EUCAnet Team

 Oliver Schmidtke: EUCAnet Leader

Director of the Center for Global Studies, UVic European Studies Scholar and
Jean Monnet Chair in European History and Politics
University of Victoria
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Oliver Schmidtke is the interim director for the Center for Global Studies and the European Studies Scholar at the University of Victoria. He holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies. Dr. Schmidtke is the former Director of the European Studies Program (2005-2008) and President of the ECSA-C (European Community Studies Association-Canada – 2004-2006).

Dr. Schmidtke received his Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence. After teaching at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany he was J.F. Kennedy fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. From 1999-2002 he was the DAAD lecturer in European and German Studies at the University of Victoria. His research interests are in the field of European politics and history and Comparative Politics focusing on identity and ethnicity in modern Europe.

Derek Fraser: EUCAnet Advisor and Supervisor

University of Victoria
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Derek Fraser served as Ambassador at the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine from 1998 to 2001, in Greece from 1995 to 1998, and in Hungary from 1988 to 1993. He has also worked at Canadian missions in Vietnam, Germany, Russia and Belgium. At headquarters, he was variously Acting Director General, Cultural Affairs and Higher Education Bureau, Director at different times of the East and West European Divisions, and Deputy Director of Latin American Division.

Mr. Fraser also acted as a legal adviser, and analyst in many other capacities after joining the Department of External Affairs in 1963. In addition, after the election of the Parti Quebecois in 1976, he was temporarily assigned to the Federal-Provincial Relations Bureau of the Privy Council Office to work on the implications of the victory for Canadian federalism.

Beate Schmidtke: EUCAnet Development and Management

European Studies Program, Department for Political Science, University of Victoria

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Beate Schmidtke is the project manager and communication officer for the project since 2004. She brings to the EUCAnet project experience of several projects that she managed with the funds of the European Commission (yearly up to 1.5 million Euros). Beate has a Diploma in Cultural Science from the University Hildesheim and MA in International Cultural Affairs from the Robert Bosch Foundation in Germany. From 1996-2001 she worked with the International Media and Book Agency in Berlin focusing on the implementation of the New Media in the field of culture and education in close collaboration with the Council of Europe and European wide networks (Germany, Italy, Poland, Netherlands) especially in the field of higher education and the book industry.

In 2002 she started working for the University of Victoria at the European Studies Program as a conference organizer. In 2004 she was responsible for the development and management of the EUCAnet project. Since 2006 she developed and managed the European Commission projects for the Young Researchers Network in Canada and the DAAD project


Pablo Ouziel:  Academic Liaison

Department for Political Science, University of Victoria
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Dr. Pablo Ouziel has extensive experience in branding, investor relations and corporate communications in Europe, America and Asia. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Victoria and is currently a James Tully Post-Doctoral Fellow, and Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Global Studies (CFGS), University of Victoria. He is currently Academic Liaison for EUCAnet.

Joan DeBardeleben: Director of the Strategic Knowledge Cluster  "Canada -Europe Transatlantic Dialogue" (2008-2016)

Director of the Centre for European Studies
Carleton University

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Joan DeBardeleben is the Director of the Strategic Knowledge Cluster Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue: Seeking transnational solutions to 21st century problems. She is the Director of the Centre for European Studies and Co-Director of the East-West Project, which houses research on Russian social, economic, and political developments. Dr. DeBardeleben received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of several books and articles dealing with Russian politics, public opinion, elections, and labour relations and privatization. She also maintains a research interest in environmental issues and policies in the post-communist world.

Her current work relates to public opinion, democratization, and federalism in Russia, as well as EU-Russian relations. In recent years she has also turned her attention to the European Union and its relations with its eastern neighbours.

Claire Cambier,  EUCAnet volunteer intern (Summer 2016)

MA student, La Sorbonne University, France

Claire is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in European Affairs at La Sorbonne, Paris. Previously, Claire graduated with a Bachelor of law and economic studies during her Erasmus year in Hungary, at the Budapest Business School. She also holds her diploma in Media studies from Le Havre University. Her first professional experience started in Montreal, in a social and solidarity economy organism, as a Vice-President’s assistant. Claire is interested in EU-Canada relationship, especially in areas of social policy and diplomacy. In addition her research interests include to questions of social inclusion in the EU, particularly for disabilities issues.


Ivan Watson: EUCAnet Internship (2015 - 2016)

MA Student, University of Victoria

Ivan is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in History at the University of Victoria (UVic). Previously, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science specialising in Canadian politics and International Relations, also at UVic. A long-time leadership volunteer and former national board director with United Way Centraide Canada, his current research interests include the evolution of Canada’s not-for-profit and charitable sector and the history of the United Way movement in anticipation of its centennial in 2017. Ivan also holds certificates of Public Relations and E-Business and Online Marketing from the University of Toronto. Throughout his career, he has specialized in marketing, communications, brand development and media relations for a variety of organizations including the European Union’s Committee of the Regions, the Canadian federal and British Columbia provincial governments, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. For the past three years, he has written a popular history column for Tweed Magazine and his articles have appeared in many local and regional publications.


Thimothy Palmer: EUCAnet Internship (2014-2015)

MA Student , University of Victoria

Timothy Palmer is a graduate student in the CSPT programme through the Department of Political Science. His research interests include political theory, critical theory, European integration and nationalism, and insurgency/counterinsurgency/terrorism. As an undergraduate, Timothy completed his Honours dissertation, Counterinsurgency in Theory and Practice: Harm, Cognitive Dissonance, and Dissociative Amnesia, under the supervision of Dr. Michael McKinley at The Australian National University in Canberra.Upon completion of his Masters in CSPT, Timothy intends to pursue doctoral studies. His current supervisor is Rob Walker.

Verena Pfleiderer: EUCAnet Internship (2013-2014), EUCAnet Volunteer (2012-2013)

Research Assistant, University of Victoria

Verena Pfleiderer completed her MA in European Public Administration/ European Studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigsburg/ Kehl (Germany) in August 2013. Her graduate program included a 6-month internship abroad and working with the EUCAnet project at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Victoria in 2012/2013.

She holds a BA in Public Administration (2011) from the University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigsburg, where she also worked as an assistant in the International Office organizing student exchanges and planning a two weeks international workshop on E-Government with six participating countries from all across Europe (Belgium, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Germany).
Verena is interested in issues such as multi-level governance and international affairs as well as cross-cultural and administrative aspects of the European Union.

Anaïs Lenoir: EUCAnet Internship (2012 - 2013)

MA Student, University of Victoria

Anaïs is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Political Science at the University of Victoria. After completing two Bachelor of Art degrees at the French University Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle (one in English and American literature and civilization and one in European Studies specialized in Political Science) Anaïs spend one year at the University of Victoria as an exchange student where she wrote a thesis on the political power of influence of Canadian religious lobbies. The same year, she applied for a Masters degree in the Political Science Department of the University of Victoria and started her new degree in September 2011. Her new thesis project, supervised by Dr. Amy Verdun, has to do with the new Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) currently negotiated between the EU and Canada. She has decided to explore the environmental/agricultural aspects of this agreement and the potential transfers of knowledge that it could trigger.

Tatiana Shaban: EUCAnet Internship (2011-2012)

Ph.D. Student, University of Victoria

Tatiana Shaban areas of study are: democratic institutionalization, political liberalization, and Eastern Partnership policy. Her project "Good Governance in Eastern Partnership Policy: Institutional Challenges in Central and Eastern Europe" examines institution-building programs of the Eastern Partnership policy and how those institutional policies, which worked for accession countries, may well work for the Eastern Partnership countries. Before coming to UVic she completed her MA in International Relations and Politics at Nottingham University, UK in July 2006. She also holds Diploma in History and English Language from Minsk State Pedagogical University in Belarus. She was the Generation Europe (Brussels) representative and worked on European projects for high school and university students in Belarus (

Anastasia Chebakova: EUCAnet- Internship (2010-2011)

Ph.D. Student, University of Victoria

Anastasia Chebakova is currently pursuing a PhD in Political Science at the University of Victoria in Canada. She completed her MA together with a Graduate Diploma in European and Russian Studies from Carleton University in Canada (2009). She also holds a BA in International Relations from Russia (2005), Certificates of Completion of several distance learning courses from Stanford University, USA (2006) and has professional experience as a leading project manager (non-governmental sector, Russia, 2006) and a research analyst ("Universalia Management Group," Canada, 2008). She is currently a research assistant at the University of Victoria and a visiting researcher at the Swedish National Defence College. She is also the new President of the Young Researchers Network (YRN) of the European Community Studies Association in Canada (ECSA-C) and a co-creator of a YRN in Sweden. Her research interests include EU-Russia relations, theoretical concepts of the EU as a global actor, European Foreign and Security Policy and EU relations with its Eastern Neighbours.

Marta Giménez: EUCAnet – Internship (2009/2010)

LL.M. Student , University of Victoria

Marta Giménez (LL.M. Candidate, University of Victoria, Canada, LL.B., University of Barcelona, Spain, 2003) is a member of the interdisciplinary program "Law and Society" at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. She is currently undertaking research for her thesis project on environmental regulation and policy. Her thesis tackles European Union (EU) legislation and policy-making, with a focus on water management. Her topic is the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in France and Spain (Directive 2000/60/EC). She is interested in the fields of EU law and policy, EU environmental law and policy (in particular, water policy), policy implementation, institutionalism, and governance.

Steffen Neumann: EUCAnet – Assistant (2009/2010)

Ph.D. Student , University of Victoria

Steffen Neumann is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (CSPT) and the Department of Political Science at UVic. Before he came to Victoria, Steffen was a doctoral student at the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany), where he also completed his Masters and Bachelors degrees in Sociology and Political Science.

His doctoral thesis focuses particularly on theories of recognition (e.g. Ch.Taylor, A. Honneth, N. Fraser, I.M. Young) and their respective contributions towards a more comprehensive theoretical account of recognition and redistribution. Steffen is also interested in contemporary social thought, multiculturalism/identity politics, and migration research.

Timothy Scolnick: EUCAnet – Internship (2008/2009)

MA Student , University of Victoria

Timothy Scolnick completed the Bachelors degree in 2008 from the University of Victoria (UVic). Currently, he is an M.A. student at UVic studying the development of Chinese foreign policy relating to climate change and the influence Europe is having upon it. Pertaining to Europe, he is very interested in many issue areas including enlargement, immigration, integration and most importantly policies relating to environmental protection, security and climate change.