Eva Østergaard-Nielsen

Principal investigator

Eva Østergaard-Nielsen is professor of political science at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona since 2010. Her main research interests center on the politics of migration in both receiving and origin countries, migrants’ transnational networks and, for the next 5 years, processes of migration led democratic diffusion in countries of origin. She is a member of the advisory board of two leading journals of migration studies and the IMISCOE Research Book Series. She has been the lead researcher and participated in a range of projects funded at the national and international level. Her most recent publications have appeared in Party Politics, West European Politics and European Political Science Review.  

Vladimir Bortun

Postdoctoral researcher  

Vladimir Bortun completed his PhD in 2019 at the University of Portsmouth with a project on the transnational networking and cooperation among the left-wing parties in Southern Europe. His main research interests include transnational party politics, transnational diffusion of political ideas and practices, contemporary radical left in Europe and challenges to European integration. He also has teaching experience in the fields of European studies, comparative politics and international relations. His most recent publications, including book reviews, have appeared in the Journal of Contemporary European Research and the Journal of Common Market Studies.  

Deniz Pelek

Postdoctoral researcher

Deniz Pelek is a postdoctoral researcher in the MIGRADEMO Project at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She obtained her Ph.D. from Bogazici University and the University of Paris-8 (cotutelle). She is an affiliated researcher at Institut Francais d’Etudes Anatoliennes (Istanbul) since January 2017. She was a visiting researcher at Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (Paris) in 2017-2018. Her research interests include political sociology, migration and refugee studies, democratization, and rural studies. Her recent academic works appeared in the Journal of Peasant Studies, Journal of Refugee Studies and Migrations Société.

Nicolas Fliess


Nicolas Fliess is a research assistant in MIGRADEMO project since March 2019. He is a PhD student in Migration Studies at the University of Sussex based at the Global Studies Department. His thesis focusses on political cross-border activities of Latin American migrants and political parties in Spain. He holds a Master degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain and obtained a Bachelor degree in Sociology from the University of Mannheim, Germany. During his studies, he spent one semester at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France (2011/12). Between Jan. 2018 and Feb. 2019 he was a research visiting fellow at the Autonomous University in Barcelona (UAB).  

Ahmed Kadiri

Predoc Researcher

Ahmed Kadiri is a PhD student in the Politics, Policies and International Relations (PPIR) programme at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He obtained his master’s degree in Migration Studies at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona (2018-2019) and obtained his bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in Communication at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco (2014-2018). Currently, he collaborates in the MIGRADEMO project as a predoc research assistant. His main research interests are migration, political discourse analysis, and diasporas.

Chaimae Essousi

Predoc researcher  

Chaimae Essousi is a PhD student in the Politics, Policies and International Relations (PPIR) programme at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She obtained her Master’s degree in Crisis Management and Peacebuilding at Umeå University in Sweden (2017-2018) and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration also in the UAB. Currently, she collaborates in the MIGRADEMO project as a predoc research assistant. Her main research interests are migration, processes of political participation and sociopolitical movements in the Global South. 

Irina Ciornei

Research collaborator

Irina Ciornei holds a PhD in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Previously she was Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bern. In her previous work she dealt with the transnationalisation of party politics, emigrant political participation and governance of morality policies. She published her work in the Journal of Common Market Studies, West European Politics and Party Politics. Irina is a Marie-Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow at IBEI with the project “The missing pillar. European social policy and Eurosceptic challenges” (SOCIALEU) and also collaborates with MIGRADEMO as a researcher.

Former collaborators in the MIGRADEMO project

Ali Kiani 

Research Assistant in 2019

Marie H Andersen

Research Assistant in 2019