This is the list of the resourcepersons during the course in 2012. 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.

Course directors

Dr. Wieger Bakker (Utrecht School of Governance)

Prof. Dr. Bart van Steenbergen (Utrecht University)

Prof. Dr. Ladislav Rabusic (Masaryk University Brno)

Dr. Paul Stubbs (Economic Institute Zagreb)


International staff:

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Unger (Utrecht School of Economics)

Prof. Dr. Godfried Engbersen (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Prof. Dr. Frans van Waarden (University College Utrecht)

Prof. Dr. Radmila Nakarada (Political Sciences, University of Belgrade)

Dr. Martin Kreidl (Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University Brno)

Prof. Dr. Trudie Knijn (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Utrecht University)

Drs. Viktor Koska (Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb)

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 policy-making in former Middle and Eastern European countries in relation to processes of transition.

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.

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).

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

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.

Godfried Engbersen is since 1998 professor of sociology and Research Director of the Sociology Department at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His current research activities focus on irregular migration, the relationship between restrictive migration regimes and crime, local and transnational citizenship as well as liquid migration from Central and Eastern Europe. He has worked at the University of Leiden, Amsterdam and Utrecht. During the spring of 1996 he has been a visiting professor at the Centre of Western European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Godfried Engbersen is the Dutch correspondent for the continuous Reporting System on Migration (SOPEMI) of OECD and elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) (since 2007). His latest book is A Continent Moving West? EU Enlargement and Labour Migration from Central and Eastern Europe, AUP 2010 (with Richard Black, Marek Okolski and Christina Pantiru).

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.

Martin Kreidl (Ph.D. University of California – Los Angeles, 2005) is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and senior researcher at the Office for Population Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. His research focuses on social stratification and social demography, broadly defined and including issues of intergenerational status inheritance, intra-generational labor market mobility, family formation, patterns of inter-generational exchange, fertility, and health.

Trudie Knijn studied sociology at the University of Tilburg and worked as a lecturer and junior researcher at the department of Cultural Psychology of the Radboud University (Nijmegen). Since 1985 she works at Utrecht University, where she became full professor of Interdisciplinar Social Science in 2003. Currently she is head of the Centre for Social Policy and Intervention Studies (SOPINS), co-chair of the board of ESPAnet with Steffen Mau (university of Bremen), Coordinator of the National Associations of ESPAnet, member of the Executive committee of the Network of Excellence Reconciling Work and Welfare (RECWOWE), and co-coordinator of the research programme Pathways to Work.

Viktor Koska is a teaching and research assistant and a PhD student at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb. He holds an MSc degree in Forced Migration from the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, where he graduated with a thesis “Reality of Return and Reintegration of Minority Refugees: Serbian Returnees in Croatia”. As a part of his postgraduate studies, Viktor applied and extensive field research on the minority refugees issues in Croatia. In addition, he had studies in USA (University of Washington, Seattle) and earned his BA degree in Political Science from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb. He worked as an intern at the Coalition for International Criminal Court (New York, USA), as a junior expert associate at the Agency for Adult Education (Zagreb, Croatia) and in the number of civil society projects in Croatia. His research interests are in forced migration, minority studies and education policy.