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ŽELJKO MRNJAVAC, Course leader

Željko Mrnjavac is a full professor at the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, University of Split. He obtained her PhD at the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism. 






Abel Polese is a Senior Research Fellow with DCU Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction. He has been a Marie Curie Fellow at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany (2006-2008) and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2008-2011). In 2012-2013 he worked as a policy analyst for the European Commission (DG Research). He is the author of the Scopus diaries and the (il)logics of academic survival, which is a reflection on how to navigate academic careers, and regularly writes blog posts on the challenging of academia. Abel is co-editor of Studies of Transition States and Societies, a scopus-indexed open access journal and is active in debates and initiatives on open science and science excellence with the Global Young Academy, one of the main organisations dealing with science policies across five continents. His research focuses on theory and practice of development, post-soviet politics and societies, governance caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, South East Asia



Rodica Ianole-Călin is Full Professor at the Faculty of Business and Administration, University of Bucharest, Romania. She holds a PhD in Behavioral Economics, a master degree in Economic Cybernetics and Quantitative Economics and a bachelor degree in Business Administration. Her professional training is complemented by multiple international courses, research stages and summer schools (Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Russia, US). Dr. Ianole’s teaching expertise covers Behavioral Economics, Microeconomics, Data Analysis and Game Theory, while her research interests includes applied work in the area of health, education and informality. 



Dr. Drini Imami is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Agribusiness, Agricultural University of Tirana, and a Senior Expert at Development Solutions Associates (DSA). Prior to that, he worked as a Consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and various USAID and EU projects. In addition, Drini has conducted research in several leading European research institutions, and contributed to more than 60 scientific publications and 50 technical reports. His research focuses on behavioral, political and institutional economics.



Alessandro Gianni Coppola is Associate Professor at the Politecnico di Milano.His research mainly focuses on qualitative approaches to issues such as neighbourhood policy and politics, community development and organizing, informality, urban shrinkage, urban resilience. His contributions have appeared in journals such as Urban Studies, Urban Geography, International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, Territorio, Archivio di Studi Urbani e Regionali, Urbanistica, Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa and in several national and international academic books. He has published Apocalypse Town. 



Riya Raphael is a researcher and lecturer at the Lund University, Sweden. Riya has an interdisciplinary background in sociology, political science and gender studies. In her postdoc project, Riya explored how feminist perspectives on care, social reproduction, intersectionality, informal economy and degrowth can help in creating more sustainable welfare structures. She has taught courses on globalisation, global value chains, welfare states, gender and labour, feminist theories, social theory and socio-ecological feminist approaches. Riya’s research interests include studies on work, informal economy, intersectionality, anti-caste politics, waste economies, equitable sustainability, feminist and queer approaches to political economy and degrowth.




Magdalena Crăciun is Lecturer at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London. She has done long-term field research in Romania and Turkey, being interested in material culture and (plastic) materials, clothing and fashion, branding and counterfeiting, subjectivity, and the middle class. She has published Islam, Faith and Fashion: The Islamic Fashion Industry in Turkey (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), Material Culture and Authenticity: Fake Branded Fashion in Europe (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) and articles in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Journal of Material Culture, Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, World Art, and Eastern European Politics & Societies.




Ignacio Fradejas-García works as a substitute professor at the University of Oviedo. With extensive fieldwork experience in The Gambia, Chile, Morocco, Haiti, RD Congo, Turkey, Romania and Spain, he does research in migration, transnationalism, (im)mobilities, humanitarianism and informality. He holds a PhD in social anthropology (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and has worked as post-doc at the University of Iceland.  His research focuses on sociology,  migration, transnationalism, (im)mobilities, humanitarianism, and informality.



Prof.dr.ir Eveline van Leeuwen, expert in urban economics, is Scientific Director at Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute). In addition to her role at AMS Institute, Eveline is Chair of Urban Economics at Wageningen University & Research. Furthermore, she is Vice President of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA), a member of the OECD Expert Advisory Committee on Rural Innovation and a member of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the Amsterdam Economic Board. In various other committees she advices both national and regional policymakers. Within the fields of research and education, the topics that particularly spark her interest are the relations between city and countryside, interactions in space and time, differences between people and regions, and broad prosperity focused on themes such as circularity, energy transition and regional food systems.



Marija Vuković is an Assistant professor at the Department of Quantitative Methods within the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism at the University of Split. Marija's expertise spans various quantitative disciplines, with a primary focus on Statistics and its application in economic research. Her areas of specialization include multivariate analysis, structural equation modeling, and the intriguing field of behavioral economics.




Juliane Müller is an Assistant professor at the Department of Social Anthropology at the Faculty of Geography and History, University of Barcelona. Julianne is a socio-cultural anthropologist with a special interest in local and regional economies in the context of globalization and transnational connections. Her ethnographic work focusses on the South American Andes, on peoples’ local social life and vernacular markets, as well as transnational trade and mobility. 




Dorothy Louise Zinn is Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology. Prof. Zinn is originally from the United States, where she did her academic training (PhD U. Texas at Austin 1994). She has conducted fieldwork in Southern Italy and South Tyrol, and has published extensively on immigration, multiculturalism, and youths with migration background, as well as clientelism and corruption. Prof. Zinn co-founded the Malinowski Forum for Ethnography and Anthropology (MFEA) and has translated classic anthropological monographs by Ernesto de Martino. In addition to her academic study of migration, she serves as a volunteer scientific consultant with migrant advocacy organizations. She is an editorialist with the newspaper Corriere dell’Alto Adige.