Editorial Board

Jakov Bojović

Founder Contact

Jakov Bojović is a co-founder of the Politheor platform and an editor in EU Governance. He is a PhD student in Public Policy at Central European University, researching policy entrepreneurship and agenda setting strategies of the European Commission. His broader research interests are European economic and social governance, role of supranational institutions in EU integration, Europeanisation and EU enlargement. Mr Bojovic is an author of peer-reviewed research articles published in Serbia, BiH, Hungary, Germany. He has contributed to international research projects and in the past worked in consulting and the civil society sector.


Mario Munta

Managing Editor Contact

Mario is a PhD candidate in Public Policy at the Central European University. His doctoral thesis deals with the Europeanisation modes of employment policies in Croatia. He obtained his MA in Public Policy. Thus far, he assisted in teaching and research at the University of Zagreb and the ECPR Summer School in Methods. His main research interests center around EU public policy, social and employment policy and sustainable development.


Irene Zugasti

Editor for Gender Equality Contact

Irene is a Journalist and Political Scientist, who has done her studies in Madrid and Prague. After earning her MA in International Relations and Diplomacy in the Diplomat School of Spain, she started working for the Government Office for Gender Based Violence in Spain. Meanwhile, she published several studies, articles, done seminars and projects in her main fields of study: Gender issues, Armed Conflict, Migration and Human Rights and Eastern Europe. She writes and collaborates in different journals and magazines and is a strong advocate for gender equality in the European framework.


Jonathan Volt

Editor for Climate and Environment Contact

Jonathan is a Political Scientist who developed his analytical abilities at Lund University, where he earned an MSc in Political Science and two BSc in Political Science and Economics. Before joining the Buildings Performance Institute Europe in Brussels, where he is researching ways to improve the energy performance of buildings, Jonathan has been working with climate policies at the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn and at the Earth System Governance Project in Lund. He is also a strong advocate for putting environmental issues higher on the European agenda.


Léa Duplan

Editor for EU Governance Contact

Léa holds a B.A in European Studies from the University of Maastricht and a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She worked at the United Nations (UN), on the UN e-Government Survey 2016, and at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) on European political and economic affairs. 


Meriam Benhamza

Editor for Financial Policy Contact

Meriam Benhamza holds a BA in Finance and Accounting and a Master’s in Financial Communication from the Università Della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland. She is fascinated by various topics, but her main focus is the new financial issues arising from the Euro crisis and the role good governance plays in solving them.


Mathis Hampel

Editor for Energy Policy Contact

Trained as a natural scientist with a BSc in Ecosystem Analysis from Lund University, and an MSc in Geography from Exeter University, Mathis became a social scientist studying the politics of environmental and climate change. He is particularly interested in the myriad ways people disagree about and make sense of climate change as a public policy issue. Before joining King’s College London, where he was awarded a PhD in Science and Technology Studies, Mathis undertook research at the Wegener Centre for Climate and Global Change in Austria and with the doctoral school on The Science and Management of Climate Change at Ca’Foscari University in Italy. He consults the Austrian national public broadcaster ORF on environmental politics.


Simon Marijsse

Editor for International Affairs Contact

Simon earned an MSc in Public Policy and an MA in Philosophy. Currently finalizing his Master’s degree in Conflict & Development at Ghent University, he recently gained active fieldwork experience in Israel/Palestinian territories and the city of Rio de Janeiro. His broad research interests range from social mobilization and resistance movements to rebel governance, political violence and religious narratives in Latin-America and the MENA-region. Simon currently cooperates with RioOnWatch as a research collaborator.


Ays Sirakaya

Editor for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Contact

Ays studied at Bilkent University and London Metropolitan University. After she obtained her bachelor degree in law, she attended Ghent University where she was awarded her LL.M. degree on International and European Law. She is currently working towards her PhD at Ghent University, Faculty of Law, Department of European Public and International Law. Her PhD topic concerns the legal protection of urban biodiversity. Ays also works as a consultant on biosafety regulations and WTO at the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations.


Svetlana Slavcheva

Editor for Migration Policy Contact

Svetlana Slavcheva is an EU affairs professional from Bulgaria. She holds an MA degree from the Institute for European Studies, Free University of Brussels. She worked with the Europe Direct Contact Centre as EU communication officer and is involved with the European anti-racist movement.


Cedric Algoed

Editor for International Security Contact

Cedric Algoed holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Ghent and a LLM in Law and Politics of International Security from the VU Amsterdam. He focuses on civil war, the political economy of conflict and international humanitarian law.


Francesca Coppola

Editor for Economic Policy Contact

After graduating from Università Cattolica in Milan, Francesca has successfully attended a MSc in Political Economy of Europe at the London School of Economics and a Master in International Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris. Her main research interests include the International Monetary System, Financial Regulation and European Governance.


Gianna Merki

Editor for Trade Policy Contact

Gianna has a degree in Law, a graduate degree in Social Policy and an MA in International Relations. She took courses in data journalism, teaching skills, project, management, training for trainers and critical thinking. Her international professional experiences include the NGO Victimology Society of Serbia dealing with victim support and reconciliation; the OSCE mission in Kosovo and with Politheor as a Policy researcher. Gianna is an active member of DiEM25 – Democracy in Europe Movement.