Dr Eoin Drea, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies (Brussels)
Professor John O’Brennan, Maynooth University
2-3pm, Thursday 25th January 2024
West Wing 6, UCC
Dr Eoin Drea is Senior Researcher in the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies specialising in macroeconomic and social policy. He is an expert in the political economy of the European Union focusing on the future of the Eurozone, EU-UK and EU-US relations (the Anglosphere), property economics, crypto assets and the socio-economic challenges facing middle class families. Dr Drea is a former Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow in the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin and holds a PhD in economic history from University College Cork.
Professor John O’Brennan is based in the Department of Sociology, Maynooth University. He holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration and am the Director of the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies which is a designated Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2020-23). His work focuses on European Union institutions and politics, and, specifically on the process and politics of the EU's enlargement policy. Professor O’Brennan also researches Ireland's relationship with the European Union and is currently completing a monograph which examines Ireland's experience of EU membership over 50 years since accession in 1973.
Romania in the current political context - talk by Dr. habil. Laurențiu-Mihai Ștefan Ambassador of Romania to Ireland on 2pm, Friday 31st March 2023 in the North Wing Council Room (followed by refreshments)
Romania in the current political context
Dr. habil. Laurențiu-Mihai Ștefan
Ambassador of Romania to Ireland
2pm, Friday 31st March 2023
North Wing Council Room, UCC
(followed by refreshments)
No registration necessary
Dr. habil. Laurențiu-Mihai Ștefan took office as Ambassador of Romania to Ireland on August 16, 2021. Laurenţiu-Mihai Ştefan is a graduate of the University of Bucharest’s Faculty of Political Sciences (1996). He holds an MPhil in Politics and Sociology of Modern Societies from the University of Cambridge, UK, (1998), and a PhD in political science from the SNSPA, Bucharest (2003). His doctoral dissertation focused on the recruitment of political elites in post-communist Romania. He was a fellow of the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna (2000), and of the New Europe College in Bucharest (1999-2002).
Before assuming diplomatic responsibilities, Dr. Ștefan served as Senior Presidential Adviser for Domestic Political Affairs of Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis. Dr. Laurenţiu-Mihai Ştefan has previously worked for the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest as Senior Political Specialist (2004-2015). Between 1998 and 2000, he was one of the senior political analysts at Mediafax, the most important Romanian news agency.
Currently, Dr. Laurențiu-Mihai Ștefan is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, National University of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA). Since 2002, Dr. Laurenţiu-Mihai Ştefan has contributed to many European research projects, on government coalitions, on parliamentary and ministerial elites. He edited the Dictionary of Major Political Writings (in Romanian, Humanitas, 2000) and authored (in English) the volumes Patterns of Political Elite Recruitment in Post-Communist Romania (Ziua, 2004) and Who Governs Romania? Profiles of Political Elites before and after 1989 (ISPRI, 2012). He contributed to many edited volumes, including The Contested Status of Political Elites. At the Crossroads (Routledge, 2019), Coalition Governance in Central Eastern Europe (Oxford University Press, 2019), and Prime Ministers and Party Governments in Central and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2023, in print). He also authored or co-authored articles in Communist and Post-Communist Studies, East European Politics, Problems of Post-Communism, and Journal of Legislative Studies, among others.
The UCC Jean Monnet Lecture series is supported by the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet programme.