We are excited about having selected the second cohort of Europaeum Scholars who will start their journey in April 2020. Over the next few weeks we will be filling this page with their profile details.

Alessandro Ambrosino (Graduate Institute, Geneva)
PhD International History
Research: Regional inequality and cooperation beyond nations in sensitive contexts

Alessandro Ambrosino is PhD student in International History at the Graduate Institute Geneva. He obtained his Master’s Degree in International Relations (European Affairs) from the University of Bologna. He completed an internship at the European Committee of the Regions, after having worked at the Liaison Office of the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Brussels. He collaborated with the Municipality of Bologna in the design of “Concives 1116-2016”, Celebrations for the IX centenary of the Municipality of Bologna, and with the Faculty of Education organizing the International Fest of Bologna’s History. He is author for “Pandora Rivista”, edited by the association “Pandora” of which he is a member, and for the Journal “Europea”.

Ashlee Beazley (KU Leuven)
PhD Comparative Criminal Law
Research: Quality of criminal defence lawyers in England and Belgium

Ashlee Beazley is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Criminal Law, KU Leuven. Her research centres around the quality of defence lawyers in England and Wales, and Belgium, and whether it is possible to determine a minimum standard of effective legal representation. Alongside her PhD research, Ashlee is also a teaching assistant and a contributing researcher to a number of inter-jurisdictional research projects, including EmpRiSe, a European Commission-funded study on the right to silence during criminal investigations.

Prior to the commencement of her PhD, Ashlee was based in Oxford, where she worked as a legal editor, freelance research assistant and exhibition designer, and an English tutor for Jacari, a not-for-profit organisation that works with disadvantaged children who don’t speak English as a first language.

Originally from New Zealand, Ashlee also holds conjoint BA (History) and LLB (Hons.) degrees from the University of Auckland (2015), and a MSt in British and European History from the University of Oxford (2016).

Simon Cecchin Birk (University of Copenhagen)
PhD History
Research: Populism in Italian Politics

Simon Cecchin Birk is a PhD Fellow at the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Simon’s research examines the extent and expression of the populist turn in Italy during the past three decades and its effects on Italian democracy.

In 2017, he graduated in Italian language and culture with a specialization in Europe’s cultural identities. He has been the political editor of the Danish magazine on European politics and culture, Magasinet Europa, since 2018. He contributed to Europas Mange Omveje (2019), an anthology about the relationship to Europe of five large member states, including Italy. He has written articles about Italian politics, appeared on Danish radio and organized seminars on Populism and the European elections of 2019 at the University of Copenhagen.

Simon was born and raised in Denmark by Danish-Italian parents. His native language is Danish

Tuukka Brunila (University of Helsinki)
PhD Social and Moral Philosophy
Research: 1920s Intellectual Crisis of Liberalism in the Weimar Republic

Tuukka Brunila studies at the University of Helsinki as a PhD student in social and moral philosophy. He is working in the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (Eurostorie) at the faculty of social sciences. He specialises in political theory and philosophy. Tuukka’s doctoral thesis is about the 1920s intellectual crisis of liberalism in the Weimar Republic. The work will discuss concepts such as sovereignty, de-politicisation and the public economy. These concepts, as the thesis emphasises, are still relevant and crucial to understanding today’s Europe. Tuukka’s teaching responsibilities at Eurostorie include courses on populism and classics in the European political tradition.

Kateřina Chadmiová (Charles University Prague)
PhD Economics and Finance
Research: Behavioral economics in the public sphere

Katerina is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Economic Studies, Charles University in Prague. Katerina’s research seeks to understand the factors that determine human behavior and decision-making process by designing and running economic experiments. She is especially interested in how insights derived from behavioral and social science can be applied in the public sector to improve outcomes by helping people to make better decisions. Her current projects involve fields of public media, health, and the environment. She also works as an analyst at the Institute of Health Economics and Technology Assessment, a non-profit organization that supports research and education in economics and public health in the Czech Republic and promotes evidence-based policies. Besides this, she is an environmental activist and serves as a volunteer firefighter.

Alex Clark (University of Oxford)
DPhil Geography and Environment
Research: The role of state-owned enterprises in the low-carbon transition and management of public sector stranded asset risks

Alex Clark is a DPhil (PhD) student in the Department of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University. His research focuses on the role of state-owned enterprises in the low-carbon transition and management of public sector stranded asset risks, with a particular focus on China. As Director of the GeoAsset Project, Alex is also working to develop open-source asset-level datasets across carbon-intensive sectors. Previously, Alex was an Analyst at the Climate Policy Initiative, covering topics including alignment of development finance with the Paris Agreement, low-carbon transport, and tracking of climate finance flows. Alex is a former Henry Fellow at Harvard University. He holds an MSc (Global Governance and Diplomacy) from Oxford University, and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Warwick University. He is Senior Advisor (Youth Financing) to SDSN Youth.

Silke Creten (KU Leuven)
PhD Linguistics
Research: Memorandum: Discourse-analytical research of dementia communication

Silke Creten is a PhD student at KU Leuven. She researches dementia communication, with a strong emphasis on the (media) representation of the disorder. She aims to propose strategies to counter stigmatic attitudes towards the disorder and the people living with it. She is a member of the KU Leuven MIDI Research Group, where language and interaction are studied as a social and/or conceptual practice.
She has a multifaceted background, with a MA in Italian and French Language and Literature (summa cum laude), a postgraduate degree in Literary Translation (cum laude), and a MSc in Artificial Intelligence, with a major in speech- and language technology (cum laude). Aside from her research interests, Silke is keen on learning new languages and exploring different cultures. As a student job, she worked at the Belgian Centre for Fine Arts, where she organised several (multi-)cultural events on literature with a social touch.

Cerni Escale (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona)
PhD Law
Research: Statutory efficacy gains through collective intelligence

Cerni’s research is on how legislation can be improved by using technology and collective knowledge. He wants to understand how laws can transform to adapt better to digital formats and how the instruments that legislatures use can be improved to leverage higher quality information when making norms.

Cerni worked for the World Bank in Washington DC for five years, where he prepared and implemented projects in the fields of service delivery and social protection. He participated in over 20 international missions, including in pre-revolutionary Sudan and Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic. Prior to joingin the World Bank, Cerni was a coordinator in the Andorra government, worked as a researcher at Columbia University, as a consultant for Moody’s and as a delegate in the United Nations General Assembly. He is an Ambassador for the charity One Young World.

He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA, 2012) from Columbia University, where he was a Fulbright Fellow, a Bachelor of Political Science (BSc, 2009) from Pompeu Fabra University, and other degrees in law/economics from the Hertie School and Sciences-Po Paris.

Eduardo García Cancela (University Complutense Madrid)
PhD Political Science, Public Administration and International Relations
Research: EU foreign policy strategy

Eduardo García Cancela is a PhD candidate at Complutense University (Madrid). His current doctoral research focuses on the most recent changes in the European Union’s foreign policy strategy, their consistency with the promotion of EU’s core democratic norms and values, and their impact in the Eastern neighbourhood. More broadly, Eduardo’s main interests relate to European affairs and international politics, democratisation processes, anti-corruption policies and civil society development.
Before starting his PhD, Eduardo completed a Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of Europe in Natolin (Warsaw) and graduated in Journalism and International Relations at Nebrija University (Madrid).
He also worked as an intern in the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C, and in the Secretariat of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum in Brussels. Moreover, he is currently engaged with the Spanish Federal Council of the European Movement, being an active member of its youth section.

Ilana Hartikainen (University of Helsinki)
PhD Political Science
Research: Celebrity Populist Success in Hybrid Media Systems: The Czech Case

Ilana Hartikainen is a PhD candidate at the University of Helsinki, studying celebrity populist leaders and their strategies for success in the hybrid media system. She did her BA at Northwestern University in English and Slavic Studies and her Erasmus Mundus double Masters at the University of Glasgow and Corvinus University of Budapest in Russian, Central, & East European Studies and Political Science, where she researched the continuing success of the Czech communist party. Between degrees, she spent a year in Liberec, Czech Republic as a Fulbright English teaching assistant.

Ilana is also a member of the Department of Education at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague, where she co-created the educational website Socialism Realised: Life in Communist Czechoslovakia, 1948-89. Before her PhD, she worked as a journalist. When she’s not thinking about populism, Ilana is most likely pole dancing or hanging out with her corgi, Jupi.

Joshua Hill (University of St Andrews)
PhD Modern History
Research: Everyday Patterns of Drug Consumption in Modern Spain, 1939-1975

Joshua Hill is a PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews. His research looks at drug use within the context of the Franco Dictatorship, mapping changes in patterns of drug use against societal changes during the four decades of the dictatorship. More broadly, his academic interests encompass identity, subjective experience, memory formation, and gender.
Joshua is also working as part of the ERC-Funded Project: ‘Dictatorship as experience: a comparative history of everyday life and the ‘lived experience’ of dictatorship in Mediterranean Europe, 1922-1975′. Prior to beginning his PhD at St Andrews, Joshua completed a Masters in Contemporary History at the University of Birmingham, with a focus on globalisation and development in post-colonial contexts.

António Leitão Amaro (Catholic University of Portugal)
PhD Law
Research: Institutional Independence in Monetary and Fiscal Policies

António Leitão Amaro is preparing his PhD dissertation at Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Lisbon, Portugal) on Institutional Independence in Monetary and Fiscal Policies. For 7 years he taught several law courses at Universidade de Lisboa, and published articles in Portuguese law and economics journals. He is a current Marshall Memorial Fellow at the German Marshal Fund of the United States.

He served for three terms as elected Member of the Portuguese national Parliament (Assembleia da República) (2009-2019), where he was Vice-President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD/EPP) Parliamentary Group (2015-2019). He also served as Secretary of State for Local Government in the national Government of Portugal (2013-2015). Previously he worked as associate lawyer (Cuatrecasas, Lisbon, Portugal) and business consultant.

He holds a Masters (LLM, 2008) from Harvard Law School, Harvard University, an LLB (Licenciatura, 2003) from Universidade de Lisboa (2003), and two Post-graduate degrees in Economics and in Antitrust and Regulation from Universidade de Lisboa (2016), and Universidade de Coimbra (2005), respectively.

Chiara Lovotti (University of Bologna)
PhD History
Research: The role and impact of the Soviet Union on the state-building processes in three postcolonial Arab countries: Egypt, Syria, and Iraq

Chiara Lovotti is a PhD candidate at the faculty of History and Cultures at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna. Her academic research delves into the role and impact of the Soviet Union on the state-building processes in three postcolonial Arab countries: Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. Chiara is also an Associate Research Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Centre of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). At ISPI, her research interests are focused on socio-political transformations in the MENA, mostly Syria and Iraq; relations between Russia and the MENA countries; and Russian foreign policy towards the area. She holds a Bachelor’s in Foreign Languages from the Catholic University of Milan, a Master’s in Development Studies from the University of Louvain, and another Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies from the Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations, Milan. She has recently co-edited a Routledge book entitled “Russia in the Middle East and North Africa. Continuity and Change”.

Antonia Markiewitz (LMU Munich)
PhD Communication Science
Research: On the connection between media and suicides: Journalists and their (ir)responsible reporting on suicide

Antonia Markiewitz is a predoctoral researcher at LMU Munich and PhD candidate in communication science. Her research focuses on health communication and journalism research and their interaction. Antonia is currently working on a DFG-funded project on how the media–precisely journalists–can contribute to suicide prevention. She also investigates depictions and portrayals of self-harming and suicidal behavior on social network sites and their possible effects on children and adolescents. Antonia’s efforts lie in promoting (the value of) mental health both in society and regarding its depiction in the media.

Arron McArdle (University of Luxembourg)
PhD International Human Rights Law
Research: Judicial and Regulatory Approaches toward Hate Speech under European, German, UK and Irish Human Rights Law

Arron Mc Ardle is a PhD candidate at the research unit in law at the University of Luxembourg. Arron’s research topic aims to comparatively examine the current European legal framework for hate speech, ultimately the research is centred on developing a theoretical model of interpretation which can be applied in cases of hate speech.

Alongside his research interests, Arron is an active member of a Luxembourg based NGO which advocates for the protection of vulnerable groups and works to protect and promote European human rights values. He is currently involved in an advocacy project which aims to facilitate a discussion on the lack of protection afforded to domestic workers in Europe. In collaboration with partners including Danish NGO the Why foundation and the UN-funded Ciné-ONU Brussels, they seek to engage with human rights advocacy through film.

Originally from the Republic of Ireland Arron holds an LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Justice from The Queens University Belfast and LLB in Law from Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

Carlotta Mingardi (University of Bologna)
PhD Political and Social Sciences
Research: EU foreign policy towards the Western Balkans

Carlotta Mingardi is a PhD student in Political and Social Sciences at the University of Bologna, and currently Visiting PhD student at the Brussels School of International Studies-BSIS, University of Kent. Her research focuses on EU’s foreign policy towards the Western Balkans, considering the impact of international actors such as Russia, Turkey and China.
After graduating from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, she took her master’s degree in Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies-SOAS University of London. In 2017, she became a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission, where she worked on the Justice reform in the Western Balkans, setting the first bricks of her PhD research project. Before starting her PhD, she worked as Junior Research Fellow at the European Institute of the Mediterranean in Barcelona.
Besides being an activist with Amnesty International since 2016, Carlotta writes for different newspapers and magazines, such as BresciaOggi, InPrimis-Today and Pandora Rivista, an Italian magazine of political theory.

Riccardo Nanni (University of Bologna)
PhD Political and Social Sciences (International Relations)
Research: China’s influence in Global Internet Governance

Riccardo Nanni is a PhD candidate in Political and Social Sciences (field: International Relations) at the University of Bologna “Alma Mater Studiorum”. His research interest is on China’s influence in Global Internet Governance.

After getting an MA in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance at the University of Padova, he worked for four months at the Italian Helpline against Human Trafficking, then for one year at Centro Veneto Progetti Donna, the civil society organisation running the four anti-violence centres of the Province of Padova.

Before starting his PhD, he was selected for a traineeship at the Political Section of the Delegation of the European Union to China. In this context, he engaged in researching and analysing data and information on human rights laws, policies, and situations in China.

Finally, he plays bass guitar and is an activist in Amnesty International, carrying out human rights education sessions for primary and secondary school pupils.

George Nikolou (University of Oxford)
DPhil Law
Research: Emergencies in Constitutional Law

George Nikolou is a DPhil (PhD) student at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on emergencies in constitutional law, comprising mainly of economic crises, national security crises and natural disasters. In particular he examines the courts’ response to public emergencies and the appropriate extent of the relevant judicial review.

More broadly, his academic interests include constitutional theory, legal and political theory and the history of constitutional institutions. He has been funded in his studies by the Foundation for Education and European Culture (IPEP), the Oxford Faculty of Law and the Clelia Haji-Ioannou Foundation. Before starting his DPhil, George completed MJur and MPhil (dist.) degrees at the University of Oxford. He has worked as a trainee lawyer at the Greek Council of State and he is currently a jurisprudence tutor at the University of Oxford.

Originally from Greece George holds an LLM (dist.) in Public Law and an LLB in Law from the University of Athens.

Frederik Forrai Ørskov (University of Helsinki)
PhD Nordic Studies
Research: Nordic Intellectuals with National Sympathies thought about Europe

Frederik Forrai Ørskov is a Doctoral candidate at the Centre for Nordic Studies as part of the ReNEW (Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World) PhD-programme. Here, he researches how Nordic intellectuals with National Socialist sympathies thought about Europe, the Nordic region, and National Socialist Germany during the 1930s and 40s. He is trained as a historian from the University of Southern Denmark and Central European University, where his MA-thesis dealt with Danish promotional efforts in National Socialist Germany. He has published articles and book chapters on the history of educational testing, the OECD, visual history, and transnational social political dialogues among other subjects.

Thalia Ostendorf (University of St Andrews)
PhD Social Anthropology and Modern Languages
Research: War Literature and its influence on contemporary peace activism and remembrance practices in the UK and the US

Thalia is the recipient of the St Leonards Interdisciplinary Scholarship and is conducting her PhD research at the University of St. Andrews, in the departments of Social Anthropology and Modern Languages. Her research focusses on war literature and its influence on contemporary peace activism and remembrance practices in the UK and the US. She holds a BA and MA (research) in Comparative Literary Studies from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. During these degrees she went on exchanges with UC Davis (California, US) and Napoli L’Orientale (Italy).
Thalia is Dutch-Surinamese and a co-founder of Chaos Press (Uitgeverij Chaos), the only intersectional feminist publishing house in the Netherlands, where she edits and translates (English to Dutch). She also writes and publishes short stories.

Ariadna Petri (Complutense University, Madrid)
PhD Conflict Resolution
Research: The agency of second track negotiators in feeding the peace industry in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Ariadna Petri is a conflict resolution and security researcher, analyst, consultant and lecturer. Her vision for building solutions for communities with high-potential for growth led her to found and manage 10 training programs for leaders, teachers and youth, that helped over 480 young professionals from 32 countries across the EU and Middle East to catalyse their professional and personal development and skills.
Ariadna enjoys building partnerships utilizing tech-for-impact and led international strategy and fundraising of €4million for social impact projects with various teams, such as the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel.
Currently she is a PhD Candidate in Conflict Resolution at Complutense University, Madrid. Her thesis analyses the agency of second track negotiators in feeding the peace industry in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Previously, Ariadna held researcher and lecturer appointments at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Institute for National Security Studies, Israel, Bard College and Al-Quds University.

Elena Porter (University of Oxford)
DPhil History
Research: Changes to policy since 1950, affecting privately-owned historic houses in Britain

Elena’s research is on the history of heritage lobbying in Britain, focusing on how policy that affects privately-owned historic houses has changed since 1950. Her doctoral thesis reassesses the active construction of the British country house as a symbol of national identity, and offers an alternative perspective on the influence of inherited wealth in British politics. It contextualises British governments’ approaches to built heritage preservation within broader cultural and political shifts in Europe and the wider world.
Elena holds an MA in History of Design from the Royal College of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum, and a BA in History from the University of Oxford. She has experience of interpretation and education in museums, and is passionate about the educative power (and, with that, responsibilities) of arts institutions and heritage sites.
She is working in collaboration with Historic Houses, under the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme.

Nils Renard (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – IHMC)
PhD Modern History
Research: Henri Grégoire (1750-1831) and the birth of a European religious anthropology during the French Revolution

Nils Renard is a PhD candidate at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, within the IHMC (Institut d’Histoire moderne et contemporaine). His research centres on the anthropological thinking of Henri Grégoire (1750 – 1831) and of the French constitutional clergy during the Revolution and the Empire. The central question is to understand how the environment was perceived as the central element of the religious anthropology which developed as an answer to political and religious crisis in France at the time.
Before the start of his PhD, Nils graduated both at the University Paris 1 and at the Ecole Normale Supérieure – PSL University. In the course of his studies, he also taught French abroad, at Oxford University and at the ELTE Eötvös Collegium in Budapest, before passing the Agrégation in History. His interest in Literature led him to organize a seminar on Tolkien with the joint publication of a book in 2019.

Lewin Schmitt (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
PhD Political and Social Sciences
Research: The EU’s role in the Global Governance of AI

Lewin Schmitt is a predoctoral researcher at IBEI within the framework of the Horizon 2020 project “GLOBE- Global Governance and the European Union: Future Trends and Scenarios.” He is also PhD candidate in Political and Social Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. In his research, he investigates the EU’s role in the global governance of artificial intelligence.
Previously, Lewin worked as a Policy Analyst at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the European Commission’s in-house think tank. There, he focused on the nexus of technology and geopolitics.
Prior to joining the EPSC, he worked at the German Institute for Economic Research, on the editing board of St Antony’s International Review and as an independent consultant.
He holds a BSc in European Economic Studies from the University of Bamberg (2016) and an MSc in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford (2017).

Christoph Semken (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
PhD Economics
Research: Behavioural determinants of altruism and redistributional preferences

Christoph Semken investigates behavioural determinants of altruism and redistributional preferences. The goal of his research is to understand how people form these preferences, address potential biases and, ultimately, increase voluntary giving and support for redistribution. His fields are behavioural economics, political economy and scientific methodology. He has previously published in the journal International Peacekeeping.

Since 2012, Christoph works for the Federation of Young European Greens. He also interned with the Bundesbank and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.

Christoph holds an MRes Economics (2019) from Universtat Pompeu Fabra, a Master (2018) from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and an MA Economics and International Relations (2016) from the University of Aberdeen. He also studied International Economic Policy (2017) at Sciences Po Paris and is a state-certified Assistant for Information Technology (2012) in Germany.

Irene Soriano Flórez (University Complutense Madrid)
PhD Applied Linguistics
Research: Internationalisation practices and academic literacies, language ecology within European higher education

Irene is a PhD student in English Linguistics at Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). She holds a MA with Distinction in Applied Linguistics from University College London (UCL), and she graduated with Distinction in the BA in English Studies at Complutense (Premio Extraordinario de Grado, 2017). She was an Erasmus Student at Sussex University (Brighton) and she collaborated as an intern in the Linguistics Department at Complutense, where she is an honorific collaborator since 2017.
She is a member of UCM’s Research Group ‘The Role of English in the Internationalization of Spanish Higher Education’, and her main academic interest focuses on policies and practices of internationalisation within higher education, analysing disciplinary biliteracies in EMEMUS contexts and their potential impact on language use. As a Blue Book Trainee in the Executive Agency of Culture, Education and Audiovisuals (EACEA) at the EU Commission, she is devoted to education and language policy implementation.

Lukas Spielberger (Leiden University)
PhD European Political Economy
Research: Cooperation of central banks during the financial crisis in Central and Eastern Europe

Lukas Spielberger is PhD researcher at the Institute of Political Science. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Twente, and postgraduate degrees from the London School of Economics and the College of Europe, Bruges. He has organised several simulation games of EU politics.
Lukas’ research interests concern the political economy of economic and financial integration in Europe. In his PhD research he investigates how central banks cooperated during the financial crisis in Central and Eastern Europe.

Inga Steinberg (University of Oxford)
PhD Social Policy
Research: Family background and earnings returns to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths degrees in the UK

Inga is a PhD candidate in Social Policy at the University of Oxford. In her thesis, she is investigating the earnings returns to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) degrees in the United Kingdom, and how they differ by family background. Through this research, Inga hopes to contribute towards more evidence and transparency in policymaking regarding (STEM) education.

Outside of her PhD, Inga is involved in campaigning for greater access to graduate study. For example, she participates in the running of the Nuffield Undergraduate Scholars Institute, the first programme of its kind at the university.

Before starting her PhD, Inga obtained a BSc in Liberal Arts and Sciences (majoring in Policy Science) at Leiden University College in The Hague, and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford, which she was able to pursue thanks to partial funding from the Europaeum.

Zea Szebeni (University of Helsinki)
PhD Social Psychology
Research: Online disinformation and political polarization

Zea Szebeni is a grant-funded PhD candidate at the University of Helsinki. In her PhD research project, she explores the functions and effects of online disinformation, and its impact on society and political polarization. Her research interests include politicized media, active citizenship and populism. She conducts research primarily on Hungary.
In the past Zea obtained a MA degree in social psychology in Budapest, and worked at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as a research assistant. She also led a project at a Hungarian NGO, which aimed at integrating people in society, who are at the risk of social exclusion. Currently she is involved in advocacy work for young psychology researchers in the Finnish Psychological Association.
In her free time, Zea enjoys reading fake news and exploring conspiracy theories.

Sue Anne Teo (University of Copenhagen)
PhD Law
Research: Human Rights 2.0: A Primer for the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Sue Anne Teo is currently a PhD Fellow at the Faculty of Law at University of Copenhagen. Her PhD research project is entitled ‘Human Rights 2.0: A Primer for the Age of Artificial Intelligence’ and centers around a structural rethink on the role of human rights and its protection framework in light of developments in the field of artificial intelligence.
Prior to her PhD, Sue Anne was a Senior Programme Officer at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights in Sweden. Before that, she worked for several years with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as a Senior Refugee Status Determination officer and also served in the UN peacekeeping mission in East Timor.
Sue Anne Teo holds a First Class Honours Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from University of London, a Master of Laws (LL.M) from University of Cambridge and a Master of Science in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Elodie Thevenin (Jagiellonian University, Krakow)
PhD Political Science
Research: Migration in the context of the future of Europe

Elodie Thevenin is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Institute of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She also works as research assistant on the EU Horizon 2020 project “EU Differentiation, Dominance and Democracy (EU3D)”. Her academic interests encompass subjects related to migration, parliamentary discourse and identity construction. Her doctoral research focuses on the discussion on migration in national parliaments, in relation to the development of European integration.

Alice Trinkle (Free University Berlin)
PhD History/Sinology
Research: Exchanges on economic matters between China and Europe in the late 20th century

Alice is a research assistant and PhD student at the research cluster Contestations of the Liberal Scripts (SCRIPTS) at Free University Berlin. Within her research, she analysis knowledge transfers on economic matters between China and Europe during the reform and opening up period in the 1980s and 1990s from a Global History point of view.

Before starting her PhD, Alice studied Chinese studies, history, German language and literature and education at SOAS University of London, Potsdam University and the University of International Business and Economics Beijing.

She gained work experience as a German language lecture for German Academic exchange service at China University of Political Science and Law Beijing, in local politics management and PR for the German Greens in the Berlin district of Tempelhof-Schöneberg, as an intern at the communications department of Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) and as a student employee in the field of TV news broadcasting at Berlin-Brandenburg broadcasting (RBB).

Mariana Vega Martinho (University Complutense Madrid)
PhD Labour Law and Social Security Law
Research: Study of Healthcare law and Social Security law at national and international level. The challenges to be faced in a more diverse Europe.

Mariana’s doctoral thesis focuses on the right of access to the public health system in Spain and in the European Union. The aim of this thesis is to propose a reform of our national law that takes into account the impact of the migratory flows, emphasizing the situation of refugees and irregular immigrants.
In addition, she is a public servant here in Spain, being part of the “Social Security Technicians”, a group of state officials responsible for the recognition of rights at national and international level in the field of Social Security. In this role she connects daily with a multicultural European environment, which, unfortunately, is not adequately dealt by the current legal framework.
Mariana was born in Brazil and her native language is Portuguese.

Peeter Vihma (University of Helsinki)
PhD Social Sciences
Research: Bringing innovation and socio-ecological coherence into governance of ecosystems

Peeter’s research focusses on how to bring innovation and socio-ecological coherence into governance of ecosystems through cooperative and projectified governance. He earned a MA and BA in sociology at University of Tallinn, Estonia, where he also lectured for several years. He is currently pursuing PhD in social sciences at Helsinki University. In 2019 he received a Fulbright Fellowship at Cornell University. Besides consulting Estonian government agencies he sails, drives a motorcycle, renovates a 100-year-old barn made of clay, and has a daughter. He has written a book about his work as a volunteer in Kenya and directed three documentary films, two of them for Estonian Public Broadcasting.

List of Europaeum Scholars 2018/19