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Elmar Altvater

Elmar Altvater was Professor of Political Science at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of the Free University of Berlin, before retiring on 30 September 2004. He continues to work at the Institute, and to publish articles and books.Altvater is a renowned critic of "political economy" and author of numerous writings on globalization and critiques of capitalism. A standard work is his book The Limits of Globalization (1996), written with his companion Birgit Mahnkopf.

Rutvica Andrijasevic

Rutvica is a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Compas, Oxford University. She holds a doctorate in Women's Studies from Utrecht University and is currently writing up this study for a book and journal articles. Other recent work focuses on migration and governance in Europe, particularly International Organization for Migration (IOM) practices. Her most recent publication is 'The Spectacle of Misery. Gender, Migration and Representation in Anti-Trafficking Campaigns', Feminist Review. (forthcoming)

Cristina Chiva

Dr Chiva teaches at the University of Salford. She is interested in the enlargement of the European Union to the East, processes of transition and democratic consolidation in Hungary and Romania, women’s representation in post-communist politics and feminist political theory. Her most recent publications include: 'Ethnic minority rights in Central and Eastern Europe: the case of the Hungarian status law' (Government and Opposition, forthcoming); 'Women in post-communist politics: the Hungarian and Romanian parliaments compared' (Europe-Asia Studies, forthcoming); 'The nation and its pasts: gender, history and democratisation in Romania' in Vera Tolz and Stephanie Booth (eds), Gender, Identity and Nationalism in Europe: from the Nineteenth to the Twenty First Century (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming); 'Patriarchal transitions and the public political sphere: the case of Romania', in Tim Haughton (ed) East European Politics after 1990 (forthcoming). 'Taking women seriously: equal opportunities and Romania's prospects for accession to the EU", The EU Accession Monitoring Program, Budapest: Open Society Institute, 2001

Helen Crowley

Senior Research Officer in ISET and teaches on the undergraduate Women’s Studies degree and the postgraduate MA Equality and Diversity in the school of Humanities, Arts and Languages. She joined ISET in 2002 and is currently working on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Immigration and Inclusion programme’s flagship research project ‘Rhythms and Realities of Everyday Life: improving our understanding of the relationship between new immigration and social cohesion’.
She has been teaching Women’s Studies at London Metropolitan since 1991 and before that taught both Sociology and Women’s Studies at the Open University, and Macquarie University, Sydney.
Her research interests include theories of intersectionality with particular reference to gender, ethnicity and migration; the impact of globalization and post-industrialism on national and transnational family formations and reproduction strategies; and European demographics and gendered migrations. She has been a member of the Editorial Collective of Feminist Review since 1986.

Donatella della Porta

Donatella della Porta is Professor of Sociology and Director of Studies, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Her recent publications include :La Politica locale, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2006, third revised edition. With Massimiliano Andretta, Lorenzo Mosca and Herbert Reiter, Globalization from Below, Minneapolis, The University of Minnesota Press, 2006.
With Olivier Fillieule (ed.), Police et manifestants, Paris, Presses de Science Po.,
2006. With Manuela Caiani, Quale Europa? Europeizzazione, identità e conflitti,
Bologna, Il Mulino, 2006. With Mario Diani, Social Movements: an introduction, 2nd edition, Oxford,Blackwell, 2006. With Sidney Tarrow (eds), Transnational Protest and Global Activism, New York, Rowman and Littlefield, 2005

Janet Enever

Janet Enever’s main research and consultancy interests are in primary foreign-language policy and practice and the effects of increased globalisation on language provision. Recent research work has included membership of a European team investigating the impact of Europeanisation on language education covering primary foreign language teaching in England and a new early start foreign language policy in Poland (advisory role to the Polish Ministry of Education). Her current research includes the coordination of a three-year comparative, longitudinal study across seven European countries, funded under the EU Lifelong Learning Research Fund, with the aim of identifying key indicators for future policy makers on how young children learn languages over time, in schooled contexts.

Robert Evans MEP

Robert Evans is the Chair of the European Parliamentary Labour Party and represents the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton.

Peter Gowan

Peter Gowan is Professor of International Relations at London Metropolitan University and course director of the MA in International Relations. He is a member of the editorial board of the New Left Review, on the advisory boards of other journals and is a member of the America Discussion Group at the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

His research interests combine analysis of the contemporary external orientations of the Atlantic states and trends in international politics and IPE, with work on international relations theory. During the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s his research was mainly focused on West-East relations in Europe and on the international politics of Western Europe. Since the late 1990s he has been working on American capitalism and the external orientations of the United States as well as on transatlantic relations. He is a frequent contributor to New Left Review.

Montserrat Guibernau

Montserrat Guibernau MPhil. PhD University of Cambridge. Currently Professor of
Politics, Queen Mary University of London

Her recent publications include: The Identity of Nations (Polity Press, 2007) Catalan
Nationalism (Routledge, 2004) Nations without States (Polity Press, 1999) Nationalisms (Polity Press, 1996) History and National Destiny (Blackwell, 2004), The conditions of diversity in multinational democracies (IRPP-MacGill University Press, 2003), Understanding Nationalism (Polity Press, 2001), The Ethnicity Reader (Polity Press, 1997) and Governing European Diversity (Sage, 2001).

Guibernau is co-editor of the journal Nations and Nationalism (Blackwell) and member of the advisory council of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN). She has taught at the universities of Barcelona, Warwick, the Open University and Cambridge.

Tim Haughton

Dr. Tim Haughton has been at Birmingham since 2003. He previously taught at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London and at Sheffield and Comenius Universities. He has published widely on the politics of East-Central Europe, especially parties, institutions and political actors in Slovakia. Dr Haughton is the author of Constraints and Opportunities of Leadership in Post-Communist Europe and is beginning work on a book exploring the politics of Central and Eastern Europe with Darina Malova (Comenius University).

Mary Hickman

Mary Hickman is Professor of Irish Studies and Sociology at London Metropolitan University. She established the Irish Studies Centre at the former University of North London and is now Director of the Institute for the Study of European Transformations. She was a member of the Irish Governments Task Force on Policy Regarding Emigrants (2001-2002). She has been Visiting Professor at: New York University, Columbia University and Victoria University, Melbourne.

Her current research interests include: migrations and diasporas; nation (re)formations; and processes of integration/social cohesion. She is project director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Flagship Project for the Immigration and Inclusion Programme: Rhythms and Realities of Everyday Life: Improving our understanding of the relationship between recent immigration and social cohesion. She has just completed an ESRC project (No: RES-00-22-1435) with Prof. Robert Moore of Liverpool University: Changing and Claiming Ethnic Identities: The Evidence of the ONS Longitudinal Study.

Martijn de Koning

Martijn de Koning is a doctoral student at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), Leiden, the Netherlands
doing his Ph.D. research on religious identity of young Moroccan Muslim boys and girls with the promotors Prof. Droogers and Dr. Bartels, both from the Free University of Amsterdam, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology.He is engaged with the ISIM/Radboud University project Salafism: Production, Distribution, Consumption and Transformation of a Transnational Ideology in the Middle East and Europe. In his project he focuses on the demand side of religious knowledge by looking at how young Muslims actively engage with the writings of major religious
leaders of the different Salafi currents in the Middle East and their representatives in the Netherlands.

Jean Léo Léonard

Jean Leo Leonard teaches at the University of Paris 3 and has published widely phonology, sociolinguistics, dialectology and morphosyntax. Initially trained in Finno-Ugric linguistics and phonetics in Finland and France, he worked as a visiting reader in Finland and Estonia in 1984-86 and 1991. He has also worked on Gallo-romance dialects (PhD). Since 1999, he has been working in Central America with various organisations for developing Mayan applied linguistics. In 2006 he published a book on Mordvin languages with Ksenija Djordjevic (Montpellier). He is now working on the linguistic typology of Altaic, Uralic and Mesoamerican languages, and developing aspects of Integration Theory on the basis of the seminal work of Lauristin and Karklins.

Nick Mai

Senior Research Fellow in Migrations and Immigrations at ISET, the Institute for the Study of European Transformations of London Metropolitan University. He is currently part of the research team undertaking the 'Rhythms and Realities of Everyday Life' Joseph Rowntree Foundation flagship project on immigration and social integration in the UK. The project aims at understanding the way different groups of long term residents and new arrivals negotiate everyday life across six different sites in the UK: Kilburn/Downham (London), Peterborough, Leicester, Glasgow, Dungannon (N. Ireland).

His current research interest is on the "errant" mobility of young migrants from Morocco and Romania within the EU, their strategies of survival and the associated risks and opportunities. From August 2003 to January 2005 he was Morris Ginsberg post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Sociology of the LSE working on the relation between the introduction of new forms of media consumption the emergence of 'migratory' life trajectories and 'youth' identities and migration with reference to three transnational migratory spaces: Italy-Albania, Morocco-Spain and Cuba-USA. From April 2001 to July 2003 he was Research Fellow in the Sussex Centre for Migration Research at the University of Sussex and worked on a Leverhulme funded project on the social exclusion and stigmatisation of Albanian migrants in Italy and Greece. During his PhD fieldwork he was the director of a development project aimed at the setting up and management of four youth centres in central and southern Albania. In 2000 he was a researcher within the project 'Archives of the Memory: from an individual to a collective experience' funded by the International Organisation for Migrations and carried out in Belgrade and Pristina.

Sonia McKay

Dr Sonia McKay is a principle research fellow at the Working Lives
Research Institute, London Metropolitan University. She has co-ordinated
a number of research projects on migrant workers (both documented and
undocumented) looking specifically at skills and at health and safety
issues. She was a contributer to the book Labour Migration and
Employment Rights, Institute of Employment Rights, London.

Mike Newman

Michael Newman is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration Studies and Professor of Politics at London Metropolitan University. He is the Director of the London European Research Centre and is convenor of the European Studies subject group on the pan-European curriculum development project (the Tuning Project). His publications include Socialism and European Unity: The Dilemma of the Left in Britain and France (C.Hurst and Co., 1983)Democracy, Sovereignty and the European Union (C.Hurst and Co. 1996) and Ralph Miliband and the Politics of the New Left (Merlin Press, 2002), Socialism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2005).

John Palmer

John Palmer is a member of the governing board, and former political director, of the European Policy Centre. He is also deputy chairman of the EPC’s Political Europe programme. For more than 20 years, until 1997, he was the Brussels based European editor of the Guardian. He joined the Guardian in 1963 and was appointed in succession business correspondent, chief economic leader writer and special assistant to the editor. He has written three books on European affairs: Europe Without America: The Crisis in Atlantic Relations (Oxford University Press, 1987); Trading Places: The Future of the European Community (Hutchinson’s, 1989); and 1992 and Beyond: The European Community into the 21st Century (The European Commission, Brussels 1991).

Tim Pooley

Tim Pooley Professor of Social and Applied Language Studies. Much of my work has been concerned with sociolinguistic variation and change, particularly with regard to pronunciation in the northern French city of Lille, Chtimi: The urban vernaculars of Northern France (Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 1996) and Language, dialect and identity in Lille (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2004. The study of regionally marked pronunciation has triggered a keen interest in so-called traditional dialects and minority languages (especially Picard and Basque) and the effects of immigration (both historical and contemporary) on vernacular varieties of French.

In my recent work I have sought to take a broader perspective on both strands of my research. I am currently working on: firstly, levelling in European French pronunciation in France, Belgium and Switzerland, in collaboration with Nigel Armstrong (Leeds) and allegedly the most ‘unlevelled’ varieties, i.e. so-called urban youth vernaculars, evaluating the results of field studies in Lille in a national and international perspective; and secondly, comparative language policy and ‘unofficial’ language planning with regard to so-called ‘near languages’.

Liliana Pop

Liliana Pop BA Sociology (Bucharest), MA (Econ) International Relations(Manchester), PhD Politics (Warwick) Joined ISET in September 2006. Liliana was previously a Lecturer in International Political Economy in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and a Lecturer in Central and Eastern European Politics in the School of Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is an External Associate Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at Warwick University.

Liliana's research focuses on cultural dimensions of democratisation and marketisation and the impact of globalisation on governance and structural reform in the post-communist states of Central and Eastern Europe and European Union enlargement. She is also interested in evaluating the relevance of contemporary social theory for constructivist research in international relations and international political economy.

Geoffrey Pridham

Geoffrey Pridham is Professor of European Politics at Bristol University, UK; and currently ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council, UK) Fellow working on Europeanising Democratisation?: EU Accession and Post-Communist Politics in Slovakia, Latvia and Romania. His book publications include: The Dynamics of Democratization: A Comparative Approach (Continuum, 2000); and, Designing Democracy: EU Enlargement and Regime Change in Post-Communist Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Gino G. Raymond

Gino G. Raymond is Professor of Modern French Studies at the University of Bristol. He taught at l’Université de Paris X and at the Ecole normale supérieure before beginning his career in Britain. His books on French political life, and the Left in particular, include: (ed.) France During the Socialist Years (Dartmouth, 1994); (ed.) Structures of Power in Modern France (Palgrave Macmillan, 1999); The French Communist Party During the Fifth Republic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005); and (with A. Cole) Redefining the French Republic (Manchester University Press, 2006). His most recent publication is a volume co-edited with Tariq Modood, The Construction of Minority Identities in France and Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Jill Rutter

Jill Rutter is a senior research fellow in the Migration, Equalities and Citizenship team at the Institute of Public Policy Research. Jill joined ippr in February 2007; peviously she lectured in education at London Metropolitan University and from 1988-2001 was a policy advisor at the Refugee Council, working with central and local government. She has conducted research on refugee integration and on the Congolese and Somali communities in the UK and is presently leading a two-year research project examining the impact of migration on public services in the UK. Jill’s publications include Refugee Children in the UK (Open University Press, 2006). She was educated at the University of Oxford and the University of London, where her doctoral research examined refugee children’s differential educational progress.

Sara Silvestri

Sara Silvestri is a lecturer at City University, London, where she teaches courses on Religion in International Relations, Political Islam, and the EU. She is also Research Associate with the Centre for the Study of Faith in Society at Cambridge University and Senior Advisor of the Islam Forum at the European Policy Centre in Brussels. Her main research and publications focus on Muslim identity politics, authorities and institutions in Europe, intercultural dialogue and public policies towards Muslim communities in the EU; she has also carried out consultancy projects (e.g. for the British Council, the King Baudouin Foundation) and collaborative research (Ethnobarometer, the University of Amsterdam) on social cohesion, radicalization, and the issue of Islam in the context of European party politics.

Kate Soper

Kate Soper is a Professor of Philosophy in the Institute for the Study of European Transformations. She has an international reputation for her work on the philosophy of nature and as a theorist of need and consumption. She was the lead researcher on the ‘Alternative hedonism and the theory and politics of consumption’ project in the ESRC/AHRC ‘Cultures of Consumption’ Programme (See Her more recent publications include: What is Nature? Culture, Politics and the Non-Human, Blackwell, 1995; To Relish the Sublime ? Culture and Self-Realisation in Post-Modern Times, Verso, 2002 (with Martin H.Ryle); Citizenship and Consumption (ed. with Frank Trentmann), Palgrave, 2007; Counter-Consumerism and its Pleasures (ed. With Lyn Thomas and Martin Ryle), forthcoming Palgrave, 2008.

Patrick Stevenson

Patrick Stevenson, Professor of German and Linguistic Studies at the University of Southampton, has published widely in the field of German sociolinguistics. Some of his recent publications are: (ed., with John Theobald) Relocating Germanness: Discursive Disunity in Unified Germany (Macmillan, 2000); Language and German Disunity: A Sociolinguistic History of East and West 1945-2000 (OUP, 2002); (ed., with Clare Mar-Molinero) Language Ideologies, Policies and Practices: Language and the Future of Europe (Palgrave, 2006); (with Jenny Carl) Language Regimes in Central Europe: Policies, Repertoires and Identities (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming); and (ed., with Jenny Carl) Language, Discourse and Identity in Central Europe (forthcoming).


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