Scientific Advisory Board

Dr Magdalena Lesińska

Assistant Professor in Centre of Migration Research at University of Warsaw (CMR UW), Head of Postgraduate Studies “Contemporary International Migration”. Her areas of expertise are migration policy in Poland and CEE countries, diaspora studies, transnational political and public participation of migrants, including voting rights. Currently she is Principal Investigator in project entitled “Diaspora policy in the context of post-accession emigration. Comparative perspective of Poland, Hungary and Lithuania”, funded by the National Science Centre in Poland. Her previous works have been published e.g. in Journal of Sociology, Ethnopolitics, International Migration, Central and Eastern European Migration Review (CEEMR). Since 2008 she has served as an expert for Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland.

Dr Marco Lisi

Marco Lisi is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Studies, Nova University of Lisbon, and senior researcher at IPRI (Portuguese Institute of International Relations). His research interests are political parties, party systems, electoral behaviour, interest groups, political participation and democratic representation. He has published in several international journals such as West European Politics, International Political Science Review, Comparative European Politics and Party Politics, among others. He has recently edited Party System Change, the European Crisis and the State of Democracy (Routledge, 2019) and Political Representation in Southern Europe and Latin America: Crisis or Continuing Transformation following the Great Recession? (Routledge, 2020). He was also Principal Investigator of the project “From Representation to Legitimacy: Political Parties and Interest Groups in Southern Europe” (2016-2019).

Prof Iseult Honohan

Prof Iseult Honohan is an Emeritus Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin. Her research interests lie mainly in normative political theory, particularly civic republican political thought and its application to issues of citizenship, immigration and diversity; justice and moral obligations, and ethics and public affairs. Her applied work includes collaboration on the EUDOCIT, now GLOBAL CIT observatory on citizenship since its inception in 2008, particularly in the area of birthright citizenship and the development of citizenship law indicators. Prof Honohan was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in March 2014.

Dr Wojciech Kostka

Wojciech Kostka PhD, LL.M. is an alumni of the University of Silesia in Katowice, where he received his Ph.D. in Political Science, and of the University of Nottingham, where he received his LL.M. in. Public Procurement Law and Policy. He works as a Procurement Coordinator at the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) – the EU Agency based in Dublin, Ireland. At the same time, he is a guest lecturer at the University of Silesia where he lectures on EU Public Procurement Law and other EU-related subjects.
He is deeply involved in the life of the Polish diaspora in Ireland as a board member of Forum Polonia and Polish-Irish Educational Association. The main area of his interest and actions he is involved in relates to the social and political participation of the Poles in the receiving communities across Ireland.

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Prof Eva Østergaard-Nielsen

Prof Eva Østergaard-Nielsen is professor of political science at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Her main research interests center on comparative politics, migration, and democracy and she is currently the PI of the ERC funded project Migration and Democratic Diffusion (MIGRADEMO). She is a member of the advisory board of several journals, including two of the leading journals in migration studies and the IMISCOE Research Book Series. Her most recent publications have appeared in Parliamentary Affairs, Political Geography, Party Politics, West European Politics and the European Political Science Review.

Dr Elli Heikkilä

Associate Professor, Ph.D. Elli Heikkilä is the Research Director of the Migration Institute of Finland. Her licentiate thesis (1986) and dissertation (1989) have dealt with migration and regional development. She has taken part to many national and international projects including migration and labour markets, multicultural marriages, Finnish emigrants, international degree students, refugee youth and unaccompanied refugee minors, urbanization, and population ageing. Heikkilä is also a co-editor of the international journal of Migration Letters. She is Associate Professor, specialized in population geography, to the University of Oulu, and the University of Turku in Finland.