Executive committee


Elena García Guitián

Professor of Political Science at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, coordinator of OpenEUdebate. She was a visiting researcher at Harvard University (1998-99) and has taught at several European universities such as the IEP of Bordeaux, Paris-Dauphine or Warsaw. Her research has focused on the analysis of the liberal tradition, political pluralism, concepts of freedom, theories of democracy, political representation and citizen participation, and discourses on legitimacy in the EU. . Between 2009- and 2011 she was General Director of Relations with the Parliament in the Spanish Ministry of the Presidency.


Iordan-Gheorghe Bărbulescu

Iordan-Gheorghe Bărbulescu is a Romanian diplomat, University Professor, Doctor in Political Science and Sociology, Dean of the Department of International Relations and European Integration of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) in Bucharest. Since March 2012, he serves as President of the university’s Senate. In 2016, he was awarded the European Citizen’s Prize by the European Parliament as a result of hisoutstanding work carried out in the Romanian academic and diplomatic fields, in general, and for his activity within SNSPA, in particular. He has published numerous books and academic articles on topics such as:The New Europe. Volume I: European identity and model; Trilingual explanatory dictionary of the European Union; Decision-making in the European Union; European Union from National to Federal etc.

Miruna Butnaru-Troncotă

Miruna Butnaru-Troncotă is Lecturer and Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of International Relations and European Studies of National University of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA) in Bucharest, with research interests cultivated in Europeanization, Black Sea Security and post-conflict reconstruction of the Western Balkans. She had research fellowships in Berlin (Hertie School of Governance) and Ljubljana, and she conducted field research in Sarajevo and Prishtina. Her most recent publication is Post-conflict Europeanization and the war of Meanings. EU Conditionality in Bosnia and Kosovo, Tritonic publishing house, 2016.

Luis Bouza Garcia

Luis Bouza Garcia is Assistant Professor of political science at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He is interested in the emergence and circulation of debates in European public spheres. He was the Academic Coordinator of European General Studies courses of the College of Europe in Bruges between 2012 and 2018. He obtained a PhD in political science from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and has also held research and teaching positions at the University of East Anglia and Salamanca. His main field of research is the emergence of European debates in the public sphere.

Ramona Coman

Associate professor of Political Science at the Université libre de Bruxelles and Director of the Institute for European Studies. Her research focuses on policy and ideational change in EU governance, with a focus on judicial reforms and the rule of law in Central and Easter Europe and on the coordination of policies at the EU level. She co-edited with Amandine Crespy and Vivien Schmidt Governance and Politics in the Post-crisis EU (CUP, forthcoming).

Taru Haapala

Marie Curie Fellow in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Adjunct Professor (Docent) in Political Thought and Conceptual History at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the University of Jyväskylä. Research project on European integration history and transfers of the idea of federalism between national political traditions. Previously has held visiting fellowships at the Department of History and Civilization of the European University Institute in Florence and the Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought at Queen Mary, University of London. Working Group Leader in the COST Action Reappraising Intellectual Debates on Civic Rights and Democracy (RECAST) and an Executive Committee Member of the Jean Monnet Network OpenEUdebate.

Luciano Morganti

I am intrigued by the interaction between (new) communication technologies and democratic processes. I like to think and reflect upon the concept and idea of the Public Sphere and in particular of the European Public Sphere. My present research and attention are dedicated to social, political and communicative aspects of citizens’ participation, citizens’ empowerment and participatory democracy. I do this with a special focus on new media on the backdrop of the EU integration process and governance and the EU information and communication policies. In addition to this, I am also passionate about the ongoing discussion concerning the governance of the Internet and the innovation new media bring about in our culture(s), society(ies), and politics. Finally, I am known to be an enthusiastic teacher who loves to share his knowledge with the students and is always open to a critical and intelligent debate during his classes. As a professor and senior researcher at the VUB/ES in the Communication Department, I teach in the international master New Media and Society in Europe. The courses I teach are related to New Media, the EU and the European Public Sphere, and Internet Governance.

Álvaro Oleart

Alvaro Oleart is a postdoctoral researcher in political communication for the RECONNECT H2020 project at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Previously he was a pre-doctoral researcher at the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB). His main field of interest is the European public sphere and the role of civil society in the EU policy-making.

Argelia Queralt

Serra Hunter Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Barcelona and Editorial Director of the Agenda Pública. PhD in Law from the University of Barcelona. She participates actively in different research projects and is a member of the Grup d'Estudis Constitucionals i Europeus (GCR 181/2009). Her main lines of research are the jurisdictional protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, the rights of women and the new populisms.

Jorge Tuñón

Jorge Tuñón Navarro is a lecturer in political communication at the University Carlos III of Madrid. He got his “Doctor Europeus” (Ph.D) in International Relations by the Complutense University at Madrid (Extraordinary Awards). Previously, he had also received his three corresponding graduate (MA) diploma in Laws, Communication and Politics. He has been visiting researcher in different American and European universities; publishes in four different languages: English, French, Italian and Spanish. He has worked for Regional, National and European Administrations (European Commission experience in Brussels included), and at current collaborates with different Media.