Dr. Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués is the principal investigator of VISIONS. She is Associate Professor at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals, CIS Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), and member of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy (Spain). She holds a PhD in International Relations from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain. She also participates in the national project EU-NormCom (Ministry of Economy and Competiveness, MINECO, Spain) as well as EU-funded Global India (Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network), EUN-NET (Jean Monnet Network) and NORTIA (Jean Monnet Network).

Dr. Federica Bicchi is Associate Professor of International Relations of Europe in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics, Part-Time Professor in the Global Governance Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She holds a PhD degree in Political Science from the European University Institute and has spent research periods at Stanford University, New York University (New York), University of Siena and the Free University of Berlin. 

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Dr. Münevver Cebeci is an Associate Professor at the European Studies Institute, Marmara University in Istanbul. She also worked as a Senior Researcher at the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, College of Europe-Natolin in April 2016-April 2017 for contributing to the MEDRESET project, financed by the European Union in the framework of its Horizon 2020 programme. She gave guest lectures at various universities, including Bilgi University-Istanbul, Bilkent University-Ankara, the College of Europe-Natolin, and Canterbury Christ Church University, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and is a former visiting fellow of the WEU (now, the EU) Institute for Security Studies. She holds a PhD in EU Politics and International Relations from the European Union Institute, Marmara University.


Dr. Nina Græger is Senior Research Fellow at NUPI and Associate Professor II at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, MSc programme in IR. She holds a PhD in International Relations from University of Oslo. Her research interests are security practices, interorganizational relations, IR, European, transatlantic and Norwegian security and defence, and military sociology. Nina has appeared in journals such as Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of European Integration and Cooperation and Conflict. She has extensive management (e.g. Head of Department 2008-2012) and project management experience (e.g. EUPERFORM - Measuring the EU’s Performance in International Institutions 2010-2014, and GR:EEN - Global Reordering: Evolution through European Networks 2011-2015).

Dr. Xavier Guillaume is Assistant Professor at University of Groningen's Department of International Relations and International Organization. He has previously held positions at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Geneva. He holds a PhD from the University of Geneva and has taught about and researched numerous theoretical and empirical issues such as the identity/alterity nexus in IR theory, Japanese national identity formation from the 16th to the early 20th century, citizenship and security, colours and security, silence and security, everyday and resistance in international relations, processual approaches in IR theory, or representation of Islam in the west.

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Adrià Rivera is a PhD candidate at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, under the supervision of Dr. Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués. He obtained a predoctoral contract from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (FPU). His fields of interest are European foreing affairs, in particular regarding the southern neighbourhood, and human rights and democratisation. He holds a Bachelor in Political Science from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and a MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from Sciences Po Paris.

Dr. Michael Smith is Professor in European Politics at the University of Warwick. He has been the Chair of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and the Standing Committee of Heads of European Studies, and in 2010 was honoured by UACES with their award for Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary European Studies. He is involved widely in research assessment and research networks in Europe and beyond. He holds visiting Professorships at Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok) and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and has been a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.

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Dr. Benjamin Tallis is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of International Relations in Prague. He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester. He is lecturer in international relations in at the Anglo-American University of Prague and he is very active in public debate  thanks to his activities as freelance journalist, writer and commentator for various European media outlets. Some of his areas of interest are European Security, the Politics of Bordering, Critical Geopolitics and Central and East European Politics.

Dr. Wolfgang Wagner is Professor of international security at the department of political science and public administration of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He studied Political Science, German Literature and Philosophy in Tübingen (Germany) and Yellow Springs, Ohio (USA). He holds a PhD from the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and taught at the universities of Tübingen, Frankfurt, Konstanz, Darmstadt and Mannheim. Between 2002 and 2007 he worked at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). He was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley in 2007 and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin in 2016. His research revolves around domestic politics and conflict in liberal democracies.


Dr. Federica Zardo is Assistant Professor at Unviersity of Vienna's Institute for European Integration Research. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Turin. Her work revolves around the European Union politics and policies in the global world, especially in the European Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean region, focusing on specific policies such as migration and mobility, and specific cooperation dynamics on the ground between the EU and local actors. Her research profile also benefits from more than 7 years of professional experience in consultancy, in writing and evaluating EU funded projects and EU programmes.

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Dr. Hani Anouti is Assistant Professor at Haigazian University (HU) Lebanon (incorporation 2019) and a consultant for several International Organizations and INGOs. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Spain,  with special focus on minorities and Middle Eastern studies. Dr. Anouti has more than 12 years of experience with the United Nations and INGOs throughout the Middle East, in addition to seven years of academic and teaching experience within universities in Lebanon and Spain. He frequently contributes articles to diverse Lebanese national and Arab regional newspapers.

Aitor Bonsoms is a PhD candidate at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, under the supervision of Dr. Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués. He obtained a predoctoral contract from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (FPU). His fields of interest are European foreign affairs, particularly regarding MENA region, critical security studies, discourse analysis and post-structural approaches to social, political and policy studies. He holds a Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (UPF, UAM and UC3M) and a MA in Ideology and Discourse Analysis (University of Essex). 

Sietse Papenborg is a research assistant at IBEI. Previously, Sietse interned at the Secretariat-General of the European Commission, working on infringement procedures. He was also an intern at the Embassy of the Netherlands to the United Kingdom, working on Brexit and UK foreign and security policy, as well as a Brussels-based European public affairs consultancy. Sietse holds a BSc in International Relations (2016) and a Research MSc in Political Science and Public Administration (2018), both from Leiden University in the Netherlands. 

Fatimah Saadi is a PhD candidate in Political and Social Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) under the joint supervision of Dr. Tània Verge Mestre and Dr. Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués. Her fields of interest are gender in politics, political representation, power-sharing and sectarian-based systems, and electoral behavior. She received a fully-funded scholarship to study English Literature and Language, with a minor in Arabic/English translation (BA) at Kuwait University, and a MA in Political Science at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She is a member of the Center for Gender Studies (CEdGE), and Institutions and Political Actors Research Group.

Elena Shymanska is a research assistant at IBEI. Currently Elena is pursuing a Master's degree in International Relations, Security and Development (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). Her Master thesis explores geopolitics of disinformation in the Eastern Neighbourhood. She holds BA and MA in Finance from National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine) and BA (hons) in Political Science and International Relations from University of Genoa (Italy). Elena previously worked as a Researcher at the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, and National Consultant at the United Nations Population Fund (Ukraine).