Academic Advisory Board

The Academic Advisory Board (AAB) is an independent multidisciplinary team comprised of leading scientists in the respective fields related to the activities within CUPESSE. The AAB will provide advice to the project team through their active participation in the project meetings and monitoring of specific steps of the project. The Advisory Board will guarantee scientific rigour and outreach to the international scientific community.

The members of the AAB include:

Professor Dr. M. Bagavandas, SRM University, Chennai (India)

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Professor Dr. M. Bagavandas is a professor of biostatistics at the School of Public Health at SRM University Chennai. He received his PhD in statistics at the University of Madras. His main research interests include medical statistics, spatial analysis, health analytics, neural network, entrepreneurship and survey methodology. Professor Bagavandas’ recent publications have appeared the International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine and Public Health and the International Journal of Health Geographics.

Professor Dr. Michael Camasso, Rutgers University (USA)

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Prof. Dr. Michael J. Camasso is a professor of agricultural and resource economics at Rutgers University, U.S.A. He received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He is a Fulbright scholar and the recipient of the Richard W. Laity Academic Leadership Award. He is also the recipient of the Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize and NIMH Award for Promising Scholarship. Professor Camasso is the author of many journal articles that have appeared in scholarly journals such as Journal of Labor Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, Research in Labor Economics and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and many others. He has also authored three books for Oxford University Press and over a hundred reports on evaluating human and social capital programs in the public and private sectors. Professor Camasso has discussed his research nationally and internationally in such forums as the Lehrer News Hour, National Public Radio, CNBC, PBS, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the London Times, and at many national and international conferences.

Dr. Valentine Henrard, Center for studies and research on Qualifications (Céreq), France

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Dr. Valentine Henrard, owner of a PhD in Economics (University of Paris 1) has an extensive experience in conducing employment and social policy analyses. She is head of the Department “Transition to Work and occupational Trajectories” at the French Center for studies and research on Qualifications (Céreq). In her previous position she has worked as a policy analyst at the OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs. In particular, she has been preparing reviews on the labour market and social policies of Israel and Slovenia, two countries that were, at that time, in the process of accession to the OECD. Before that she was a policy analyst in the Labour Market and Employment Policy Division at the French Ministry for Economy, Finance and Employment. Her work was focused on policy-oriented studies on labour market and employment issues and on evaluating the cost for public finances related to key government policies. She has also been working as a consultant for the International Labour Organization (ILO).


Dr. Marian Holienka, Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Management, Bratislava (Slovakia)

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Dr. Marian Holienka is a postdoc researcher and teacher with main focus on entrepreneurship and SMEs. He graduated in management and holds a PhD in business administration. He is a member of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor team in Slovakia. He has published several papers and co-authored two scientific monographs on entrepreneurship from various perspectives. Especially, his field of interest is the entrepreneurial failure and business restart, i.e. activity of individuals after they exit the entrepreneurship process. Marian Holienka teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses related to entrepreneurship and development of entrepreneurial skills. He holds an European Entrepreneurship Educators Programme (3EP) Fellow certificate. He has also been active as a CEO of consulting and development center providing consulting services to SMEs.

Professor Dr. Radha Jagannathan, Rutgers University (USA)

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Prof. Dr. Jagannathan is a professor of statistics, urban planning and policy development at Rutgers University, U.S.A. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She is a Fulbright Scholar whose research on poverty, child welfare and human capital development has received international attention. Her other academic awards include the Jerome G. Rose Distinguished Teaching Award, the DAAD Award from the American- German Scholar Exchange Program, and the Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize. Professor Jagannathan’s research has appeared in many economic and policy analysis journals such as the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Social Science & Medicine, Social Service Review, Risk Analysis, and Evaluation and Program Planning. She has recently completed a book for Oxford University Press entitled “The Decision to Protect Children in the Age of Outrage: A New Perspective on Child Protective Services Reform.” Professor Jagannathan has authored over a hundred reports on the evaluation of publicly and privately funded human and social capital investment programs in the U.S. She has developed a human capital development program for elementary school students entitled Nurture thru Nature which has received national attention.


Professor Dr. Gerbert Kraaykamp, Radboud University, Nijmegen (The Netherlands)

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Gerbert Kraaykamp is a professor of empirical sociology at the department of sociology at Radboud University. Kraaykamp is director of the Nijmegen Institute of Social and Cultural Research and National Coordinator of the European Social Survey for the Netherlands. His main research interests lie with intergenerational transmission, socialization processes, educational inequality, attitude change, health and cultural consumption. Publications have appeared among others in: American Sociological Review, European Journal of Political Research, European Sociological Review, Poetics, Social Forces, Social Science Research.


Professor Dr. Stella Ladi, Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom)

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Stella Ladi joined Queen Mary, University of London as a senior lecturer in 2012. She has been a lecturer of Europeanization and Public Policy at Panteion University since 2010. She previously worked as a lecturer at University of Sheffield and University of Exeter. She has also been a Research Fellow at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). She has acted as a public policy expert at the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of the Aegean, Greece. In July 2002 she completed her PhD thesis at the University of York. Her research interests include public policy and public administration reforms, Europeanization, global governance and the role of experts in public policy. Some of her latest publications are: Ladi, S. and Dalakou V. (2010), Public Policy Analysis, Athens: Papazisis (in Greek) and Ladi, S. (2011), “Policy Change and Soft Europeanization: The Transfer of the Ombudsman Institution to Greece, Cyprus and Malta”, Public Administration and Ladi, S. (2012) “Rival Hypotheses of Europeanization: Comparing the Roles of the EU and BSEC in Good Governance Reforms” in Th. Exadaktylos και C. Radaelli (eds), Research Design in European Studies, Palgrave. Stella Ladi joined Queen Mary, University of London as a senior lecturer in Public Management in 2012. She has been a lecturer of Europeanization and Public Policy at Panteion University, Athens since 2010. Her research interests include public policy and public administration reforms, Europeanization, global governance and the role of experts in public policy.


Dr. Inta Mieriņa, University of Latvia (Latvia)

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Dr. Inta Mieriņa works at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia, where she is a scientific director of the EEA/Norway grant “Rural Depopulation and the Governance of Education. Comparative Study of Latvia and Norway”. She is also involved in the National Research Programme project “Innovations and sustainable development: the post-crisis processes in Latvia in the global context” (SUSTINNO), as well as the European Social Survey in Latvia. Prior to that she was a scientific director of the ESF research grant “The emigrant communities of Latvia: National identity, transnational relations, and diaspora politics”, receiving for its successful leadership the 2014 University of Latvia Annual prize in science. Mieriņa has been involved in a number of large-scale international comparative studies, several of them focusing on youth. She was a visiting researcher at the Aarhus University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and GESIS EUROLAB. Since September 2015, she spends four months at the University of Washington as a Fulbright Research Fellow working on a project “Are emigrants less pro-social in their new community than they used to be at home? A comparative analysis of Latvian youth at home and abroad”. Mieriņa is a board member of the Latvian Sociological Association. Her publications have been published in Social Science Research, The Sociological Review, European Societies, and Europe-Asia Studies. Currently her main research interests concern migration, nationalism and far-right attitudes, inequality, youth participation, and community involvement.

Professor Dr. Jacqueline O’Reilly, University of Brighton Business School (United Kingdom); Coordinator of the STYLE Project

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Jacqueline O’Reilly is coordinator of the EU FP7 project examining Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe (2014-7). She is Professor for Comparative Employment Relations and Human Resource Management at the University of Brighton Business School in the UK and Director of the Centre for Research on Management and Employment (CROME). She was a Leverhulme Major Research Project Fellow (2009–12) and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence (2000). She previously worked at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (1994-2004), Royal Holloway School of Management, London University (1992-4), and UMIST, Manchester (1991-2). She studied for her DPhil at Nuffield College, Oxford (1987-1992) with an extended research visit to the Observatoire Sociologique du Changement, Paris funded through a Leverhulme Study Abroad Scholarship and the ESRC. A selection of her publications include Part-time Prospects: International comparisons of part-time work in Europe, North America and the Pacific Rim (London and New York: Routledge) (1998) with Colette Fagan and the International Handbook on Labour Market Policy and Evaluation (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar) (1996) with Gunther Schmid and Klaus Schömann.


Professor Dr. Kai Schulze, TU Darmstadt (Germany)

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Kai Schulze is an assistant professor in political science leading the "Models of Housing and Energy Policy" Research Group at the Institute of Political Science at Technische Unversität Darmstadt. The group focuses on environmental, climate and energy policy and politics at national, European and global levels. The group was established in cooperation with the Institute for Housing and Environment (IWU) - a non-profit research institute of the shareholders State of Hesse and the city of Darmstadt. Before becoming an Assistant Professor, Kai was a postdoc at the University of Potsdam. He holds a PhD and Master’s degree in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz.

Kai’s research interests comprise environmental, energy, social and labour policies at national, regional and global levels. For this purpose, he focusses on theories of policy analysis, comparative politics, political economy and Europeanisation. His publications have appeared in various journals and edited volumes. He is particularly interested in social and labour market policies aiming at fostering high levels of self-employment and social welfare.

Professor Dr. Gianpiero Torrisi, University of Portsmouth, (United Kingdom)

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Gianpiero Torrisi is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth. He graduated in Economics (BSc. Hons., University of Catania, Italy) and holds a PhD in Public Economics (University of Catania, Italy) and a MA in International Political Economy (Newcastle University).
Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth, he worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (Newcastle University) and, among his other activities, was involved with the Spatial Economic Research Centre’s (London School of Economics) project “Devolution, Spatial Economic Policy and Performance” and in the project “Decentralisation and Public Service Provisions: The Impact of Efficiency Outcomes” financed by “Department of Communities and Local Government”.

Professor Dr. Lorraine Uhlaner, EDHEC Business School, Roubaix (France)

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Lorraine M. Uhlaner combines expertise in entrepreneurship, strategy, family business, corporate governance and organization behavior to provide instruction to management students at EDHEC Business School where she has held the position of Professor of Entrepreneurship since Fall, 2010. Author of a wide range of publications, her current research includes the effect of culture on entrepreneurship behavior, the responsibilities of owners in privately-held firms and dynamic capabilities and practices to enhance innovation and growth in small to medium sized firms. She has created a number of programs to assist entrepreneurs and family businesses, including founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Eastern Michigan University and the European Family Business Institute at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She also has experience in academic administration, having served for three years as Director MBA programs at Nyenrode Business University. Born in the US, she has lived in Europe, including the Netherlands and France, for over ten years. She received her Ph.D. in Organization Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, in 1980. Her recent publications include articles in the Journal of International Business Studies, Small Business Economics Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Small Business Management and Family Business Review.