Annette Zimmer, born in 1954, studied political science, history, political economics, and philosophy in Mannheim and Heidelberg;
she received a doctorate in 1986; from 1986 to 1988 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Yale University (Program on Nonprofit Organizations);
from 1989 to 1995 she was assistant professor at the University Gesamthochschule Kassel at the Faculty of Economics; 1998-1999 she was
Visiting Professor at the Centre for International Studies of the University of Toronto; since 1996 she is professor of social policy
and comparative politics at the Department for Political Science of the University of Muenster. Her research focuses on: Nonprofit
Organisations (NPOs); New Public Management; Policy Analysis, especially social and cultural policy, research on associations and
Dr. Matthias Freise
Matthias Freise (born 1975) studied political science, geography and communication sciences
at Muenster University. He is holding a master (2000) and 2004 he finished his Ph.D. at
Muenster University on "Aiding Civil Society from Abroad in post-communist transition countries."
2002 he was a visiting fellow at the department of sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in
Prague. From 2001 to 2004 he was research fellow in the project Future
of Civil Society(focs) and a member of the research colloquium at the
Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society
Beside the management of the research group Dr. Freise is a member of the TEMPUS-Project
Work - Better Governance of the European Union in Novosibirsk (Russia) and author for the CONNEX-Project
"Efficient and democratic governance in European multilevel systems".
Please, visit Dr. Freise on his private website, too.
Freya Brune (born 1981) took part in the bachelor double diploma program Public Administration (special emphasis: European Studies) of the Westphalian Wilhelms-University and the University of Twente (NL). Following, she attended the Master program European Studies (as well in both universities), which she completed with the Master degree in October 2006. Her Master thesis - accompanied by an internship with the Baltic Sea Forum e.V. – Hamburg dealt with Cross-border City Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region (Malmö-Copenhagen / Helsinki-Tallinn).
Before her acceptance for the “ Junior Research Group European Civil Society and Multilevel Governance ”, Ms. Brune worked for the Baltic Sea Forum e.V. Hamburg as well as for the Business Lotse Lübeck. In this context she prepared an EU application within the program “Active European Citizens, Civil Society Projects – Event Projects” and was engaged in the organization of a cross-border project within the Baltic Sea Region.
Alexia Duten graduated in a Double-Diploma Program from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Strasbourg, France and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in Political Science and European Studies. Further she completed her M.A. at the University of Hanover in European Studies, in 2006. After internships for national and European Member of Parliament, she spent four months in 2005 in Washington, DC for the NGO IFES-democracy at large. In 2006, she worked as Associate Conference Manager and Liason Person for the Science Program IHDP (International Human Dimensions Programme of Global Environmental Change). Then, she volunteered as International Coordinator for the Isabela Oceanographic Institute on the Galapagos Islands.
Jenny Lind Elmaco (born 1980) has a degree in Political Science, Class Valedictorian from Silliman University 2002 (Philippines). She also received a Japanese government scholarship to study International Relations at the International Christian University (Japan). Ms. Elmaco worked for international organizations including the UN Information Center, the Filipino-Japanese Network, SOS Kinderdorf International, Women Without Borders and the UNDP. Upon the invitation of President Gloria Arroyo, Ms. Elmaco worked as Presidential Staff in charge of civil society partnerships especially in the youth and the local government sector. She did her Masters in Peace, Security Development and International Conflict Transformation at the Universitat Jaume I (Spain)and the Leopold Fransenz Universität Innsbruck (Austria). She is an awardee of the Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines and the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines.
Christoph Golbeck (born 1979) has studied “Staatswissenschaften” and Social Policy at the Universities of Erfurt, Exeter (UK) and Nottingham (UK). His working experiences in the social sciences derive out of an internship at the Berlin Institute for Social Research (BIS) as well as from his clerical work at the Chair of Comparative Government (University of Erfurt). His academic focus lies in the area of activating welfare policies, welfare theory as well as civil society research. Due to his personal background he is particularly interested in concepts of voluntary work and alternative models of labour and employment. Shortly before joining the Junior Research Group Christoph developed a concept for financing kinder gardens by involving Civil Society action and business sponsoring. He received a grant from the Civil Academy (Website in German) to carry out this project. Moreover he was involved in the development of a code of conduct for the apetito AG.
After graduating in German Philology at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (Lithuania)
Kristina Charrad studied Political Science, German and Nordic philology in Muenster.
She acquired good command of Eastern- and Northern European languages and focused during her
studies on political systems of the Central- and Eastern European countries.
She completed an internship at European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.
During the studies she was working as student assistant in the project
Future of Civil Society conducted by Prof Annette Zimmer.
Gudrun Eisele studied European Studies at the University of Osnabrück, Germany,
and at the "Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et Management" in Poitiers, France.
She graduated in the beginning of 2004 with the degrees "Magistra Rerum Europae"
and Master of Science in international management. During and after her studies,
she assisted Professor Helmut Voelzkow as well as Jean Monnet Professor Ingeborg Tömmel
and did several internships in Brussels, Berlin, Geneva and elsewhere.
Birgit Sittermann studied Political Science, History and Economics at the University of
Muenster, Germany and as an Erasmus student at the University of Exeter, UK. She completed her
master thesis on concepts of civil society at the EU level in 2003.She worked as a student
assistant and after her studies as a research assistant for the project "The Third Sector and
the Development of European Public Policy". This EU funded project was conducted in nine
European countries and the German part of the study was led by Prof Annette Zimmer.
During his master studies (political science, political economy and
Russian philology) at the University of Muenster Dominik Sopart has concentrated on research
in the fields of European integration, transition process in Eastern Europe, migration, and
the third sector. Following the M.A. certificate he gained first experiences in teaching, e.g.
as a lecturer of international relations at the University of Tyumen/Russia in line with a
lecturing project of the Bosch Foundation. Furthermore, he worked as student and later on as
research fellow at academic projects "Development of an Institute of Political Science at the
University of Ryasan/Russia" and "Selforganising Networks of Immigrants in Germany".
As a long period volunteer in youth and nature protection organisations he has gained
experiences in volunteering and non-profit projects. The focus of his work was project
financing and fundraising. Due to this he started the training in fundraising at the
Fundraising Academy of Frankfurt.
Maren Meißner (born 1983) has been working for the research group as a student assistant since March 2009. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, sociology and communication science from Düsseldorf-Uni (wie auch immer sie heisst) in 2007. In winter 2006/2007, she studied at the Université de Nantes, France, as an exchange student. At present, she is a political science master's student at the University of Münster.
Maren has completed several internships, e. g. at the German Federal Foreign Office, at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin and at the North Rhine-Westphalian parliament. She also interned with the ZDF and worked for newspapers ( taz, Neue Westfälische). Currently, she is working as a freelance journalist in the online editorial office of Westfälische Nachrichten.
Peter Bednarz worked for the research team until March 2009 as a student assistant. He was mainly assigned with organizational and administrative tasks and support activities in teaching. Since 2004, Peter Bednarz studied politics, sociology and public law at the WWU Münster. Before his studies, he trained as a clerk for wholesale and foreign trade. During the study, he made internships at the Forum Fairer Handel and DGB Jugendbildungswerk. In 2005 he was elected to the board of the umbrella organization of the protestant youth organizations in Germany (aej) and in 2007 he was elected to the board of Transfair. In aej, Peter Bednarz was working on development issues. In this capacity, he administrateted various foreign missions. Currenty, he works for the Evangelischen Akademie Villigst as well as for the Amt für Jugendarbeit der Evangelischen Kirche von Westfalen.
Johanna Wolf was a student assistant to the Junior Research Group "European Civil Society and Multilevel Governance" until she graduated in 2006. She studied sociology, political science and cultural anthropology at the University of Muenster. She wrote her thesis on the universality of human rights. She has gained practical experience in several internships and voluntary work with amnesty international.