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Research Fellows 2017-2018

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Short Bio: Abel Bojar holds a Ph.D. from the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science where he defended his thesis in 2014. 

Research Themes: His research investigates the political economy of the public budget in European democracies and focuses on various aspects of party politics and electoral dynamics.

Period of stay: February 2017 - February 2019

Tel.: [+39] 055 4685 471

Email: [email protected] 

Office: SF-011, Villa Sanfelice


Alexandre Skander GALAND

Short Bio: He is a member of the Barreau du Québec and holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the European University Institute. Before joining this project, Dr Galand was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Global Public Law, Koç University. He is an associate editor of the Oxford Reports on International Human Rights Law / UN Treaty Bodies, has consulted for the case Matrix Network and worked for the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute as part of the War Crimes Justice Project.


Research Themes: Dr Galand’s current research focuses on the dilemmas arising from the application of the doctrine of command responsibility in contemporary armed conflicts. He has published articles on aspects of international criminal law, international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Period of stay: January 2018 – January 2019

Email: [email protected]

Office: BF-260Badia Fiesolana

Emanuela-Chiara Gillard

Emanuela-Chiara GILLARD

Short Bio: Emanuela-Chiara Gillard is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict.

From 2007 to 2012 she was Chief of the Protection of Civilians Section in the Policy Development and Studies Branch of the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The Section works with the United Nations and other key partners to promote and enhance the protection of civilians in armed conflict. For eight years prior to joining OCHA, Emanuela was a legal adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross. There she was responsible for providing advice to headquarters and field on legal issues relating to the protection of civilians in armed conflict, children, assistance, multinational forces, civil/military relations, occupation and private military/security companies. Emanuela holds a B.A. in Law and an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. She is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Research Themes: Her research  interests include international humanitarian law, with a particular focus on the protection of civilians and mechanisms for promoting compliance; the role of the Security Council in enhancing the protection of civilians; and principled humanitarian action.

Period of stay: July 2015 - October 2018

Tel.: [+39] 055 4685 319

Email: [email protected] 

Office: BF-200, Badia Fiesolana



Short Bio: Swen Hutter studied Political Science, Communication Science and International Law at the Universities of Zurich and Växjö (Sweden), and holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Munich. His dissertation involves a comparative study of protest politics in six West European countries and won the best dissertation price of the Munich University Society. So far, his work has appeared in the Austrian Journal of Political Science, the Journal of European Integration, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Swiss Political Science Review, and West European Politics. Furthermore, Swen Hutter co-authored a book with Hanspeter Kriesi et al. on Political Conflict in Western Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and his revised dissertation on Protesting Culture and Economics in Western Europe is published with the University of Minnesota Press (2014). Since April 2014, Hutter is hired as a research fellow on the POLCON ERC Advanced Grant under the supervision of Hanspeter Kriesi.

Research Themes: Political conflict, social movements, political parties, and European integration.

Period of stay: April 2014 - February 2019

Tel.: [+39] 055 4685 207

Office: VPA-09, Villa Paola

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Email: [email protected]

Office: BF-200, Badia Fiesolana


Stefano RONCHI

Associated Project: Well-being Returns to Social Investment

Stefano Ronchi is a PhD candidate at the Research Training Group SOCLIFE at the University of Cologne. He was a Jos Berghman Visiting Fellow at KU Leuven (Oct.-Dec. 2017) and an InGRID Visting Fellow at the Centre for Social Policy in Antwerp in May 2016. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Pavia, a Master's Degree in International Labour and Social Policies from the University of Milan, and an Advanced Master's Degree in Public Policy and Social Change from Collegio Carlo Alberto (Turin). He also worked as assistant researcher for the project “Percorsi di Secondo Welfare”, directed by Franca Maino and Maurizio Ferrera.

Research Themes: He is currently working on the outcomes of social investment-oriented policies across the EU. His research interests include comparative welfare state analysis, labour market policies and the politics of social policy, addressed with both quantitative and qualitative methods.

blog: https://sronchi.wordpress.com/

Period of Stay: February- July, 2018 

Tel.: [+39] 055 4685 466

Email: [email protected]

Office: BF-184, Badia Fiesolana



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