ECMI Conversations with Experts

ECMI Conversations with Experts are a series of video interviews between a prominent expert in the field of minority issues and a researcher from the European Centre for Minority Issues. The interviews are linked to recent projects or events of the Centre and provide a deeper insight into the various topics.

Episode 1

Referendums and Ethnic Conflict (Prof. Matt Qvortrup)

The guest of the first episode is Matt Qvortrup, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Coventry University. Within political science, Prof. Qvortrup is known for his work on referendums – not only as a tool for direct democracy, but also as a political phenomenon, such as most recently a co-authored study on why and how autocratic rulers use referendums to prop up their regimes. He is interviewed by the ECMI Director Prof. Vello Pettai.

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Episode 2

Impact of COVID-19 on Roma (Dr. Iulius Rostas)

The guest of the second episode is Iulius Rostas, Visiting Professor at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest, Romania, and member of the Pakiv Board of the The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture in Berlin, Germany. He was previously the Chair of Romani Studies/Assistant Professor at Central European University in Budapest and published extensively on Roma participation, Romani identity, Roma school desegregation, Romani movement and civil society. He is interviewed by the ECMI Senior Researcher Dr. Andreea Cârstocea.

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Episode 3

Ethnic Data Collection (Dr. Patrick Simon)

The guest of the third episode is Dr. Patrick Simon, Senior Researcher at the French Institute for Demographic Studies or INED. Dr. Simon is also the Head of the department INTEGER (integration and discrimination) at the Institute for Migration and and expert on ethno-racial statistics. He is interviewed by the ECMI Senior Researcher Dr. Ljubica Djordjević.

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Episode 4

Groups in Conflict and Crises in 2020 (Prof. James Ker-Lindsay)

The guest of the fourth episode is James Ker-Lindsay, visiting professor at the European Institute, London School of Economics and a research associate at the Centre for International Studies, Oxford University. His research focuses on conflict, peace and security in South East Europe and on secession and recognition in international politics. As well as his academic works, he also has considerable practical experience working on peace processes. More recently, he was part of the British delegation at the UN-led Conference on Cyprus, in 2017. He’s also served as an advisor or consultant to a number of governments and international organisations, including the United Nations and Council of Europe. A strong believer in the importance of public engagement by the academic community, and the need to make knowledge accessible to wider audiences, he has his own YouTube channel exploring International Relations and Conflict Analysis. He is interviewed by the ECMI Senior Researcher Dr. Marika Djolai.

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