Members of the Social Sciences Committee

Thomas RisseChair: Thomas Risse, Professor of International Politics at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany

Thomas Risse holds a PhD from the University of Frankfurt and is Professor of International Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He is the co-ordinator of the Research Centre ‘Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood’ and co-director of the Research College ‘Transformative Power of Europe’, both funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). He has taught at the European University Institute, the University of Konstanz, and at various U.S. universities, including Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale Universities.


Toril AalbergToril Aalberg, Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Oslo, Norway

Toril Aalberg graduated in Political Science (2001) and is currently Professor of Sociology. She has had visiting appointments at Stanford University, Trinity College Dublin and the Centre for Advanced Studies in Oslo. She has been a Board member of the National Council for Media Studies (since 2006) and the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (since 2007). She has been a member of the Review Panel of the Nordic Collaborative Research Projects (since 2006) and of the Velux Fonden (since 2011).


Mireille Chiroleu-AssoulineMireille Chiroleu-Assouline, Professor at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Associate professor at the École d’Économie de Paris and Researcher at the Sorbonne Economic Centre.

She is a member of the Commission for Accounts and Environmental Economics (personnalité qualifiée). Her main research interests and teaching are in Environmental Economics, and the specific aspects of Environmental taxation and the double dividend, social and corporate responsibilities for the environment. She is also Vice-President of the Association FAERE, French Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, established in June 2013.


László CsabaLászló Csaba, Professor of International Political Economy at Central European University and Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

László Csaba is Professor of International Political Economy, as well as a Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has been visiting professor at the private Bocconi University, Milan (1991), University of Helsinki (1993), European Viadrina University, Frankfurt (1997), and the Free University of Berlin (1998–2000). Since 1985, he has been a member, vice-chair, and chair of the Committee on Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. From 1999 to 2000 he was President of the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies.


Jane FalkinghamJane Falkingham, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Jane Falkingham is Head of the Academic Unit of Social Sciences and Director of the ESRC Centre for Population Change. Her research focus is on the drivers and consequences of population changes both in UK and internationally. She well known for her studies on population aging and social security and inter-generational relations and the changing life course. Finally, she has published on the redistributive effect of the welfare state, in particular how it varies both across the life-cycle for an individual and also between cohorts with changes in the life course. Recent projects include the World Bank/DFID project ‘Poverty Mapping in Tajikistan’ and the ESRC Research Group ‘Simulating Social Policy for an Ageing Society’ and Energy for Development funded by the EPSRC.


Andre GingrichAndre Gingrich, Professor at Vienna University’s Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Austria

Andre Gingrich is Director of the Institute for Social Anthropology and, since 1998, a Full Professor for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Vienna University. In 1989 he was a co-founder of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. Gingrich specialises in the anthropology of the Middle East, with special emphasis on southern Arabia. From 2008 to 2012, he chaired the European Research Council’s (ERC) panel for Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour. He is a Member of the Royal Swedish and the Austrian Academies of Science. He is the Wittgenstein Laureate 2000.


Joyeeta Gupta, Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, and Member of the Amsterdam Global Change Institute

She is editor-in-chief of International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (IF 2.0) and is on the editorial board of journals like Carbon and Law Review, International Journal on Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Policy, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Catalan Environmental Law Journal, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law and the new International Journal of Water Governance. She was and continues to be lead author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore and of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment which won the Zaved Second Prize. She has published extensively, and is on the scientific steering committees of many different international programmes including the Global Water Systems Project and Earth System Governance.


Åsa MäkitaloÅsa Mäkitalo, Professor of Education at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Åsa Mäkitalo is Professor of Education specialising in research on learning, communication and the organisation of knowledge. She is Co-director of the Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society. Since 2010, she has been Head of the University of Gothenburg LETStudio, a strategic initiative for conducting interdisciplinary research on issues of learning, communication and transformation of knowledge in society. Mäkitalo is currently in the co-ordination group for the Nordic Network on Learning Across Contexts.


Lauri MalksooLauri Mälksoo, Professor of Law at the University of Tartu, Estonia

Lauri Mälksoo is Professor in the Faculty of Law. After acquiring his law degree in Estonia in 1998, he did his LL.M. at Georgetown in 1999 and PhD in Law at Humboldt University, Berlin in 2002. He has done post-docs at NYU and Tokyo University. In 2009, Mälksoo was the first, and so far only, person from Estonia to receive an ERC Starting Grant, on contemporary Russia’s understanding and practice of international law and human rights.


Brigitte RöderBrigitte Röder, Professor for Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of Hamburg, Germany

Brigitte Röder received her PhD from the University of Marburg for studies on cross-modal plasticity in blind humans. After two years at the University of Oregon she received an Emmy Noether grant. Currently, she is a Full Professor for Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology with a second affiliation at the Medical Faculty, both in Hamburg. Her main research focus, is multisensory integration and age dependent learning plasticity. In 2013, she received the prestigious Leibniz-Price for research by DFG.


Giovanni SartorGiovanni Sartor, part-time Full Professor in Legal Informatics at the University of Bologna and part-time Professor in Legal informatics and Legal Theory at the European University Institute of Florence

He obtained a PhD at the European University Institute (Florence), worked at the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg), was a researcher at the Italian National Council of Research (ITTIG, Florence), held the chair in Jurisprudence at Queen’s University of Belfast, and was Marie-Curie professor at the European University of Florence. He has been President of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law. He has published widely in legal philosophy, computational logic, legislation technique, and computer law. He is co-director of the Artificial intelligence and law Journal and co-editor of the Ratio Juris Journal. Among his books: Leibniz: Puzzles in the Law (Springer 2013), Corso di informatica giuridica (Giappichelli, 2010), Legal Reasoning: A Cognitive Approach to the law (Springer: 2005), The Law of Electronic Agents (Oslo: Unipubskriftserier, 2003), Il codice in materia di protezione dei dati personali (Cedam: 2003), Judicial Applications of Artificial Intelligence (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1998), Logical Models of Legal argumentation (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1996), and Artificial Intelligence in Law (Oslo: Tano, 1993).


Patrick Paul WalshPatrick Paul Walsh, Professor of International Development Studies at the University College Dublin, Ireland

Patrick Paul Walsh (PhD London School of Economics and Political Science, 1994) took up the Chair in International Development Studies in the School of Politics and International Relations in 2007. From 1992 to 2007 he worked at Trinity College Dublin. He has been a Visiting Professor at K.U. Leuven and a Research Scholar at Harvard University. Most of his work, which cuts across Industrial, Transition and Development Economics, has fed into European Commission and World Bank Projects.


Alison WoodwardAlison Woodward, Research Professor and Co-director of the Center for Gender Studies and Diversity Research, Free University of Brussels, Belgium

Alison E. Woodward (B.A. M.A. Oberlin College, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Sociology) is a Senior Associate of the Institute for European Studies, specialising in the field of comparative European Union public policy and organisation. She has been affiliated with the Universities of Uppsala, Antwerp and Brussels, Ruhr University, Wayne State University, Rutgers University, the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

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