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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

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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

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Tania Concutelli (Italy)

Tania Concutelli has obtained her Master’s degree in European and International studies at University of Trento. Her Master course had a multidisciplinary approach covering subjects related to International Economics, European and International Law and Politics. Her Master’s dissertation focused on Roma minority group. Specifically, she investigated in what extent the European Legal framework managed to improve Roma condition within Italian territory.

Previously, she was a trainee at Legal Office Del Giudice, where she assisted the solicitor in family law cases. Furthermore, she volunteered in two Non-profit organizations. Roma Capitale where she taught Italian to asylum seekers in Rome, and in SHP where she supported campaigns to help homeless people in London.

At the ECMI, Tania is working within Politics and Civil Society Cluster. Under the supervision of Dr. Hanna Vasilevich, she is supporting the Eastern Parternship Programme, with a particular focus on the role of Roma mediators in the Eastern and Central Europe.

Internship duration: April - June 2017

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Andreea Ichim (Romania)

Andreea Ichim holds an MA degree in European Studies from the Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany, and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and European Studies from the Babes-Bolyai University, Romania. She wrote her Master's degree about the political representation of the Roma in Romania. Her research interests include human rights in general, minority rights, gender and environmental issues. 

Andreea is currently an intern at the ECMI assisting the ECMI Eastern partnership Programme team.

Internship duration: April - July 2017

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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 

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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

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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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