The European University Institute (EUI) is a doctoral and postdoctoral academic institution, created in 1972 by the Member States of the founding European Communities. Its main objective is to provide advanced academic training to Ph.D students and to promote research at the highest level. It carries out research in a European perspective (fundamental research, comparative research and Community research) in history, law, economics, political and social science.
The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) is devoted to inter-disciplinary and comparative research and to promote work on the major issues facing the process of integration and European society. Its main objectives are to produce research of the highest intellectual quality; to collaborate with other centres of research excellence; to provide opportunities for young scholars working in its key fields; and to promote dialogue with the world of practice.
The research agenda is organised around a set of core themes and is continuously evolving, reflecting the changing agenda of European integration and the expanding membership of the European Union. Since 2010, the RSCAS is home of the Global Governance Programme, in which one Research Area is devoted to Cultural Pluralism, directed by Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou. The Centre hosts major research programmes and projects, and a range of working groups and ad hoc initiatives. The EUI and its RSCAS have been involved in the Framework Programmes 4th – 7th for years and recently in the H2020 Programme, many times as co-ordinators of research consortia.
Professor Anna Triandafyllidou holds a Robert Schuman Chair at the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies) where she directs the Cultural Pluralism Research Area.
She also teaches as Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges since 2002. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies and Chair of the IMISCOE Editorial Committee, and member of the IMISCOE Board of Directors.
Her recent books include: Migration and Globalisation Handbook (E. Elgar, ed. 2018); The Problem of Religious Diversity: European Challenges, Asian Approaches (with T. Modood, ed. Edinburgh University Press, 2018); Multicultural Governance in a Mobile World (ed. Edinburgh University Press, 2018), Global Governance from Regional Perspectives (Oxford University Press, ed., 2017); The Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies (Routledge, ed. 2016); High Skill Migration and Recession: Gendered Perspectives (with I. Isaakya, ed. Palgrave, 2015). She is the author of What is Europe? (with R. Gropas, Palgrave, 2015) and Migrant Smuggling. Irregular Migration from Asia and Africa to Europe (with T. Maroukis, 2015, Palgrave).
Dr Irina Isaakyan is a Research Associate at the European University Institute in Florence. She obtained her PhD from the University of Edinburgh (2008) and MA Degree from the University of Minnesota (2000). After completing her PhD, she received the ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2008-2009) to examine European integration and new researchers’ mobility in Scotland. In 2012-2014 she was holder of the Marie Curie Intra-EU Fellowship, awarded for the project FEMIDE /Female Migration from Developed Countries in Southern Europe (2012-2014). Before joining the EUI in 2012, she was Reader at the Ryazan State Radio-Engineering University in Russia (2011-2012) and Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (2008-2010). Her research interests include: high-skill and elite migrations, nationalism and diaspora studies; integration policy; immigrants’ identities; and interpretive sociology.