PP fotoPaulina Pospieszna

is an Associate Professor of political science at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. She received her Ph.D. (2010) in Political Science from the University of Alabama and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Konstanz and University of Mannheim, Germany. Her main research interest is in democracy assistance; civil society organizations; youth and women empowerment; democratization; impact evaluations through randomized trials; third-party mediation in civil wars; and post-conflict peace building. She has published articles in Democratization, Public Administration and Development, Journal of Peace Research, Problems of Post-Communism, amongst others. She has recently published a book entitled Democracy Assistance from the Third Wave: Polish Engagement in Belarus and Ukraine (University of Pittsburgh Press PITT Series in Russian and East European Studies). She also participated in EU Tempus funded HEART (Higher Education Action for Rights Teaching) to develop courses and programmes in Human Rights at Universities in five countries in the Western Balkans in cooperation with EU Universities. She is a member of COST Action European Network of Conflict Research (ENCoRe), and Disaster Bioethics.

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DSC05547 1Aleksandra Galus

is a PhD student at the Department of Political Culture (AMU). Her scientific interests focus on media assistance, democratization in the post-Soviet area and the role of traditional and new media in the processes of socio-political change. Participant in international research projects, including Screening Protest (Stockholm University, since 2017), Does Supranational Coercion Work? Onset, Impact and Effectiveness of EU Sanctions (AMU, University of Konstanz, since 2017), An Evaluation of Democracy Assistance Projects of Young Donors (AMU, since 2014), Varieties of Democracy (University of Gothenburg, 2015-2016) and The International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) Media Monitoring (United Nations, 2014-2015). Author of peer-reviewed articles on democracy assistance, media assistance in Ukraine, activism in social media and media narratives on Belarus in the Polish press. An active member of The Working Group on Social Media and IR consisting of scholars from Denmark, Germany, Sweden, UK and US. Awarded with Visegrad Fund's scholarship (2017). A scholarship holder of the Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation for the academic year 2017/2018.

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