Oliver Schmidtke is the director for the Center for Global Studies and Professor in the Departments of History and Political Science. 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 a J.F. Kennedy fellow at Harvard University, a F. Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute and a Marie Curie Fellow at Hamburg 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, contemporary European history, and comparative politics with a focus on migration from a comparative transatlantic perspective.
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.
Director of the Strategic Knowledge Cluster, Carleton University
Joan DeBardeleben was the Director of the Strategic Knowledge Cluster Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue: Seeking transnational solutions to 21st century problems (2008-2016). 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.
Co-Lead & Manager of the EUCAnet project, University of Victoria
Beate Schmidtke brought 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) focusing on 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).
Since 2004 she concentrates on developing networking and outreach strategies in the field of European Studies in Canada. Past projects developed and managed are the Young Researchers Network in Canada (2005-2007) , the DAAD German Studies network (2005-2008), and the EUCAnet outreach branch for the Canada Europe Transatlantic Dialogue Strategic Knowledge Cluster (2008-2016).
Since 20017 she is responsible for co-leading EUCAnet and the development/coordination/management of the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet projects: Canada Europe Dialogue on Migration (CEDoM), Canada Europe Dialogue on Democracy (CEDoD), the Communication and Media Strategies for EU Experts in Canada (MSEUCA), Building capacity for Canada’s European Studies community: the European Community Studies Association Canada as a research and outreach hub (ECSACn) and the Jean Monnet Network European Memory Politics: Populism, Nationalism and the Challenges to a European Memory Culture (2019-2023 EUMePo).
Fazıla Mat is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Victoria in the faculty of Political Science under the supervision of Dr. Oliver Schmidtke. Fazıla holds an MA degree in Humanities from the University of Milan and she has worked for 12 years as a journalist and commentator for Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT) and other Italian and Swiss media covering Turkish politics, EU-Turkey relations, migration, civil society and media issues. For OBCT she has also carried out research on the EU-Turkey refugee deal (2017), media freedom in Turkey (2014 and 2018) and academic freedom in Turkey (2018). Her research interests include populism, migration and EU-Turkey relations.
Karen Yen is a freelance graphic designer with 20 years of experience that started in San Francisco, continuing on in New York and Barcelona, and now in Victoria.
She has had the experience of working on a variety of projects, ranging from nationwide retailers to small businesses, academic research and alternative projects. She has created logos, stationery, printed material as well packaging and websites. Karen has a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University in Canada and a BFA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, US. She is also a practicing artist whose medium of expression is painting and drawing.
Laurence Claussen graduated from the University of British Columbia in November 2020 with an MA in Political Science. His thesis focused on whether the US president promotes bipartisan policy making, but he also focused on migration politics, ethics in democracy, and public opinion while at UBC. He received his BA in History from the University of Aberdeen. His studies there focused on Western European political and legal history, as well as Western ethics and English literature. Laurence currently runs a blog on politics and history and intends to pursue a career in the US Foreign Service.
Intern (Summer 2021), MA Student, University of Applied Sciences Kehl, Germany
Christian Tautphaeus supports the EUCAnet Team during a six month long internship. He holds a BA in Public Management and is currently pursuing a master´s degree in European Public Administration at the University of Applied Sciences Kehl, Germany. Next to international relations his major field of interest is environmental policy.
Intern (Summer 2021), BA Student, University of Victoria
Sébastien is a student at the University of Victoria entering his second year of study. He is pursuing a BA in Philosophy and a Minor in Political Science. As a French and Canadian citizen he is interested in international perspectives and their effects on history and politics.
Intern / MA Student, University of Applied Sciences Kehl, Germany
Julia is a German master student and looking forward to learning more about various projects related to environmental challenges, democracy and populism. This internship is part of her master's program European Public Administration at the University of Applied Sciences Kehl, Germany.
Due to her interests in the field of environmental changes, she looked more deeply into the topic of renewable energies. In her master’s thesis in the winter semester 2020/ 2021, she analyzed the development of renewable energies on a regional level in the context of Germany and Morocco. In the following semester, the three-month internship at the Center for Global Research at the University of Rabat (UIR) in Morocco gave her interesting insight into the Moroccan culture and institution of higher education. In addition to the experiences in the project on circular migration at the UIR in Morocco.
Svetlin is an international student who is entering the final year of his undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria. He is pursuing a BA in Political Science, with a Concentration in European Politics, and a Minor in History. His academic interests are primarily centered around the EU. After completing his undergraduate studies, he intends to pursue an MA in Political Science.
Feline is a third -year student of the European studies Bachelor Program at Maastricht University (The Netherlands). During her Bachelor, she focuses on international relations of the European Union. Next to her studies, Feline is part of the Refugee Project Maastricht. Together with a group of students, she organizes events which connect locals and refugees.
BA Student, University of Applied Sciences Kehl (Germany)
Isabelle is an international student from Germany where she studies public management at the University of Applied Sciences Kehl. After her internship, Isabelle intends to continue her studies with a specialization in European Studies. Isabelle started her three-month internship with UVic’s Centre for Global Studies (CFGS) the same day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada was closing its borders. Read her story
MA Student, Universities of Applied Sciences Kehl/Ludwigsburg
Uluhan holds a B.Sc. in technically oriented Business Administration (2016) from the University of Stuttgart (Germany).
He is pursuing a master's degree in European Public Administration at the Universities of Applied Sciences Kehl/Ludwigsburg.
His major fields of interest are the economic and administrative aspects of the European Union, intercultural communication
as well as cross-border-cooperation.
MA Student, Universities of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg/Kehl (Germany)
Mareen holds a BA in Political Sciences and Sociology (2017) from the University of Stuttgart (Germany). She is pursuing a master's degree in European Public Administration at the Universities of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg/Kehl (Germany). Her major fields of interest are cultural and administrative aspects of the European Union as well as cross border cooperation. Read Mareen's contribution regarding her internship.
MA student, La Sorbonne University, France
MA Student, University of Victoria
Ivan was pursuing a Master’s degree in History at the University of Victoria (UVic) when he joined the EUCAnet team. 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 research interests included 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
MA Student , University of Victoria
Timothy Palmer, a graduate student in the CSPT programme through the Department of Political Science, focused in his research on 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.
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 2012-2014.
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.
MA Student, University of Victoria
During her internship Anaïs worked on her 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 spent 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 thesis project was supervised by Dr. Amy Verdun and focused on the new Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
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 (http://www.generation-europe.eu/about/ambassadors.html).
Ph.D. Student, University of Victoria
Anastasia Chebakova persued a PhD in Political Science at the University of Victoria when she collaborated on the EUCAnet project. 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 was the 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.
LL.M. Student, University of Victoria
Marta Giménez (LL.M. Candidate, University of Victoria, Canada, LL.B., University of Barcelona, Spain, 2003) was a member of the interdisciplinary program "Law and Society" at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. Her thesis project focused on environmental regulation and policy and the 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.
Ph.D. Student, University of Victoria
Steffen Neumann was a Ph.D. student in the Department of Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (CSPT) and the Department of Political Science at UVic when he joined the EUCAnet team. 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.
MA Student, University of Victoria
Timothy Scolnick completed the Bachelors degree in 2008 from the University of Victoria (UVic). During his internship Timothy was a 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 was very interested in many issue areas including enlargement, immigration, integration and most importantly policies relating to environmental protection, security and climate change.