Written by Richard Freedman,
Have you ever wondered who drafts the content of the EPRS blog? Who are the faces behind the words and images on the blog? Over this holiday period we thought it would be interesting to introduce you to some of the EPRS authors. Our authors write blog pieces based on EPRS publications such as ‘at a glance notes’, ‘briefings‘ and ‘longer studies and in-depth analyses‘ and on events. Their work is often complemented by infographics prepared by our statisticians.
With several academic degrees including PhDs between them, and expertise in many areas of EU affairs, from the EU budget procedure to space and nuclear policy, below is a selection of our authors’ biographies. By nature, working in the EU institutions all of our authors are multilingual. They have wide research experience at universities, in think tanks, within the public and private sectors and many have previously worked for the EU institutions in other roles.
Find out a little more about some of the EPRS authors, their biographical details but also the faces behind the words. Get to know for example who is the EPRS expert on cyber capacity building or on the European Regional Development Fund.
Laurence Amand-Eeckhout has worked at the European Commission for the Secretariat-General and DG COMM (political reporting and media analysis). She currently works at the European Parliament Research Service as a policy analyst in the editorial unit.
Didier Bourguignon has worked as a translator and as an administrator at the Committee of the Regions. He currently works at the European Parliament Research Service as a policy analyst in the field of environment and energy. He has published contributions in the Revue du marché commun et de l’Union européenne and the Revue de l’énergie.
Alina Dobreva, Policy Analyst in the field of communication of EU budgetary policies
Alina is an author and co-author of numerous academic and policy publications on European media policy, political communication, democratisation, public opinion and electoral studies.
Patryk Pawlak, Policy Analyst in the fields of cybersecurity and terrorism
Vincent Reillon, Policy Analyst in the fields of science, space and nuclear policies
Martin Russell, Policy Analyst in the fields of Russia and Southeast Asia
Martin Russell worked as an EU Translator in the Committee of the Regions. He worked previously as an English teacher and lecturer/teacher trainer in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Brunei. He now works as a policy analyst at the European Parliamentary Research Service specialising in Russia and Southeast Asia.
Magdalena Sapała, Policy Analyst in the fields of EU budget and EU cohesion policy
Gianluca Sgueo, Policy Analyst in the field of EU budget and civil society organisations’ accountability
Gianluca Sgueo graduated in Law (University of Rome, La Sapienza, 2004) and in Political Sciences (University of Viterbo, 2006). He taught at the University of Viterbo (2011, Media Law; 2012-2014 European Law), at the Bocconi University (2013, “Lobbying and Democracy”). From 2011 to 2015 he has been Department Director at I-Com (Institute for competitiveness – a think tank devoted to economic and social analysis), before starting in the European Parliament.
Before starting in the European Parliament Biliana Tzarnoretchka has worked in different fields, including business development and project management of EU funded projects. She currently works at the European Parliament Research Service as a policy analyst in the field of ex-post impact assessment and evaluation and more specifically on budgetary control and audit topics.
Thomas Zandstra, Parliamentary Research Administrator in the European Added Value Unit
Thomas Zandstra was a senior policy adviser Governance and Europe at Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations; then from 2012 to 2014 he was a seconded national expert to the Council of Europe. Since 2014, he is a seconded national expert to the European Parliament.