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Organising Committee

Local Organisers

The local hosts from Sciences Po Grenoble work alongside the ECPR Events Team with the organisation of the Futures Lab.

Sonja Zmerli

Sonja Zmerli, Professor of Political Sociology, Sciences Po Grenoble

Sonja Zmerli is Professor of Political Sociology at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) de Grenoble with a particular interest in political involvement, social capital, political psychology and economic inequality's political dimensions. She is the IEP's Official Representative of the ECPR and represents the doctoral students in political science at the University Grenoble Alpes' Graduate School for Social Sciences. She is the co-editor of Citizenship and Democracy in an Era of Crisis (2015, Routledge), Handbook of Political Psychology (in German language, 2015, Nomos), Handbook on Political Trust (2017, Edward Elgar), as well as The Psychology of Political Communicators (2019, Routledge).

Simon Persico

Simon Persico, Professor of Political Science, Sciences Po Grenoble

Simon Persico is Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po Grenoble, Pacte laboratory, in charge of the Governance research team. His research interests focus on parties, party system changes, attention dynamics and environmental politics. Simon has participated in several international research projects, such as the PartiPol Project (ANR), working on the influence of political parties on public policies, or the CREATE Project (Horizon 2020) on the decrease of car use in 5 European capitals (Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Vienna). He authored several articles and book chapters on the impact of parties on policies, party system change, parties’ politicization of new issues, and the environmental movement. His works are published in the Journal of Election, Public Opinion and Parties, the French Political Science Review, French Politics, Gouvernement et Action Publique.

Paola Geraci

Paola Geraci, Administrative Management Technician, Research Department, Sciences Po Grenoble

Paola Geraci is an administrative management technician at the Research Department of Sciences Po Grenoble. With extensive experience as an administrative and financial manager at the University of Grenoble Alpes, Paola Geraci was recruited in March 2016 to assist in developing the institution's scientific strategy. Her main activities concern the implementation of the administrative and financial activities of the research department, the administrative coordination of the Scientific Commission and the management of scientific activities..

Academic Convenors

The Futures Lab programme is currently under the development of our Academic Convenors, Erin Jenne and Erzsébet Strausz, in conjunction with the ECPR's Training Subcommittee.

Erin Jenne

Erin Jenne, Professor, Department of International Relations, Central European University, Budapest

Erin K. Jenne is a professor at CEU's Department of International Relations, where she teaches MA and PhD courses on qualitative and quantitative methods, nationalism and civil war, foreign policy analysis, international relations theory, ethnic conflict management, and international security.

Erin received her PhD in political science from Stanford University with concentrations in comparative politics, international relations and organisational theory. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a MacArthur fellowship at Stanford University, a Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) fellowship at Harvard University, a Carnegie Corporation scholarship, and a Fernand Braudel fellowship at European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, and a MINERVA Initiative grant on Chinese soft power from the US Department of Defense.

Erin recently published her second book, Nested Security: Lessons in Conflict Management from the League of Nations and the European Union (Cornell University Press, 2015). Her first book, Ethnic Bargaining: The Paradox of Minority Empowerment (Cornell University Press, 2007) won the Mershon Center’s Edgar S. Furniss Book Award in 2007 and was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine. Ethnic Bargaining is based on her dissertation, which won the 2001 Seymour Martin Lipset Award for Best Comparativist Dissertation.

Erzsébet Strausz

Erzsébet Strausz, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, Central European University, Budapest

Erzsébet Strausz is assistant professor in the Department of International Relations at Central European University in Budapest, where she teaches MA courses on international relations theory, international security and critical approaches.

She holds a PhD from Aberystwyth University and her dissertation received the British International Studies Association’s Michael Nicholson Thesis Prize in 2013. Her research focuses on critical security studies, critical pedagogy, the politics of everyday life as well as creative, experimental and narrative methods in the study of world politics. Before joining CEU she taught at the University of Warwick where she was co-investigator of the Wellcome Trust-funded project Counterterrorism in the NHS: Evaluating Prevent Duty Safeguarding by Midlands Healthcare Providers.

She was awarded the British International Studies Association’s Excellence in Teaching International Studies Prize in 2017 and her research monograph Writing the Self and Transforming Knowledge in International Relations: Towards a Politics of Liminality was nominated by Routledge for the 2019 Sussex International Theory Prize.