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.
Dr. Laurens Ankersmit holds a Ph.D. in EU law from VU University, Amsterdam, writing his dissertation on green and fair trade in and with the EU. He has worked at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at Clifford Chance Brussels. He currently is a lawyer at ClientEarth, an environmental law organisation and teaches EU international relations law at the Brussels School of International Studies of the University of Kent. Laurens is also the editor of the European Law Blog, the leading blog on EU law issues.
Davide Pernice is a PhD researcher specializing in International Conflict Analysis at the Brussels School of International Studies. His research centres on why, how and if Israeli and Palestinian parties eventually engage into, or disengage from de-escalation processes spanning over multiple stages (softening-up, pre-negotiation, negotiation, etc.). He mainly focuses on the standardisable causal mechanisms that trigger and temporarily secure de-escalatory phases in the adversarial relationship between Israeli and Palestinian leadership. As conflict phases are not simply the result of random, contingent events, but rely primarily on the variable capability of decision-makers to control, drive, re-orient and manipulate strategies according to a sub-optimal set of considerations, Davide intends to compare analogous phases belonging to different conflict sequences. Dr. Yvan Guichaoua and Prof. Richard Whitman supervise his research.
Davide is also an EU official, a certified mediator and an experienced trainer in EU foreign policy. He received his MA in International Conflict and Security from the Brussels School of International Studies and his BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of London.
Nicolas Desgrais started reading for his PhD in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies in September 2016. His doctoral research focuses on the regional cooperation of African states in combatting terrorism in the Sahara-Sahel region. More specifically, he looks at how the threat of terrorism fosters the need for increased regional cooperation and the way this cooperation is institutionalized in regional organizations like the G5 Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin Commission. Dr. Yvan Guichaoua and Dr. Toni Haastrup supervise his research.
Nicolas has already worked extensively on African politics in the Sahara-Sahel region during his previous studies and jobs. He obtained his LL.B. at l’Université Paris X and his MA in Geopolitics at the French Institute of Geopolitics (IFG), writing on the mediation of Burkina Faso in the Malian crisis, the involvement of France and other countries in the Sahara-Sahel region and extraversion strategies in Africa. While studying, he also interned for the African Department at the French Ministry of the Armed Forces.
He has worked at the Institute of Strategic Research (IRSEM) and at the Defence Section of the French Embassy in Nigeria, where he focused on the military cooperation between France and Nigeria regarding counter-terrorism efforts against the Salafi-Jihadi insurgent group Boko Haram.
Nicolas has been a teaching assistant for Theories of Conflict and Violence and is currently a teaching assistant for Conflict and Security.
Camilla Callessen started reading for her PhD in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies in September 2016. Her research focuses on Russia’s foreign policy behaviour in the context of intractable conflicts in the post-soviet space. More specifically, she tries to find out what psychological dynamics influence Russia’s behaviour and how this behaviour feeds into the conflict dynamics based on insights from social psychology.
Camilla’s interest in this specific topic developed from course-work she did to obtain her BA in International Studies at the Aalborg University in Denmark and her MA in International Conflict and Security at the Brussels School of International Studies. Working for the United Nations and other NGOs and research institutes that focus on peacebuilding has also contributed to her interest in intractable conflicts and their constitutive dynamics.
She has been a teaching assistant for Fundamentals of Dissertation and Research (FDR) and European Foreign and Security Policy in the 21st Century. She is currently a teaching assistant for FDR.
Azar Dakwar started reading for his PhD in Political and Social Thought in September 2016 at the Brussels School of International Studies. His research pertains to the meaning, conditions of possibility and avenues of and for “emancipatory” politics in our current historical juncture. He looks into contemporary systemic/structural forms of domination generated by secularism’s distinction between religion and politics/state, and religion and economics (as well as the “privatization” of religion). More specifically, he interrogates the comfort zone of Frankfurt School Critical Theory with regards to its critical purchase over secularism and the “question of religion” through political theology as a strategy/mode of critique.
Before commencing his PhD studies Azar has worked as a research assistant to social scientists and political theorists and was a teaching assistant (in strategic thinking and public policy) and later a lecturer (of public policy) at Birzeit University. Also, he worked for 3 years, in various capacities and positions for Sikkuy – The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality. In addition, he has been an international fellow at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue (Vienna) since 2014, and was awarded its Fellowship Grant in 2015.
Azar holds a BSc (Hons.) in cognitive sciences from the Hebrew University and a Master’s degree in public policy (with a thesis in political sociology) from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. He has as well read philosophy at Tel Aviv University and was a fellow at its Minerva Humanities Centre’s “Living Together” research group (2012-2014).
At BSIS, he has been teaching assistant and seminar leader for Fundamentals of Dissertation and Research (FDR) and Negotiation and Mediation. He is currently a teaching assistant for FDR.
His academic publications can be read at: https://kent.academia.edu/AzarDakwar