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Visiting Researchers / Scholars (updated 24 September 2015)
5a Ms Olga Mikheeva
Junior Research Fellow
Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
Olga Mikheeva is a PhD candidate and a junior research fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia) currently doing fieldwork on national development banks in Southeast Asia as part of her wider research project on East Asian developmental states. The aim of the study is to combine theoretical perspectives on financing for innovation with the role financial structures play in economic development and to complement existing empirical findings with a number of case studies, which currently include Malaysia and Singapore. This, in turn, will help to incorporate the financial bureaucracy aspect into the body of research on developmental states, in Southeast Asian region in particular. From empirical perspective, contemporary cases adds to the history of industrial finance that evolved in Continental Europe during the first half of 19th century.Olga has been part of a number of research projects and other areas of her research include governance of national innovation systems, innovation policies and technology governance, and finance for innovation.Olga holds BA in Business studies and MA in Public Administration received from Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia). In addition, she did her exchange studies at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
Photo_Koman Dr Matjaž Koman
Assistant Professor of Economics
University of Ljubljana
matjaz.koman@ef.uni-lj.si[Dr Koman's CV]
Dr Matjaž Koman is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. He is a visiting research fellow at the EU Centre in March 2015. Dr Koman received his PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2009. His main areas of research are transitional economics with special emphasis on the firm behavior European counties and labor economics. He also published articles on entrepreneurship, intangible capital, environmental economics, and tourism. His publications comprise of articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Comparative Economics, and book chapters. He is also co-author of the textbook Microeconomics.
Photo_kerstin_ Ms Kerstin Radtke
PhD Candidate
International Relations
Department of Politics and Public Administration
University of Konstanz
Kerstin Radtke is a visiting fellow at the EU Centre in Singapore in March and April 2014. She works as research assistant at the Chair of Political Science/International Relations and at the Centre of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Social Integration” at the University of Konstanz, Germany. In her PhD thesis Kerstin analyzes horizontal integration of Regional Organizations from a comparative perspective. She concentrates on the enlargement of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and connected discourses on fundamental political norms, such as human rights or democracy. Kerstin has studied in Passau and Saarbrücken (Germany), in Metz (France), in Luxembourg and was visiting scholar at the Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.
JStacey BioPhoto_Edited Mr Jamie D Stacey
PhD Candidate
International Relations
Department of Political and Cultural Studies
Swansea University
Thesis – Interpreting and Re-interpreting Human Rights in an ASEAN Community; ASEAN, the EU and the Perennial Contestation Over the Meaning of Human Rights
Jamie Stacey is currently a visiting fellow at the European Union Centre in Singapore. He pursues a PhD at Swansea University that links the EU to ASEAN’s pursuit of a regional ‘community’. His thesis is concerned with ASEAN’s ever-evolving relationship with human rights over the last twenty years in its pursuit of an ‘ASEAN Community’, and what role the EU is playing in ASEAN’s interpretation of human rights. Specifically, analysis is centred on language and how each actor- both ASEAN and the EU- are developing and, importantly, contesting a sophisticated vocabulary with which they define and re-define what human rights mean in pursuit of the ‘good community’. His research interests include ASEAN, EU, Human Rights, IR Theory and Language.
sebastian Dr Sebastian Krapohl
Assistant Professor
Chair for International Relations
University of Bamberg
Dr. Sebastian Krapohl is Assistant Professor at the Chair for International Relations at the University of Bamberg. He has studied, researched and taught Political Science at the Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg (Germany), the London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom), the European University Institute in Florence (Italy), the University of Tirana (Albania), the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen (Germany) and the University of Mannheim (Germany). He received his Master’s Degree in 2001 at the London School of Economics and was awarded his Doctoral Degree in 2008 at the University of Bamberg. Sebastian Krapohl is author of the book ‘Risk Regulation in the Single Market: The Governance of Pharmaceuticals and Foodstuffs in the European Union’ (Palgrave, 2008) and several academic articles, which were published among others in the Journal of European Public Policy, the European Journal of Political Research, the European Law Journal and the German Political Science Quarterly. His current research project deals with regional integration outside of Europe, comparing the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
vf-imke Ms Imke Pente (March 2012)
PhD Candidate
Int’l Relations
Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies
Free University Berlin
Imke Pente is a visting fellow at the European Union Centre in Singapore. She pursues a PhD at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies while she is part of the College Research Group “The Transformative Power of Europe”. In her doctorate she analyses the regional economic integration process in Southeast Asia, with a focus on the role of the European Union and the United States in ASEAN’s policy-making. Her research interests include EU and US foreign policy, comparative regionalism and the transfer of policies and ideas.
vf-ao Mr Axel Obermeier (February 2011)
PhD Candidate
Int’l Relations
Graduate School ‘Markets and Social Systems in Europe‘
University of Bamberg
Axel Obermeier was a visiting fellow at the European Union Centre in Singapore. He holds a PhD-Scholarship from the German Research Foundation and is a member of the Graduate School ‘Markets and Social Systems in Europe’ at the University of Bamberg, Germany. In Bamberg, he is also a member of the research group on ‘Regional Integration outside of Europe’. In his doctorate he deals with the dynamics of international institution building in Southeast Asia, with a focus on the impact of external actors. His research interests include comparative regionalism, international relations theories and comparative methodology.
staff-tl Mr Tobias Lenz (August 2009)
PhD Candidate
Int’l Relations
St Antony’s College
University of Oxford
Tobias Lenz was a visiting fellow at the European Union Centre in Singapore, doing research for his D.Phil in International Relations at the University of Oxford, UK. His doctorate deals with the EU’s influence on regional integration projects in the global South, including ASEAN, Mercosur and SADC. He holds an M.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford and a BA in European Studies from the University of Osnabrück, Germany. His research interests include EU external relations, comparative regionalism and interregionalism. He has recently published a book entitled ‘The European Union’s Promotion of Regional Integration in Latin America’ (2009, VDM Verlag).
staff-jz Dr Jasmine Zhang (July 2009)
ESiA Fellow
PhD Int’l Communications
University of Leeds, UK
Dr Jasmine Li Zhang was on an ESiA Fellowship at the European Union Centre in Singapore. She holds a PhD in International Communications from the University of Leeds, UK. Her research interests include media and international relations, media and its impact on policy, European political communication, and Asia-Europe relations. Her recent publications (published and upcoming) include “The Rise of China: Media perceptions and implications for international politics”; “Communicating EU in China”, etc. She had also worked as a communication manager, editor and journalist for several years.