Advisory Board Members

Šarūnas LIEKIS

Šarūnas Liekis, 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.).

Prof. 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.

Jean-Michel DE WAELE

Jean-Michel DE WAELE, 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.


Marco Maraffi, 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)


Régis Dandoy is a 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.

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