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Organizing committee

Prof. Jaap de Wilde

Since 2007, Jaap de Wilde is professor in International Relations & Security Studies at the Department of International Relations & International Organization (IRIO), and the Centre for International Relations Research (CIRR), University of Groningen. He is co-founder and governor of Globalisation Studies Groningen, one of the main sponsors of the Summer School (www. Since 2013 he is chairman of the Dutch Foundation for Peace Research ( From 2001 to 2007, De Wilde was professor in European Security Studies at the Department of Political Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and from 1995-2007 senior research fellow in European Studies and IR at the Centre for European Studies (CES), University of Twente. From 1993-1995 he worked as senior research fellow at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI).

Dr. Anne Beaulieu

Anne Beaulieu is programme manager of Energysense, at University of Groningen for the Energy Academy Europe. Before taking on this position, she was project manager of the Groningen Energy and Sustainability Programme. She joined the University of Groningen following several years as senior research fellow at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), where she also acted as deputy programme leader of the Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences between 2005 and 2010. Before that, she investigated the development of neuroimaging and cognitive neuroscience, leading to her PhD dissertation (University of Amsterdam 2000). In 1999, she was appointed Lecturer in Science, Culture and Communication, in Bath, UK. Her work in Groningen is well served by her interdisciplinary background, which ranges from neuroscience to sociology, including communications and art history (McGill University 1992, 1994). Beaulieu has been a member of the Dutch national research school WTMC (science, technology and modern culture) since its inception.

Dr. Christian Zuidema

Christian Zuiderma is assistant professor in spatial planning at the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen. He has a background in environmental planning and has done extensive research on topics such as sustainable urban management, sustainable area developments, environmental health and hygiene and governance renewal in environmental planning. His studies have focused on developments in the Netherlands and the European Union. His teaching addresses courses on themes such as environmental planning and sustainable development. He has won the 2013 Best Teacher of the Year Award at the University of Groningen. Also, he has published various books, such as Smart Methods for Environmental Externalities (2012), Stimulating Local Environmental Policy (2011) and Post Contingency (2016, in print). Furthermore, he is part of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association. In the past two years, he has expanded his research on sustainable area developments and has incorporated studies on the role of energy in relation to spatial planning.

Agha Bayramov

Mr. Agha Bayramov is a researcher and lecturer at the department of International Relations and International Organization of the University of Groningen. His PhD project focuses on the role of energy resources in conflict management dynamics and actors in cooperation and conflict in the Caspian Sea Region. His research interests are, Caspian Sea, energy cooperation, geopolitics and international conflict management.

Yara Marusyk

Ms. Yara Marusyk is a researcher and lecturer at the department of International Relations and International Organization of the University of Groningen. Since 2015 she has been working on a dissertation titled The Role of the EU and Russian Norms, Values and Principles in Energy Security and Energy Transition Discourses. Her areas of expertise are energy security, energy transition, sustainability, global governance, international society and geopolitics.

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