GEM PhD Fellows
The GEM programme provides ample opportunities for personal, professional and intellectual growth. Learning alongside, and sharing ideas with other scholars in this programme, from its host institutions and beyond allows inter-disciplinary exchange which has, no doubt, enriched this experience. GEM has delivered on its promise by providing a truely dynamic international research programme.
The GEM PhD School offers me the opportunity to carry out a doctoral research on Globalization, EU and Multilateralism in a multicultural, cosmopolitan and highly rated academic environment. The experience so far is excellent.
Title of Thesis: Different Perspectives on Global Justice: A Fusion of Horizons
Usually political philosophers and theorists look at global justice from only one perspective. For instance, cosmopolitans look at global justice from only the cosmopolitan perspective, statists look at global justice from only the statist perspective, so on and so forth. In fact, such political philosophers and theorists think that their own perspective is the only or best way to look at global justice. In other words, they think that their perspective is at once necessary and sufficient to look at global justice. But the thesis contends that there is no one perspective that is at once necessary and sufficient to look at global justice; while each perspective is necessary, none is sufficient. Hence we need a fusion of horizons; using a multi-theoretical or multi-perspective lenses to look at global justice.
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Gender Equality and Sustainable Development for Export? A critical study of EU Association Agreements in Latin America
The GEM PhD School offers an interdisciplinary research culture that suits my academic background and interests. I also appreciate the international student community of the program.PDF
Thesis project: Governing (through) expectations: The making and unmaking of economic governability in the euro area during the ‘Great Moderation’
I am fellow of the Erasmus Mundus GEM PhD School, with the University of Warwick and the Université Libre de Bruxelles as my first and second institution, respectively. My supervisors are Professor Matthew Watson (Warwick) and Professor Amandine Crespy (ULB). Here's a link to my Warwick website.PDF
Thesis: "EU-policy in the fight against trafficking in human beings"
My doctoral research focuses on the European legal framework in relation with the fight against trafficking in human beings, and more particularly on its externalisation towards third countries located at the borders of the European Union. It is realised under the co-supervision of Prof. A Weyembergh, IEE-ULB, and Prof. R. Roth, University of Geneva, and should be defended by September 2016.PDF
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My name is Filip Brkovic and I am a PhD scholar at the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programme in international political economy - Globalization, the EU and Multilateralism - the GEM PhD School. My doctoral research at the University of Warwick (United Kingdom), Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), together with Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México - ITAM (Mexico) and Fudan University (China) is focused on Fairtrade.
An Assessment of Possibilities for Stronger Inclusion of Upper-middle-income Economies in the Fairtrade System - Case Study Serbia
Transnational Elites and the Design of Europe's "Innovation Union"
Justin is an Erasmus Mundus Fellow in "Globalisation, the EU and Multilateralism" at the University of Warwick and l'Université Libre de Bruxelles. Justin graduated with First Class Honours from the Australian National University as a Hedley Bull Fellow (2005) and is a previous recipient of an Erasmus Mundus Fellowship for a two year postgraduate programme at the London School of Economics and the University of Wrocław (2006-08). His research focuses on transnational elites and the design of Europe's "Innovation Union".PDF
My name is Katarina Brkovic and I am a PhD scholar at the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programme “Globalization, the EU and Multilateralism” - the GEM PhD School with the University of Warwick (United Kingdom) as my main institution and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) as my second institution. My doctoral research is in the field of international security and development studies focused on the concept of positive securitisation and its applicability in the alleviation of extreme poverty.
Doctoral research title: An Assessment of Possibilities for the Use of Positive Securitization in the Alleviation of Extreme Poverty: Least Developed Countries as Positive Securitizing Actors and the United Nations as Global Positive Functional ActorPDF
Judicial Activism of the Court of Justice of the EU in the Pluralist Architecture of Global Law.
Pola Cebulak is a PhD candidate in the GEM PhD School, Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate on Globalization, the EU and Multilateralism. Her mobility action includes a double degree at the universities in Brussels (ULB) and Geneva (UNIGE) as well as a research stay at Boston University (BU). She received her legal degree from Humboldt University Berlin, where she also followed the School of Polish Law. During her exchange year at King’s College London she specialized in European and Human Rights Law. Her experience includes a traineeship at the Court of Justice of the EU and summer internships at the Polish Embassy in Berlin and Clifford Chance LLP. Pola has defended her PhD thesis in December 2014.
Development of Institutions on the Environmental and Technological Cooperation in Northeast Asia: Cases of Tripartite Environment Ministers’ Meeting and the China-Japan-Korea IT Standards Meeting
Academic and social interactions I have experienced through GEM PhD School are invaluable assets for my thesis looking at the regional cooperation in Northeast Asia in the context of globalisation.PDF
Thesis: An Integration of Discord: Free movement of persons in national news medias, discourse clash and resistance to the EU project.
Andrew is a dual citizen of Slovenia and the United States. His research centers on the free movement of persons as a source of resistance to further EU integration as resultant from narrative framing in popular news media. In addition to his native English, he is proficient in Polish and Spanish.PDF
Accessing the legitimation process of security regionalism: African Union and European Union as case studies
The GEM PhD Erasmus Mundus is my third academic experience abroad. I chose GEM not only because of the academic and financial support and the qualified universities, but also because of the possibility to interact and exchange ideas on a full international level. Ever since my application was selected, I’ve been given all the necessary support to start my research. It’s been a pleasure to be part of it, but also a great responsibility.PDF
"Climate Revolution or Long March?"
"Low carbon governance in China from Rio (1992) to Paris (2015)" (provisional subtitle)
My research is interested in understanding the structural changes brought about by the new problematic of climate change and "low carbon development" to traditional modes of ensuring the provision of interdependent and sometimes contradictory public goods of economic growth, energy security and environmental protection in industrialising societies. I focus on the case of China, in order to evaluate how "low carbon development" discourses predominantly elaborated and analysed in western, liberal democratic and industrialised societies shape and are reshaped by the politics of the emerging eastern power. Interactions between domestic and international political spheres is at the core of my analysis, which is essentially interpretative and historical-institutionalist.
Prior to entering the GEM PhD program, I studies at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law, from which I hold a LLM in European, International and Chinese Law (2012, Beijing, China) and at the ULB, where I studied a Master's Degree in European Studies of Institute for European Studies of the ULB (2011, Brussels, Belgium). I have been an Associate with the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) since 2011, where I used to work as Programme Coordinator. I have good commands of Mandarin Chinese. My professional experiences also includes 6 months internship in the Environment and Climate Change section of the EU Delegation in Beijing, as well as several ENGO works.
More broadly, my research interests cover European and Chinese domestic politics and policies, Climate Change politics, Environmental and Energy Governance, International Political Economy, Regional cooperation in Europe and Asia.
Thesis: Involvement of Diasporas in Peacebuilding Processes: A Comparative Analysis of Local Elite Perceptions of Bosnian Diaspora’s Incorporation in Ownership Frameworks
Jasmin has successfully completed his Ph.D. studies at the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli di Roma and l'Université libre de Bruxelles. His academic and professional background is in the IR, European Studies, Political Science and Law. He holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Law from the University of Sarajevo, a B.A. in European Studies and International Relations from Masaryk University, and an M.A. in Political Science from Central European University.
He worked at the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Brussels, as a research analyst at the Centre for Security Studies in Sarajevo, as a trainee at the European Parliament in Brussels, and as an active member of the Humanity in Action - an international educational organization.
His research interests are:
- Diaspora Studies;
- Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice;
- Constitutional Law and Comparative Political Systems.
For further inquiries please contact him directly.PDF
EU Democratic Deficit and the Transnational Civic Culture: a Theoretical Approach
Petar is a PhD candidate in the GEM PhD School, Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate on Globalization, the EU and Multilateralism based at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and with expectations to attend the Department of Political Science at LUISS University in Rome and Boston University over the following three years.
Petar has worked as teaching assistant at the Humanistic Studies of the Univeristy of Donja Gorica in Montenegro, as project manager at the Centre for European Integration of the Belgrade Open School and has founded and contributed to the development of several NGOs. His research interests include political theory, European studies and moral philosophy.PDF
"(Un) Globalizing Civil Society - When the boomerang rebounds" - Transnational Advocacy Networks and Women's Groups in post-conflict Burundi and Liberia: A comparative study
Maria is a Erasmus Mundus fellow at the GEM PhD School in Globalization, the EU and Multilateralism. She graduated magna cum laude with a triple degree from University of Granada, John Moores Liverpool University and Universite de Provence in 2007and obtained her Masters in European Studies from the College of Europe in 2008. As recipient of the Fulbright scholarship, she obtained her Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 2011. She has also worked with the EU in Brussels and New York and has worked for the non-profit sector in South Africa and France.
Strategies of the Disarmed: Struggles Over Nuclear Futures in Security Governance
I am a fellow of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programme on Globalization, the EU and Multilateralism – the GEM PhD School. Currently I am a third year PhD candidate at the University of Warwick in the UK and at LUISS University in Italy working on issues related to multilateral nuclear weapons policies and civil society advocacy in the field of disarmament. The project looks at how transnational civil society engaged with nuclear weapons issues affects the discourses and practices of global nuclear governance.
Before taking up this position, I was a research assistant at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) where I assisted in the managing of a Track II diplomacy project on issues of security in the Middle East. In the past, I also interned at the United Nations University institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) and at the Italian Permanent Mission at the United Nations in New York. I have studied at the Forlì-based Department of Political Science of the University of Bologna (Italy) for my Master and Bachelor degrees, while also spending periods as a visiting student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the Universidad del Paìs Vasco in Bilbao, Spain.PDF
Modeling Immigrant Language Acquisition and Integration: Toward an Integrated Micro-Macro Modeling
Yoshimiko is an Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Fellow in "Globalisation, the EU and Multilateralism”at l'Université libre de Bruxelles and the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli di Roma.PDF
Polanyian reading of the EU governance structure
Maja Savevska is a PhD candidate at the GEM PhD School, Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate on Globalization, EU and Multilateralism, where she was awarded a full scholarship by the European Commission. Her mobility action programe includes University of Warwick and Université Libre de Bruxelles. She received her undergraduate training in political science from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje. During her exchange program at the University of Washington - Seattle, she did a minor in International Relations. She completed a MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford, where she was awarded a full scholarship by the Open Society Institute. Her experience includes TA work at the Univerité Libre de Bruxelles and extensive NGO work in Macedonia.PDF
Dr Lisa Tilley is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick (UK), co-convener of the Raced Markets collaborative research project, and Associate Editor of the Global Social Theory pedagogical resource. Her wider research explores material approaches to ‘the colonial question’, as well as regimes of racial and gendered difference in relation to processes of dispossession. This research has been focused on sites of extraction, particularly within Southeast Asia, including urban ‘slums’ and rural resource frontiers. She has published work in relation to debates within political economy, political ontology, post/decolonial thought, and decolonial methodology. Finally, she won a teaching excellence award in 2016 for her efforts to decolonise the teaching of Development Studies at Warwick.PDF
Thesis: The Ordinary Ethics of Debt
Lauren is an Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Fellow within the EC-funded "Globalisation, the EU and Multilateralism" research consortium, and is based at the University of Warwick and l’Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Lauren works in International Political Economy. Her doctoral research looks at the everyday ethics and politics of dissent from debt. Please go to Lauren's academic e-portfolio to read more about her doctoral project and broader research agenda.PDF
"European Muslims and Liberal Citizenship"
Normative political theory.
- Pr. Sebastiano Maffettone (LUISS Guido Carli - Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Rome)
- Pr. Jihane Sfeir (ULB - IEE - Section Histoire, Brussels)
- Bachelor degree in Political Science (LUISS Guido Carli, 27/10/2009), 110/110 cum laude.
Thesis title: "L'Islam dei Lumi: ragione, religione e responsabilita' nel XXI secolo."
- Master degree in International Relations (LUISS Guido Carli, 15/12/2011), 110/110 cum laude.
Thesis title: "Oltre un illuminismo islamico: due prospettive sulla storia e sulla tradizione."
- Post-graduate course in Economic Security, Geopolitics and Intelligence (SIOI-Rome, 2012), A+.
Thesis title: "Etica e intelligence: l'attivita' informativa e il problema della giustifcazione."
Environmental NGOs as Ethical Norms' Advocates
Katia is in the last year of GEM and she spent her first year in Rome (LUISS Guido Carli) and second year in Brussels (ULB). Katia is currently a visiting scholar at Boston University, which is a full partner of GEM network. Katia's work is focused on the global environmental crisis that calls for a value shift and societal transformation. This is a multidisciplinary research that builds on literature in environmental ethics, international relations and politics, social psychology. Katia's special academic interest is on the topic of future generations in the context of environmental change; her other interests are sustainable lifestyles and environemtnal education.
Key reasons to join GEM: the inter-disciplinary academic approach and an amazing unique opportunity to experience educational systems in different European states.PDF
The International Dimension of EU Competition Policy: Does Regional Supranational Regulation Hinder Protectionism?
Doing research as a doctoral fellow of the EM GEM community is a challenging and stimulating task. While this 3-year-long PhD program is highly intensive and demanding, GEM member institutions with globally recognized researching / teaching staff provide us fellows with excellent supports. This program is multi-disciplinary, and people naturally have really 'diverse' interests. However, I believe that we share a basic perspective, communicate and stimulate each other, and therefore remain 'united' - in EU terms.PDF
Thesis: Territory, Rights and Mobility: Theorising the Citizenship/Migration Nexus in the Context of Europeanisation
I was based at LUISS Guido Carli University and Université libre de Bruxelles during my doctoral research. I successfully defended my thesis in February 2014. The members of my examination committee are: Amandine Crespy (ULB); Sebastiano Maffettone (LUISS); Sandro Mezzadra (Bologna); Glen Newey (ULB) and Gianfranco Pellegrino (LUISS).PDF
Ideational Divergences between European Union and China: Cases of International Interventions
For me, the most essential reason to study abroad is to work with specific faculty in a specific kind of program. I had been searching for a PhD program involves study on Europe and Asia (especially China), in which my research interest and experience in East Asia and Europe could be coming into play together. Fortunately, I found GEM which offers an perfect opportunity.PDF