Professor Christopher Coker is Co-ordinator of CSEEP. He is Director of LSE IDEAS. He was Professor of International Relations at LSE, retiring in 2019. He is a regular lecturer at the Royal College of Defence Studies (London); the NATO Defence College (Rome), the Centre for International Security (Geneva) and the National Institute for Defence Studies (Tokyo). He is also Adjunct Professor at the Swedish Staff College. He is the Director of the School of Civic Education. His most recent book is The Rise of the Civilizational State (Polity, 2019). His next book is Why War? (2020).
Megan Palmer is Programme Manager of CSEEP. Prior to joining LSE IDEAS, Megan worked for over a decade in academic and trade publishing and administration, before undertaking graduate studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London. Alongside the Programme, she is conducting ESRC-funded doctoral research into late-Habsburg urban social organisation.
Sarah Coolican is the Project and Research Associate for this programme. She has a BA in Politics and Eastern European Studies from UCL, and an MSc in International Relations from LSE. Her research interests include modern Russian society and politics and the post-Soviet space.
Cosmin Marian is the CSEEP Romania Desk Co-ordinator. He is professor of political science at the Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Since 2016, he serves as Chair of the Political Science Department at the same university. His academic work positions him as a scholar with a special interest in political rules design and effects. His scholarship is grounded in theories and methods found in the field of comparative politics and formal rules with applications to institutional design that affects individual behaviour and societal outputs. Part of Cosmin's recent work analyses the anticommons property regime.
Mădălina Mocan is the CSEEP Romania Desk Manager. She is a civil society professional associated with the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD Cluj) at the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeş-Bolyai University. With a long experience in developing, coordinating and advising civil society organisations, she maintains an academic and civic interest in human rights, particularly human trafficking, inequality, and political participation. Her current academic interests relate to the role of national and international donors and grant givers in Romania while continuing to advice and work with national and international partners in human trafficking and exploitation projects. She is an Aspen Institute Romania fellow (2009) and moderator, German Marshall Transatlantic Fellow (2014) and serves as a proud board member for Techsoup Romania.
Łukasz Kamieński is the Jagiellonian University Partnership Coordinator.
Vlad Zigarov is Programme Associate for the Central and South-East Europe Programme. He holds an MSc in International History from LSE and an MA from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL. He previously studied Philosophy, History and International Affairs at the University of Bucharest and worked in a number of state and private organisations in Romania and the UK.