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Meet all the speakers of CEU Democracy Institute’s (DI) “Probing Democracy” conference:

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Guntra Aistara
Guntra Aistara is an environmental anthropologist whose research lies at the intersection of political ecology, food sovereignty, and environmental justice.  Guntra Aistara is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. She holds a PhD from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment. She is co-founder of the Environmental and Social Justice Action Research Group, and a core member of the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative. Her research interests include organic agriculture movements, agrobiodiversity and seed sovereignty, agroecology, permaculture, culinary heritage revivals, multi-species ethnography, and socio-ecological resilience of local food systems. She wrote Organic Sovereignties: Struggles over Farming in an Age of Free Trade and is co-editor and contributing author in the book The Ecolaboratory: Environmental Governance and Economic Development in Costa Rica.
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Alberto Alemanno
Alberto Alemanno is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law & Policy at HEC Paris. He has pioneered innovative forms of academic and civic engagement and activism in the EU transnational space via his civic start up The Good Lobby as well as the EU Public Interest Clinic he established with New York University School of Law. He has been involved in dozens of campaigns, ranging from the first European Citizen Initiative putting an end to international roaming to the drafting of the EU whistleblower directive. He’s the author of over twenty scientific articles and several academic books. The World Economic Forum nominated him Young Global Leader in 2015 and Friends of Europe included him among the 40under40 European Young Leaders. 
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Petra Bard
Petra Bárd is Researcher at CEU’s Legal Studies Department; Research Affiliate at the CEU Democracy Institute; and Associate Professor at Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE), Faculty of Law, Department of Criminology. In the academic year 2021/22 she is a Fernard Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute. She also lectures at other universities across Europe including Belgrade, Frankfurt and Vienna. In her research and her more than 230 pieces of publications, she targets issues at the intersection of the rule of law, fundamental rights and their European enforcement mechanism, EU criminal cooperation, and hate crimes. She participates in several EU-funded projects on the above topics. Currently she is PI on 'Recommendations' in the Horizon2020 RECONNECT consortium, and actively contributes to the research limb on the rule of law.
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Matthijs Bogaards
Matthijs Bogaards is associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the Central European University. He joined from Jacobs University Bremen, where he was full professor of Political Science. A graduate from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, Matthijs has studied and worked internationally for the past twenty-five years. He has published widely on political parties and electoral systems in comparative perspective, on measuring democracy, and on the challenge of democracy in divided societies. His current research focuses on terrorism, de-democratization, and consociational forms of power sharing.
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Christian Brethaut
Christian Bréthaut is Scientific Director at the Geneva Water Hub. Christian Bréthaut joined the Geneva Water Hub in 2014. He is the Head of the component education and knowledge of the Geneva Water Hub. He is also Co-Director of the UNESCO Chair in hydropolitics of the University of Geneva. Bréthaut holds a PhD in Geosciences and Environment from the University of Lausanne. His research is focusing on environmental governance and policy, and more particularly, on water. He is passionate about transboundary water governance, the nexus water-food-energy and governance of common goods. 
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Sian Brooke
Dr Siân Brooke is an LSE Fellow in Computational Social Science in the Department of Methodology. With a background in political philosophy, sociology, and methodology, her research examines how technology can intervene in discrimination. She has recently been awarded a Leverhulme ECR Fellowship, commencing April 2022, to investigate sexism on collaborative computing platforms. Her current projects study intersectional discrimination in online labor markets and is funded by the British Academy and STICERD. Siân completed her PhD at the University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute in September 2020 as a Clarendon Scholar, supported by the ESRC. Her thesis was a radically interdisciplinary project that combined machine learning and ethnography to characterize gender prejudice in programming.
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Laszlo Bruszt
Laszlo Bruszt is Co-Director of the CEU Democracy Institute, and Professor of Sociology at the Central European University. During the regime change in 1989 he served as National Secretary of the newly formed independent trade unions and has represented them in the Roundtable Negotiations. He started to teach at CEU in 1992 and has served as its Acting Rector and President in 1996/97. Between 2004 and 2016 he was teaching at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His publications focus on issues of regime change and economic transformation. His more recent studies deal with the politics of economic integration of the Eastern and Southern peripheries of Europe.
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Marta Bucholc
Marta Bucholc is a professor of sociology at the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Warsaw. From 2015 through 2020 she was research professor at Käte Hamburger Centre for Advanced Studies „Law as Culture“ at the University of Bonn. She is Associated Researcher (chercheuse associée) at the Centre de recherche en science politique, Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles. She was visiting academic at the Universities of Cambridge, Graz, and Jena. Her research focus is sociology of law and historical sociology. She leads the research project “National habitus formation and the process of civilization in Poland after 1989: a figurational approach” funded by Polish National Science Centre (2020-2025), and she is the Polish PI in the Volkswagen Foundation project "Towards Illiberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe: Historical Analysis in Comparative and Transnational Perspectives", led by the University of Jena.
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Fernando Casal Bertoa
Fernando Casal Bértoa is an Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom). He is co-director of REPRESENT: Research Centre for the Study of Parties and Democracy as well as member of the OSCE/ODIHR “Core Group of Political Party Experts”, International IDEA collaborator and Venice Commission expert. His work has been published in Journal of Politics, European Journal of Political Research, Sociological Methods and Research, Journal of Democracy, Electoral Studies, West European Politics, Party Politics, European Political Science Review, Democratization, European Constitutional Law Review, Political Studies Review, European Political Science, Government and Opposition, International Political Science Review, Representation, European Politics and Society, South European Society and Politics, East European Politics and Societies, East European Politics or Frontiers in Political Science. He was awarded the 2017 Gordon Smith and Vincent Wright Memorial Prize, the 2017 AECPA Prize for the Best Article and the 2018 Vice-Chancellor Medal of the University of Nottingham for “exceptional achievements”.
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Anna Clark
Anna Clark is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney. Her PhD thesis, Teaching the Nation, was published by Melbourne University Press and examines debates about teaching Australian history in schools. Follow up research, History's Children: History Wars in the Classroom (New South, 2008), used interviews with 250 history teachers, students and curriculum officials from around Australia to explore Australian history teaching in school. She has also written two history books for children. Her teaching interests range across Australian history and historiography, including contests over the past, oral history, history education, memory studies, and public history. Her current Future Fellowship project, Re-imagining the National Story, is a history of Australian historiography funded by the Australian Research Council.
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Cristina Corduneanu-Huci
Cristina Corduneanu-Huci is an Associate Professor of the Department of Public Policy at CEU and an affiliate of CEU Democracy Institute. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Duke University and was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at European University Institute. Cristina has written on autocratic politics, clientelism, bureaucratic reform, government transparency and international development. Her work explores the complex relationship between collective action, information, and economic outcomes.  She has also conducted political economy research and training for the World Bank in Washington, DC. At CEU, Cristina teaches courses on governance and the political economy of development. 
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Kate Coyer
Kate Coyer is a fellow with the CEU Democracy Institute's Center for Media, Data and Society, and visiting professor in the Department of Public Policy at CEU. Kate's research is primarily concerned with media, technology, and social change, including the impact of digital platforms on politics and public participation. She holds a PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London and has held fellowships with the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She is co-author of Routledge’s Handbook of Alternative Media and recently published a co-authored report examining sovereignty and digitalization, and her work has been featured on NPR, BBC, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, New Scientist, Wired, and others.   
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Zselyke Csaky
Zselyke Csaky is the Research Director for Europe and Eurasia at Freedom House. She oversees Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual survey of democracy from Central Europe to Central Asia, and has written extensively on democratic governance and media freedoms in Central Europe and the Balkans. Her comments and writings have appeared in the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Politico Europe, and the New York Times, among others. Prior to joining Freedom House in 2012, she served as researcher at Amnesty International, the International Service for Human Rights, and the European Parliament. 
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Zsolt Enyedi
Zsolt Enyedi is lead researcher of the De-/Re-Democratization Workgroup at the CEU Democracy Institute and Professor at the CEU Political Science Department. The focus of his research interests is on party politics, comparative government, church and state relations, and political psychology. His articles appeared in journals such as Political Psychology, European Journal of Political Research, Political Studies, West European Politics, Party Politics, Political Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, Journal of Ideologies or European Review. He was the 2003 recipient of the Rudolf Wildenmann Prize and the 2004 winner of the Bibó Award.
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Cees van der Eijk
Cees van der Eijk is Professor of Social Science Research Methods at the University of Nottingham. Previously he was Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on social science research methods and substantive social research. His methodological research involves particularly measurement and measurement models, research design, the analysis of large and complex (multi-dimensional) data structures, and the development of knowledge graphs. His substantive research interests are in the fields of comparative political behaviour and the ways in which citizens/voters, parties/political entrepreneurs, and media influence each other. He has been involved as PI or CoI in election studies for the Netherlands, the UK, and the EU, and in a variety of other research projects. He is (co)author of 20+ academic books and monographs, and of 100+ book chapters and articles in academic journals. He is a Corresponding Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and a Honorary Fellow of the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR).
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Eva Fodor
Eva Fodor is Professor of Gender Studies and is currently the Co-Director of the CEU Democracy Institute. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology and works in the field of comparative social inequalities. She is interested in how and why gender differences in the labor market and the welfare state are constructed and reconstructed in different societies.  Her first book, “Working Difference: Women's Working Lives in Hungary and Austria, 1945-1995" (Duke UP, 2003) compares the organizing principles and everyday practices of state socialist and capitalist gender regimes.   Other research includes gender differences in poverty in post-communist EU countries, the motherhood penalty in CEE labor markets and the impact of COVID-19 in the division of care work. 
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Günter Frankenberg
Günter Frankenberg is Senior Professor of Public Law, Philosophy of Law and Comparative Law at the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main. He is visiting professor at Harvard Law School; Tulane Law School, University of Pennsylvania; and Sciences Po Ecole de Droit. His research focuses on legal theory; comparative law; comparative constitutional studies of authoritarian regimes. His recent publications include Political Technology and the Erosion of the Rule of Law (Elgar, 2013), Comparative Law as Critique (Elgar 2016), Comparative Constitutional Studies (Elgar 2018), Authoritarian Constitutionalism (Elgar 2019, with H. Alviar); and Authoritarianism – Constitutional Perspectives (Elgar 2020).
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Barbara Grabowska-Moroz
Barbara Grabowska-Moroz is Research Fellow at CEU Democracy Institute. In 2018-2021 she was a postdoc researcher in the RECONNECT project (University of Groningen, the Netherlands). In 2010-2018 she worked as a lawyer and project coordinator in the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Warsaw, Poland), and as a legal expert in FRANET (multidisciplinary research network of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency). She graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at Warsaw University (M.A., 2010) and Central European University (LL.M., 2012). In 2017 she defended her PhD thesis on the oversight of the special security services in Poland. She has co-authored, most recently, 'EU Values Are Law, after All' (YEL 2020).
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Petra Guasti
Petra Guasti is Associate Professor of Democratic Theory at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences (on leave). Between 2016 and 2021 served as a senior researcher, an Interim Professor and adjunct lecturer at the Goethe University Frankfurt. In 2021 she completed her (cumulative) habilitation Democracy Disrupted at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Petra received her PhD in political science from the University of Bremen. She previously earned a doctoral degree in political sociology from the Charles University. Her research focuses on the reconfiguration of the political landscape revolves around three themes – representation, democratization, and populism. She published 16 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 19 book chapters, one monograph, and five edited volumes. She serves as an expert for Bertelsmann Transformation Index, Sustainable Governance Indicators, V-Dem, and the Nation in Transit.
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Erin Jenne
Erin K. Jenne is Research Affiliate at the CEU Democracy Institute, and Professor at the International Relations Department at CEU in Vienna, Austria, where she teaches MA and PhD courses on qualitative and quantitative methods, ethnic conflict management, international relations theory, nationalism and populism, foreign policy analysis and international security. She received her PhD in political science with concentrations in comparative politics, international relations and organizational theory. She has received  numerous grants and fellowships, including a MacArthur fellowship at Stanford University, a Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) fellowship at Harvard University, a Carnegie Corporation scholarship, a Senior Fernand Braudel fellowship at European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, and was co-principal investigator for a Minerva Grant from the US Office of Naval Research to conduct research on the subject of soft power. She is the author of Ethnic Bargaining: The Paradox of Minority Empowerment (Cornell University Press, 2007), and Nested Security: Lessons in Conflict Management from the League of Nations and the European Union (Cornell University Press, 2015), and has published numerous book chapters and articles.
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Dimitry Kochenov
Dimitry Kochenov is lead researcher of the Rule of Law Workgroup at CEU Democracy Institute and teaches at CEU Department of Legal Studies in Vienna. His research focuses on the principles of law in the global context, with a special emphasis on the Rule of Law, citizenship, and the enforcement of EU values. He is PI on 'Rule of Law Practices' in the Horizon2020 RECONNECT consortium. He is the author and (co-)editor of numerous books and collections including, most recently, 'Citizenship' (MIT 2019). He consults governments and international organizations and is on numerous scientific and editorial boards, including The Hague Journal for the Rule of Law and The Oxford Encyclopaedia of EU Law.
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Andrea Krizsan
Andrea Krizsan is Senior Research Fellow at the CEU Democracy Institute and Professor at the School of Public Policy and the Gender Studies Department and has a PhD in Political Science from CEU. She is interested in understanding policy change in countries of Central and Eastern Europe. She works on different equality policy fields including gender equality policy, policies on gender-based violence, policies addressing ethnic inequalities and intersectionality. Her current research aims to analyse the politics of policy backsliding in times of crisis and illiberal democracy and forms of resistance to such reversal. Her most recent book was on opposition to the Istanbul Convention and its consequences. She is the recipient of the inaugural Emma Goldman Award for her substantial contributions to the study of feminist and inequality issues in Europe.
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Marc Lazar
Marc Lazar, professor of Political History and Sociology, is the Head of the Center for History at Sciences Po and President of the School of Government at Luiss University in Rome. His main research are on the Left in Europe, Political History and Sociology of France and Italy, and Populism in France and Italy. Among his last publications: Peuplecratie. La métamorphose de nos démocraties, Paris, Gallimard, 2019 andwith Mathieu Fulla (eds), European Socialists and the State in the Twentieth and the Twenty-First Century, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2020. 
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Michal Matlak
Michał Matlak is managing editor of the Review of Democracy, holds a PhD from the European University Institute. He was a visiting scholar at Princeton University, the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, KU Leuven and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. His research focuses on the forms of secularism in the European integration process and various aspects of Europeanization. He works in the European Parliament as a policy advisor.
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Jennifer McCoy
Jennifer McCoy, PhD, is professor of political science at Georgia State University and non-resident scholar at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She was a Senior Core Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Budapest, Hungary in spring 2019.  McCoy was chosen for the inaugural class of Distinguished University Professorships at Georgia State University in 2013.  Specializing in international and comparative politics, Dr. McCoy’s areas of expertise include democratic resilience; democratic erosion and partisan polarization; crisis prevention and conflict resolution; democracy promotion and collective defense of democracy; election processes and international election observation; and Latin American Politics.
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Branko Milanovic
Branko Milanovic is a senior scholar at the Stone Center on Socio-economic Inequality, at The City University New York. Professor Milanovic obtained his Ph.D. in economics (1987) from the University of Belgrade with a dissertation on income inequality in Yugoslavia. He served as lead economist in the World Bank’s Research Department for almost 20 years, leaving to write his book on global income inequality, Worlds Apart (2005). Professor Milanovic’s main area of work is income inequality, in individual countries and globally, including in preindustrial societies. He has published articles in Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Development Economics, and Journal of Political Philosophy, among others. His books include The Haves and the Have-nots (2011), Global Inequality (2016), and Capitalism, Alone (2019). 
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Shalini Randeria
Shalini RanderiaPresident and Rector of CEU, is an American-born Indian social anthropologist/sociologist. She has had a distinguished academic career at institutions of higher education across Europe. She holds the Excellence Chair at the University of Bremen, where she leads a research group on “soft authoritarianisms”. She was educated at the Universities of Delhi, Heidelberg and Oxford, where she belonged to the first cohort of women Rhodes Scholars. She received her PhD and her Habilitation from the Free University of Berlin. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalization, law, the state and social movements. Her research on soft authoritarianism; democracy and demography; forced displacement and dispossession; and the politics of (un)accountability has been carried out in collaboration with historians, political scientists and legal scholars.
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Kolja Raube
Kolja Raube is Assistant Professor for European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences and senior member and research manager at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies at KU Leuven. He is director of the Centre for European Studies at KU Leuven and programme coordinator at KU Leuven’s ‘Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives’. He is adjunct professor at the American University Washington D.C. (Brussels Campus) and was visiting professor at Kobe University (Japan) as well as Visiting Research Fellow at the EU Studies Centre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also an external affiliate at the Transatlantic Policy Centre, Washington D.C. At the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, he takes part in the H2020-projects ‘Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law’ (RECONNECT) and ‘Envisioning a New Governance Architecture for a Global Europe’ (ENGAGE). His recent publication include ‘Assessing the 2019 European Parliament Elections’ (ed. with S. Kritzinger et al.; Routledge, 2020) and ‘Japan, the European Union and Global Governance’ (ed. with S. Ozawa et al., E.Elgar, 2021).
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Juan Rodriguez Teruel
Juan Rodríguez Teruel is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Valencia, Spain. He is the founding editor of "Agenda Pública," a global political analysis website available in Spanish and is the author of the Spanish column 'State of the Left' for Policy Network. He received his PhD in Political Science and Administration by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2006. Additionally, he is Secretary General of the Spanish Political Science Association. His research focuses on ministers, political elites, party politics, and decentralization.
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Conny Roggeband
Conny Roggeband is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and board member of the Amsterdam Research Center on Gender and Sexuality. She has written extensively on the politicization of gender-based violence, equality policies, social movements and transnational feminist networking based on research conducted in the Netherlands, Spain and Latin America.  She is a member of the Amsterdam Research Center on Gender and Sexuality, and co-authored The Gender Politics of Domestic Violence. Feminists Engaging the State in Central and Eastern Europe. Her current work focuses on the implications of democratic backsliding for gender equality policies and feminist activism in Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America.
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Andras Sajo
András Sajó is a former judge and Vice-President at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg (2009-17). He is a Professor at CEU and was the founding dean of Legal Studies at CEU and taught extensively at various North American and European law schools (Cardozo, NYU, Chicago, Harvard, Bocconi) as recurrent visiting professor. He participated and/or advised in drafting the Ukrainian, Georgian, and South African constitutions. He served as Counsel to the President of the Republic of Hungary (1991-1992) and chaired various Codification Committees of the Hungarian Government and Parliament (1991-94). He was the founder and speaker of the Hungarian League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. He is a member of the American Law Institute (1997) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1995). He is currently on the Oversight Board of Facebook. His latest publications include The Constitution of Freedom (Oxford UP) (with Renata Uitz) and Ruling by Cheating (Cambridge UP).
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Carsten Schneider
Carsten Q. Schneider is Professor of Political Science at Central European University (CEU) and MA Program Director of the Department of Political Science. His research and teaching interests focus on the study of political regime change processes in different world regions and on comparative social science methodology, especially set‐theoretic methods. 
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Julie Smith
Julie Smith, Baroness of Newnham has extensive experience of European democracy, both academic and practical, as well as significant experience of managing research grants as PI both in POLIS and previously at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Her research focuses on democracy in the EU, European Parliament elections, the UK’s relations with the EU/Brexit and she is currently working on wider issues of the relationships between representative democracy and referendums.
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Julia Sonnevend
Julia Sonnevend is Associate Professor of Sociology and Communication at the New School for Social Research in NYC. Sonnevend received her PhD in Communications from Columbia University, her Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School, and her Juris Doctorate and Master of Arts degrees in German Studies and Aesthetics from Eötvös Loránd University Budapest. Her scholarship lies at the intersection of media studies, the sociology of culture, and international relations, and focuses on the “re-enchantment” of society, on the magical, non-rational moments, qualities, technologies and artifacts of contemporary social life worldwide. Her work aims to show that we are far less rational in our political, social and mediated lives than we imagine ourselves to be.
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Erik Swyngedouw
Erik Swyngedouw is Professor of Geography at The University of Manchester, UK. His was previously Professor of Geography at Oxford University and held the Vincent Wright Visiting Professorship at Science Po, Paris, 2014. Erik Swyngedouw also holds Honorary Doctorates from Roskilde University in Denmark and the University of Malmö in Sweden. His research focuses on political ecology, environmental politics, democratization, urbanization, politicization, and socio-ecological movements. He is author of, among others, Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-Obscene: Political Interruptions and Possibilities (edited with Dr. H. Ernstson, Routledge), Promises of the Political: Insurgent Cities in a Post-Democratic Environment (MIT Press), Liquid Power: Contested Hydro-Modernities in 20th Century Spain (MIT Press) and Social Power and the Urbanization of Nature (Oxford University Press).
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Maciej Taborowski
Maciej Taborowski took up the position of Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights on 6 May 2019. He holds a PhD in Law and is an Assistant Professor at the European Law Department of the Faculty of Law and Administration, the University of Warsaw, and the Department of European Law of the Institute of Law Studies, the Polish Academy of Sciences (currently on unpaid leave). He also cooperates with the European Centre of the University of Warsaw. He is the author of over 100 publications on the European law, including in renowned Polish and international magazines. He is a lecturer of the European Union’s institutional and economic law. As an advisor in the field of European law, he cooperated with national and international business entities and law firms.
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Balazs Vedres

Balazs Vedres is associate professor at CEU, Department of Network and Data Science, and Sociology. Vedres' research furthers the agenda of developing data science and network science with social theoretical insight.  His research results were published in the top journals of data science, network science, and sociology, with two recent articles in the American Journal of Sociology developing the pragmatist notion of structural folds: creative tensions in intersecting yet cognitively diverse cohesive communities.  Vedres' recent research follows entrepreneurs, video game developers, jazz musicians, programmers, and graphic designers as they weave collaborative networks through their projects and recording sessions, analyzing questions of the sources of creativity, gender inequality, and the historical sustainability of innovation systems. In another line of work, Vedres has analyzed historical network evolution in the areas of transnational civic activism, politicized business groups, and the evolution of global economic flows. 

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Jan Wouters
Jan Wouters is Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance, and founding Director of the Institute for International Law and of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, an interdisciplinary research center with the status of both a Jean Monnet and KU Leuven Centre of Excellence, at KU Leuven. He is also President of KU Leuven’s International Policy Council. He is a Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts and practices law as Of Counsel at Linklaters, Brussels. He is Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Intergovernmental Organizations, Deputy Director of the Revue Belge de Droit International, and an editorial board member in eleven international journals. He has published widely on international and EU law, international organizations, global governance, and corporate and financial law, including 75 books and more than 140 journal articles and 230 chapters in international books. Apart from his participation in international scientific networks, he advises international organizations and governments, trains international officials and is often asked to comment international events in the media. 
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Sonya Ziaja
Sonya Ziaja is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Law and Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School’s Center for International and Comparative Law in 2021. Ziaja holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Arizona, MSc in Water Policy from the University of Oxford, and JD from the University of California Hastings. Her research interests focus on the overlapping areas of environmental governance and law, technology and society: How can environmental law and institutions sustainably adjust to rapidly changing bio-geophysical conditions and societal demands associated with climate change? And with what consequences for equity and democratic participation? Her approach to these questions draws on her interdisciplinary background in geography, water policy and law, as well as her practical knowledge of energy regulation. Prior to joining the University of Baltimore, Dr. Ziaja worked in energy regulation at the California Public Utilities Commission and was the research lead for the Water, Energy, Climate Nexus at the California Energy Commission. Her research has informed the climate adaptation strategy of the U.S. National Parks Service and the first climate adaptation regulation of investor-owned energy utilities in California.

 

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