Marija Bashevska is a PhD student at the Faculty of Economics, “Sts Cyril and Methodius” University, Skopje. She holds a Master in Economics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. Currently, she is a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Economics at FON University, Skopje.

Florian Bieber is a political scientist working on inter-ethnic relations, ethnic conflict and nationalism, focusing on Southeastern Europe. He is a Professor in South East European Studies and director of the Center for South East European Studies at the University of Graz. Florian Bieber is also a Visiting Professor at the Nationalism Studies Programme at Central European University.

Chiara Bonfiglioli is currently a Newfelpro post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism in Pula, Croatia. She holds a BA in Political Sciences from the University of Bologna, Italy, and an MA and PhD from the Research Institute for History and Culture, Graduate Gender Programme, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. From 2012 to 2014, she has been research fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, within the framework of the CITSEE project (The Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the former Yugoslavia). She has published extensively on women’s and feminist history in the European context, notably in the journals Feminist Review, Women’s Studies International Forum, Aspasia, and Contemporary Southeastern Europe.

Aleksandar Dimitrovski is a fourth-year doctoral student in Anthropology at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. He holds a Master in Anthropology from the University of Sussex and in International Diplomacy from the University of Malta. He currently lives and works between Brighton and Barcelona.

Borjan Gjuzelov holds a Master degree in European Studies from University of Flensburg and a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the “Iustinianus Primus” Faculty of Law in Skopje. His primary academic and professional interest is the democratisation of post-socialist societies and good governance. He has authored several studies in the field of social capital, informal practices and anti-corruption.

Jordanka Ivanovska holds a degree in Political Science. She has a 15-year professional experience as a journalist. At present, she works at the daily newspaper “Dnevnik”.

Goran Janev is associate professor of social anthropology at the “Sts Cyril and Methodius” University, Skopje, Macedonia at the Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research. He has completed a DPhil in Social Anthropology at the Oxford University. He recently finished his three-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen.

Branimir Jovanovic is an economic researcher whose field of expertise can loosely be defined as Applied Economics and Econometrics. The themes that preoccupy him lately include economic inequality, poverty and fiscal policy. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and has a four-year experience as an analyst at the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia.

Tanja Milevska is an independent Macedonian-Belgian journalist and a former Brussels correspondent for A1. She covers European issues for the new Macedonian news agency Meta and works as a journalist for the Associated Press. She has written for several global media, including Huffington Post, EurActiv and La Libre Belgique.

Besim Nebiu holds a degree in Economics. He has worked as a program personnel and consultant for several international organisations. He combines his professional engagement in the third sector with civic activism. Currently, he is a returnee to Skopje.

Trajche Panov is a PhD researcher at the European University Institute and Professor of European Politics at James Madison University, Florence campus. His dissertation explores the reasons why voters stop voting and the ways that party ideology shifts influence voter demobilisation. Before coming to EUI where he also obtained a Master of Research degree, Panov completed his M.A. in Political Science at the Central European University in Budapest. In 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Politics at New York University. Panov has also taught different courses at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, University of Florence, Monash University’s Prato Centre, and Skopje’s Centre for Research and Policy Making. His research interests include voting behaviour, political parties, European integration, electoral economy, and the politics of post-communist countries.

Dane Taleski holds a PhD in Political Science from the Central European University in Budapest. His academic fields of interest are post-conflict democratisation, rebel group transformation, political parties, ethnic relations, Southeastern Europe, and Europeanisation. He has a Master degree in European Studies from the University of Bonn. Taleski worked in the Political Science Department at the Faculty of Law in Skopje, was an executive director of two think-tanks and collaborated with several international organisations, research centres and universities. His most recent article, “Regulating Party Politics in the Western Balkans: On the Legal Sources of Party System Development in Macedonia” (co-authored with Fernando Casal Bértoa), will be published in Democratization. He was also a co-editor of a study on the monitoring of regional co-operation in Southeast Europe, published by the Friebrich Ebert Foundation in Berlin, in 2013. He has published a number of articles in academic journals and chapters in books published in England, Germany, and Austria.

Mila Shopova holds a Master degree in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York and in Cultural Studies from the Freie Universität in Berlin. She lives and works in Bangkok as a researcher for international organisations.

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