Peter MacDonagh


Peter MacDonagh is a research consultant based in Dublin and Prague. Educated at University College Dublin and Cambridge University his work has addressed the research to policy gap, European democracy and public opinion research. He is a former senior adviser to the Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach).

Dr. Jussi P. Laine


Project Coordinator of MATILDE is Dr. Jussi Laine, Associate Professor of multidisciplinary border studies at the Karelian Institute of the University of Eastern Finland. He holds the title of Docent of Human Geography from the University of Oulu, Finland. Currently, he also serves as the President of the Western Social Sciences Association (WSSA) and asmember of the Steering Committee of IGU’s Commission on Political Geography.

Prof. Simone Baglioni


Full Professor of Sociology in the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Parma.

Hakan G. Sicakkan


Professor of Political Science at the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Annelies Zoomers

Welcoming Spaces

Professor of International Development Studies (IDS) at Utrecht University and chair of the IS-academy on land governance (LANDac)

Anamaria Dutceac Segesten

SO-CLOSE & Protect

Vice-chair of the Center for European Studies and the program coordinator for the MA program in European Studies, Lund University, Sweden.

Ainhoa Flecha


Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Alagie Jinkang


Research fellow at the Department of Psychology of the University of Bologna, Italy.

Sergei Shubin


Professor in Human Geography and Director of the Centre for Migration Policy Research (CMPR) at Swansea University, UK.

Elena Monicelli


I have been working at the Scuola di Pace di Monte Sole since 2004 and have been coordinating its activities since 2009. I work on educational projects for the promotion of a culture of peace, solidarity and activism, starting from a reflection on history and the tragic memories of the last century.

Dominika Kasprowicz


Academic researcher and cultural manager, Associate Professor at the Jagiellonian University (Institute of Journalism, Media and Social Communication), and since 2016 director of the Villa Decius, Poland – cultural institution, residency for artists and scholars at risk.

José Ricardo Martins

Welcoming Spaces

Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Siegen, Germany with a PhD in Sociology (track: State & Citizenship with an emphasis in Public Policy).

Massoud Sharifi Dryaz


Associate professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an associate member of GEDIME and CER-Migracions.

Damian Boeselager


Damian Boeselager is Member of the European Parliament and co-founder of VOLT – a pan-European, progressive and pragmatic Europe-wide movement with the aim of reforming the European continent and solving the big challenges of our time, including migration and asylum..

Maria Mexi


International specialist on Employment and Social policy. Based in Geneva, Dr. Mexi lectures at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Pauline Endres de Oliveira


Senior research fellow at the Giessen-based Chair of Public Law and European Law.

Javier Rodrigo


Associate Professor – recognized for Full professorship-, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is the author or coordinator of 16 books on concentration camps history, mass violence and Civil Wars.

Evin Incir


Evin Incir is a Member of the European Parliament since 2019 and is serving as the Vice-Coordinator of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the Committee on Development and Committee on Foreign affairs.

Michalis Moschovakos


Michalis Moschovakos is a policy officer in the field of migration working in the Directorate General of Research and Innovation of the European Commission.

Róża Thun


General Director and Chairwoman of the Polish Robert Schuman Foundation (1992 – 2005). Head of the European Commission Representation to Poland (2005 – 2009). From 2009, Róża Thun is serving as a Member of the European Parliament.