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Islamologist, religious historian and philosopher. He is school mediator at the City of Brussels and researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Studies of religions and secularism at Free University of Brussels (FUB). He is also co-founder and President of Omar Khayam Cultural Centre. Aminian worked for several years on the dialogue among civilizations delivering training courses in philosophy of intercultural education, mediation between cultures, and philosophy of teaching non-violence.
Professor of sociology and Director of the Maghreb Europe Institute at the University of Paris 8. His academic research focuses mailny on educational systems and migration within the Maghreb region, in particular on the issue of intellectuals and intelligentsia, social movements, and human rights. He currently coordinates the ‘Arab Sring`’, a European programme of excellence in a consortium comprising 7 universities, dealing with social movements in the Arab world.
Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation since July 2008. As a former journalist he has been Director of the Spanish News Agency (EFE) for Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and Catalonia. Claret was also Director of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), based in Spain, and as an analyst of international affairs has specialised in North-South relations and Mediterranean cooperation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for the Future.
PhD Candidate in political science at Rutgers University and Fulbright Hays dissertation research fellow in Jordan. At Rutgers, he teaches courses on Middle East politics and society and Model United Nations. His research projects focus on social and political activism and civil society development in the Arab World. With Fulbright and Boren fellowships in Jordan from 2012-2014, he is researching the effect of leadership succession on the development of civil society.
President of the Anna Lindh Foundation. As Counselor of His Majesty the late King Hassan II of Morocco and of His Majesty Mohammed VI, he played a central role in the economic reform process and foreign investments growth. Azoulay is also President of the executive committee of the ‘Foundation of the Three Cultures’, and is well-known for his input to give real chances to a last and just peace in the Middle East and the many initiatives for deepening reconciliation between Jews and Muslims.
Founder of the international ‘We love’ association network, and founder and president of the Tunisian division ‘We love Sousse’ which is a project that aims to improve the living environment in the city of Sousse through outreach projects and volunteer activities. Boufrikha is the Head of the Tunisian national civil society network of the Anna Lindh Foundation and coordinator of two of its regional programmes in Tunisia; ‘Young Arab Voices’ and ‘Dawrak: Citizens for Dialogue’.
Responsible for education and outreach events at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland, and programmer for the Cork World Book Festival held in April each year since 2005. Her prior experience includes working in the nonprofit sector in the U.S. Her projects there involved setting up sister city relationship between cities in the U.S. and China and project managing international seminars. She is also currently coordinator for the ALF Ireland Network and is a member of the Advisory Council.
Project Coordinator at the Danish Centre for Culture and Development and the Danish co-Head of Network for the Anna Lindh Foundation. She has a background within the studies of cultural encounters and international development from Roskilde University in Denmark. Since 2009 her studies and interest turned towards the Middle East, and in the wake of the historic Arab uprisings, she decided to do her master thesis on the new forms of creative activism in Egypt.
Professor at the Lebanese University and Saint-Joseph University (1976-2010) and founder of Lebanese Foundation for Permanent Civil Peace. He is a Constitutional Council member in Lebanon and a member of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Advisory Council. As journalist Messara worked for Le Jour, L’Orient-Le Jour, among others, and is a coordinator of a Master in a francophone journalism, a cooperation between the Lebanese University,
General Manager at Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights, and coordinator of the Egyptian national Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation. A Development, Training and Capacity Building Consultant since 2005, as well as a lecturer and instructor on issues related to decentralization and good local governance, international instruments and mechanisms for protecting human rights. Okeil is a legal advisor of many of the Egyptian and International CSOs.
Director of the ZAK Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, and professor of sociology and cultural studies. She is coordinator of the German network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, member of the Culture Committee of the German UNESCO Commission, spokeswoman of the KIT competence area ‘Technology, Culture, and Society, and chairwoman of the Academic Council for Culture and Foreign Policy (WIKA)..
Senior Fellow at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs, and lecturer at the University of Vienna. His fields of research are Islam, political reforms, socio-economic transformation processes and the question of democratisation. His regional focus lies on Turkey and the Arab Middle East. Günay has published a wide range of articles, analyses and policy papers on these questions, and is also a commentator on Turkish and Middle Eastern affairs in national and international media.
Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme Chatham House, responsible for all research and publications relating to the Middle East. She has written and commented widely on US and EU policy towards the Mediterranean, Iran, Israel-Palestine and the broader Middle East, in addition to her core research interest in North Africa. Dr. Spencer has worked on North African and Mediterranean issues since the early 1980s, with a particular emphasis now on post-2011 transitions.
Professor, with graduate degrees from Cairo University and the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. She spent almost a decade working in international cooperation organisations, including the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Foundation, and directed the unit of political sciences at CSELD. Joined the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI), a research center based in Paris where she now runs two programmes: Social Movements Working Group; and the Arab Research Support Program (ARSP).
Coordinator of the Anna Lindh Report on Intercultural Trends, and Programmes manager at the international headquarters of the Anna Lindh Foundation. Working at the Foundation since its inception in 2005, she is charge of the strategic cultural, education and media programmes and the monitoring and evaluation of its operations. She is a graduate of the College of Europe, with academic expertise in the fields of Euro-Med cooperation, Islamic studies and global citizenship education.
Trainer in the field of social and European planning on behalf of various Italian organisations.Runs several projects, in collaboration with the Euro-Mediterranean Institute of the North West – ‘Paralleli’, including the coordination of the web platform www.mediteu.org. With a degree in archeology and a Master for cultural projects management, she is an expert in international development cooperation, managing international projects and involved in intercultural mediation.
Professor and project manager at the ‘Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie de Rabat’ (EGE). She holds a PhD in political science from Hassan II University in Casablanca on the emergence of Moroccan nationalism from local to national networks, with research experience on issues related to social movements, socio-political transformations, citizenship and migration. Recent publications include ‘Le métier d’intellectuel. Dialogues avec quinze penseurs du Maroc’ (With D. Ksikes, 2014).
Scientific advisor at the Institute for Political Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Science and founder and president of the board of the ISES Foundation. He is a Jean Monnet Professor and holds a UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainability at ISES. Academic program director of the Institute for Global and European Integration Studies at the Corvinus University Budapest, he has published widely on civil society and Eastern European democratic transition.
Professor of Sociology at the University of Hassan II Casablanca. His main academic focus lies in the fields of sociology and social sciences, while his research interests also includes culture, art, symbolism, exclusion, migration, insecurity, disability, sexuality and social movements. Khalil works as an expert with international organisations, and has recently published several studies, including: ‘Vivre déscolarisé à Casablanca, la violence dans la ville où la vulnérabilité des ouvrières’.
Cultural manager and university lecturer. Coordinator of the Culture 2000 programme in Poland (2003-2005), coordinator on the European Affairs Unit in the Ministry of Culture since 2005. Currently chief specialist in the International Cultural Centre in Kraków; coordinator of the Anna Lindh Foundation in Poland. Author of publications on EU cultural policy, role of culture in socio-economic development and intercultural dialogue. PhDcandidate at the Kraków University of Economics.
Senior research fellow at the Institute of Political Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and assistant professor in international economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Founder of the Institute of Social and European Studies, she directs the programme on international relations and European studies. Her major fields of research and publication include globalisation, global governance, transformation of the nation state, governing global markets and global civil society.
Director of the Chair for Research in Social Sciences and Security at the European University of Madrid. Over 35 years he has chaired the Universities of Malaga, Autonomous of Madrid, UNED, and the Complutense of Madrid. At present he is Deputy chair for the Arab Trans-Social and Political Transformations in the Arab World (FP-7 program of the European Union). He was also a member of the 2003 High-Level Advisory Group on Intercultural Dialogue, chaired by Romano Prodi.
Visiting Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, and has worked as a Research Associate at the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies in Jordan. His research is focused on the anthropology of religion with particular interest in the Muslim communities living in—and migrating throughout—the Middle East, Western Europe, and Latin America. His work has increasingly engaged different approaches to religious experience, fundamentalism and secularism, and questions of power.
Professor of Sociology and Public Policies at the European University of Tirana. He received a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2005, and has been an elected Associate Member of the Academy of Sciences of Albania since 2011. Professor Barjaba has authored 12 and co-authored 13 books, published in Albania and internationally, on migration, ethnic relations, youth, unemployment, poverty and social exclusion.
Professor in Arab Democratisation at the Department of International Affairs, Qatar University. Previously based at the Political Science Department, University of Exeter, UK, and taught at the University of Westminster subjects ranging from IR to politics and culture of the Arab and Muslim world. Expert in democratic transitions and democracy with special reference to the Arab World, and more recently on Arab revolutions. Sadiki holds a PhD from the Australian National University.
Founder and Director of the Arab Women Media Centre (AWMC) in Amman, Jordan. She is a media specialist and expert on women issues in the Middle East, with extensive experience as a joutnalist and chief editor working at various weekly newspapers. Al-Emam is also certified as an UNESCO media training consultant, chairman of the secretary council for Free Media Union, a free-lance writer and editor, and was among the first women to be elected to the JPU general assembly.
Since 2012, Ianniello has been working at the ZAK Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) based in Germany. As an editor and writer he has contributed to developing and launching various publications in the fields of migration, media, and other matters pertaining to intercultural dialogue. Inanniello previously graduated in studies on roman philology and history of Art from Heidelberg in Germany and Padua in Italy.
Director of the Department of Cultures and Civil Society at the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed),, and director of the revue Quaderns de la Mediterrània, dedicated to strengthen intercultural dialogue between both Mediterranean seashores since 2000. Previously worked at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Barcelona. She has a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and has been Visiting Professor in international universities and research centers.
Coordinator of the Belgian national civil society network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, and Project Manager at The European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro- Arab Cooperation (MEDEA). She holds of a masters degree in ‘Studies of Languages and Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa’, and has worked on programmes during the past years in the domain of youth and culture, including in Belgium and in Palestine.
Project Manager at the Centre for Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), including directing capacity-building programmes with emerging CSOs in Tunisia and Egypt. Her academic training was in social governance, complemented by a professional experience of more than 15 years in the development field with international organisations in different countries; this has included management posts on UN-financed development programmes in Mauritania and Tunisia.
President of Fondazione Mediterraneo in Napoli, Italy. He has worked as a photographer, painter, architect and engineer, carrying out more than 500 projects in various countries of the world, before taking the decision to devote himself to the promotion of intercultural dialogue and peace in 1994. Since then Capasso has been organising different programmes and social projects, and has also published many articles and books on the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.
Director of the School of Governance and Economics of Rabat. Professor of political science at the University Hassan II in Casablanca and the University of Aix en Provence. He is a specialist on Moroccan Islamist movements. Tozy also works as a researcher for Mediterranean Laboratory of Sociology and as an expert consultant to international organizations, such as FAO and USAID. He is member of the Scientific Council of the European Network Analysis Political Societies.
Professor of Business Administration at Anadolu University in Turkey and Director of Association Of Civil Society and Development Institute and coordinator of the Turkish network of the Anna Lindh Foundation. He is the director of 2N Innovation R&D Research Company. Was a former trainee of the European Union. Saglam has authored many publications, books, articles and teaching material on NGOs, SMEs, IFRS. He works for the governmental, private and NGOs sector, delivering trainings.
Assistant Professor in the section of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the Institute of English Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków. His research interests include life writing genres, poetics of memory and loss and intercultural communication. He has co-edited several volumes of articles and written over twenty academic papers. Kusek holds the position of Polish Coordinator of the Anna Lindh Foundation, at the International Cultural Centre in Kraków.
President and Managing Director of Europa Nova think tank and consulting organisation. He began his career at the Institute of Sociology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences after finishing the Karl Marx University of Economics and the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, and has co-authored a number of books. From 1990 till 2014 he was Senior Vice President of Gallup Organisation, Princeton, and then Chairman and Managing Director of Gallup Europe.
Senior Lecturer in International Politics at City University London and Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, leading the religion and public policy programme at the Von Huegel Institute. Dr. Silverstri’s interdisciplinary research and publications concern Muslim identity politics and public policies towards religion in the EU, faith-based networks, immigrants’ integration, and security. She has been a Senior Advisor with the European Policy Centre in Brussels.
Co-Coordinator of the German network of the Anna Lindh Foundation and Project Management and Research Assistant at the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. She holds a Master’s Degree in Science of Literature and Journalism. In her research she addresses Euro- Arab cultural topics. She presently participates in the project EuroMed Memoria-Carte for Fondation Espace du Savoir Europe – Méditerranée.
Secretary General of Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV), between 2008-2011, he served as a Council of Foundations member. Aside from providing his expertise on association and foundation legislation to different entities, he has written a significant number of articles and reports on subjects such as capacity building in the non-profit sector, public sector-civil society partnership, legal reform and lobbying for NGOs, tax legislation improvement, and social entrepreneurship development.
Coordinator of the Jordanian Network of Anna Lindh Foundation, at the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS). She has worked at RIIFS in different capacities since its inception, with over 15 years of expertise in interfaith dialogue, civil society networking and development, mobility, community cohesion, citizenship, communication, youth empowerment and strategy planning. She is affiliated to United Religion Initiative (URI) and is production manager of the Bulletin of the Royal Institute.
She teaches Clash of Civilization and Dialogue of Cultures and has written various books and theatre plays. In addition, Kassoul has published numerous scientific articles in different print media, such as L’Opinion, La Nation, El Watan and Algerie Actualite. Popular publications include 'Alger en toutes lettres' (2003), 'L’Algerie en francais dans le texte' (1990), 'Chroniques de l’impure' (1998) and 'Le pied de Hanane' (2009). She is also a member of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Advisory Council.
Her current research, funded by a grant from the Swedish Research Council, compares reporting in 'counter-hegemonic' global news channels with accounts of the world given by established global broadcasters, to see how Europe is depicted by its 'others'. Robertson has also published in the year 2010 the book, 'Mediated Cosmopolitanism: the world of television news'.
He is well known for his works that offer a sensitive view of the values and attitudes of different cultures in the Middle East, Africa and Mediterranean world. After studying sociology and economics, Maalouf continued the long family tradition and became a journalist, working at the age of twentytwo for the leading Beirut daily an-Nahar. He travelled in India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Yemen, and Algeria, often covering wars and other conflicts before emigrating to France where he continued to work as a journalist and writer.
Between 2005 and 2007 she was academic director of the 'Women accessibility to equal citizenship in the Middle East' project at the Center for Strategic and Policy Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Lapidot-Firilla is also the editor of the new Journal of Levantine Studies, and her research focuses on various aspects of religion, politics, and identity , with an emphasis on Turkey.
She is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and her main research areas include media and discourse studies. 'Media and Ethics of a European Public Sphere from the Treaty of Rome to the 'War on Terror'(EMEDIATE) was one of many European Union funded projects Triandafyllidou was involved in, and her recent publications include the book 'The European Public Sphere and the Media' (with R. Wodak and M. Krzyzanowski, Palgrave, 2009).
She is an expert in visual sociology applying the method of participatory photo interviews as a sociological tool for inter and transdisciplinary research, working in fields including socio-cultural representation in visuals, combining place and space. Kolb’s research has also focused on Mediterranean neighbourhoods of hammamms, sociology of health, focusing on social sustainability, combining health promotion aspects with sustainability, and together with Heidi Dumreicher, she has contributed to establishing a social theory on sustainability.
He was a member of the Group of High Experts on the European Foreign Policy and Common Security and a member of the 'Groupe des Sages' for Euro-Mediterranean cultural dialogue. With a PhD from the Catholic University of Louvain, Khader’s latest publications of Khader include 'Le Monde Arabe explique a l’Europe' (2009) and 'l’Europe pour la Mediterranee de Barcelone a Barcelone from1995- 2009' (2009).
She leads the analysis of Gallup’s survey representing the opinions of more than one billion Muslims worldwide and co-authored the book 'Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think' which is the largest, most comprehensive study of its kind. Mogahed has been involved in a range of important bodies, such as the High-Level Group of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and was selected as an advisor by President Barack Obama on the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
His main research areas are comparative politics and political theory, with a special emphasis on ethno-politics and ethnocentrism, democracy, post communist politics, political elites and religion. Sarajlic writes about politics, culture and society of Bosnia and Herzegovina and collaborates with a number of universities, including the University of Edinburgh and University of Oxford. Eldar is a published author and has published several papers and articles in various publications throughout Europe.
Born in Kırklareli in Turkey, he has been working for the Independent Communication Network (BIA) since 2004, as reporter and editor-in-chief. A graduate from Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Communication, Ustundag organised the first International Independent Media Forum in 2006, in Istanbul, succeeding in gathering alternative media representatives from all over the world. Areas of interest include children rights journalism, peace journalism, communication policy and political economy of media.
Her expertise lies in the sociology of religion, with a particular emphasis on patterns of religion in Europe. Recently she has been involved in a variety of research projects, including 'Welfare and Values in Europe' and 'Secularity as a European and International Phenomenon' which explores why Europe is the most secularized part of the modern world. Davie holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and an Honorary Doctorate Uppsala.
She works in theory and practice on the future of the city, contributing to the Aalborg Charter, the foundational European document on urban sustainability. As initiator and scientific co-ordinator of numerous research and awareness raising projects, Dumreicher conducted sustainability negotiation processes between experts and dwellers in Vienna, China and six Mediterranean Islamic countries, and has developed with Kolb the theory of 'emotional co-ownership'. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Anna Lindh Foundation.
She holds a PhD in political science from the University Paris 8 (France, 2000), and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (University of Warwick, 2001-2003) and at the Centre Marc Bloch (Berlin, 2004-2005). She is currently teaching at the university of Poitiers; and she teached previously in the universities of Paris 8 Saint-Denis and Evry-Val d’Essonne (1996-2005). She is working on ethnic media, migrations, transnational mobilities and gender.
She is a specialist in the field of intercultural communication. As a member of various research institutes devoted to intercultural relations, Stenou highlights mainly the links between diversity, dialogue and development, thus fostering global mutual understanding, in line with UNESCO’s mandate. She has also published several articles and books dealing with issues concerning the formulation of policies to respond to the challenges of today’s multicultural societies.
She is researcher of the project Media migraterra (University Paris 8) focused on media and migrations in the Euro-Mediterranean space, and lecturer in the master 'Intercultural Mediation and Citizen Participation' (University of Valencia, Spain). She has worked also in the EU Marie Curie Excellence Team 'Minority Media' and collaborates with organisations such as the Spanish Community Media Network. One of her publications is the book 'Contra el Islam' (2008), about dominant representations of Islam and Arab world in the Spanish media.
As one of the pioneers of statistics and national information in Egypt, Osman is also Professor, at the Department of Statistics, Cairo University. He has extensive technical and consultancy experience in the fields of survey methodology, public opinion polling, and demographic analysis. In addition, Osman is a member of the International Association for Statistical Education, the American Statistical Association, IUSSP, the International Union for Scientific Studies In Population, and the World Future Society.
She has collaborated with leading research institutes and has worked many years as a consultant. Kontochristou has directed the Departments of Promotion and Communication and International Collaborations of the Hellenic Culture Organization at the Greek Ministry of Culture. Current research interests involve media, audiovisual and cultural policy, media and identity construction, celebrity activism, international relations and culture, EU and cultural diplomacy, and she is the editor of the book 'Identity and the Media in Contemporary Greece' (2007).
He is a senior lecturer at the University of the West of England and Visiting Professor in Media Ethics at Lincoln University. With more than 30 years of experience in print, broadcasting and public relations, Jempson has devised and delivered training for journalists on human rights, media regulation and press freedom issues in some 40 countries working with UN agencies and the International Federation of Journalists. He is Vice Chair of the National Union of Journalists Ethics Committee and was an advisor to the EC-sponsored pan-European Study on Media and Diversity.
After studying Communications, she worked as Coordinator in charge of monitoring and evaluation for the political party programmes at the National Democratic Institute Morocco (NDI). El Hamdani took part in organising and supervising civil society activities and national and International events such as the International Observation Mission, 2007 legislative elections. Her current work focuses on encouraging community dialogue and diversity in partnership with local and international partners.
She previously worked at the Economist Intelligence Unit as a Middle East specialist and has been managing editor of political risk and economic forecast reports. Sakr received the Middle Eastern Studies Book Prize 2003 for 'Satellite Realms: Transnational Television, Globalization and the Middle East'. Her most recent book 'Arab Television Today' (2007), investigates law and policy, content creation and the status of journalists, including women presenters and war reporters.
She has been a Marie Curie Fellow at the Laboratoire Mediterraneen de Sociologie Aix-en Provence in France and at the Centre for Migration Studies in Sussex in the United Kingdom. During 2009 her principal research was centered on remittances, gender and border spaces in El Paso in the United States of America, and in Jebala in the Kingdom of Morocco. Ribas-Mateos’ latest published work includes 'The Mediterranean in the Age of Globalisation. Migration, welfare and borders' (Transaction Publishers, 2005).
He lives currently in Rome after leaving Bosnia- Herzegovina in 1991 due to his political activism. The French Government has awarded him 'The Legion of Honor' and his books are published in over twenty languages and have been recognized by numerous international literary awards. With a PhD from the Sorbonne, Matvejevitch is Vice President of International PEN in London, was a member of 'Groupe des Sages' of the European Commission in Brussels and a founding member of 'Association Sarajevo' in Paris and Rome.
She is author of three books on the Internet in the Arab world, including the first large scale academic study of the uses of the Internet among Arab students in Egypt. With a PhD from the University of Miami, Abdulla has also won prestigious awards and focuses currently in particular on Internet activism and issues of privacy and freedom of expression. Her latest publication is 'The Changing Middle East Media over the past 20 Years: Opportunities and Challenges' (Koramy 2010 Edition).
Her research focuses on discrimination in news media and on the impact of media on attitudes and values, especially on children’s values. Modern forms of propaganda are one of her most important subjects, in which the 'Enemy' (Feindbild) Islam is playing an important role today. With a PhD degree in linguistics, publications include a book on the 'Coverage of Islam in German Press' (2005) and on a comparative analysis of anti-Jewish and anti-Islamic hate speech (2009, with Constantin Wagner, IMV).
He is also coordinator of the regionwide Network of Centers of Excellence in Humanities Research on the Mediterranean (Ramses) in the Maison de Sciences de l’Homme of Aix-en-Provence. As essayist, editor and researcher, Fabre founded the magazine Qantara at the Institut du Monde Arabe and is the founding editor of 'La pensée de midi' and 'Rencontres d’Averroes'.
After working as radio programmer, he perused his career by working for various mainstream media groups in Turkey as foreign news editor, managing editor and team member of Acık Radyo (Open Radio). Since 1997 Korkut worked in the Internet journalism field and he also served as business manager and managing editor for Internet journals and news sites of various mainstream media groups. As editor of bianet.org he has focused on Internet journalism technologies, rights based journalism, fight against discrimination, social diversity and peace journalism.
With a PhD in political science, Melasuo is also professor in political history at the University of Turku, and his academic interest lies in particular in the recent history of North Africa and international relations in the Mediterranean. At TAPRI, he focuses on Mediterranean Studies and Euro-Mediterranean relations with emphasis on socio-economic and cultural evolution. Melasuo is the vice-chair of MOST, Management of Social Transformation programme in UNESCO, and member of the Adviosry Council of the Anna Lindh Foundation.
He is an expert in the field of relationship between demography and politics, principally in Arab and Muslim countries. Courbage was Scientific Director of the French Institute of the Near East in Beirut and is author of around three hundred and fifty publications, books, articles, reports and teaching material. Together with Emmanuel Todd he added a new dimension to the ongoing debate over the clash of civilizations through predicting the modernization of the Islamic World in their book 'Le rendez-vous des civilizations'.