Eastern Europe

Interested Scholars

The following scholars are interested in this topic:

Chiletso Kumadzi Msang’azi, UN-World Food Programme-Ethiopia. Experienced program professional with a demonstrated history of working in Education and Humanitarian sectors. Skilled in School Feeding Programme, Supplementary Feeding Programmes, General Food Distribution, Early Childhood Development, Livelihood and Resilience, Community Engagement, Children’s Rights, Teaching and Monitoring and Evaluation in the context of Humanitarian Crisis.

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Public Policy Program at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. My core interest is in climate change and digital literacy that empowers nonprofit organizations to use digital environments, social networking sites (SNSs) in particular, to support climate change action. My research agenda explores the relationship between the policy process, communication theory, movement building, and theory of change with a particular focus on the environment, nonprofit advocacy, energy, and technology. I hold a Master’s of Public Policy (2017) from American University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in International Relations (2012) from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. While at American, I was awarded the William K. Reilly Fellowship for my contributions to environmental governance and was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the Public Administration Honor Society, for my scholastic achievements. At Mount Holyoke, I was awarded the Elaine Conde Scholarship (2010), served as the co-chair of the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC), and was a member of the student advisory board for the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.

I am an International Relations scholar working at the Chair of Political Science, esp. Global Governance, at the University of Hamburg.
I am currently on leave, pursuing a senior research fellowship at Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research from April 2020-March 2021.

My research interests include:
International Political Sociology; Constructivist norms research; International Practice Theory; Critical Border Studies; Interpretive Methodology and Narratology; Empirical focus on EU foreign and security policy, EU diplomacy, Arctic Governance

Restructuring History is the most futuristic approach towards Development” is the outlook and motivation with which I explore the arena of Area Studies to arrive at Alternative Development strategies by deriving Alternatives to Development in its current form and practice.
A passionate reader engulfed in designing holistic Geopolitical and Economic policies in integration to the Historical adaptations and approaches to the development of South Asia emphasising on the social, economic, political dimensions I see myself taking up a
leadership role at the United Nations and other intragovernmental agencies as a formidable voice from the developing nations, Modern South Asia in particular.
Having completed my masters in International Relations, my research thesis based on Predicting Conflict through AI while my broader interests lie within the frontiers of International Relations, Regional Development, Geopolitics, Economy, History enabling the Strategic Integration of Social Sciences in terms of Policy Thinking and Field Based Practices across the Global South.

A Poland and Germany trained legal academician, since five years in East Africa. Interested in comparative research on all areas of constitutional law and law of regional integration. And in Public International Law.

Dr. Leah Windsor is a Research Assistant Professor in the Institute for Intelligent Systems at The University of Memphis. She received her Bachelor of Science in Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1998, her Master’s degree in Political Science at The University of Memphis in 2005, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of Mississippi in 2012. Dr. Windsor currently serves as PI for a Minerva Initiative grant administered by the U.S. Department of Defense that examines political communication in authoritarian regimes and opaque political groups. Her work uses computational linguistics and discourse analysis to answer questions about regime survival, political crisis and conflict, propaganda and persuasion, bluffs and threats, governance, and radicalization. Her interdisciplinary approach to understanding political language is situated at the intersection of political science, psychology, cognitive science, computer science, neurobiology, methodology, and linguistics. Dr. Windsor was selected as Smart City Fellow with the City of Memphis and the FedEx Institute of Technology where she analyzes issues in local Memphis politics. She is also interested in issues of bias and ethnocentrism in studying political language, including corpus selection, translation, and document preparation. In February 2017, Dr. Windsor’s lab was selected for a Team Initiation Grant by the University of Memphis’ Division of Research and Sponsored Programs to study how multimodal forms of communication including language, nonverbal cues, and audiovisual elements, can inform our understanding of methods of persuasion, elements of cognition, keys to decoding deception, and locus of attention. Dr. Windsor is also co-authoring a book on family formation in academia that presents research from an international survey about academic parents. Most recently she was invited to present her work to the National Academy of Sciences and the Department of Defense. Her work has been published in Terrorism and Political Violence, International Interactions, The International Feminist Journal of Politics, and Political Research Quarterly.

My research was inspired by the wide concern about the security implications of climate change. I especially pay attention to the mechanism under which climate variability might exacerbate different types of intrastate conflicts, including non-violent and violent conflicts. In addition, I am also interested in how information-driven coordinating collective phenomena unfold with security threats in place. Specifically, I will focus on the signal processing between political elites and mass public to identify the relationship between information signal processing and the diffusion of conflicts in space and time. Individuals do not form opinions, beliefs, and actions in an isolated environment but are exposed to social influence through social networks and physical, ideological, cultural, or emotional proximity to others.

I study how social identity affects electoral accountability, the functioning of government, and political behaviour. My work lies at the intersection of Political Economy, Political Behaviour, Experimental Methods, and Political Psychology. In my research I build on strategic and behavioural theories of principal-agent relationships and voting. I implement experiments to analyse how individuals evaluate their politicians’ performance, when they discriminate in favour of their social group, how they make redistributive allocation decisions, or how they coordinate their choices with their peers.

I am currently working as a postdoctoral Senior Research Officer, at the Department of Government, University of Essex, as part of the Evaluation Team (Catalyst Project), where I have been working with collaborators to acquire, process and analyse administrative data to support local authorities (such as Essex and Suffolk County Council, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service) improve the impact of programmes and interventions for the communities they serve. A computational linguist by training (text analytics, natural language processing, mathematical models of language) (PhD in Computational Linguistics, Essex – 2010; MA in Computational Linguistics, Essex – 2004), I have been working as a data scientist since 2010 (UK Data Archive (Essex); Endangered Languages Archive (SOAS, University of London); Administrative Data Research Network (Essex)), when I took up my current role.