Scientific Committee

Composed of influential experts and academics representing all of the EUI’s academic units, the Scientific Committee is responsible for devising the programme, focusing on topical issues, and ensuring discussions are engaging, accessible, and scientifically sound.

Kenneth Amaeshi, Professor of Sustainable Finance and Governance at the School of Transnational Governance

Kenneth Amaeshi is a Professor of Sustainable Finance and Governance at the STG. He is currently on leave from the University of Edinburgh, where he is the Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director Scaling Business in Africa. He is also a Visiting Professor of Leadership and Financial Markets in Africa at the London School of Economics and an Honorary Professor of Business in Africa at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. His research interest currently focuses on financial market reforms and governance, as well as on sector-level policies for sustainability and sustainability strategy in organisations. His research has a very strong interface between business and society, particularly national governments in Africa, where he has an extensive network.

Edouard Challe, Professor, Department of Economics, EUI

Edouard Challe is Professor of Economics at the EUI. He joined the Institute in September 2020, he was previously professor at the Ecole Polytechnique and CREST in Paris. He has also held positions at the University of Cambridge (2003-2005), Université Paris-Dauphine (2005-2008) and Columbia University (Spring 2016). His research focuses on speculative bubbles, precautionary saving behaviour, macroeconomic policy, and heterogeneous agents. His work has been published in AEJ Macroeconomics, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Economic Journal, International Economic Review, European Economic Review and Quantitative Economics.

Renaud Dehousse, President, EUI

Renaud Dehousse is President of the EUI. Previously, he was Jean Monnet Professor of European Law and Political Science at Sciences Po, where he founded and directed the Centre for European Studies. He also chaired Sciences Po’s Governing Council (2013-2016). Before moving to Sciences Po, Professor Dehousse held professorships at the EUI and at the University of Pisa. He was a scientific advisor to Notre Europe, the think-tank founded by Jacques Delors. Professor Dehousse has been a member of several working parties on the reform of European institutions established by various national and European institutions.

Marco Del Panta, Secretary General, EUI

Marco Del Panta is Secretary General of the EUI . He was previously City Councilman and Special Advisor to the Mayor of Florence. A career diplomat, he served most recently as Italy’s Ambassador to Switzerland. Previously, he was Director for Migration Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also served at the General Directorate for the European Union of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in Brussels at the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU. Previously, he held diplomatic positions in Austria and Egypt. Del Panta taught a course on “European Governance and decision making” at the University of Florence (2009-2011) and is a member of the Council of the Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe in Lausanne.

Franca Maria Feisel, Researcher, Department of Law and Co-Coordinator, Ponte Europa, EUI

Franca Maria Feisel is a PhD researcher at the Law Department at the EUI. Her research focuses on the EU’s role and legitimation in defending democracy in the European political space. She is an alumna of Maastricht University and of the LLM programme at Edinburgh University Law School. Prior to joining the EUI, she did a traineeship in the Cabinet of EU Justice Commissioner Reynders. Feisel sits in the Scientific Committee as a representative of the EUI researcher’s community and for the project “Ponte Europa”, a researcher-led civic engagement initiative at the EUI that focuses on bridging academia and civil society.

Juho Härkönen, Professor of Sociology, Dean of Postdoctoral Studies and Director of the Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies

Juho Härkönen is Professor of Sociology, Dean of Postdoctoral Studies and Director of the Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies at the EUI. He joined the EUI in February 2018, while on leave from Stockholm University. His research interests cover life course research, the causes and consequences of family dynamics and structure, social stratification, and health. As Director of the Max Weber Programme and Dean of Postdoctoral Studies, he is responsible for the overall management of the Programme. He is also co-director of the Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre, and of Florence Population Studies, and editor-in-chief of Advances in Life Course Research.

Simon Hix, Stein Rokkan Chair in Comparative Politics at the Department of Political and Social Sciences

Simon Hix is Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the EUI. He joined the institute in September 2021 as Stein Rokkan Chair in Comparative Politic and he was previously professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Simon holds a PhD in Political and Social Science from the European University Institute (1995). His research interests include comparative political behaviour and institutions, as well as the study of political behaviour and institutions in the European Union. Simon is also interested in historical political science/political economy, in particular the impact of constitutional and electoral system designs on the evolution of political behaviour. He has won prizes for his research from the American Political Science Association, the US-UK Fulbright Commission, and the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

Marco Incerti, Director, Communications Service, EUI

Marco Incerti is the Director of the Communications Service at the EUI. Before joining the Institute, he worked for fifteen years as Head of Communication and Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels. Previously, he had worked in the International Law Department of the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’. As a researcher, he concentrated on the European Constitutional process, following the work of the Convention on the future of Europe. Incerti is a member of the European Association of Communication Directors and enjoys Observer status at the Club of Venice, the network of the communication officials of the EU28 chancelleries and foreign ministries.

Erik Jones, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre

Erik Jones is Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the EUI. He is also Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) – on extended leave. Jones is author of The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union (2002), Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States (2008), Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity (2012, with Dana H. Allin), and The Year the European Crisis Ended (2014). He is co-editor of Government & Opposition and a contributing editor of Survival. His commentary has appeared in the Financial Times, the New York Times, and other major newspapers and magazines across Europe and North America.

Sarah Nouwen, Chair and Professor of Public International Law, and Co-Director of the Academy of European Law, EUI

Sarah Nouwen is Chair and Professor of Public International Law at the EUI. She is on leave from the University of Cambridge, where she is a Professor in International Law and a Fellow of Pembroke College and was Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. Nouwen is also an Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Law. She previously worked in international diplomacy advising on transitional justice, peace negotiations and the rule of law at the Dutch mission to the United Nations, the Netherlands Embassy in Khartoum and as a Senior Legal Advisor to the African Union High Level Implementation Panel in Sudan. Her scholarship has received several awards, including the Leverhulme Prize.

Glenda Sluga, Joint Chair, Director of Research and Professor at the Department of History and Civilisation, and Joint Chair at the Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies

Glenda Sluga is Professor of International History and Capitalism at the EUI. In 2020, she was awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant, overseeing a five-year research program on ‘Twentieth Century International Economic Thinking and the Complex History of Globalization. Professor Sluga is also an Australian Research Council Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laurate Fellow, as the recipient in 2013 of a five-year fellowship for ‘Inventing the International’. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Royal Society of NSW.

Alexander Stubb, Director and Professor at the School of Transnational Governance, and Former Prime Minister of Finland

Alexander Stubb is the Director of the School of Transnational Governance, EUI. He is the Former Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister and Europe and Trade Minister of Finland (2008-16) and Vice President at the European Investment Bank (2017-2020). From 2004 to 2008 he was a Member of the European Parliament following various posts in Brussels. Between 2001 and 2003 he was advisor to the President of the European Commission and served twice in the Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union. He is a self-professed sportsnut.