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INCOPS Team

Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania)

  • Prof. Dr. Sergiu Mişcoiu

    Sergiu Mişcoiu
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    Sergiu Mişcoiu is Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of European Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) where he serves as a Director of the Centre for International Cooperation and as Director of the Centre for African Studies (Cestaf). He holds a PhD in Political Science (Paris-Est University), a PhD in History (Babeș-Bolyai University), and a habilitation in Political Science (Paris-Est University). He is permanent member and PhD tutor of the LIPHA Laboratory at the University Paris-Est (France) and has been leading five major international research projects. He wrote four books, edited and co-edited 20 volumes and wrote 120 scientific articles and book chapters. His main research interests are the populism, minority politics, political conflicts, conflict resolution through participatory and deliberative democracy.

  • Ana-Gabriela Pantea

    Ana-Gabriela Pantea is Head of Department of International Relations and German Studies at the Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. She is a fulltime lecturer at the Faculty of European Studies supervising BA and MA students.

Coventry University (United Kingdom)

  • Dr. David Curran

    David Curran is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University (UK). David’s research investigates the interaction between the fields of conflict resolution and military peacekeeping, and has published on topics of training for military peacekeepers, the development of peacekeeping doctrine, and UK approaches to United Nations peacekeeping. David has extensive teaching and supervisory experience across undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses in peace and conflict studies, and currently contributes to ongoing Masters-level programmes undertaken at CTPSR. David has worked on previous EU-funded projects which have sought to understand the learning journey of adult learners in the peace and conflict studies field.

  • Dr. Miho Taka

    Miho Taka
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    Dr. Miho Taka is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She leads the modules in Peacebuilding: Theories into Practice and Environment, Conflict and Sustainability and was Course Director of the Online MA Peacebuilding and the MA Peace and Conflict Studies. Her teaching engages with mature practitioner students, who are often from conflict-affected countries. She brings her experiences in using reflective learning approaches with these students to INCOPS. Her research interests include environmental peacebuilding focusing on extractive industries and responsible business, and education in conflict-affected situations.

University of Coimbra (Portugal)

  • Prof. Dr. Maria Raquel Freire

    Prof. Dr. Maria Raquel Freire
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    Prof. Maria Raquel Freire is researcher at the Centre for Social Studies and the Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Coimbra. She is Full Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, teaching at the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree courses in IR and in the Doctoral programme in International Politics and Conflict Resolution where a peace studies research agenda is present and linked to work-based learning practices which are the focus of INCOPS. In-depth assessment of best practices in this field are part of her research interests and contribution to the project. Other research interests include foreign policy, international security, Russia and the post-Soviet space.

  • Dr. Paula Duarte Lopes

    Dr. Paula Duarte Lopes
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    Paula Duarte Lopes is a researcher on Peace Studies at the Centre for Social Studies and an International Relations professor at the School of Economics at University of Coimbra. She lectures at the undergraduate and graduate levels in International Relations, including the MA in Peace, Security and Development Studies and the PhD in International Politics and Conflict Resolution. Her research interests include peace missions, development aid, environmental governance and international water conflicts.

  • Prof. Dr. Daniela Nascimento

    Prof. Dr. Daniela Nascimento
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    Professor Daniela Nascimento is researcher at the Centre for Social Studies and a member of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Coimbra. She is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, teaching at the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree courses in IR and in the Doctoral programme in International Politics and Conflict Resolution, where a peace studies research agenda is present and linked to work-based learning practices which are the focus of INCOPS. In-depth assessment of best practices in this field are part of her research interests and contribution to the project. Other research interests focus on human rights, peacebuilding, humanitarian action.

University of Kent (United Kingdom)

  • Dr. Frank Grundig

    Dr. Frank Grundig is the Deputy-Director of the Global Challenges Doctoral Centre at the University of Kent and the programme director for the joint MA in Peace and Conflict studies with the University of Marburg. He was the academic employability lead in the School of Politics and International Relations at Kent University for five years and the academic lead for developing and implementing the school’s current employability strategy. In this function he has also been convening and teaching the school’s internship module at undergraduate level.

Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany)

  • Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bonacker

    Prof. Dr. Bonacker
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    Dr. Thorsten Bonacker is professor of peace and conflict studies at the Center for Conflict Studies at the University of Marburg. He is directing two Master programs in peace and conflict studies and serves as the academic collaborator in a project on „Southeast Asian University Partnership for Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation“ conducted by the German Civil Peace Service in collaboration with universities in Cambodia, Timor Leste and the Philippines. He has extensive experience in the development of curricula and in interdisciplinary teaching. His research interests include post-conflict and postcolonial state building, reparation politics in transitional justice and conflict theory.

  • Dr. Stéphane Voell

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    Dr. Stéphane Voell is coordinator of the Center for Conflict Studies at the University of Marburg. He is anthropologist and his regional research interests include the Caucasus and the postsocialist space. He researches on ethnicity and identity politics, religion, traditional law, conflict and post-socialist processes. Voell is active in curriculum development and university didactics and conducts summer schools on dialogue and conflict prevention in the South Caucasus. For INCOPS, he coordinates the administration of the project and takes over content-related tasks in the individual work packages.

  • Lena Runge

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    Lena Runge is a student research assistant for the INCOPS project at the Center for Conflict Studies in Marburg. She is currently studying in the Master program of Peace and Conflict Studies. Within the project she supports the work within the different Intellectual Outputs.

Utrecht University (Netherlands)

  • Dr. Chris van der Borgh

    Dr. Chris van der Borgh is Assistant Professor at Utrecht University and director of the MA Conflict Studies and Human Rights. He teaches a set of core courses on conflict policies and conflict analysis. He specializes in issues of peace and security, political order, international intervention and post-war reconstruction, with a focus on El Salvador and Kosovo. His recent research deals with urban (gang) violence and the public actions and policies to address gang violence.

  • Dr. Jolle Demmers

    Dr. Jolle Demmers
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    Jolle Demmers is Professor in Conflict Studies at Utrecht University. She was co-founder of the Centre for Conflict Studies and played a key role in establishing the field of Conflict Studies at Utrecht University. She coordinated the master Conflict Studies and Human Rights between 2004 and 2019 and lectures and writes on theories of contemporary violent conflict, boundaries and violence, military neoliberalism and remote warfare. She is the author of Theories of Violent Conflict: an introduction, which will see its Third Edition by 2023.

  • Dr. Luuk Slooter

    Dr. Luuk Slooter
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    Dr. Luuk Slooter is Assistant Professor in Conflict Studies. He is member of the core team of the MA programme Conflict Studies and Human Rights at Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and teaches courses on political violence. His current research focuses on urban violence and policing: studying the interplay between structural inequalities, police violence/brutality and civil unrest. He draws on ethnographic research in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, both in France and the Netherlands. For INCOPS he will predominantly focus on the ethics and security issues of work-based learning.