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Dublin City University (DCU) is a dynamic and ambitious university, whose mission is to harness the power of higher education, research, and innovation to transform lives and societies. Founded in 1980, DCU is a young university – but is consistently ranked among the top young universities globally, appearing in the 2021 QS Top 70 under 50, and 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Top 100 under 50.

DCU is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Arts and Humanities and in the top 250 universities for Social Sciences (Times Higher Education 2021 World University Rankings). DCU has also been ranked 84th in the world in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. The 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject feature DCU in the top 200 universities worldwide in the areas of Communications and Media Studies, and Politics & International Studies, and in the top 250 for Business and Management Studies, English Language & Literature, and Education.

Apart from being a research powerhouse, DCU is famed for its diverse student intake, a cornerstone of its ethos. Described by the Sunday Times as a ‘champion of social mobility’, the university has 18,500 students, from 55 countries around the world.

Tetyana Lokot

PI, Project Coordinator

Tetyana Lokot is Associate Professor in the School of Communications, DCU. She is an expert on digital media and hybrid media systems in Eastern Europe.

Roderick Flynn

Roderick Flynn is Associate Professor in the School of Communications, DCU. He specialises in media policy in Ireland and the wider European Union. He has acted as Irish PI for four iterations of the Media Pluralism Monitor.

Alessio Cornia

Alessio Cornia is Assistant Professor in the School of Communications, DCU and Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford. He is an expert in digital news and comparative media systems.

Anastasia Deligiaouri

Dr. Anastasia Deligiaouri is a political communication scholar and a senior researcher in the School of Communication, DCU. Her areas of expertise involve digital politics, EU politics, deliberative democracy and discourse analysis. She has been a Marie Curie Individual Fellow at DCU from 2018-2020 working on issues of e-deliberation for law making procedures. She is co-convenor at the Participatory and Deliberative Democracy (PDD) Specialist group of the Political Studies Association in the UK. Her work is published in international journals and edited volumes.

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) is an independent think tank that conducts research and implements projects with the aim of strengthening a common European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Enlargement Policy and the promotion of a Global Strategy for the European Union’s (EU) Foreign and Security Policy. ENC conducts research that aims towards improved dialogue and neighbourhood coordination among European Union (EU) Member States, EU Accession Countries, and European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries, including also the ‘Neighbours of the Neighbours’ (Central Asian Republics, Gulf Cooperation Council, Iraq, Iran, and Sahel Countries). Through research publications, partnerships, trainings and policy events, we aim to narrow the foreign policy gap between existing EU Member States, neighbouring countries, and Wider Europe. These efforts enhance shared European values of democracy, security, economic growth, and education, while guaranteeing a stable, diverse and developing Wider ENP. Since its inception in 2016, ENC has developed partnerships with non-governmental and governmental organisations across the ENP area and Wider Europe. As a non-governmental research institution, we primarily work with academics on issues related to the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) ranging from migration and security to development, democracy, and trade. An important objective is to increase cooperation between academics from across the ENP area and Wider Europe in order to understand the neighbourhoods’ general concerns, research interests and shared policy solutions.

Samuel Doveri Vesterbye

Samuel Doveri Vesterbye is Managing Director at the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC). He oversees ENC research projects across the European Union (EU), neighbourhood countries and Central Asia, including our Academic Council and regional strategies.

Andreas Marazis

Andreas Marazis is Project Manager and Head of Research for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the European Neighbourhood Council. He is covering among other thematics, cybersecurity, disinformation and violent extremism in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Mathilde Tchounikine

Mathilde Tchounikine is a Research and Project Assistant at the European Neighbourhood Council. She holds a Bachelor degree in Political Sciences and a Master degree in European Governance from Sciences Po Grenoble. She recently graduated from a European Neighbourhood Policy Master degree at the College of Europe.

The Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra is a scientific institution focused on research and advanced training within the Social Sciences and the Humanities, through an inter and transdisciplinary approach. The Ministry of Science granted CES the status of Associated Laboratory in 2002, recognizing its contribution to public policies, advanced training and the dissemination and sharing of knowledge.

Since its foundation, in 1978, CES has been conducting research with and for an inclusive, innovative and reflexive society by promoting creative critical approaches in the face of some of the most urgent challenges of contemporary societies. Its goal is to continue engaging generations of exceptionally talented researchers and students in the field of Social Sciences and the Humanities. CES was classified as “Excellent” in the last international evaluation process carried out by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.

CES scientific strategy aims to democratize knowledge, revitalize human rights and to contribute to the establishment of science as a public commodity. We pursue this mission by continuously reshaping our research fields in a response to the needs of the society. Our work covers a wide range of scientific activities and scope, at the national and international level, with particular focus on the North-South and South-North dialogues, contributing to the development, dissemination and application of cutting-edge science and to an advanced research and training of excellence.

Maria Raquel Freire

Maria Raquel Freire is Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (CES) and Professor of International Relations, Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra. She coordinates the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Coimbra. Her research focuses on foreign and security policies, EU studies, and Russia and the post-Soviet space.

Sofia José Santos

Sofia José Santos is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, and a Researcher at the Center for Social Studies, where she leads as principal investigator the research project DeCodeM (FCT), and is part of the research team of the projects (De)Othering (FCT), MyGender (FCT), UNPOP (FCT) - all with a focus on discourses, internet and media. Within CES, she also coordinates Promundo-Portugal's Media and Masculinities programming area and co-edits Alice News. She is a member of ECREA. Her current research interests focus on media, politics and international relations; internet and technopolitics; and media and masculinities.

Irina Castro

Irina Castro is a Project Manager at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, integrating the Project Management Office (GAGEP). In 2009, Castro graduated in Applied Ecology at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. In 2011 she got her MSc in Environmental Engineering and the same year she joined CES as a research fellow for the project ‘BIOSENSE | Science engaging society: Life Sciences Social Sciences and Publics’.

Moara Assis Crivelente

Moara Assis Crivelente is a junior researcher at CES. She is a PhD candidate in International Politics and Conflict Resolution at the University of Coimbra, and holds a master’s degree in Communication of Armed and Social Conflicts and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. She has worked as a journalist, covering international politics, and served as an advisor and board member in international and Brazilian civil society organizations.

TalTech Law School, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Founded in 1918, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) is one of the largest and at the same time the only technological university in Estonia. This is the place where synergy between different fields (technological, natural, exact, social and health sciences) is established. The university offers a wide variety of educational degree programmes in the bachelor, master and doctoral level for both local and foreign students. TalTech is a research university where discoveries are transferred into teaching and studies and real life through knowledge. Estonia is the leading country of digital future in the EU and in the world proposing new solutions of e-governance, smart cities, cybersecurity and digital market. (see: https://e-estonia.com). TalTech has been one of the main engines to support research and trainings in the field in partnership with the European Commission and Estonian government. The TalTechDigital is a brand created in the university to boost info-technological solutions in the world, based on the research of the researchers based in Tallinn.

TalTech Law School (TLS) is a unit in the School of Business and Governance, where strong focus is on social aspects of digital technologies, offering academic programmes and conducting high-impact research in fields, such as technology governance and digital transformation, public sector innovation and e-governance, and law and technology.

Katrin Nyman Metcalf

Katrin Nyman-Metcalf (PhD Uppsala University 1999) conducts research and works internationally on issues related to communications law, e-governance, cybersecurity, and outer space.

Thomas Hoffmann

Thomas Hoffmann (PhD Heidelberg University 2006) conducts research on private law. His focus is on law and digitalization, private international law, law of obligations/consumer law, and the evolution of Livonian law in Early Modern Times.

Archil Chochia

Archil Chochia is a Senior Researcher at TalTech Law School. His research focuses on EU studies and ethical aspects of digitalisation. Archil is a Senior Fellow of Weinstein International Foundation.

Tanel Kerikmäe

Tanel Kerikmäe is a tenured professor of European Legal Policy and Law & Technology. Beside academic work, he has been an active legal expert for the public and private sector internationally.

Holger Mölder

Holger Mölder (PhD Political Sciences, University of Tartu 2010). Holger has also worked for Estonian Ministry of Defence and Estonian Military Academy. His main research areas are international security issues, political cultures, influence and information operations, and psychological warfare.

Antonio de Nebrija University is an independent Spanish university with a firmly international outlook and a practical focus. Our mission is to maintain the highest standards of academic teaching and scientific research in all our specialized areas in order to contribute not only to the training and professional and human development of our students, but also to the progress of society in general.

As to its international profile, the University offers a wide range of international programmes, some of which are awarded dual qualifications whereas others provide students with the opportunity to spend one or two semesters or academic courses in prestigious universities in Europe, USA and Canada.

Studies comprehend over 50 bachelor programmes in Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Health, Communication, Architecture and Engineering. There is also a wide range of postgraduate courses, including several MBA programmes and PhD programmes.

The University has four campuses located in Madrid and in Hoyo de Manzanares. The facilities, equipped with modern systems and resources, are prepared for the use of the Information and Communication Technologies.

Carlos Espaliú

Espaliú holds a doctorate in Public International Law. He is Full Professor of Public International Law and EU Law and Principal Investigator, Research Group on Security, Risks Management and Conflict (SEGERICO). His research lines focus on the use of force in International Law, peaceful settlement of disputes and citizenship in the European Union.

Gracia Abad

Gracia Abad (BA, MA, PhD) is Senior lecturer in International Relations and Research Coordinator at the School of Social Sciences of Nebrija University.

Sonia Boulos

Sonia Boulos holds a Doctorate Degree in Juridical Science from the University of Notre Dame, USA. Her research interests focus on international protection of human rights.

Luis Miguel Pedrero Esteban

Luis Miguel Pedrero Esteban is Professor and Main Researcher of Nebrija-Innomedia Team in the Faculty of Communication & Arts at Nebrija University. Expertise: media and digital communication, radio, audio, convergence and digital consumption.

Ana Pérez-Escoda

Ana Pérez-Escoda is Associate Professor of Information and Communication Technologies at University of Nebrija (Spain) in the Faculty of Communication and Arts. Expertise: digital communication, media, social networks, digital and media literacy.

María-José Establés

María-José Establés is lecturer and researcher in the INNOMEDIA research group at Universidad Nebrija (Spain). She has a PhD in Communication (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain). Her research interests are audiences & reception studies and media literacy.

Marcos Mayo-Cubero

Marcos Mayo-Cubero is Professor and researcher at Nebrija University (Spain). Director of the MA in Television Journalism - Antena 3. Ph.D. in Communication with a professional experience as a TV reporter over more than twelve years at laSexta Noticias, specialized in political and economic news.

Branislav Radeljić

Branislav Radeljić is Professor of International Relations at Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, and Visiting Professor of European Politics at Antonio de Nebrija University, Madrid.

Center for Social Sciences (CSS) was founded in November 2003 as a spin-off of the Social Sciences Support Program (SSSP, 2000-2003) at Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF).

In 2003-2013 it served as a network institution of the Higher Education Support Program of Open Society Institute in the South Caucasus. The mission of the center is to prepare a highly qualified next generation of social science scholars and practitioners in the conditions of Georgia’s internationalization.

Since 2012 CSS has reconsidered its mission and together with the educational one, set a new objective, which is evidence-based scientific and applied research on the present-day issues of foreign policy and security, Europeanisation, education as a civic institution, gender equality and women’s empowerment, etc.

Currently, CSS is listed second among the Horizon 2020 grant recipients from Georgia in terms of both the number of projects and a total EU Contribution. For this reason, in 2020 CSS received the state reward for implementing the Horizon 2020 projects.

Lia Tsuladze

Lia Tsuladze is Executive Director of the Center for Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Sociology at Tbilisi State University. Since 2011 her empirical research has focused on political and popular discourses on Europeanisation, as well as the impact of Europeanisation on the perception of national identity.

Diana Lezhava

Diana Lezhava is Administrative Director of the Center for Social Sciences. She has extensive experience in organizational management, financial administration, and the management of international projects, including H2020 MSCA.

Irine Osepashvili

Irine Osepashvili is a Research Fellow at the Center for Social Sciences and Doctoral Researcher in Sociology at the University of Kent, UK. Her research interests include Europeanisation and civil society.

Mariam Amashukeli

Mariam Amashukeli is a Research Fellow at Center for Social Sciences and Doctoral Researcher in Sociology at Tbilisi State University. Her research focuses on Europeanisation of the Georgian higher education system.

Lela Javakhishvili

Lela Javakhishvili is a Junior researcher at Center for Social Sciences. She is a sociologist with research interests in Europeanisation and gender studies.

Nino Abzianidze

Dr. Nino Abzianidze joined the CSS research team in September 2021. She holds a PhD degree in political science from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Her research interests revolve around the issues of political communication in ethnically divided societies, as well as media research in the contexts of democratization, nationalism and civil conflicts.

Corvinus University of Budapest is the leading institution of Hungary in the fields of economy and social sciences. From July 1, 2019, Corvinus has been operated by Maecenas Universitatis Corvini Foundation, and the aim of the institution is to be the leading university of Central Europe in the fields mentioned. At the Budapest and Székesfehérvár Campuses of the university currently 13000 students are being educated, out of them 3500 are from foreign countries. The university has approximately 300 partner institutions and achieves international recognitions and awards regularly in the ranking of higher education institutions. With the renewed Business and Management Bachelor Programme, Corvinus has won the first prize of Eduniversal 2019, also with its Management and Leadership, Master’s Programme was chosen among the best 100 business universities in Europe by Financial Times Masters in Management 2020. Corvinus University of Budapest is the only higher education institution in Hungary that owns an AMBA and EQUIS accreditation at the same time. 

The Centre for Empirical Social Research (CESR) at Corvinus University of Budapest coordinates theoretically grounded empirical social research primarily in the field of economic actors, elites, media, information society, migration and European integration. Among the applied methods one can find the design and analysis of small surveys and large representative polls, content- and discourse analysis, experiment, interview, focus group, deliberative poll, civic discussion and policy Delphi.

Gabriella Ilonszki

Gabriella Ilonszki is a political scientist, professor emerita at Corvinus University of Budapest. Her main interest covers processes of institutionalisation in East Central Europe focusing on the role of different actors.

György Lengyel

György Lengyel is a sociologist, professor emeritus at the Corvinus University of Budapest, head of the Centre for Empirical Social Research (CESR).

Lilla Toth

Lilla Toth has an MA in Sociology and in Psychology and PhD in Sociology. Her main research interest is in the field of economic sociology, social identity and migration. During the last decades she has participated as a researcher and project coordinator in various researches funded by the European Commission.

Borbála Göncz

Borbála Göncz is a research fellow at the Corvinus Institute for Advanced Studies at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Her research interests include attitudes towards the European integration process and European identity. She has recently co-edited National Political Elites, European Integration and the Eurozone Crisis published by Routledge in 2018 and is author of several book chapters and articles on the subject.

Ákos Bocskor

Ákos Bocskor is a doctoral candidate and Assistant Lecturer in Sociology at Corvinus University of Budapest and an Assistant Research Fellow at Centre For Social Sciences (Budapest, Hungary). His research interests include sociology of education, interethnic relations, qualitative and mixed research methods, and anti-immigration discourses. He holds a master’s degree in Sociology and English Language and Literature.

Anna Vancsó

Anna Vancsó is a PhD candidate of Sociology at CUB. She is currently working as a researcher in a Primus Research Programme called Digital Activism - Children and youth digital civic engagement in a globalised world funded by Charles University. She previously worked in a project called 'Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice – Migration and Global Justice' in which her work focused on the media interpretation of the migration crisis. She has been working on media and text analysis for 7 years both in academic and non-academic environments. Her research interest includes sociology of religion with special focus on the relation between religion, religious institutions, politics, migration and its media representations. She usually works with discourse, content and network analysis methods.

Emese Nagy

Emese Nagy is an economist specialised in HR management. She has been working in EU financed projects for 12 years, as a project manager for 8 years. She has taken part in projects with various scopes, from healthcare through education, to social research. In the MEDIATIZED EU project, she is a project manager in the Corvinus University of Budapest.

Réka Tamássy

Réka Tamássy is a doctoral student at the Doctoral School of Sociology, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication and media studies. In her doctoral research she focuses on the portrayal of minority groups in Hungarian political communication. Her research interests include media sociology, media representation of minorities, and minority discourses.

Attila Melegh

Attila Melegh is a sociologist, economist and historian. He has taught in the United States, Russia, Georgia and Hungary. He is associate professor at Corvinus University, Budapest, and a senior researcher at the Demographic Research Institute. He has led four major international projects on migration, migration statistics, population discourses and East/West discourses. He has published extensively in the global history of social change in the 20th century, and international migration. Author of the book ‘On the East/West Slope, Globalization, Nationalism, Racism and Discourses on Central and Eastern Europe’ published at CEU Press. He is the founding director of Karl Polányi Research Center at Corvinus University.

 

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