Resourcepersons

This is the list of the resourcepersons during the course in 2010. Most of them will give plenary presentations and otherwise they will be active in workshops. By scrolling down you’ll find some short resumes on who they are and what they do.  When you click the e-reader you will find articles of resourcepersons that are related to the subjects they will address.

Dr. Wieger Bakker (Netherlands)

Dr. Ana Devic (Serbia)

Prof. dr. Douwe van Houten (Netherlands)

Prof. Dr. Gordana Matkovic (Serbia)

Dr. Wolfgang Petritsch (Austria)

Prof. Dr. Ladislav Rabusic (Czech Republic)

Dr. Rene van Rijsselt (Netherlands)

Prof. Dr. Bart van Steenbergen (Netherlands)

Dr. Paul Stubbs (Croatia / UK)

Prof. Dr. Aleksander Stulhofer (Croatia)                          

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Unger (Netherlands/Austria)

Prof. Dr. Frans van Waarden (Netherlands)

Who is who

WIEGER BAKKER was trained as a sociologist and is now associate professor at the Utrecht School of Governance. He is interested in the tension between rationality and power in policy formation and implementation and in the way in which public responsibilities are organised and executed within public institutions. In this dissertation the role of public policy in the development of a specific aspect of the Dutch system of educational facilities was examined. The last few years he focuses on development cooperation as a policy sector in the Netherlands and especially on the issue of public accountability. Next to this he developed a special interest in policymaking in former Middle and Eastern European countries in relation to processes of transition.

ANA DEVIC holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at San Diego and a master’s in development studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. She also did a B.A. in economics at the University of Novi Sad (Vojvodina, Serbia) where she is from. Ana is part of the Centre for Racism, Ethnicity and Nationalism team the University of Glasgow, specializing in the sociology and politics of ‘ethnic’ divisions, nationality policies, citizenship, multiculturalism, gender and transnationalism. She conducts field work in the region of former Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe, where she is particularly interested in the consequences of globalization and Western interventions in civil society building. Ana’s work on antinationalist activism and cinema in the region of former Yugoslavia and Russia is part of her interest in new qualitative analyses of nationalism and its alternatives. She published in National Identities, Ethnopolitics, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, and Anthropology of East Europe Review, and has edited a volume Nationalism, Multiculturalism and Democracy with the University of Bonn European Integration Series.

GORDANA MATKOVIC is a General Advisor of the President of Serbia. She is the Director of the Social Policy Studies Department in Centre for Liberal-democratic studies and her professional interest covers different fields such as social insurance and social policy, demography, labor economics and human development. She works as a consultant for the World Bank, UNDP and UNICEF. She is a Visiting professor at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics. From 2000 to 2004 she was the Minister of Social Affairs, in the Government of Serbia under Zoran Dindic. In 2004 Gordana Matković received the “Konstantnin Obradović” award in the area of human rights promotion and in 2005 she won the annual Women in Business and Government award given by the Erste Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

DOUWE VAN HOUTEN was trained as a sociologist at Utrecht University. In 1974 he defended his Phd thesis on planning in the welfare state. Since 1989 he is professor of social policy and organisation at the University for Humanistics in Utrecht of which he has been rector for several years. His main fields of interest are: welfare state, citizenship and disability studies.

WOLFGANG PETRITSCH has been Austria’s Ambassador to the OECD since March 2008. Previously, he was Austrian Ambassador to the UN, WTO and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva (2002-2008); High Representative for Bosnia-Herzegovina (1999-2002); EU Chief Negotiator at the Kosovo peace talks in Rambouillet and Paris (1999); the EU’s special envoy for Kosovo (1998-1999); and Austrian Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. His PhD from the University of Vienna is on South-East European History and Politics. He is the author of a number of scholarly books, including studies on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Serbia. He recently edited with Christophe Solioz ‘Regional Co-operation in South East Europe and Beyond’ (Nomos). In 2009, a collection of his writings from 2001 was published in German as ‘Zielpunkt Europa – Von den Schluchten des Balkan und den Mühen der Ebene’ (Wieser). He chairs the Senior Advisory Board of the Centre for European Integration Studies (CEIS), which also hosts his homepage featuring many of his texts, http://www.ceis-eu.org/wp/index.htm  

LADISLAV RABUSIC is professor in Sociology and dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. In his research he focuses on aging, population studies, adult education and on value change in the European context. He has been a research fellow in the Netherlands (Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies and Tilburg University), Norway (Lillehammer college) and the United States (Princeton University).

RENE VAN RIJSSELT is a specialist in the field of social gerontology and aging.  The main themes in his research and teaching are; the elderly and citizenship, social participation and integration and the social and cultural implications of new technologies for the elderly. Over the last ten years he was involved in the development of several innovative educational projects as the ‘European Initiatives in Postgraduate Education in Gerontology’ and ‘Recent European Initiatives in Postgraduate Education in Gerontology and Public Health’. He worked as a senior lecturer and researcher at Utrecht University and the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. He has been fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in humanities and social sciences (Nias). Lastly he was dean of the Windesheim Honours College.

BART VAN STEENBERGEN is a sociologist with a long history in future studies. He has been the initiator and organizer of many courses at the IUC since the mid seventies of the last century, among which courses on social change and macro planning. Until 2008 he was professor in long-range forecasting at Nyenrode’s Strategy Center. Furthermore he was and is teaching as a visiting professor courses on the future of Europe in several European countries. From 2008 on he started a new career as curator. For many years, Van Steenbergen has been searching for the legacy of the Amersfoort painter Caspar van Wittel and now devotes a larger part of his time to organizing a Caspar van Wittel exhibition in the Dutch town of Amersfoort in 2013.

PAUL STUBBS is a UK-born sociologist who has lived and worked in Croatia since 1993. He is currently Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Economics, Zagreb and an Associate of the Globalism and Social Policy Programme at the University of Sheffield, UK and the South East European Research Centre, City College, Thessaloniki, Greece. His latest book, co-edited with Bob Deacon is ‘Social Policy and International Actors in South East Europe’ (Edward Elgar). His main interests are in social policy, social protection and social inclusion; computer-mediated activism; transnational policy translation;  and open regionalism. He has recently completed (with Alfio Cerami) a study for UNICEF on ‘The Political Economy of Child Poverty and Exclusion in Transition’ and is one of a team of authors currently completing a Regional Human Development Report on Social Exclusion in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union for UNDP. Many of his texts can be downloaded from http://paulstubbs.pbworks.com/

ALEKSANDAR STULHOFER is Professor of sociology at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Most of his research and teaching focuses on various aspects of human sexuality. Currently, he is conducting research studies on the impact of social networks on sexual risk taking, perceptions of and experiences with anal eroticism among young heterosexual women, and HIV-related risks among injecting drug users in East Jerusalem. Dr Stulhofer is member of the International Academy of Sex Research and the WHO consultant for behavioral HIV/AIDS surveillance. He also works as sexual health counselor/sex therapist. In 2005, he co-edited “Sexuality and Gender in Post communist Eastern Europe and Russia” (New York: Haworth Press). His latest international publications deal with the impact of pornography on sexual socialization, structure of sexual satisfaction, determinants of homonegativity in Europe, religiosity and sexual risk taking, and habitual condom use.

BRIGITTE UNGER was born in Austria and has studied economics at the Vienna University of Economics and at the Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien, where she also became professor. Since 2002 she holds the chair of public sector economics at the Utrecht University School of Economics. Her publications are on corporatism, economic policy, tax competition and money laundering. She has measured money laundering for the Netherlands in 2006, has published two books with Edward Elgar on money laundering in 2007, and several academic articles on it. She has also written a book on money laundering in the real estate sector in 2010. She is consultant of the Dutch Ministry of Finance, the UNODC, the EU and EUROSTAT on money laundering issues. Currently she is working on the multidisciplinary project ECOLEF financed by the EU.

FRANS VAN WAARDEN was born in Amsterdam and was educated in Groningen, Paramaribo (Surinam), Haarlem, Toronto (Canada), and Leyden. In the last two cities he studied sociology, history and political science at the universities bearing their names. Thereafter he taught at the Universities of Leyden, Konstanz (Germany), and now Utrecht. In between he has taught or was visiting fellow at the Center for European Studies of Stanford University, the Universities of Leipzig and of Vienna, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies NIAS (1998-99), and the European University Institute in Florence (2001, 2003). He has a broad interest in different topics among which corporatism, state-industry relations, markets and institutions, implementation and enforcement of regulation, regulatory styles, European integration and European regulation. His current research is focussing on the transposition of European directives and food safety and risk regulation.