Working Group 2016-2017

The Working Group of the 2016-2017 Academic Think Tank consists of five postgraduate students/early-stage researchers that will apply various theoretical and methodological approaches to improve our understanding of the ‘Role of Politics in Humanitarianism’, as part of the 2017 IAPSS Annual Theme ‘The Meaning of Politics’.

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of further questions or inquiries at thinktank@iapss.org.

Nino Rusidze

Member of the Working Group 2016-2017

Nino is 26 years old, from Georgia. She holds her BA degree in Business Administration (Georgia), MA degree in International Relations and Communications (Hungary) and currently is PhD candidate at Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary). Her research interest is Political Marketing Strategies and State Brand Building, researching increasing importance of political marketing tools in diplomacy for EEC. During her MA studies she has been fully funded by International Visegrad Fund and her PhD studies is fully supported by Tempus Public Foundation. Nino is fluent in Georgian, English, Russian, and speaks French on intermediate level.

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Nino Rusidze

Nino Rusidze

Member of the Working Group 2016-2017

Kamila Suchomel

Member of the Working Group 2016-2017

Kamila is an alumna of the International Relations and Diplomacy graduate program at Anglo-American University in Prague, and is currently also working at her alma mater as an administrator. She wrote her master's thesis on visual representation in humanitarian imagery, analyzing discourse and power relations contained therein from a critical interpretive stance. Kamila's main interests include the rights-based approach to development for which she manifested a passion during her undergraduate program in International Development Studies at Mendel University in Brno. She is a proponent of critical scholarship and education in order to develop unconventional ways of viewing international relations and thus enrich research and policy-making especially in the spheres of development and humanitarianism.

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Kamila Suchomel

Kamila Suchomel

Member of the Working Group 2016-2017

Jordan Shapiro

Member of the Working Group 2016-2017

Jordan’s main expertise is in is in conflict resolution, and democracy building through sub-state fragmentation, more specifically, using ethnically run, sub state governments as a means to resolve conflicts between an ethnic group and the state, Russian foreign relations and language, British politics from a Welsh perspective, and American politics.
She wrote her master’s dissertation in a comparative framework using the Welsh substate as a model for conflict resolution in the Kurdish region of Turkey, arguing that if the Kurds were given representation in the Turkish Parliament and also had an opportunity to have a state government and power to legislate over certain subjects such as education, language, and whatever other powers matter to the Kurds that the Turkish government would be willing to give away.
Professionally, she has worked for Senator Bernard Sanders and currently she is working for an environmentally focused youth empowerment organization that addresses environmental leadership for students in high schools in California, Ecuador, and Nicaragua by addressing environmental literacy and cultural exchange through international service trips that create grass roots international contacts between young people from these three areas.

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Jordan Shapiro

Jordan Shapiro

Member of the Working Group 2016-2017

Charlotte Hammer

Academic Think Tank Coordinator
thinktank@iapss.org

Charlotte was born 26 years ago in Cologne and holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Bonn University (Germany) as well as a Masters in Risk and Security from Durham University (UK). She is a PhD candidate at Cardiff University (UK) investigating pandemic prepardness. Her research interests revolve around Global Health, Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Action. Charlotte holds PhD studentship from Cardiff University and has previously been funded by Aberystwyth University and the German Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes e.V.). Her extracurricular interests include first aid, outdoor sports and travelling. Charlotte is fluent in English, German and French and speaks Spanish and Danish at beginner’s level.

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Charlotte Hammer

Charlotte Hammer

Academic Think Tank Coordinator

Working Group 2015-2016

The theme of the Working Group 2015-2016 is ‘Challenging Democracy’. Democracy is at the heart of political science and practice in the 21st century. The topic seeks a broad engagement with the practices, challenges and theories of democracy. The Think Tank aims at finding critical and imaginative answers to some of the core questions in current democracy research and investigates the values and norms of democracy as well as threats to democracy and democratization processes. Thereby, it also questions and challenges democracy, democratic practices and democratic legitimization and their role in shaping the world in the 21st century.

Nick Vlahos

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Nick is a PhD student in the political science department at York University in Toronto. His dissertation is on the relationship between the partisan (de)centralization of state institutions and the (re)design of democratic authority in Britain over the post-WWII period, Related interests are linked with a desire to see participatory forms of civic engagement more integrated into democratic decision-making in Canadian municipalities. He is currently engaged with the revamp of participatory budgeting in Ward 2, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, serving on the steering committee and acting as an education coordinator.

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Nick Vlahos

Nick Vlahos

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Max Lüggert

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Max Lüggert is currently a PhD student at Bonn University in Germany. He holds a Master's degree in political science, his dissertation deals with the changing political role of the European Central Bank in the wake of the current crisis.

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Max Lüggert

Max Lüggert

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Asyura Salleh

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Asyura is a former government political analyst and current PhD Candidate with S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Tecnhnological University at Singapore. She has a specialised research interest in the impact of conflicting worldviews on US democracy promotion policies towards transitioning countries.

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Asyura Salleh

Asyura Salleh

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Paula Gomes Moreira

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Paula is a PhD Candidate in International Relations with University of Brasilia (UnB). Her main areas of study comprises international and compared politics. She has been dedicated to investigate the contribution of international electoral observers to good democratic governance in elections, especially in Latin American and post-conflict countries. She is currently finishing her PhD and aims to apply for a post-doc.

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Paula Gomes Moreira

Paula Gomes Moreira

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Li-chia Lo

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. My doctoral thesis is about deliberative democracy and participatory budgeting in China with special interest in formations of related knowledge and local experiments in Chinese cities.
My broader areas of interest include critical theory, political theory, democratic theory, post-strucutralism, China studies, Taiwan studies, and democratization in East Asia.
Following my thesis and areas of interest, for my mid-term project, via ethnographic methods and discourse analysis, I plan to compare the different developments of deliberative democracy and participatory budgeting in China and Taiwan. For my long-term project, I put special emphases on the reflection of democratic theory through the empirical experiences in China and Taiwan.
In the meantime, I am extremely open to all forms of participation, deliberation and democratic experiments around the world.

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Li-chia Lo

Li-chia Lo

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Working Groups 2014-2015

For the Association year 2014-2015 the topic of ‘Uncertainty and Risk in Security Studies’ was chosen as part of the annual topic ‘Cooperation, Conflict & Security‘. The three working groups focused on Possibilistic and Probabilistic Approaches to Security, Unknown Unknowns in Defense and Security and Risk Management for Policy Making, respectively.