Nadiia Bureiko, Ukraine. Nadiia is a vice-head, an expert of the scientific NGO “Quadrivium”, Chernivtsi, Ukraine. She is a post-doc researcher at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and a research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania. She is a holder of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship. Nadiia is a member of Jean Monnet project “The Eastern Partnership under strain – time for a rethink?” and an expert of Jean Monnet project “The EU and its Eastern Neighbourhood: The Contradictions of Europeanisation and European identities”. She is also coordinator of the project “From Inspiration to Implementation: Europeanisation Process in Ukraine” co-funded by the International Visegrad Fund. She previously pursued PhD in Political Science and MA in International Relations at Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine. Her main academic interests include Europeanisation, national identity, EaP, foreign policy of Ukraine. Participant and organiser of more than 50 scientific and practical conferences and workshops in more than 20 countries.
Teodor Lucian Moga, Romania. Teodor is an assistant professor in the foreign affairs & security issues at the Centre for European Studies of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania, and a post-doc researcher at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is a holder of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship. Teodor is a coordinator of Jean Monnet project “The Eastern Partnership under strain – time for a rethink?” and an expert of Jean Monnet project “The EU and its Eastern Neighbourhood: The Contradictions of Europeanisation and European identities”. He is also advisor for the project “From Inspiration to Implementation: Europeanisation Process in Ukraine” co-funded by the International Visegrad Fund. He previously pursued a PhD in Economics and International Relations at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi and a MA in Political Science at the University of Manchester, UK. His main academic fields of interest are EU foreign and security policy, European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership. He pursued relevant research and teaching stints at the European Commission, the British Embassy Bucharest, European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris and George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.
Ulrich Schmid, Switzerland. Ulrich Schmid studied German and Slavic literature at the Universities of Zürich, Heidelberg and Leningrad. He received his PhD from the University of Basel in 1995. From 1992 to 2003 he taught at the Slavic Department of the University of Basel. In 2003 he was appointed as assistant professor at the University of Bern. From 2004 to 2007 he was professor of Slavic Literatures at the University of Bochum. Since 2007 he is professor of Russian Culture and Society at the University of St. Gallen. Publications: “Technologies of the Soul. The Production of Truth in Contemporary Russian Culture” (2015), “UA – Ukraine between East and West” (2015), “Sword, Cross and Eagle. The Aesthetics of the Nationalist Discourse in Interwar Poland” (2013), “Tolstoi as a Theological Thinker and a Critic of the Church” (2013, with Martin George, Jens Herlth, Christian Münch), “Lev Tolstoi” (2010), “Literary Theories of the 20th Century” (2010), “Russian Media Theories” (2005), “Russian Religious Philosophers of the 20th Centure” (2003), “The Designed Self. Russian Autobiographies between Avvakum and Herzen” (2000).
Carmen Scheide, Switzerland. Carmen Scheide studied History and Slavic Languages in Munich, Freiburg/Br. and Moscow. In 1999 she finished her PhD with a book about women politics and daily life in the early Soviet Union. From 1995 till 2005 she worked as assistant at the History Department of the University of Basel. In 2009 she was fellow at the Center of Excellence/ University of Constance. In 2011 she finished her Habilitation about Memories of the Second World War in Russia. Since 2012 she is Executive Director at the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe (GCE) at the University of St. Gallen. There she participates in a research project about Ukraine and is chief editor of the open access online journal “Euxeinos: Governance and Culture in the Black Sea Region”.
Serhii Bostan, Ukraine. Serhii is a senior teacher at the Department of Social Work and Personnel Policies at Bukovyna State University of Finance and Economics. Prior to this he served as Deputy head, Head of the International Relations Sector at the Department of Information, Public Relations and International Relations of Chernivtsi City Hall (2011 – 2014). He was also a Secretary of Chernivtsi City Council Commission on interethnic relations, freedom of religion, minority rights at Chernivtsi City Hall (2011 – 2014). He is a director of the Institute for Political and Geopolitical Researches, Chernivtsi. He previously pursued PhD in Political Science and MA in International Relations at Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine. He is a participant of international projects in Belgium, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Sweden. He is an author of scientific papers on Ukrainian-Romanian relations, transborder cooperation and interethnic relations.
Alexandra Gheorghiu, Romania. Alexandra is a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi (Romania), and senior data analyst for GfK. Alexandra holds a PhD in Social Psychology applied to transportation behaviour since 2012. She has 7 years of teaching and research experience at the University of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, University Blaise Pascal Clermont Ferrand, University Jules Verne, Amiens and the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR). Her main teaching experience covers experimental psychology, statistics, social psychology, and organizational psychology. During 2015 Alexandra was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alexandru Ioan Cuza where she studied the impact of cultural values on driving behaviour. She is mainly interested in how and why groups can change individual’s behaviour in risky situations, the impact of values, culture, and norms on risky behaviours, as well as eco-friendly behaviours.
Serhii Hakman, Ukraine. Serhii is a Deputy Director, Chief of the Scientific and Research Department at Chernivtsi Regional Centre for Retraining and Professional Development of State Authorities, Local Government, State Enterprises, Institutions and Organization Employees (since 2005). Prior to this he served as a director of Department for Migration within the Office of Nationalities and Migration at Chernivtsi State Regional Administration (1996 – 2002). Serhii is a member of Working Commission of “Upper Prut” Euroregion on Science, Education, Culture, Health Protection, Youth and Sports (since 2007). In 2005 – 2008 he was a member of Expert Group of Joint Ukrainian-Romanian Intergovernmental Commission on National Minorities Rights (2005–2008). He holds PhD in history (2001). Serhii has teaching and research experience at Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, since 2011 he has been an associate professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Serhii is a participant and a coordinator of many international projects on Ukrainian-Romanian relations, transborder cooperation and interethnic relations. The author of more than 130 scientific publications.
Bogdan-Constantin Ibănescu, Romania. Bogdan-Constantin is a researcher at the Centre for European Studies of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania. Since 2012 Bogdan holds a PhD diploma in Human Geography from Bordeaux Montaigne University (France). He has accumulated 5 years of teaching experience at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi (Romania) and at University of Corsica Pasquale Paoli (France) on courses related to Human Geography, Tourism Planning, Project management, and Geographic Information System. During 2013 he received a European scholarship for a postdoctoral stage at Abdelmalek Essaâdi University (Morocco). Between 2013 and 2014 he worked as a research assistant on European peripheries for International Geostrategic Maritime Observatory (IGMO), a think tank based in Paris. He participated as a researcher on spatial analysis for the ESPON project TerrEvi – Territorial Evidence Packs for Structural Funds Programmes. His main areas of interest are spatial analysis, rural spaces, and peripheral territories. He has published several papers on peer-reviewed journals on those topics.