Dmytro Panchuk received a PhD in Political Science at the Centre for EU Studies, Ghent University. His research focused on EU transgovernmental cooperation instruments, such as Twinning, under the European Neighbourhood Policy. In 2011 he obtained his Master’s in Public Administration from Kansas State University and worked as a research analyst with the Institute for Academic Alliances, an online education consortium in the U.S. Midwest. He also worked for two years at the National University of Ostroh Academy, in his home country Ukraine, offering lectures and seminars in Basic Economics, Political Science, and Professional English (Law, PR). During his association with Ghent University, he gave guest lectures on the topic of Ukrainian politics and EU-Ukraine relations for local community organisations and spoke for the media. He combines his current lectureship at BSIS with his policy advocacy activities as part of the Ukrainian World Congress mission to international organizations in Brussels.
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Valentina Carraro is a Visiting Lecturer at BSIS, and a Lecturer at Maastricht University. At BSIS, she teaches the course “Global Governance and International Organization” during the spring semester.
Valentina Carraro obtained her PhD from Maastricht University in 2017. During her PhD, she investigated the effects of politicization on the authority of human rights soft governance mechanism, focusing specifically on the United Nations. Her research interests include human rights, global governance (in particular soft instruments of global governance), international relations, and European Union agencies.
Prior to obtaining her PhD, she completed a Master’s Degree in European Studies at Maastricht University, a Master’s Degree in International Relations at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Bologna.
Daniel Fiott is a Visiting Lecturer at BSIS on the ‘European Foreign and Security Policy’ module. Daniel has also been a defence analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies since 2016, where he analyses European defence policy and defence industrial issues. Prior to this, he worked for four years as a researcher at the Institute for European Studies at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) (2012-2016). At the VUB he analysed and lectured on various aspects of European security. From 2014-2016 he served as a fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). He was awarded this prestigious scholarship for his research on European defence industrial cooperation. In 2016 he was awarded the IISS’ ‘Palliser Prize’ for his work on EU-NATO cooperation. Daniel was educated at the University of Cambridge and the Free University of Brussels (VUB).
Peter Claeys is an Assistant Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in the research group APEC. He obtained his Ph.D. at the European University Institute, and after a Marie Curie Fellowship at AQR, became an Assistant Professor at the Universitat de Barcelona. His work focuses on the econometric modelling of various aspects of fiscal policy, including the macroeconomic effects of government spending, fiscal consolidation, spillover of budget decisions, fiscal federalism and more generally the interaction between monetary and fiscal policies. He has worked on various projects on fiscal policy for the European Commission, the ECB, the OECD, the European Parliament, and the Spanish and Swedish government. He is coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master on Globalisation and European Integration, and Research Fellow at the United Nations University.
Anna Lavizzari is a visiting lecturer for the module Gender in Conflicts, Migration and Development at the University of Kent (BSIS) and research fellow in political science and sociology at The Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS), Scuola Normale Superiore, in Florence. She gained her Ph.D. at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent. Her research interests cover the study of gender, conflicts and security, social movements and political participation in Europe. She has been appointed researcher for different research projects on movements and countermovements, religious conservative mobilization in Italy, LGBTI rights and youth participation.
Azize Sargin started reading for her PhD in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies in January 2017. Her research focuses on the impact the transnational engagements of migrants on their political integration in receiving states. Azize’s general research interests include migration, political transnationalism, political integration of migrants, Turkish foreign policy and European integration. Her research supervisors are Dr. Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels and Dr. Bojan Savic.
She has an MA degree in European Studies from the University of Birmingham and a BSc. in Political Science and Public Administration from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey.
Before starting her studies at BSIS, Azize worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey as a diplomat for 15 years.
She is currently a teaching assistant for Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research (FDR).
Laura started her PhD in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies in September 2017. Her research examines how blame is instrumentalised as a political device by Eurosceptics in the EU, and its effect on audiences.
Prior to that, she was globe-hopping, working as a consultant and marketing/PR professional in Australia, in diamonds in Antwerp, as a teacher in Russia, and as a sailor in the United Kingdom.
She obtained her MA in EU External Relations from the Brussels School in International Studies in 2016, her BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of London’s international programmes (LSE) in 2010, and has further qualifications in management, project management, and teaching.
She is originally from Tasmania, Australia.
Laura is currently a teaching assistant for Fundamentals of Dissertation and Research (FDR), International Relations Theory, and Negotiation and Mediation.
Daniel started reading for PhD in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies in September 2017. His research focuses on the transnational conditions of possibility of the Colombian conflict. More specifically, he explores how a hegemonic international common sense on the agrarian mode of production – necessary for the reproduction of a particular world order – has been a vehicle for the origin and persistence of the conflict in Colombia.
He obtained his BA in Political Science at the Andes University in Bogota, Colombia and his MA in International Political Economy at the Brussels School of International Studies. He has also studied the use of qualitative methods in writing conflict scenarios at the National University of Colombia.
Daniel has done extensive field work in Colombia to collect information for the development and management of regional plans. He has also worked for the Organization of Ibero-American States to assist in the creation of Plans for Development with Territorial Approach (PDET) to implement the agreements of the Colombian peace process.
Caitlin Marshall started reading for PhD in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies in September 2017. Her research addresses how social media is used by stigmatized migrants for protection and political engagement. More specifically, her research focuses on LGBT migrants in the U.S. military and examines their hidden digital network. Policy makers often formulate policy without the voices of hidden, stigmatized migrants. Without jeopardizing their identity, these hidden migrants are evolving the ways in which they organize, cultivating hidden virtual communities through social media to overcome obstacles to voice their concerns and attempt to impact public policy.
She earned her BA in Political Science and her MA in Public Administration at Arkansas State University in the United States. Additionally, she obtained her MA in International Migration, with a secondary focus on Conflict Analysis, at the Brussels School of International Studies.
Caitlin has extensive experience with the U.S. military and she has served in joint operations with NATO allies in Eastern Europe.
Paige Morrow convenes and teaches a masters-level course in corporate governance at the Brussels School of International Studies. She is also the Executive Director of the HEC-NYU EU Public Interest Clinic in Paris, which advises non-governmental organisations on EU law and policy. She was formerly the Head of Brussels Operations at the public interest law firm Frank Bold, where she specialised in corporate governance, company law and business and human rights. Paige is a Canadian-qualified lawyer who began her career advising and litigating in the areas of human rights, employment and commercial law at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. She has also held positions at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Kenya National Commission for Human Rights and the South African Legal Resources Centre.
Paige holds a Masters of Law from LSE, Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia and a degree in international development studies from McGill University. Her current research focuses on corporate governance, business and human rights, and sustainable finance.