Designation: Associate Fellow


Dr. Ewa K. Strzelecka

Dr. Ewa K. Strzelecka

Ewa K. Strzelecka is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She holds a PhD degree in Social Science from the University of Granada. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Granada in Spain. She also held positions and fellowships at universities and international organizations in Portugal, Germany, Poland, the UK, the US, Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Western Sahara, Morocco, Mozambique, Bolivia and India. Her main research interests focus on feminisms, human rights, revolutions, transnational politics and the complexity of social and political change in the Middle East and North Africa, with a principal focus on Yemen. She has received numerous honours and awards, including five prestigious prizes for her research on women’s rights movements, gender, culture and development in Yemen. She is the author of Mujeres en la Primavera Árabe: construcción de una cultura política de resistencia feminista en Yemen (Women in the Arab Spring. The Construction of a Political Culture of Feminist Resistance in Yemen, CSIC, 2017).

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Dr. Sarah Wessel

Dr. Sarah Wessel

Sarah Wessel is a political scientist and cultural anthropologist with a focus on the Arab world and relations with Europe. She did her doctorate at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg on The Making of Political Representation: Processes of Claim-Making and Receiving During the Egyptian Transformations (2011-2014). In her multi-year field research, she examined the political and cultural transformation processes in the Arab region with a focus on Egypt after the uprisings in 2010/2011. The study is an empirical and theoretical contribution to the topic of political representation at the interface of research on democracy and authoritarianism, global governance and critical middle eastern studies. The work was awarded the dissertation prize of the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) 2019.

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Dr. Andrea Warnecke

Dr. Andrea Warnecke

Andrea Warnecke has recently completed her PhD at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Department of Political and Social Sciences. Her thesis focuses on the evolution of the post-war peacebuilding practices of a range of international development, humanitarian, and peacekeeping organisations over the past two decades. In particular, the thesis accounts for the persistent depoliticization of external peacebuilding practices by analysing the role of international organisations in post-conflict governance as characterised by tensions between impartiality and political agency.
Prior to undertaking her PhD research, Andrea earned a Master’s degree in History, English Literature, and Media Studies from the University of Bochum, Germany. From 2006 to 2011, she worked as a (Senior) Researcher at Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). During this time, she acquired and conducted a number of projects, which inter alia received funding under the 7th EU Research Framework Programme, from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Gerda Henkel Foundation, in the fields of involuntary migration, diaspora politics, and peacebuilding and development.

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Lalla Amina Drhimeur

Lalla Amina Drhimeur

Lalla Amina Drhimeur is a Prime YOUTH Researcher on “Nativism, Islamophobism and Islamism in the Age of Populism” at Sciences Po Lyon. This project, which has received funding from the European Research Council, analyses the current political, social, and economic context of the European Union, which is confronted by two substantial crises, namely the global financial crisis and the refugee crisis. These crises have led to the escalation of fear and prejudice among the youth who are specifically vulnerable to discourses that culturalize and stigmatize the “other”. In general, Amina’s research explores the evolution of political Islam, democratization process and power reconfigurations in North Africa and the Middle East.

In addition to her research in political Islam, she is furthermore interested in exploring democratization processes and power reconfigurations mainly in South America and North Africa.
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Sarah Dusend

Sarah Dusend

Sarah Dusend holds a master in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science and French Language and Literature from the University of Bonn. She studied Arabic and Persian at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris as well as Arabic in Damascus. After completing her M.A. she was the coordinator of the Bonn Center for Asian Studies (2009-2013) as well as the Bonn Graduate School for Oriental and Asian Studies (2013-2015). Currently, she is a research fellow at the Department of Islamic Studies and Near East Languages at the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA) at the University in Bonn, working on her PhD project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Her thesis deals with three pilgrimage reports by Qajar women at the end of the 19th century.
In addition to her research in the fields of women’s studies and travel writing in the Iranian and Arab world as well as mobility and pilgrimage in Islam, she is furthermore interested in Afghan and Pakistani contemporary historiography and identity politics.

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Tamer Badawi

Tamer Badawi

Tamer Badawi is an independent analyst and writer. He received an MA in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University in Budapest and a BA in Persian Studies from Alexandria University, Egypt. Between 2017 and 2018 he joined the Al Sharq Forum in Istanbul as a Research Fellow. After that, in 2019, he joined the School of Transnational Governance in the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence as a Policy Leader Fellow. Since Tamer departed from the EUI, he has been working as an independent analyst.

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Dr. Julia Gurol

Dr. Julia Gurol

Julia Gurol is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Chair for International Relations at Freiburg University. Her dissertation dealt with European-Chinese security relations in the Middle East. Julia’s areas of expertise are transregional authoritarian practices, infrastructure studies, strategic questions of foreign and security policy, political transformation as well as peace and conflict studies; her regional foci are China and the Middle East (with a particular focus on the Gulf region). She has previously worked in a project on arms export control at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). Furthermore, she is a trained crossmedial journalist and has published in several German media, such as WirtschaftsWoche, Handelsblatt and WDR.

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