Participants in the project

Dr Baldur Thorhallsson – University of Iceland – Academic coordinator

Contact information: baldurt@hi.is
Website

Baldur Thorhallsson is Head and Professor of Political Science, and Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland. He is also Programme and Research Director at the Centre for Small State Studies at the University. Professor Thorhallsson has extensive expertise in the field of European integration and small state studies and is the founder of the Centre for Small State Studies. He has an impressive publication record as well as valuable experience in running a European Module and Erasmus intensive programmes for a number of years. In 2009, he was granted a Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies, the first one in Iceland. Professor Thorhallsson is the Chair holder for the Centre of Excellence awarded to the Institute of International Affairs in 2013. His wide ranging experience with regard to European integration and small state studies will be central in this project and he will be involved in all the aims and objectives of this Jean Monnet Network.

Selected publications:

  1. Thorhallsson, B. (2015). „Do Small States Need Shelter? The Economic and Political Turmoil in Iceland“, in H. Baldersheim and M. Keating (eds.) Small states in the Modern World: Vulnerabilities and Opportunities. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 42-56.
  2. Bailes, AJK and Thorhallsson, B. (2013). “Instrumentalizing the European Union in Small State Strategy”, Journal of European Integration 35(2): 99-115.
  3. Thorhallsson, B and Kirby, P. (2012). “Financial crisis in Iceland and Ireland: Does EU and Euro membership matter?”, Journal of Common Market Studies 50(5): 801-808.

 

 

Dr Anders Wivel – University of Copenhagen

Contact information: aw@ifs.ku.dk
Website

Anders Wivel, PhD, is Professor (mso) of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. His primary fields of research are 1) Foreign policy, in particular the foreign and security policies of small European states; 2) European integration and security, in particular the exercise of power politics and the role of small states in the EU; 3) International Relations theory, in particular the realist tradition. In addition, his research interests include Scandinavian politics, international security, geopolitics, the transatlantic relationship and globalization.


Selected publications:

  1. Nedergaard, P. and Wivel, A. (2018) The Routledge Handbook of Scandinavian Politics, London: Routledge.
  2. Wivel, A. (2017). „What Happened to the Nordic Model for International Peace and Security?“, Peace Review 29(4): 489-496.
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10402659.2017.1381521?journalCode=cper20
  3. Smed, U.T. and Wivel, A. (2017). „Vulnerability without capabilities? Small state strategy and the international counter-piracy agenda“, European Security 26(1): 79-98.
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09662839.2016.1265941?journalCode=feus20

 

 

Dr Ian Taylor – University of St. Andrews

Contact information: ict@st-andrews.ac.uk
Website

Ian Taylor is Professor in International Relations and African Politics at St Andrews and also Chair Professor in the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China – the highest rank a non-Chinese academic can hold at a Chinese university. He is also Professor Extraordinary in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, an Honorary Professor at the Institute of African Studies, China, and a Visiting Scholar at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda. Focusing largely on sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) he has authored 8 academic books, edited another 8 and has published over 70 peer-reviewed scholarly articles, over 70 chapters in books and numerous working papers, reports, op-eds, review articles, encyclopedia entries, book reviews etc. He was recently described as „one of the most authoratative academics on SSA IR“ (Cambridge Review of International Affairs, vol. 25, no 1, 2012, p. 171). Prior to joining St Andrews in 2004 he taught African politics and history and various IR and Development subjects for four years at the University of Botswana.

Selected publications:

  1. Taylor, I. (2014). „Botswana as a Small Developmental State“, in Clive Archer, Alyson Bailes and Anders Wivel (eds.) Small States and International Security: Europe and Beyond. London: Routledge, pp. 187-201.
  2. Taylor, I. (2010). The International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa. New York, NY: Continuum.
  3. Taylor, I. (2010). „Governance and Relations Between the European Union and Africa: The Case of NEPA“, Third World Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 1, 2010, pp 51–67.

 

 

Dr Külli Sarapuu – Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology

Contact information: kylli.sarapuu@ttu.ee
Website

Dr. Külli Sarapuu is an Associate Professor at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Her research interests include public sector coordination, governance of public organizations, civil service and public administration in small states. Before joining RND in 2007, she served as the Deputy Head of Department of Public Service in the Government Office of Estonia. In her research, Dr. Sarapuu has taken a special interest in the impact of state’s small size on the functioning of public administration, and the effect of EU accession and membership on the Estonian administrative system. Her current research focuses on the capacity of governments to address complex policy problems and the center of government tools for fostering public sector collaboration. As a senior researcher Dr. Sarapuu will bring to the project practical insight and management skills acquired in the public service and an excellent background in synthesizing the theoretical knowledge on public administration, small states and EU decision-making.

Selected publications:

  1. Sarapuu, K. (2010). “Comparative Analysis of State Administrations: The Size of State as an Independent Variable.” Administrative Culture 11 (1), 30-43.
  2. Sarapuu, K. (2012). “Administrative Structure in Times of Changes: The Development of Estonian Ministries and Government Agencies 1990-2010.” International Journal of Public Administration 35 (12), 808-819.
  3. Lægreid, P., K. Sarapuu, L. H. Rykkja and T. Randma-Liiv (eds.). (2014). Organizing for Coordination in the Public Sector. Practices and Lessons from 12 European Countries, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

 

Dr Ramūnas Vilpišauskas – Vilnius University

Contact information: ramunas.vilpisauskas@tspmi.vu.lt
Website

Ramūnas Vilpišauskas has studied and did research in a number of highly recognised institutions in Europe and North America. Since graduation he has been teaching at the IIRPS, mostly on European integration, and publishing voluminously on the subject. He has extensive experience in practical policy consulting Lithuanian Government during the EU accession in 1999–2002 and advising the governmental institutions of Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan on the issues of relations with the EU. He served as the Chief Advisor to the President of Lithuania for five years, lecturing continuously on European integration as a part-time associate professor. After his term, R. Vilpišauskas returned to academia in 2009 becoming the Director and Professor of the IIRPS.

Selected publications:

  1. Vilpišauskas, R. (2015). „Fiscal consolidation and structural reforms in Lithuania in the period 2008–2012: from grand ambitions to hectic firefighting“. International Review of Administrative Sciences, London: Sage Publications Ltd., vol. 81 (3), pp. 522-540.
  2. Vilpišauskas, R. (2013). „Eurozone crisis and European integration: functional spillover, political spillback?“. Journal of European Integration, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 361-373.
  3. Vilpišauskas, R. (2012). „Does Europe 2020 represent learning from the Lisbon Strategy“, in M. P. Smith (ed.),Europe and National Economic Transformation: The EU after the Lisbon Decade, N.Y: Palgrave-MacMillan European Union Politics series, 2012, pp. 181-202.

 

 

Dr. Vytautas Kuokštis – Vilnius University

Contact information: kuokstis@gmail.com
Website

Vytautas Kuokštis is Associate Professor at Vilnius University. His research interests are in the fields of comparative and international political economy. His dissertation and postdoctoral research dealt with the Baltic experience during the Great Recession, namely how the three small Baltic countries managed to deal with massive economic challenges in 2008-10. In addition, Vytautas has worked on other issues related to the political economy of the Baltic countries as well as on the topics of currency politics and tax morale. Vytautas has been a visiting research fellow in numerous universities, including Harvard University, Zurich University, University College London, and European University Institute.

Selected publications:

  1. Kuokštis, V. (2015). „Jingle bELLs and Struggling GIPS: Comparing the Baltic and the southern euro zone’s crisis experience using the varieties of capitalism framework”, Acta Oeconomica 65 (s1), 39-64.
  2. Kuokštis, V. (2015). “Baltic States in World Markets: Does Katzenstein’s Framework Still Hold?”, Journal of Baltic Studies 46 (2), 109-126.
  3. Kuokštis, V. (2015). “Cooperating Estonians and ‘Exiting’ Lithuanians: Trust in Times of Crisis”, Post-Soviet Affairs 31 (6), 557-575.

 

 

Dr Maria Strömvik – Lund University

Contact information: maria.stromvik@svet.lu.se
Website

Maria Strömvik is Assistant professor in political science, specializing in EU politics, and Deputy Director of Lund University’s Centre for European Studies. Maria has also recently worked on appointment by the Swedish government, investigating how to improve Swedish societal participation in EU affairs. She has also previously worked for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on EU security and defence policy. Maria has published articles and book chapters on the Swedish (and other Nordic states’) relationship with the EU, as well as on EU foreign policy, and is responsible for three different modules within Lund University’s Master of European Affairs programme. She is a board member of two Swedish government agencies related to the EU: the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (responsible, inter alia, for educating and recruiting civilian personnel to the EU’s peace support operations). She is also a board member of the Swedish network for EU studies in political science. She brings experiences from all these fields into the network, where she will take on the role of key staff member and senior researcher.

Selected publications:

  1. Strömvik, M. (2018). „Är kunskapsbrist om EU ett kommunalt demokratiproblem“. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 2018, No 3.
  2. Strömvik, M. (2015). „L’Union européenne et la non-prolifération des armes de destruction massive“. Stratégique 2015 /1 (N° 108), (Co-author: Emma Svärdh)
  3. Strömvik, M. (2006). „Starting to „think big“: the Nordic countries and EU peace-building“, in Alyson J. K. Bailes, Gunilla Herolf and Bengt Sundelius (eds.) The Nordic Countries and the European Security and Defence Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

 

Dr Primož Pevcin – University of Ljubljana

Contact information: Primoz.Pevcin@fu.uni-lj.si
Website

Dr. Primož Pevcin is associate professor for public sector economics and management at University of Ljubljana. His research activities predominantly relate to the public economics and management topics, specific focus being on local government autonomy, regionalisation, intra-governmental relations and socio-economic impacts of governmental interventionism, mainly focusing on cross-national intra-European comparisons. He has been actively involved in several basic and targeted, both national and European research projects in public administration related topics, as well as doing training for national and foreign civil servants and other practitioners. He has coordinated Erasmus+ IP and EEA&Norway Grants intensive programmes (summer schools) on the topics »Challenges in PA in the EU« and »Challenges in PA – Transformation for the Future«, and two ESF co-financed international workshops on the topics »New Public Management: Contemporary ICT and Working Technique Issues« and »Political and Economic Challenges in PA«. He has also been involved in several Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership projects on innovations, and small states issues. He acts as country expert for regionalism at Assembly of European Regions and as country expert for local government issues at Observatory on Local Autonomy (OLA-Europe).

Selected publications:

  1. Pevcin, P. (2014). „Austerity and cutback management in the public sector: a case study for Slovenia“. Halduskultuur – Administrative Culture, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 80-99.
  2. Pevcin, P. (2016). „Local governments structures in cross-national perspective: a comparison of organisation and functionnal assigments /  Structures des collectivités locales : comparaison des organisations et attributions fonctionnelles“, in S. Guérard and A. Astrauskas (eds.). Local autonomy in the 21st century : between tradition and modernisation / Lʼautonomie locale au XXIe siècle: entre tradition et modernisation. Collection Kultura / Clermont-Ferrand: Institut Universitaire Varenne: L.G.D.J-Lextenso éditions, pp. 167-181 / 571-586.
  3. Pevcin, P. and Rakar, I. (2018). „Evaluation of delivery mechanisms in the water supply industry – evidence from Slovenia“, in I. Kopric, H. Wollmann and G. Marcou (eds.) Evaluating reforms of local public and social services in Europe: more evidence for better results, (Governance and public management). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 207-223.

 

 

Dr Ðana Lusa – University of Zagreb

Contact information: dana.lusa@fpzg.hr
Website

Đana Luša, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science. Her primary fields of interests are Foreign policy, in particular foreign policies of small European states, International Relations theory, Diplomatic theory and practice and Transatlantic relations. From 2011 to 2016 she served as the Vice –director of the Postgraduate Study of Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, while currently she holds a position of the Vice-dean for science and international cooperation. Her teaching experience includes courses in International Relations, Diplomacy and Transatlantic Relations. She has supervised more than 30 Bachelor’s thesis and has experience with lecturing to large groups of students (150-500) annually. Luša has taught courses at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level. For ten years she held a position of the Secretary General of the Atlantic Council of Croatia and the Centre for International Studies (at the Croatian International Science Association). She actively participates at the most relevant international conferences in political science such as the Central European Political Science Association, International Political Science Association and others resulting with publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

Selected publications:

  1. Luša, Đ. (2017). „Olympic Diplomacy and the Emerging States: Striving for Influence in Multipolar World“. Croatian International Relations Review 23(79), p. 73-702.
  2. Luša, Đ. and Kurečić P. (2017). „Les petits États européens et l’intégration euroatlantique : différentes voies vers la sécurité et infuence“, in Tsafalk.D (ed.) Le Petit État en relations internationals – Entre vulnérabilité et aspiration à la puissance. p.91-131. Paris: Karthala ( to be published).
  3. Luša, Đ. and Kurečić, P. (2015). „The Number and Geographical Scope of the EU Foreign Policy Initiatives of Small States: Does “smallness” matter?“. Croatian International Relations Review 21(72), p. 47-80.

 

 

Dr Charalampos Tsardanidis – University of the Aegean, Rhodes

Contact information: tsardanidis@aegean.gr
Website

Dr. Tsardanidis, studied Political Science at the Department of Political Science, University of Athens, B.A., European Studies, (M.SC) and International Relations (Ph.D.) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He taught at the Panteion University as an Assistant Professor during the period (1987-1993), University of Piraeus, Ηarokopio University, University of Athens and the Hellenic Open University. He is Associate Professor at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Rhodes and member of the Board of Directors of the Center of Security Studies. He teaches at the Public Administration School of Greece and at the Open University of Greece, the University of Athens and University of Peloponnese. Since March 1993 is the Director at the Institute of International Economic Relations based in Athens. He is the author of ten books and co-editor of nine. Articles of Dr. Tsardanidis have appeared in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Integration, European Foreign Affairs Review, Journal of South East European and Black Sea Studies, Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Journal of Area Studies, Geopolitics, Ethnopolitics, Southern European Yearbook, Defensor Pacis, Le Courrier des Pays de l’ Est, Perceptions, Hellenic Studies, Revue Hellenique de Droit Internationale, and others.

Selected publications:

  1. Tsardanidis, C. (2005). „The Europeanisation of Greek Foreign Policy: A Critical Appraisal“. Journal of European Integration, Vol.27, No.2, pp. 217-239.
  2. Tsardanidis, C. (2011). „Greece: From Special Case to Limited Europeanization“, in R. Wong and C. Hill (eds.) National and European Foreign Policies: Towards Europeanization. London: Routledge, pp.111-130 (co-author: Stelios Stavridis).
  3. Tsardanidis, C. (2011). „Europeanization and foreign policy of small states during the pre- accession period: A comparative analysis of Cyprus and Malta“, in N. Maravegias (ed.) Europeanization in the Mediterranean area. Athens: Nomiki Bibliothiki Group, pp. 1-26 [in Greek].

 

 

Dr Roderick Pace – University of Malta

Contact information: roderick.pace@um.edu.mt
Website

Roderick Pace is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Institute for European Studies, University of Malta. He is a Jean Monnet Chair holder. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal South European Society and Politics edited by Susanna Varney and Anna Bosco, published by Taylor and Francis, and cited in the Social Sciences citation network. Professor Pace is a long serving member of the Board of the Islands and Small States Institute for the University of Malta. His main research interests are foreign policy analysis, Euro-Mediterranean relations and the role of small states in world politics and in the EU. He has published extensively on Malta in the European Union and Malta’s role in foreign policy and politics. Under his leadership, the Institute has become a leader in teaching and research in the area of European Studies and small states.

Selected publications: 

  1. Pace, R. (2016). „Migration in the Mediterranean: Origins and Characteristics“. Dossier, IEMed. Mediterranean Yearbook 2016, European Institute for the Mediterranean, Barcelona, pp. 91-97.
  2. Pace, R. (2016). „Patterns of Migration Flows“, in M. Shtwiwi (ed.) Migrants and Refugees: Impact and Future Policies – Case Studies of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece. EuroMeSCo, Barcelona, pp. 6-27. (co-author Berta Fernandez).
  3. Pace, R. (2016). „The European Parliament and the Cyprus Conflict“, in Stelios Stavridis and Daniela Irrera (eds.) The European Parliament and its International Relations, Routledge, Advances in European Politics Series, Taylor and Francis, London and New York, pp. 252-271. (co-author Andre Vella).