Current members

Lola Avril

Lola Avril is a PhD candidate at the université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her research focuses on lawyers as intermediaries between the public and the private sector in European public policies. She is also co-director of the Research group on the European Union of the French Association of Political Science and involved in a two-year research project on the economic knowledge in French jurisdictions as well as in the FOLIE (Forms of Life and Legal Integration in Europe) interdisciplinary group at Sciences Po Paris.

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Estelle Bunout

Estelle Bunout holds a M.A. iEstelle Bunoutn History of European Integration from the University of Strasbourg and a PhD in contemporary history from the University of Lorraine (France). In her thesis, she studied the expertise of Eastern Europe in Germany and Poland (1918-1972), its emergence after 1918, its formalization as a science of the enemy and its revision after 1945 accompanying the Ostpolitik of Willy Brandt, until 1972. To analyze the posture of the expert on Eastern Europe, she focused on 30 experts from Germany and Poland, across the regime and border changes these countries experienced and studied the change of their practices from 1918 to 1972. For this transnational prosopography, she developed a dedicated visualization of border changes and biographical information. She currently works for the impresso project (, a Swiss-Luxembourgish project dedicated to enable critical text mining of newspaper archives with the implementation of a technological framework to extract, process, link, and explore data from print media archives. In this context, she researches the anti-modern discourses on the European Idea in the digitized newspaper collections of Switzerland and Luxembourg primarily, using topic modelling and a Naïve Bayes Classifier.

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Lennaert van Heumen

lennaertLennaert van Heumen is a PhD candidate at Radboud University Nijmegen. He was awarded master degrees in Political History and American Studies at the same university. His doctoral research investigates the relationship between European integration and the Atlantic Community in the early Cold War years (1945-1963). It focusses in particular on various American and transatlantic networks that discussed blueprints for supranational cooperation in both communities. He has been active in the HEIRS steering committee since February 2015.

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Milan Kreuschitz

Milan is a PhD canMilan Kreuschitzdidate and research assistant at the Centre for European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth, UK and holds a master’s degree in European Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven. Before embarking on his PhD, he first gained professional experience as a journalist and in the Brussels lobbying sector. His research focuses on the use of expert networks in the formulation of European Union industrial research funding policies, with a particular focus on the EU’s public private innovation partnerships and joint technology initiatives.

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Lars Lehmann

Lars Lehmann is a doctoral candidate aLars Lehmann2t Humboldt University of Berlin. He studied history and rhetoric at the University of Tübingen, University of Hamburg (Germany) and University of Seville (Spain). Since June 2014, he is employed by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and assists the transdisciplinary research project Science, Numbers and Politics. In his doctoral research, he investigates the history of European higher education policy-making by analysing the European Rectors’ Conference (CRE) and its interactions with various representatives of European governmental organizations such as the Western European Union, the Council of Europe and the European Communities/European Union. Lars is part of the HEIRS steering committee since 2018.

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Anastasia Remes

Anastasia Remes is a PhD researcher atPicture Anastasia Remes the European University Institute’s Department of History and Civilization. Previously she completed Master Degrees in History (Ghent University) and Curatorial Studies (Goethe University Frankfurt). Next to her studies, she has worked in various institutions, including UNESCO and the European Parliament. Her doctoral research is concerned with the participation of the European Communities in World Expos. She examines the European pavilions that were developed for Expo 58 in Brussels, Expo 67 in Montreal, Expo 70 Osaka, Expo 92 in Seville and Expo 2010 in Shanghai. She understands European pavilions as pivotal vehicles of European identity politics and cultural diplomacy. At the EUI, Anastasia is the coordinator of the Working Groups on Public History and Visual History.

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Andi Shehu

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Andi Shehu is a PhD candidate at the European University Institute in Florence. He holds a bachelor degree in chemistry and two master degrees in history. In his research he investigates the economic cooperation among Western Europe and the United States during the 1970s and 1980s, focusing on the attempt to coordinate policies through the web of bilateral and multilateral contacts, and on the influence exerted on this process by international organizations such as the G7, the OECD, and the IMF. He is also actively engaged in a European political movement when not working on his PhD thesis.

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Sara Venditti

SarSara Vendittia Venditti is a PhD candidate in the Program Politics: History, Theory, Science at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome. She holds a joint MA in Contemporary History from the University of Pisa, Italy, and the École Pratique des Hautes Études of Paris, France. In her research, she investigates European aerospace cooperation, specifically Eurofighter and Ariane, as a prism to study European integration and its transatlantic dimension through comparative and transnational approaches, from 1973 onwards. The core of her doctoral research lies between the histories of European integration, technology, air and space, looking at the technological development and industrial issues as a complementary but absent element of the European integration.

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