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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.


Research Associates


Julia Himmrich is a PhD student at the International Relation’s Department of the LSE. Her doctoral research focuses on the role of Germany in the status negotiations of Kosovo. Before starting her PhD she has worked for the German development agency giz in Sri Lanka, at the European Parliament and for London based Human Rights NGOs Minority Rights Group International and Consortium for Street Children.


Cora Lacatus is the Research Associate of the EU-US working group housed at the LSE as part of the Dahrendorf Symposium Program. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department International Relations, a fellow of the Economic and Social Research Council, and the LSE research assistant of the MAXCAP Project Research Consortium. 



Liza Ryan has been at LSE IDEAS since 2010 as project administrator for the Paulsen Fellowship Programme, bringing early-career historians from Russian regional universities to LSE. She previously worked for many years as a trader and project manager for a private company in the sugar industry and agribusiness sector in Russia.


Natalia Telepneva is a Research Assistant for the EU-Russia/Ukraine Working Group, Dahrendorf Project, at LSE IDEAS and teaches in the International History department at the LSE. Her dissertation, titled “Our Sacred Duty: the Soviet Union, the Liberation Movements in the Portuguese Colonies, and the Cold War, 1961-1975” analyzed Soviet relations with the liberation movements in the former Portuguese colonies during the colonial wars.


Heidi Ning Kang Wang-Kaeding is a PhD student at the International Relations Department of the LSE. Her doctoral research focuses on the localisation process of environmentalism in the People’s Republic of China. Her broader research interest lies in environmental policy making, Chinese foreign policy, network analysis, and discourse analysis. 




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





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