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Visiting Research Fellows

The Centre has hosted a number of research fellows from other European institutions producing research on issues relevant to the Centre’s sphere of activity. If you would like information about becoming a Visiting Research Fellow, please contact us for further details.

 

Luz Ramirez (October- December 2017)

Luz is a PhD student at the University of Salamanca in the Estado de Derecho y Gobernanza Global Program attached to the Department of Applied Economics. She has studied a Master in Applied Economics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2006-2009) and a Master in Economic Sciences in the National University of Colombia, Medellín (2003-2006). She has also had a short stay at the University of Livepool (July 2016) and a long-term stay at the University of Würzburg in Germany (March-July 2011). Her teaching experience accumulated 11 years of Associate Professor in different universities in Barcelona, Spain and Medellín Colombia. During those years of teaching, she taught courses in Economics, Applied Economics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Microeconomics, Economic Measurement Techniques, Current Economic Issues and the Labor Market.


Katarzyna Grzybowska (September 2017)

Dr Katarzyna Grzybowska – Walecka is an Assistant Professor at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. She holds PhD in social and political science from the European University Institute in Florence and she was a Chevening Scholar at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Her academic research focuses on democratization and democracy promotion, political parties, political communication and role of social media in politics. Currently, she is involved in the research project called Political Radar which monitors and analyses the online activity of political parties and political movements in Poland. She is co-editor of Polish academic journal ‘Politologia’.


José Rama (April 2017-July 2017)

José Rama has a Degree with an Extraordinary Prize in Political Science (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela) and a MA in Democracy and Government – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) . He is currently a researcher in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the UAM. Since September 2015, he is working on his Doctoral Thesis with a FPU (Ministery) Contract. His thesis is entitled; Parties and Economic Crisis in Europe: a comparative analysis of new parties and changing party system. This project envisages to respond what extent the economic crisis and its political correlates have had an effect on the party systems of Western European countries.


 

Jessica Andersson-Hudson (August 2016-July 2017)

Dr Andersson-Hudson holds a PhD in Politics (2014) from the University of Nottingham. Her general research interest is comparative politics with a focus on comparative policy attitudes. Her primary research is on attitudes towards shale gas and hydraulic fracturing in the United Kingdom. Other areas of research interest are comparative attitudes towards renewable energy and social welfare policies. Her work has been published in Energy Policy. She currently teaches on the ESRC DTC Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis module at the University of Nottingham.


Chitralekha Basu (September-December 2016)

Chitralekha Basu is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Rochester. Her research interests include electoral politics, public opinion and representation in industrialized democracies, with a particular focus on Europe. Her current research uses formal and statistical methods to explain parties’ issue emphases when voter priorities may be influenced by their campaigns. She will be joining the Institute of Political Economy and Governance in Barcelona as a Postdoctoral Researcher in 2017.


Juan Rodríguez Teruel (August 2016)

Juan Rodríguez Teruel is Associate Professor at the University of Valencia. He is also editor of Agenda Pública and Secretary General of the Spanish Political Science Association (AECPA). His PhD was awarded Juan Linz 2006/2007 Prize and the Spanish Political Science Association 2007 Prize to the Best Thesis. His research agenda focuses on ministers, political elites, party politics and decentralization.


Past Research Fellows include:

Leyre Burguera Ameave (2014)

Assistant Professor, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid

Dr Burguera’s research focuses on freedom of public communication during electoral campaigns, historical constitutionalism, electoral systems and the instruments of direct political participation. Another area of interest is how new technologies affect privacy.

She holds a PhD in Law (2010) from Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Spain with the Law school’s extraordinary doctorate award (2011-2012). She graduated in Political Science (2005) from Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). She works as Assistant Professor in the Constitutional Law Department at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).


Tim Veen

Management Consultant, Commerz Business Consulting, Germany

Dr Veen’s research focuses primarily on the political system of the European Union. His most recent project analysed legislative decision-making processes in the Council of the European Union. Ongoing research projects investigate the impact of political time on the legislative output of the EU’s major institutions, the degree of politicisation within the top-bureaucracy in Central and Eastern Europe and the use of formal, statistical models to survey data to derive at ideal point estimates of Members of the European Parliament.

Tim graduated with distinction from the MA in International Relations programme at the University of Groningen, NL. Since 2010, he holds a PhD in Political Science and Social Science Data Analysis (University of Nottingham, UK). Afterward completing his PhD, Tim worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Mannheim and served the OECD as a policy consultant. He is an honorary member of Phi Sigma Omega, the honours society of policy scholars in the United States. Amongst other prizes, Tim has been awarded the Midwest Political Science Association’s Harrell Rodgers Scholarship and the University of Nottingham’s Vice-Chancellor’s Achievement award. Publications in peer-reviewed journals include European Union Politics, Government & Opposition, and East European Politics.


Rut Bermejo (2008)

Lecturer in Political Science, University Rey Juan Carlos, Spain

Dr Bermejo’s research focuses on comparative politics and public policies. In particular, she works on decision-making processes and public policies on immigration. Currently, she is carrying out research on the factors that shape policy decisions and reforms. On the one hand, she is involved in the analysis of how different types of evidence influence decision-making processes and, on the other hand, she is doing research on the impact of institutional arrangements on immigration policy outcomes and policy reforms. Another area of interest is research design and methodology.

She holds a PhD in Politics (2007) from Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain and an MA in Politics from Warwick University in UK (2004). She has previously worked at the University of Burgos (2001-2004) and undertaken research for the Real Instituto Elcano (Research Institute) in Spain (2005-2007). She has been part of different research projects on public opinion, politics of immigration in Spain and radicalisation in Europe.


Catherine Fieschi (2005-07)

Director of Counterpoint (British Council); former Director of Demos (2007-08)

Dr. Fieschi’s research focuses on the relationship between institutions, mobilisation and identity. More specifically, she is interested in how we can understand patterns of personal preferences and emotional commitment as they relate to collective political behaviour. How can contemporary institutions shape this relationship in ways that are empowering, creative and sustainable?

Catherine holds a PhD in Comparative Political Science from McGill University in Canada. Before joining Demos in 2005, she was Director of the Centre for the Study of European Governance (as NICEP used to be known) at the University of Nottingham. She is a regular commentator on far right politics, identity politics and institutional analysis both in the UK and the rest of Europe and the author of In the Shadow of Democracy (Manchester University Press 2004).

Catherine is a contributing editor for Prospect Magazine, she is co-editor of the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, a Fellow of The Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queens University in Canada and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Bristol. She is also a Member of the Board of an association that promotes citizens’ engagement in Canada called MASS.


Staffan Anderson (2004-06)

Senior Lecturer in Political Science, Växjö Universitet, Sweden; Associate Centre Member

Dr Anderson’s general interest lies in the field of comparative politics and political conditions in states. In particular, he focuses on the functioning of democracy, how power is organised, why institutions work well or badly and how this is related to institutional design. Consequently much of his research concerns the danger of corruption. Another area of interest is development issues, especially with focus on Africa.

Dr Anderson began working at Växjö in October 2006. Before becoming a Research Fellow at CSEG (as NICEP used to be known) in 2004-2006, he worked as a lecturer at Umeå University, having defended his PhD thesis in 2002. He has a master’s degree in economics from Lund University (1994). In 2004-2006, he worked as a consultant for SIPU International in a project to support a diagnostic study of corruption in Vietnam. The study was a Vietnamese government project sponsored by Swedish aid (SIDA), and the results of the survey were published at the end of 2005.


Karel Müller (2004-05)

Lecturer, New York University in Prague

Dr Müller currently teaches courses on civil society and political sociology at the University of Economics in Prague. He also lectures at Charles University.

Müller earned an MA in philosophy (1996) and a Ph.D. in political science (2002) from Charles University. His publication Češi a občanská společnost (Czechs and Civil Society 2002) has become a core reading for political science educational programs at several universities in the Czech Republic. He is a member of the Czech Political Science Association, the American Political Science Association, the Helsinki Committee in the Czech Republic and is on the board of the Institute for Economic and Political Culture, a Prague-based think tank.