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Meet the LEQS Editorial Board 

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Dr Sonja Avlijaš - Editor  
Post-doctoral Research Fellow at SciencesPo
sonja.avlijas@sciencespo.fr

Sonja Avlijaš is a post-doctoral research fellow at LIEPP since October 2016. She defended her PhD in political economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in December 2015. Sonja’s research focuses on how the experience of post-socialist transition in Eastern Europe can help us to understand the evolution of capitalist political economies in the era of globalisation. Her PhD thesis examined how the type of economic development strategy a country pursues shapes women’s labour market opportunities. At LIEPP, she assists Prof. Bruno Palier on projects focusing on the interactions between the welfare state and the new economy. She also conducts her own research on the politics of social investment.

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Dr Bob Hancké - Editor 
Associate Professor of Political Economy at the European Institute 
r.hancke@lse.ac.uk

Bob Hancké is an Associate Professor of Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previous appointments were at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, and as a PhD candidate at the J.F. Kennedy School and Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and at MIT. He published Large Firms and Institutional Change (Oxford University Press 2002), Beyond Varieties of Capitalism: Conflict, Contradiction and Complementarities in the European Economy (co-edited with Martin Rhodes and Mark Thatcher (Oxford University Press 2007), Intelligent Research Design (Oxford University Press 2009), Debating Varieties of Capitalism (Oxford University Press 2009) and participated in the project that led to Varieties of Capitalism, edited by Peter Hall and David Soskice (Oxford University Press 2001).

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Professor Jonathan White - Editor
Professor of Politics at the European Institute 
j.p.white@lse.ac.uk  

Jonathan White is Professor of Politics. He joined LSE as Lecturer in September 2008. Previous to this he was at the Humboldt University in Berlin as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow. He gained his doctorate at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, and has been a visiting scholar at the Institute of Advanced Studies (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Sciences Po in Paris, the Australian National University, and University College London. Prior to his PhD he was a research fellow at the Czech Institute of International Relations in Prague, and a lecturer at universities in the Czech Republic and Albania. He holds masters degrees from the EUI and the University of Cambridge, and a first-class BA from the University of Oxford. His work has appeared in American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Political Studies, Modern Law Review, Political Theory, Journal of Common Market Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Sociology and Boston Review.

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Dr Auke Willems - Editor 
LSE Fellow in EU Law 
A.Willems@lse.ac.uk 

Auke is LSE Fellow in EU Law at the European Institute since September 2017. Prior to joining LSE, he completed his PhD in EU criminal law jointly at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université libre de Bruxelles. Auke also completed an LLM in International Law at the University of Edinburgh, an LLM by research on the topic of EU fundamental rights at the University of Glasgow, and a degree in Law (LLB) at the University of Amsterdam. He has been a teaching and research assistant at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and a researcher at the Institute for European Studies. He is moreover an editorial assistant with the New Journal of European Criminal Law. Auke has been a visiting researcher at the European University Institute (2016), Columbia University Law School (2014-2015), and Babeș-Bolyai University (2013).

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Hjalte Lokdam - Assistant Editor 
PhD Candidate at the European Institute 
h.c.lokdam@lse.ac.uk 

Hjalte is a PhD candidate in the European Institute. His research interests lie within political theory and the history of political and economic ideas, with a particular focus on the normative/ideological foundations of central bank independence and the relationship between democracy and central banking. Hjalte’s thesis is on the place of the European Central Bank within the governmental apparatus of the Eurozone and how this has evolved in the context of the Eurozone Crisis.