Anne Valfort – Paris School of Economics, Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University

Marie-Anne Valfort is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics. Her research interests include the integration of Muslim immigrants into Western societies, weather-induced internal migrations, social capital, and the determinants of educational quality in developing countries.

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Shahin ValléeBruegel

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.

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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.

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Stijn van KesselStijn van Kessel – Loughborough University
Stijn van Kessel is Lecturer in Politics at Loughborough University and currently based at the Institut für Deutsches und Internationales Parteienrecht und Parteienforschung (PRuF) at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. His postdoctoral fellowship at the PRuF is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. His research interests include populism and political radicalism, party competition and elections, developments in European party systems and related questions of democratic legitimacy.

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Marijn Van KlingerenMarijn van KlingerenUniversity of Amsterdam

Marijn van Klingeren is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research in the Department of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. She worked on the project “Political conflicts in five systems: The role of citizens, media and parties in the politicization of immigration and European integration”, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The public defence of her dissertation titled “Welcome to Europe: How media and immigration affect increasing Euroscepticism” will take place on the 1st of April 2014 in Amsterdam.

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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.

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Sofia Vasilopoulou – University of York

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).

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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).

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Guy Verhofstadt Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Guy Verhofstadt has held a number of high profile political roles in Belgium. In 1999 he became Belgian Prime Minister and headed three separate governments over the course of nearly ten years. In 2009 he became an MEP in the European Parliament and was elected leader of the ALDE group. 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).

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Wim Verbeke 80x108Wim Verbeke – Ghent University

Wim Verbeke is a Professor of agro-food marketing and consumer behaviour at the Faculty of Bio-Science Engineering at Ghent University. He has been involved in several EU-funded research projects on risk perception, meat quality and safety, and he has published extensively on the impact of information and communication on meat consumer behaviour.

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Kare VernbyKåre VernbyUppsala University, Sweden

Kåre Vernby is Associate Professor at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, where he teaches courses in comparative politics and methods. His research interests are in political economy and political behavior and his papers have been published or are forthcoming in academic journals such as American Journal of Political Science,Electoral Studies, European Union Politics and Politics & Society as well as several edited volumes.

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Susannah Verney 80x108Susannah Verney- University of Athens

Susannah Verney is Assistant Professor of European Integration in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Athens. She formerly worked as a Senior Investigator in the Office of the Greek Ombudsman (1998-2001) and has held Visiting Research Fellowships at the LSE and the Universities of Bristol and Bradford.

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Nicolas Veron 80x108Nicolas Veron – Bruegel

Nicolas Véron is a senior fellow at Bruegel, in Brussels, and a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, in Washington DC. His research is mostly about financial systems and financial reform around the world, including global financial regulatory initiatives and current developments in the European Union. He was a cofounder of Bruegel starting in 2002, initially focusing on Bruegel’s design, operational start-up and development, then on policy research since 2006-07. He joined the Peterson Institute in 2009 and divides his time between the US and Europe.

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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.

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Frank Vibert – LSE Government

Frank Vibert is senior visiting fellow at the LSE Government Department. He is the founder director of the European Policy Forum, and was senior advisor at the World Bank and senior fellow at the United Nations University WIDER Institute, Helsinki. His latest boos are Democracy and Dissent; The Challenge of International Rule Making (Edward Elgar, 2011), and The Rise of the Unelected: Democracy and the New Separation of Powers (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

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Sebastian Villasante – University of Santiago de Compostela 

Sebastian Villasante is a Lecturer in Environmental Economics at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Karl-Göran Mäler Scholar at The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on assessing the ecological and economic impacts of fisheries, aquaculture and recreational fishing activities; rebuilding marine ecosystems; governance of the oceans; climate change and marine ecosystem services.

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Ramūnas Vilpišauskas – Vilnius University

Ramūnas Vilpišauskas is a Professor in the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University.

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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.

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davidfernandezvitoresDavid Fernández Vítores – Universidad Complutense, Madrid

David Fernández Vítores is a researcher in the project The economic value of the Spanish Language: Challenges and Opportunities and a Lecturer at the Complutense University. He has published in the Journal of Language and Politics and other academic journals and is the author of several books (in Spanish) including: The Europe of Babel (2011), and The Multilingual Europe (2010). His work focuses on the role of language as a political instrument in international relations. His latest book, Spanish Language in International Relations (2012) can be downloaded here.

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David Vogel

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).

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Clara Volintiru – LSE Government
Clara Volintiru has a PhD in Political Economy, and is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Government Department, LSE. She holds an MSc in Comparative Politics, from the LSE, and an MBA from CNAM, Paris. Currently, she is associate analyst for PRIAD. Her research is focused on political parties in new democracies, informal politics and institutionalism—topics covered in various articles and books.

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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.

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Karsten Vrangbaek – Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research

Karsten Vrangbaek is director of research at the Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research. His area of expertise covers reforms and management, with special emphasis on the correlation between municipalities, regions and state; healthcare reforms and the comparison of healthcare systems, their management and organisation; and on values in the public sector and public management.

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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.

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Gudrun WackerSenior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs

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.

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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.

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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.

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Sylvia Walby – Lancaster University

Sylvia Walby OBE is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University and was appointed to the UNESCO Chair in Gender Research in 2008. Her publications include Globalization and Inequalities: Complexity and Contested Modernities (Sage 2009), The Future of Feminism (Polity Press 2011), Gendering the Knowledge Economy: International Perspectives (co-ed with Gottfried, Gottschall and Osawa; Palgrave 2007), Gender Transformations (Routledge 1997), and Theorizing Patriarchy (Wiley-Blackwell 1990).

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_James Walston – American University of Rome

James Walston is Professor of International Relations at the American University of Rome. His primary research interests are Italian politics and modern history.

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_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.

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Alexandra Hashem-Wangler 80x108Alexandra Hashem-Wangler – University of Bremen

Dr. Alexandra Hashem-Wangler is co-leader in the EU-research project MYPLACE (“Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement”) at the Institute Labour and Economy at the University of Bremen. Her former doctoral research at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) focused on youth culture and transitions, life course research methods, social change, transformation processes in Eastern Europe, and identity construction.

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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.

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Graham Watson Member of the European Parliament for South West England

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.

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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.

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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.

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Niels-Erik Wergin-Cheek – University of Greenwich

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.

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Han Werts – Radboud University Nijmegen 

Han Werts is a Policy Officer at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

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Richard Whitaker – University of Leicester

Richard Whitaker is a Lecturer in European Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester. His research interests include the European Parliament and British centre-right parties and European integration. He is the author of The European Parliament’s Committees (Routledge, 2011).

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Jonathan White – LSE

Jonathan White is Associate Professor (Reader) in European Politics at the London School of Economics.

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Matthew Whiting 80x108Matthew Whiting – LSE Government

Matthew Whiting is a Fellow in the Government Department at the LSE. His research examines the moderation of radical ethno-national groups and democratisation in ethno-nationally divided countries.

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Liz Wicks – University of Leicester

Liz Wicks is Reader in Human Rights Law at the University of Leicester. Her current research interests lie in medical law, constitutional law, and human rights, especially human rights in healthcare and the right to life. Her most recent book is The Right to Life and Conflicting Interests (Oxford University Press, 2010).

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Craig Willy 80x108Craig J Willy

Craig James Willy is a freelance EU affairs writer and blogger. His work focuses on institutional decision-making, democracy and economic policy in the European Union. He has notably researched and written political analysis for the Bertelsmann Foundation and media analysis for the European Commission. His French-English blog is available here:

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Ulrika Winblad – Uppsala University

Ulrika Winblad is associate professor of social medicine, at the Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences at Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research interests include patient care and quality, and democracy and the rights of individuals within welfare states.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sarah Wolff 80x108Sarah Wolff – Queen Mary, University of London

Sarah Wolff is a Lecturer in Public Policy, at Queen Mary, University of London.  She is also Senior Research Associate Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations. Her research focuses on Justice and Home Affairs cooperation between the EU and its Mediterranean neighbours. Her most recent book is The Mediterranean Dimension of the European Union’s Internal Security (Palgrave, 2012).

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Stefan WolffStefan Wolff – University of Birmingham

Stefan Wolff is Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham. A political scientist by background, he specialises in the management of contemporary security challenges, especially in the prevention and settlement of ethnic conflicts and civil wars, and in post-conflict reconstruction, peace-building and state-building in deeply divided and war-torn societies.

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Jon WorthJon Worth

Jon Worth is a Berlin-based blogger and campaigner. His blog – – is one of the longest running blogs dedicated to EU affairs. He works as a freelance communications consultant and is a visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International Affairs, Geneva, and the University of Maastricht, Netherlands.

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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.

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Richard Youngs – FRIDE

Richard Youngs is director (on leave) of FRIDE and senior fellow at the Transatlantic Academy. He is also  professor at the University of Warwick in the UK. His research focuses mainly on democracy promotion and democratisation, European foreign policy, energy security, and the MENA region. He has written several books on different elements of European external policy and published over forty articles and working papers, while writing regularly in national and international media. His latest work is Europe’s Decline and Fall: the struggle against global irrelevance (Profile Books, 2010).

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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).

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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.

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Nikos Zahariadis – The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Zahariadis is professor and director of international studies at the Department of Government at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has served twice as president of International Studies Association-South and has received numerous awards for his research and teaching.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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