Resource Persons

This page was last updated: 31/03/2018

This is the list of the resource persons (academic staff) that are confirmed for the 2018-edition of the course. This list can be subject to change in the running up to the course. Most resource persons will give a plenary presentation and otherwise will be active in workshops and/or discussions. By scrolling down you will find some short resumes on who they are and what they do.

Course directors

  • Prof. dr. Wieger Bakker (Utrecht University, Utrecht School of Governance)
  • Dr. René van Rijsselt (Utrecht University, Department of Social Sciences)
  • Viktor Koska MA (Zagreb University, Faculty of Political Science)
  • Prof. dr. Ladislav Rabusic (Masaryk University Brno, Faculty of Social Studies)
  • Dr. Paul Stubbs (The Institute of Economics, Zagreb)

International staff:

  • Brigitte Unger (Utrecht University, Utrecht School of Economics)
  • Godfried Engbersen (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Sociology Department)
  • Frans van Waarden (Utrecht University, Department of Social Sciences)
  • Hakan Yilmaz (Bogazici University, Department of Political Science)
  • John Clarke (Open University, Faculty of Social Sciences; Central European University Budapest, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology)
  • Koen Damhuis (European University Institute Florence, Department of Social and Political Sciences)
  • Marco Gredic (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Sciences)
  • Vít Hloušek (Masaryk University, Department of International Relations and European Studies)
  • Trudie Knijn (Utrecht University, Department of Social Sciences)
  • Dorota Lepianka (Utrecht University, Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science)
  • Marina Skrabalo (Gong, Zagreb, Croatia)

Short biographies:

Course directors

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.

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.

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. His main interests are in social policy, social protection and social inclusion; computer-mediated activism; transnational policy translation; and new regionalism. His recent books include: Bob Deacon and Paul Stubbs (eds.) ‘Social Policy and International Actors in South East Europe’ (Edward Elgar); Christophe Solioz and Paul Stubbs (eds.) ‘Towards Open Regionalism in South East Europe’ (Nomos) and Alexandra Kaasch and Paul Stubbs (eds.) ‘Transformations in Global and Regional Social Policies’. He recently completed a book due to be published by Policy Press in 2015 ‘Making Policy Move: politics of translation and assemblage’, a collaboration with John Clarke, David Bainton and Noemi Lendvai. He was part of a team of authors working on the Regional Human Development Report on Social Exclusion in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union for UNDP, as well as a report on the Social Impacts of Emigration and Rural-Urban Migration for the European Commission. He has co-authored a number of texts with Siniša Zrinščak on aspects of social policy in Croatia and beyond. Many of his texts can be downloaded from

René van Rijsselt (click here to see his profile on the website of Utrecht University)


International staff:

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). In 2014, Godfried was appointed to the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy.

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.

Hakan Yilmaz (click here to see his profile on the website of Bogazici University)
Dr. Hakan Yılmaz ( is Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University, Istanbul. He is the director of the Center for European Studies in Bogazici University and Bogazici University-TUSIAD Foreign Policy Forum. A graduate of Galatasaray Lycée in Istanbul, he’s got his BA degree at the Economics Department of Bogazici University.  He received his M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees at the Political Science Department of Columbia University in New York City. His research interests include political ideologies and political culture in post-war Turkey; culture and identity dimensions of European integration and EU-Turkish Relations; external-internal linkages in the processes of democratization; politics and culture; philosophy of social science.

John Clarke is an Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University, where he worked for over 30 years. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University in Budapest. He has worked on the social, political and cultural transformations of welfare, nations and states, especially around issues of managerialism, consumerism in public services. He is currently working on research projects about Governing Schooling through Inspection (based at Oxford University) and New Sites of Legal Consciousness (based at Bristol University). His books include Policing the Crisis (with Stuart Hall, Chas Critcher, Tony Jefferson and Brian Roberts: 1978, second edition 2013); The Managerial State (with Janet Newman, 1997); Changing Welfare, Changing States (2004); Publics, Politics and Power (with Janet Newman, 2009); Disputing Citizenship (with Kathleen Coll, Evelina Dagnino and Catherine Neveu, 2014) and is collaborating with Dave Bainton, Noemi Lendvai and Paul Stubbs on a book called Making Policy Move, to be published by The Policy Press in 2015.

Koen Damhuis is currently completing his PhD thesis in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute (Florence). His research project aims at discerning and explaining different forms of electoral support for the French Front National and the Dutch Party for Freedom. Besides radical right parties and their voters, Koen’s academic interests include policy justifications, political representation and the use of mixed methods. []

Marco Grdesic is a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb Croatia. He has obtained an MA in political science from Central European University and a PhD in sociology form the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published in European Journal of Industrial Relations, East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Europe-Asia Studies, German Politics and Society among others. His interests include political economy and political sociology.

Vít Hloušek is a Professor of European politics at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He is a director of European Governance Master’s study programme, a double degree program with the Utrecht University, and chairs the Doctoral board. Since 2012, he is a Director of International Institute of Political Science FSS MU. Professionally and pedagogically, he focuses on issues of contemporary history and comparative political science. He deals mainly with research of changing relations between domestic policy and political system of the European Union and examination of development of tools and forms of multilevel governance in the European Union. See the full profile here

Trudie Knijn Trudie Knijn graduated in sociology at the University of Tilburg and got her PhD at the department of Cultural Psychology of the Radboud University (Nijmegen). Her PhD reserach focused on ‘Motherhood between duty and self-development’. Since 1985 she works at Utrecht University, where she became full professor of Interdisciplinairy Social Science in 2003. Currently she is head of the Centre for Social Policy and Intervention Studies (SOPINS), and visiting professor at the Centre for Social Development in Africa at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa). Her research topics are citizenship, solidarity and justice which she applies to the domains of care, welfare and family. At present she co-coordinates the Horizon2020 research program ETHOS on justice and fairness.

Dorota Lepianka is a Research Fellow at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She holds a PhD in Sociology. Her research expertise lies in the field of inequality, poverty and social exclusion and their social construction. Her current research interests revolve around the issues of collective boundary drawing (insiders vs outsiders), citizen rights and obligations, European citizenship, deservingness, inter- and intra-group solidarity and justice. At present she co-coordinates the Horizon2020 research program ETHOS on justice and fairness.

Marina Skrabalo