Editorial Board

Jakov Bojović

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

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

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.


Léa Duplan

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

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.


Simon Marijsse

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

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.


Gianna Merki

Gianna has a degree in Law, a graduate degree in Social Policy (Criminology and Social integration) and MA in International Relations and took courses in data journalism, teaching skills,  training for trainers and critical thinking, conflict mediation.  She collaborated with NGOs in Belgrade, Pristina, Lisbon and online and is a conflict mediator, editor, proofreader and translator. She is a member of the Coordinating Collective of DiEM25 – Democracy in Europe Movement and a member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice.

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