Current interns and volunteers at ECMI Flensburg

Aydan Huseynova (Azerbaijan)

Mrs. Aydan Huseynova has obtained Master`s degree in European Studies at the University of Flensburg and Bachelor`s degree in International Relations at the Baku State University. Prior to her engagement in ECMI activity, Mrs. Huseynova worked for American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan.

Currently, she is doing her doctoral studies at the University of Flensburg on the topic “European Migration Crisis. Comparative Analysis with Post-Colonial Migration."

At the ECMI Aydan is an intern supporting the ECMI Eastern Partnership Programme team.

Internship duration: February - April 2017


Timothy Jacob-Owens (UK)

Timothy Jacob-Owens holds a first class bachelor’s degree in German and Music and an MPhil in Linguistics from the University of Bristol (UK). His MPhil thesis focused on minority languages in the German-Danish border region from a sociolinguistic perspective. His research interests include language policy and minority rights.

Before coming to ECMI, Timothy was a trainee with two of the Council of Europe’s human rights monitoring bodies, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM). Prior to this, he was an intern at the German Music Council in Berlin.

At ECMI, Timothy is working within the Culture & Diversity Cluster. He is assisting Dr Zora Popova with research on language policy in OSCE member states and is also pursuing an independent project on education policy, with a particular focus on Roma.

Internship period: February to May 2017


Emily Jensen (Canada)

Emily Jensen recently completed a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in political science with a double minor in international development studies and English literature at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her studies focused on international relations and development with a heavy emphasis on gender, human rights, and migration. She plans to pursue a Master’s degree in international relations later this year.

She has previous experience doing research on transgender recognition and transition policy at the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy. She has also worked for several Montreal NGOs and the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island.

At the European Centre for Minority Issues, Emily is working under the supervision of Director Tove Malloy. She is carrying out research on the monitoring and implementation of the Framework Convention for National Minorities and of the Venice Commission. She is also writing a working paper on the subject of minorities within minorities, such as women and those belonging to the LGBTQ community. This paper will examine the issues facing these marginalized groups under current minority rights law and consider possible remedies.

Internship period: January-March 2017


Christina Prassa (Greece)

Christina Prassa comes from Greece, where she obtained her Bachelor Degree in German Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and is currently in her last semester of the Master Programme Culture, Language, Media of the European-University Flensburg. In the meantime she worked at the Hellenic-German Chamber of  Commerce and Industry in Thessaloniki and as an academic tutor in the disciplines Art and Media of the European-University Flensburg. Her research interests and activities focus mainly on the European Refugee Crisis and on migration issues, on media studies as well as on the communication field.

At the ECMI she is a Volunteer providing assistance to the communication and outreach under the supervision of Ms. Tamari Bulia

Volunteer period: February-April 2017 


Gerhard Sells (USA)

Gerhard Sells is currently pursuing his master degree in European Studies at the Europa Univesitaet Flensburg, and earned in his bachelor degree in international studies and German from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).

As an American undergraduate student from Alaska, Gerhard has developed a strong interest in conflict, security, and governance within the Arctic context through his research with the UAA Department of Political Science and the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER).  Research included examining the development of countries’ Arctic foreign policies, and analysing the effects of mining on Arctic communities. 

At the ECMI, Gerhard is assisting Dr. Hanna Vasilevich with the final stages of the Eastern Partnership Programme (EPP) and the organization of various conferences. He will also be preparing the data from EPP final report for public circulation.

Internship duration: January to March 2017


Katarina Stratena (Slovakia)

Katarina is holding a Bachelor degree in  European Studies Program from the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra, where she has followed up  graduating in  Master degree Program in Political Science. In her previous research, Katarina has showed an interest  on the region of former Yugoslavia and the issue of Balkanism and Nationalism, focusing on the issues of different ethnic groups living on the common territory.

Katarina is currently pursuing a Master degree in  European Studies Program at Europa-Universität Flensburg. In the past, she has been involving as a junior analyst in  NGO Slovak Governance project Demagog.sk.

At the ECMI is Katarina is working under supervision of Dr. Hanna Vasilevich, helping on the research on Roma ethnic minorities within Europe, with the emphasis on the region of Central Europe.

Internship duration: February - April 2017


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