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Corina Mavrodin

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Dahrendorf Symposium Project, LSE


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Dahrendorf Symposium Project

The Dahrendorf Symposium Project| is an initiative of the Hertie School of Governance, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Stiftung Mercator. The theme reflects both Lord Dahrendorf’s understanding of the duty of the intellectual to ‘pose the questions that otherwise no-one dares to ask’ and his consistent focus on Europe as the ultimate space with the potential to achieve real and relevant democracy and an ‘open society’.

The objective of the project is to shine a light on how academia can have a productive influence on the socio-political discourse. Theproject aims to offer European perspectives on the most pressing global challenges of our time. It seeks to produce academically sound reflections that will stimulate public debate and serve as the basis for concrete policy proposals on the European and global stage.

To watch a collection of videos highlighting the 2011 and 2013 Dahrendorf Symposia, please click here. |


LSE Dahrendorf Academic Co-Director


Robert Falkner| is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economic and Political Science (LSE) and the LSE’s Academic Director of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA, an alliance between LSE, NYU Stern School of Business and HEC Paris. He is an expert on international political economy and global environmental politics. His recent books include The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy (edited, 2013) and Business Power and Conflict in International Environmental Politics (2008). Born in Germany, he earned degrees in politics and economics at Munich University and a doctorate in international relations at Oxford University. Before joining LSE he held academic positions at the universities of Oxford, Kent and Essex, and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University.



Project Manager


Corina Mavrodin is the Manager for the Dahrendorf Symposium Project at LSE. 



Post-Doctoral Fellows


Olivia Gippner is the Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral fellow on EU-East Asia relations at LSE IDEAS. She holds a PhD in political science from Freie Universität Berlin and the Berlin Graduate School of Transnational
Studies for which she researched EU-China climate relations and Chinese policy-making.


Cristian Nitoiu is the Post-Doctoral Fellow in EU-Russia relations and Ukraine at LSE IDEAS. He is an expert on EU and Russian foreign policy, EU-Russia relations, Eastern Europe, international relations, the European public sphere or international political communication. Before coming to LSE he held research positions at Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe.


Tim Oliver is the Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Fellow working on Europe-North American relations. Tim’s research interests focus on transatlantic relations, European geopolitics, British-European relations, British government and politics, and the UK’s foreign, security and defence policies.




Dahrendorf Symposium 2013|
Changing the European Debate: Focus on Climate Change




Dahrendorf Symposium 2011 |
Changing the Debate on Europe: Moving beyond Conventional Wisdoms



   Three post-doctoral Dahrendorf fellowships to be advertised at LSE IDEAS

During the 2014-15 academic year the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and LSE IDEAS (London) will initiate the third cycle of their longstanding cooperation with the joint Dahrendorf III Project, funded by Stiftung Mercator. This new project, entitled ‘CHANGING THE EUROPEAN DEBATE: EUROPE AND THE WORLD’, will explore the future of the European Union’s relations with its neighbours (Russia and Ukraine, Turkey and North Africa) and the two largest economies in the world (China and the United States). Five study groups will be established for this purpose. 


The Hertie School of Governance is currently advertising and accepting applications for two post-doctoral positions related to this project in Berlin. For more information please click here |or contact Dahrendorf Manager Gesa-Stefanie Brincker (brincker@hertie-school.org|).


LSE IDEAS will soon advertise and open a call for applications for three post-doctoral positions attached to the Dahrendorf Project in London. The profile of the research will focus on EU relations with Russia and Ukraine, the United States and China, respectively. For further information, please contact Corina Mavrodin, Dahrendorf Project Manager at LSE IDEAS (c.mavrodin@lse.ac.uk|).