Europeanisation meets democracy from below: The Western Balkans on the search for new European and democratic Momentum (WB2EU)

The New Bulgarian University, Centre for European Refugees, Migration and Ethnic Studies (CERMES) is the first academic centre on migration studies in Bulgaria with rich national and international experience. CERMES is specialized in the following research fields: migration, refugees, anti-traficking and ethnic studies; populism, post-democracy, far-right, youth extremism, radicalization; civic activism, mobilisations, citizenship; Internet and politics, haterism and activism in social media; urban policies, emergence of new public spaces and activism. Our portfolio covers research, teaching and training, policy-oriented expertise, scholarly publications and civic activities. CERMES research team has rich experience in political science studies on national and international level, such as the Global Campus of Human Rights, EU projects, including FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, etc. Our researchers have contributed to multiple publications in Routledge, Springer, Palgrave: Macmillan, McGill, Brill, etc.

New Bulgarian University is a non-governmental, not-profit educational and research institution officially established with an Act of the Bulgarian National Parliament in 1991. Main research areas of NBU are psychology, cognitive science, political sciences, public administration, anthropology, archaeology, and semiotics. The university has collaborative agreements and joint projects with many European universities and research centres, including joint research projects within the FP5, FP6 and FP7, Horizon 2020, joint agreements for ERASMUS-SOCRATES exchange, etc. Annually, 12 000 students and single-course students study at NBU. The 29 NBU departments and centres are scientific communities, established on the principle of uniting of teachers and research-workers in one scientific field.

Anna Krasteva, Professor at the Department of Political Sciences, New Bulgarian University

Anna Krasteva is doctor honoris causa of University Lille 3, France, founder and director of CERMES (Centre for Refugees, Migration and Ethnic Studies), editor-in-chief of Southeastern Europe (Brill), guest professor at numerous European Universities; president and member of numerous international scientific councils. Her main fields of research are migration and ethnic politics, citizenship and citizen’s activism; far-right populism; post-democratic crisis.

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Evelina Staikova-Mileva, Assistant Professor, New Bulgarian University

She is doctor in Political sciences and coordinator of CERMES (Centre for Refugees, Migration and Ethnic Studies). Her teaching and research interests include migration and urban studies, citizenship and e-democracy. Evelina Staikova is experienced in coordinating and participating in various on the quality of democracy, integration of migrants and minorities, and development of city policies.

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