Professor of political sciences at  Vytautas Magnus University Vilnius, Lithuania

Research priorities: history, political science, minorities, religion politics, ego-documentation. His courses at VMU include Comparative Public Politics, Ethnicity and International Relations, Political Ideologies, etc. Prof. Liekis holds lectures, consults students, participates in the defence of theses and dissertations at universities of Lithuania and abroad (in Lund, Uppsala, Paris, Constanța, Warsaw, etc.).

Professor Šarūnas Liekis has served inter alia as an expert for the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) at the Council of Europe (since 2002) in Strasburg, France. He is also member of various workgroups of research and consulting in Lithuania and abroad. Since 2010 Prof. Liekis is Chairman of executive group of national project Tauta Ir Valstybė (The Nation and the State) under the Research Council of Lithuania.


Professor at Science Politique à l’Université libre de Bruxelles, Faculté des Sciences sociales et politiques (FSP)

Author of many publications on Eastern Europe, he has participated in many research projects, taught several courses and seminars and co-supervised a series of co-supervised theses of young researchers from the University of Bucharest. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Montreal, Bucharest, Tunis, Carthage, Sofia and the Institutes of Political Studies of Lille, Aix-en-Provence and Bordeaux. Jean-Michel De Waele is regularly interviewed in the media as a specialist on the relationship between sports and politics. He is also often consulted on issues relating to the political evolution of Central and Eastern Europe, Social Democracy and the European Left. He joined the writing of the Central European Courier in January 2018.




Professor of Sociology at the University of Milan.

He is a founding partner and member of the Scientific Committee of the standing research program Italian National Election Studies (ITANES). He has been supervising several research projects on public opinion, political culture, and voting behaviour. He is currently working on two main themes: 1) the sources of European youth’s civic and political values and 2) the disintermediation of public opinion from traditional agencies and the modes of citizens’ participation in the public democratic sphere. In the last two years he was Guest Senior Researcher at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS), Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan) and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre d’études européennes, Sciences Po, Paris (France)


Belgian political scientist and currently assistant professor at the Waseda University (Japan). 

He is also guest lecturer at the University of Louvain (UCL – Belgium) and visiting professor at the FLACSO-Ecuador.Previously, he was teaching and doing research in political science at the FLACSO-Ecuador, the University of Zurich (Switzerland), the Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan), the University of Brussels (ULB – Belgium) and the University of Louvain (UCL – Belgium). He obtained his PhD in Political Science from the University of Brussels (ULB – Belgium). His main research interests deal with comparative politics, federalism and decentralisation, regional politics and elections, party manifestos and ideologies as well as Belgian and Ecuadorian politics.




Professor of Sustainability Science (indigenous sustainabilities) at the Helsinki University Centre for Sustaiability Science (HELSUS). 

She is the consortium leader of ALL-YOUTH research funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland and the vice-director of the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie). She is docent in social and cultural anthropology at the Universities of Helsinki and Eastern Finland and a non-resident research fellow at the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI). Outside of academia, she is the president of the Finnish Human Rights League and Vice-Chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) in respect of Finland. Her recent books include Towards Openly Multilingual Policies and Practices Assessing Minority Language Maintenance Across Europe, Multilingual Matters 2016 (written together with J. Laakson, S. Spiliopoulou-Åkermarkin & A. Sarhimaa, and Linguistic Genocide or Superdiversity? Multilingual Matters 2016, (edited together with J. Saarikivi).


Associate Professor in the Global Engagement Program at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.

 A native of Chicago, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1995 with a specialization in German intellectual history. He has previously taught humanities at the Barrett Honors College of Arizona State University and European and US history at the RenMin University of China in Beijing. His research focuses on the intellectual history of Central and Eastern Europe. Since moving to China in 2013, he has also grown interested in the study of globalization, past and present. He is particularly interested in strengthening China-East European institutional and intellectual ties.




Professor at the Department of Sociology University od Zadar. He was a project leader of several projects on migration and ethnicity in Croatioa and Austria.

 He was the Head of the Department of Sociology University of Zadar, (2012-2017), President of the Croatian Sociological Association (2013-2015) and organising director of the  international potgraduate course “Divided Societies” in the Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, since 2010. He was a lecturer in Joint European MA Migration and Intercultural Relations (coordinator: University of Stavanger), Postgraduate Studies in Sociology  (University of Zagreb) and Joint Postgraduate Studies in Sociology of Local and Regional Development (University of Teramo and University of Zadar). He was a member of European Science Foundation Scientific Network: International Migration in Europe. His research interests include migrtaion and post-migration proceses, ethnic relations and diaspora.  

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