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Core Staff

Meet the core staff behind Global Transformations and Governance Challenges that consists of a Professor, Assistant Professor, two Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD Candidate and two Programme Officers.

Core staff

  • Valentina Carraro Assistant Professor in Global Transformations and Governance Challenges

    Valentina Carraro is a member of the GTGC core staff, working as Assistant Professor in Global Transformations and Governance Challenges. Her research interests include the governance of human rights- and violence-related challenges, global and regional human rights governance, state compliance with international law, and the use of expertise in public bodies. You can learn more about her work here.

  • Yassine el Guendouzi Programme Officer in Global Transformations and Governance Challenges

    Yassine El Guendouzi is working as Programme Officer within the GTGC initiative and is, amongst others, responsible for the communication and helps organizing conferences and events. He studied Criminal Justice and Crime Science and currently also works as a PhD candidate at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University.  You can learn more about his work here.

  • Alies Jansen PhD Candidate and Programme Officer in Global Transformations and Governance Challenges

    Alies Jansen is a PhD candidate and Programme Officer in the GTGC initiative. She studied History (BA Cum Laude, 2017) and International Relations (MA Cum Laude, 2020), and worked for non-governmental peace and human rights organizations in between. Her research interests include violent conflict in the twenty-first century, global entanglements in governing security challenges, and in particular the role of non-state actors herein. You can learn more about her work here

  • Shaya Javadinia Research Assistant in Global Transformations and Governance Challenges

    Shaya Javadinia is working as a Research Assistant in the GTGC. She obtained her Master's degree (LL.M.) in Public International Law from Leiden University, and her Bachelor's degree (LL.B.) in European Law from Maastricht University. Her research interests include international and regional human rights mechanisms and their accessibility to victims of human rights violations, particularly to marginalized groups.

  • Jan Aart Scholte Professor Global Transformations and Governance Challenges

    Jan Aart Scholte chairs the GTGC Steering Group as Leiden University's Professor of Global Transformations and Governance Challenges. He has previously convened other interdisciplinary global studies research initiatives based in Britain, Germany and Sweden. His main current research interests include polycentric governing of global problems, legitimacy in global governance, global democracy, complex hegemony, and Internet governance. You can learn more about his work here.

  • Shiming Yang Postdoctoral Researcher in Global Transformations and Governance Challenges

    Shiming Yang is a postdoctoral researcher in the GTGC programme. She is interested in global environmental politics with an emphasis on developing countries. Her research projects aim to explain the evolving landscape of global environmental negotiations, rising power politics in environmental governance, and comparative environmental policy. Her other published work investigates China’s political economy, environmental health, and political economy of global health. You can learn more about her work here.

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