Thirty carefully selected scholars meet in eight modules over the course of two years.

Ioannis Asimakopoulos (University of Luxembourg)
PhD Financial Law
Research: ‘Bail-in and Self-placement’

Ioannis is a PhD Researcher in Financial Law at the University of Luxembourg working on investor protection under the EU Bank Resolution framework. Ioannis studied Law (LLB, 2014) and Economics (MSc, 2016) in Greece, and Corporate Law at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge (MCL, 2016). He is a qualified lawyer (Greece), a Lecturer at the Cambridge Summer Institute, and has worked for the EU delegation in Geneva and the General Court in Luxembourg. Ioannis is passionate about bank regulation due to its immense impact on the real economy, and aims to combine work therein in academia and policy-making.

Frederik Behre (University of Leiden)
PhD Finance / Law
Research: ‘A European Ministry of Finances? Charting and Testing the Legal Limits to European Fiscal Integration’ (Part of the Research Programme: The progression of EU law: accommodating change and upholding values)

Frederik is a PhD-student at the Europa Institute of the University of Leiden, where he focuses in his research project on the legal feasibility of fiscal integration in the Eurozone. Frederik graduated from the University of Leiden in 2016 with a LL.M. in European Law (cum laude). Previously, he studied in Germany (University of Hanover) and Finland (University of Lapland). The main motivation for his legal studies is his fascination with the role of law in a societal context – namely how law can serve (societal) justice. Next to his legal research, Frederik is interested in travelling and exploring different cultures.

Bernard Bernards (University of Leiden)
PhD in Public Management / Social Welfare
Research: ‘The 21st Century Public Professional. On the Uncertainty Experiences of Social Welfare Professionals in the Municipality of The Hague’

Bernard holds an MA in Ancient History and an MSc in Public Administration from Radboud University Nijmegen. After an internship at the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, he started working for Leiden University as a lecturer and a PhD-candidate. For his research, Bernard works in close corporation with the municipality of The Hague, focusing his research on uncertainty and the role it plays in the performance of professionals in the social welfare teams in this municipality. In this way, his research contributes to a better understanding of the way the public sector is organized in Europe at the local level and how this impacts public professionals and citizens. Bernard furthermore teaches courses on public management in both the Public Administration Bachelor and Master programmes at Leiden University.

Felix Biermann (Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München)
PhD in Political Science
Research: Unused Potentials: Explaining the Marginalization of the EU’s CSDP Institutions

Felix Biermann is an IR research fellow at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science (LMU Munich). He studies European integration in general and the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy specifically. Having worked on the so-called refugee crisis and researching the “Eurocracy”, Felix is keen to develop a broad perspective on European studies. Moreover, Felix is part of a DFG research project analyzing states’ defense procurement and export strategies. Felix holds a BA degree in Philosophy & Economics from Bayreuth University and a Master of Public Policy from the Willy-Brandt-School of Public Policy. After graduating, he worked two years as a senior public sector consultant for an international management consultancy.

Céléste Bonnamy (Cotutelle Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Université Libre de Bruxelles)
PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant in Political Science
Research: Culture through the test of Europe. Writers’ status facing the European reform of literary property (France, Germany, Great-Britain, 2014-2017)

Céleste Bonnamy is a doctoral student in political science at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she is also a teaching assistant. Her research project focuses on the mobilisation of British, French and German writers’ representatives on the current EU project of reform on copyright. More broadly, it deals with cultural policy’s issues at the EU level and the links between Europe and the cultural field. Aside from her research interests, Céleste is very attached to today’s challenges regarding ecology and gender equality. She proudly describes herself as a feminist.

Caroline Damgaard (University of St Andrews)
PhD Geography and Sustainable Development
Research: Energy ethics and valuation – assessing citizens’ preferences in Denmark and the UK

Caroline holds a first-class MA(Honours) in Geography from the University of St Andrews, and an MSc with distinction in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics. Her research and publications explore interactions of energy and society, addressing the roles of justice, citizenship and democracy in different energy contexts. With a passion for both environmental and social wellbeing, Caroline has been involved with various NGOs in Denmark, Ghana and Nepal. She also co-organised the charity fundraising expedition, PedalAfrica. Caroline is an enthusiastic traveller, hiker and cyclist; she has crossed Eurasia by train, reached Everest Base Camp, and cycled across Africa.

Manuel Dorion-Soulié (Graduate Institute, Geneva)
PhD International History
Research: ‘The Carter Doctrine and European oil consumption: a diplomatic and cultural history’

Manuel’s research focuses on the interplay between American military strategy in the Middle East and European oil consumption, seen as an economic and cultural phenomenon. He has published several peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Relations internationales, The Canadian Journal of Political Science and Canadian Foreign Policy. In 2014, Manuel guest-edited an issue of Études internationales on the neoconservative turn in Canadian foreign policy, and currently edits the journal’s review section. His first book, on American neoconservatism, was published in 2016. He teaches the history of the Cold War at Sciences Po (Paris).

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During the first year of the Programme the group had an eighth member, who was offered a fellowship in
the USA starting in 2019 which was incompatible with the timings of the remaining Programme modules.

Tamara Fröhler (Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München)
PhD German Studies / Comparative Literature
Research: ‘Captivating Extras – The Materialization of the Tragic in Nineteenth Century Dramatic Figures’

Tamara Fröhler graduated from Universität Tübingen with a B.A. in International Literature and Islamic Studies and completed an M.A. in Comparative Literature and an M.A. in German Studies at LMU and UC Berkeley. Her doctoral research explores tragedy’s remodelling in nineteenth century European literature, with a particular focus on its role for new concepts of sovereignty and the processes of exchange between aesthetic and scientific knowledge. In addition to her studies, Tamara co-founded the interdisciplinary network Trans_it, she works as chief strategist for the intercultural organisation 3ALOG e.V. in the sector „Gender and Sexuality“, she co-organised the Intercultural Theatre Festival Stuttgart and volunteers for the Germany-wide association arbeiterkind e.V.


Jennifer García Carrizo (Universidad Complutense Madrid)
PhD Audio-visual Communication, Advertisement and Public Relations
Research: ‘The city as a space for communication: analysis and application in cultural districts’

Jennifer García Carrizo is a PhD Student at the Complutense University of Madrid, where she is a Researcher supported by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (FPU14/05886). Having obtained a First Class Degree in Advertising and Public Relations, she has also completed an MA in Audio-visual Communication with distinction.
Currently, she is a member of the Research Group “Art, Architecture and Communication in the Contemporary City”. She is researching about cultural districts at the cities and how they can be communicated to the society in order to develop a strong brand which would empower them.


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Thomas Gidney (Graduate Institute Geneva)
PhD International History
Research: ‘Colonial member states of international organisations’

I am currently researching the paradox of colonial member states at the League of Nations, with a special focus on India and the British Empire. This dissertation aims to show how European sovereignty norms have changed and been defined by perceptions of ‘civilisation’, as well as how British imperial politics were reflected at the League of Nations. I completed my B.A in European Studies in Maastricht and have a keen interest on the development of international organisations and their role in global governance.

Timothy Glover (University of Oxford)
DPhil English
Research: ‘Forms of Devotion: Structure, Genre and Literary Form in the Writings of Richard Rolle’

Timothy Glover graduated from Oxford University in 2014 with a First-Class BA in English Language and Literature. In 2015 he received an Amelia Jackson Studentship to study a MSt in Medieval English Literature, also at Oxford, which he passed with a Distinction. In the following year he received a Mellon scholarship to study Post-Classical Latin literature from across Europe at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently completing a DPhil in English at Oxford University, exploring the spiritual writings of Richard Rolle in their literary and intellectual contexts, and his broader research interests encompass late-medieval religious writing, Latin literature, medieval Europe, literary theory and folk culture. He has also spent time teaching overseas in Thailand and Brazil and enjoys playing percussion.

Daniel Gołębiowski (Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Krakow)
PhD Cultural Studies (Faculty of International and Political Studies)
Research: ‘Culture as an instrument of social dialogue in EU external actions. Example of Arab countries.’

Daniel is a PhD candidate at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow where he received Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies. His research concerns culture and its potential role as an instrument in the EU external actions. Because of his interests he puts an emphasis on the relations between the EU and the Arab countries. Daniel is also an entrepreneur and co-founder of Nahda Foundation, a non-profit organization which has been established to increase awareness among Polish people about the Middle East and its cultural diversity. He has experience of working for public institutions such as the European Parliament.

Mladen Grgic (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
PhD Law
Research: ‘Chinese Infrastructural Investments in Balkans’

Mladen Grgic is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Pompeu Fabra, Faculty of Law. His research is focused on Chinese infrastructural investments in the Balkan region. In particular, he is inquiring about how these massive infrastructural investments affect political and economic paths in the region, and on their impact on democratisation processes and EU integration.
He is a former Fulbright Researcher at the East Asian Institute, University of California, Berkeley, and a former fellow of the Chinese Government at Xiamen University.
He obtained a Bachelor Degree in Political Sciences, International Relations and European Studies at the University of Bari in Italy. Afterwards, he was awarded the Italian Government Scholarship for the Master Degree in International Relations at the University of Bologna after which he obtained a Master Degree in International Relations Management at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart – ASERI Postgraduate School for Economics and International Relations in Milan.
He achieved various internship at the international organisations. He is currently working as a consultant in the private sector.

Cristina Güerri Ferrandez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
PhD Law (Criminology)
Research: Prison officers and quality of prison life in Catalan prisons

Cristina Güerri Ferrández holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Public Prevention Policies from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and an inter-university master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. During her studies at UPF, Cristina received a fellowship as research assistant and participated in the Erasmus Programme at Utrecht University during one semester. She was also awarded with the Prize for the Outstanding Graduate of the Year after graduating with the best average mark of the university. Cristina is currently researching on the impact of prison officers in the daily life of Catalan prisons with a FPU Scholarship.

Cristina is passionate about research and enjoys debating on social issues and learning about other ways of living and understanding the world. Mainly for this reason, she loves reading and travelling to other countries.

The group originally had a seventh member, who worked with them until April 2019, when she decided
not to continue on the Programme due to health issues.

Claudia Hartman (University of Oxford)
DPhil Social & Cultural Anthropology | Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,
Research: ‘Moral dilemmas of migrant care work: An inclusive and relational understanding of ‘global care chains’ and disability care networks in South East England’

Claudia is currently pursuing a DPhil project about the intersection of care work, migration and disability care networks in the UK. She is passionate about the topics of migrants’ rights, accessible care for older and disabled people, and furthering strategies of personal and societal resilience. Claudia combines her doctoral research with volunteer work relating to disability rights and global health issues.


Stephanie Haywood (University of St Andrews)
PhD Management
Research: Individual Decision-Making in Philanthrocapitalism

Stephanie’s PhD research explores the field of philanthropy, focusing on the individual decision-making processes involved in philanthrocapitalism. She previously completed both her Undergraduate (First Class Honours) and Masters (Distinction) degrees at the University of St Andrews, where she received the Principal’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Alongside her PhD, Stephanie works as a tutor for undergraduate students in the School of Management and as a research assistant with the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy and Public Good. She also enjoys volunteering with various charities and social enterprises in her local community.

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Franziska Hobmaier (Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München)
PhD EU Law / International Public Law
Research: ‘The transfer of competences from the EU to international institutions’

Franziska is a research and teaching assistant at the chair for Public and European Union Law at the LMU Munich. Her current research focuses on the impact of a transfer of powers from the EU to international institutions to democratic legitimacy and the rule of law. Besides her passion for law and good education she has a love of sports and nature, especially hiking as well as playing tennis with family and friends.

Maximilian Kiener (University of Oxford)
DPhil Philosophy
Research: ‘Voluntariness, Consent, and Justification’

With a background in Philosophy and Public Law, I am presently reading for a DPhil in Philosophy focusing on consent to medical procedures and in particular on the conditions that make consent voluntary. In addition to various aspects related to consent, I also discuss the concept of voluntariness more generally and argue for its significance as a key concept in moral philosophy. Since I was a board member of Young Europe (the University of Regensburg’s politically neutral and multidisciplinary discussion forum) during my undergraduate I have been passionate about European politics. I am also an enthusiastic jazz musician and play the guitar. 

Gerard Llorens DeCesaris (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
PhD History
Research: ‘Spain and the United States, an Atlantic history 1868-1874’

Gerard Llorens earned an undergraduate degree in Humanities, majoring in History and Contemporary studies, and a Master’s degree in World history at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He is currently studying nineteenth century Spanish and Atlantic history, and focuses on questions of slavery, citizenship and republicanism. He aspires to a career in higher education and public service. He loves tennis, poetry, and a nice, cold, glass of rum.

Ana Martins (Institute for Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon)
PhD Political Science
Research: Two Concepts of Nation in Liberal–Pluralist Thought: A Comparative Analysis of J.S. Mill’s and Isaiah Berlin’s Perspectives

Ana V. Martins is doing her PhD in Political Science and at the Catholic University of Portugal (UCP), where she has also been collaborating as a Teaching Assistant in the “Contemporary Political Theory” course. Her background is in Law (BA) and in Governance, Leadership and Democracy Studies (MA). Having studied Isaiah Berlin’s conception of value-pluralism in her MA Thesis, researched at the University of Oxford as a visiting student, Ana is currently focusing on the institutional conditions for coexistence in diverse societies with conflicting identity-based claims within a liberal framework in an interconnected world.

Antonia Niehuss (University of St Andrews)
PhD International Relations
Research: The Visual Construction of Gender in Discourses on Terrorism

Antonia researches visuals used in terrorist groups’ communications and the state and media discourses on terrorism, and applies feminist theory to understand how gender is constructed in them. She is especially interested in European discourses on terrorism and in European security more broadly, and has worked on two research projects on Brexit and European security policy. She cares about contributing to a positive student experience and has organised multiple student-led events on European politics, leads workshops to raise awareness in the student community on issues around sexual consent, and works as an Assistant Warden in a hall of residence.

Laura Nordström (University of Helsinki)
PhD Political Science – World politics, Global political economy, European studies
Research: ‘Power of Knowledge Producers in EU – Networks of decision-making and consultancy in the European debt crisis’

Laura Nordström is a PhD researcher at the University of Helsinki (Political Science). She has completed degrees both in World Politics and in History. She has acquired an extensive work experience as a political advisor in the Finnish parliament, the Foreign Ministry, the European Parliament and as the International Officer for the Finnish Greens. She has worked on EU, international, human rights and development politics. This insight in the field of politics is a great aid in conducting her research on the use of analysis and knowledge and the role of consultancy and lobbying in the European debt and banking crisis.

Andrei Petre (Université de Paris | Sorbonne)
PhD Civil Law
Research: ‘La distinction entre dommage et préjudice’

Andrei researches the concepts of ‘dommage’ and ‘prejudice’ in France and Romania. He is a junior associate lawyer and teaches at the University of Bucharest. He has founded an NGO that promotes democracy and critical thinking through debate and he organises debate competitions in Romania

Giulia Raimondo (Graduate Institute, Geneva)
PhD International Law
Research: ‘European Integrated Border Management: Human Rights and International Responsibilities ‘

Giulia Raimondo is a Research Assistant at the Global Migration Centre and a PhD candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Her current research aims at contributing to the existing scholarship on European migration law and policies by linking two different discourses: the first being legal research on the international responsibility of the European Union; and the second being the investigation of migration law through the lenses of contemporary legal and political philosophy.

Giulia holds a law degree from the Catholic University of Milan and a Master of Laws from McGill University. She worked both as a trainee lawyer and as a Judge assistant in Italy, researching and assisting on cases relating to asylum and immigration law.

Rafael Ruiz Andrés (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
PhD in Religious Studies
Research: ‘Behind the traces of the religious in the Secular Era. Sociohistorical study of secularization concept in Western Europe through the Spanish case (1960-2010)’

After finishing my History degree with BA prize at Valladolid University, I decided to focus my Master and PhD studies on religions in current world at Complutense University of Madrid. During my PhD years I have discussed in several International Congresses such as EASR in KU-Leuven (Belgium) or the 1st International Congress in Religious Studies in Chile, becoming Honorary Member of Chilean Association for Study of Religions. I have also developed with AJICR, an organization of young researchers in religions, several activities to create spaces of dialogue between religions and politics. I have a social awareness that makes me do volunteer activity in Sant Egidio Community and accompany young people in their life.

Luis Santos (Institute for Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon)
PhD Political Science
Research: ‘Strategic implications of FDI from China in the EU (the cases of Portugal vs. Hungary)’

Luís Santos completed his undergraduate education in Economics in Portugal (Nova University of Lisbon) and his MBA in New York (Columbia University). For ten years, Luis was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co., having worked in 16 countries and visited over 100. Since 2014, he is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Alpac Capital – an European Investment Management Company focused in Technology and Renewable Energy

Luis’ PhD thesis investigates the relationship between China and the EU, with an emphasis in the strategic implications of the increasing flow of Chinese FDI in Portugal and Hungary.

Elisa Schramm (University of Oxford)
DPhil in Geography and the Environment
Research: ‘Exploring non-human affect in sustainable living experiments: the case of the degrowth village Can Decreix in Cerbère, France’

Elisa Schramm graduated cum laude (top 10%) with a BA from Sciences Po Paris at age 19, an MSc in International Relations (Research) from the London School of Economics (Distinction) and an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance from the University of Oxford (Distinction). For her DPhil thesis, funded by the German National Academic Foundation and Rotary International, Elisa will focus on understanding how various ‘non-humans’ enable more sustainable ways of living in the context of a French eco-community and influence the motivations of long-term residents. Elisa speaks fluent English, French, German and Spanish and intermediate Mandarin and Italian. Outside her academic interests, Elisa currently coordinates the Languages Plus project to tackle educational inequalities in Oxford, sings in the Hertford College Choir and enjoys bouldering.


Anna Simbartlova (Charles University, Prague)
PhD International Area Studies (Migration and integration of immigrants in Europe)
Research: Civic integration of immigrants in Europe: assimilation or multiculturalism?

As a graduate student of international relations, I am interested in the topic of migration and integration of immigrants in Europe. In this problematic, the question of respecting differences (either in a cultural way or concerning contradictory opinions) units with the question of promoting moral and ethical issues. I hope to find the right balance between those two fundamental values and to be able to spread its message further. As well as did Václav Havel, the first post-communist Czech president, with his motto: “Truth and love will triumph over lies and hatred” that I endeavour to follow.

Igor Tkalec (University of Luxembourg)
PhD Political Science
Research: ‘Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure in Motion: Prospects for Adequate Pensions in the Euro Area’

Igor TKALEC is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at University of Luxembourg. He holds summa cum laude BA degree from University of Zagreb and with merit MA degree from Central European University, both in political science. His academic interests include political economy, governance, and comparative politics, notably in the context of the European Union. He has experience in journalism, blogging, and research projects. Igor’s PhD project encompasses policy coordination and social policy of the European Union with a focus on pension systems. In his free time, he likes to read graphical novels and do sports.

Anna Wennäkoski (University of Helsinki)
PhD Communication Law
Research: ‘Digitalization and Law – A Dynamic Interplay’

Anna Aurora Wennäkoski (L.L.M., M.Sc.) is a lawyer who has served in various legal and compliance roles for a number of international companies in Finland, France and in the United States. Anna has also acted as researcher, guest lecturer, and writer for various universities, e.g. recently at the Digital Futures Forum of the University of Columbia in New York. She has been involved in several international organizations and journals, and she has received several academic awards. Currently, she is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is passionate about current world affairs, history, and art.