GPRG brings fresh thinking and deep expertise to the most pressing policy challenges we face today. We bring senior researchers, young professionals, and students together to create a global dialogue of ideas that national policymakers and the international policy community can act on.
Calvin is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s Economics Program and is currently pursuing undergraduate studies in economics and economic history at Lund University. His academic interests are primarily spatial and behavioral economics, as well as economic development. He is fluent in English and German.
Gabrielle is a Research Fellow for GPRG's Economics Program. She is pursuing her Master's Degree in Economics at the University of Mannheim. Her academic interests include a deep concern about inequality matters regarding education, health and access to information. Her undergraduate thesis was titled "Measurements of social welfare and policies for addressing welfare inequality", investigating changes in welfare in five countries over 20 years, and a case study of the Brazilian policies for education as one of the means for inequality mitigation. Coming from Brazil, she is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Italian.
Enrico is a Research Fellow for GPRG's Economics Program. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Economics at the University of Mannheim. Enrico has experience as a Research and Teaching Assistant in Economics, and is currently planning to pursue an academic career in the area. His academic interests include Endogenous Growth Theory, Applied Economics and New Institutional Economics. Coming from Brazil, Enrico is particularly interested in understanding the dynamics of economic growth present in developing countries, especially when it comes to the interplay between institutions and technological progress. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, German and Spanish.
Antonia is a Research Fellow for GPRG's EU Program. She is currently completing her BA in Theology and Religious Studies at KU Leuven in Belgium and will undertake a Master's in European Studies commencing 2023. She has previous research experience, having completed internships at the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney and at the Ratke Initiative, a Swiss NGO focussing on educational technology in Africa. Her academic interests include European migration and demographic change and she is currently writing her undergraduate dissertation on the response of the Church to the 2015 European refugee crisis. She has lived in Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia. Antonia's native language is English, and she also speaks German and French.
Aryna is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s EU Program. She graduated with an MSc in Strategic Communication from Lund University in 2022 after obtaining a Master’s Degree in Editorial Production and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Al. I. Cuza University. Aryna was a reporter for four years and worked for the other two for the Parliament of Romania as Parliamentary Communications Advisor. Currently, she is based in Sweden, where she works as a Communication Editor and Strategist.Her main research interests are strategic communication and media practices within political and diplomatic areas in the time of digitalization. She has conducted research on dialogic diplomatic communication on social media and on the usage of ethics of care in the crisis communication discourse of female political leaders. Aryna is fluent in Romanian and English.
Head of Program
As the Head of GPRG’s EU Program. Aljaž oversees and manages the Program’s research output. Aljaž graduated in 2022 from the University of Aberdeen with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Legal Studies and is currently a MSc student of Global Studies at Lund University. He has previously worked for the Slovene Council Presidency of the EU and Amnesty International Slovenia.In the field of EU studies, Aljaž’s academic interests include Europeanisation processes within the EU as well as between the EU and the States aspiring to become EU Member States. Accordingly, he is also interested in and has done research on EU’s Enlargement Policy, particularly in relation to the Western Balkans. Aljaž is native to Slovenian, has previously studied Arabic and Mandarin, is fluent in English and is currently learning Swedish.
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS & SECURITY PROGRAM
Matthew is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s International Affairs and Security Program, and is currently based in London. He obtained a BA Combined Honours in Social Sciences from Durham University (United Kingdom) in 2021, majoring International Relations. He then graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in MSc China in Comparative Perspective. His research interests include comparative political economy, with particular regional focus on China and Europe; urban governance; European integration; political economy of biotechnology; politics of law; and politics of Hong Kong. He has written for Palatinate, Durham University’s student newspaper, Durham University East Asian Research Society, and LSE Urban Asia blog. He is a native speaker of Cantonese, and fluent in English and Mandarin. He is currently working on French and Korean.
Emma is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s International Affairs and Security Program. She graduated in 2021 from her Bachelor in European Studies with a major in European Law, at the University of Amsterdam, in The Netherlands. She then pursued an LL.M in Public International Law at the University of Amsterdam. During her studies, she worked as a monitor of proceedings at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague for the NGO Humanitarian Law Center in Kosovo. Following her interests for humanitarian law, she is currently undertaking an LL.M in International Operational Law at the Swedish Defence University in Stockholm. Emma’s research interests revolve around the law of armed conflict, security, new technologies, children and sexual violences. She is fluent in French, Spanish and English. In her spare time Emma enjoys reading up on emerging technologies in the security sphere as well as to try to improve her Dutch and Swedish.
Frederico is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s International Affairs and Security Program, based in Berlin. He graduated in 2020 with a BA in International Relations from PUC-Minas University in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in National and International Administration and Policy at the University of Potsdam, Germany.He has work experience in logistics and industrial procurement and has been involved with volunteer work in policy and research-focused public institutions in the past. Frederico has also been a selected member of Brazilian NGO Global Attitude’s committee to the 3rd STI Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. His main research interests are cyber power and cyber security, climate change policy and EU development. He is a native speaker of Portuguese, is fluent in English and German, and is currently working on his French and Spanish.
Linus is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s International Affairs and Security Program. He is currently studying the BSc program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lund university. He is fluent in Swedish and English. His primary areas of interest in the study of international relations are applied IR theory, which focuses on comprehending and analyzing the motivations behind the policies and actions of states and other international players.
Lucas Lixinski Arnhold
Lucas is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s International Affairs and Security Program, based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is currently studying in the International Relations program at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He is fluent in Portuguese and English. His primary research interests range from defense and strategic studies to international humanitarian law and disarmament.
Nicolas is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s International Affairs and Security Program. He’s studying Political Science, International Relations, and Diplomacy at UCLouvain (Belgium) and is currently doing an Erasmus in Lund, Sweden. He previously studied in France and Finland. He has a background in research (researcher at CECRI UCLouvain) and work experience in Public Affairs. He’s currently writing a thesis on the EU special representatives and their actions in the Western Balkans. Apart from his studies, he’s a high-level runner and he’s invested in diverse associations (UPF Lund, Les Jeunes IHEDN). He’s native in French, fluent in English, and has basics in Spanish and Arabic.
Bonnie is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s International Affairs and Security Program. She has an undergraduate degree in Development Studies and is currently studying for an M.Sc. in Global Studies at Lund University, where she majors in Political Science. Her academic and research interests are mostly rooted in international political economy, particularly in relation to how its power structures affect international political affairs.
ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS PROGRAM
Julia is currently a M.S student in Sustainability Science and Environmental Studies at LUCSUS in Lund, Sweden. She’s originally from New York where she was a teacher and environmental researcher. Her undergraduate degree is in Science, Technology, and Society. She’s a systems thinker committed to sustainable development and resiliency. Her primary interests in policy are in education, regenerative development, and social justice.
Head of Program
As the Head of GPRG’s Environmental Solutions Program, Katharina oversees the department’s research, output and management. She is a double degree Master’s student of Development Economics at the universities of Groningen, Netherlands and Lund, Sweden, with an undergraduate background in International Cultural Studies, Political Science and Economics. Katharina’s research focuses on alternatives to traditional growth paths, sustainability and development studies. In past dissertations she has focused on green growth and degrowth, as well as the relationship of diaspora lobbying and aid allocation. She is a native speaker of German and English, while also dabbling in French, Indonesian and Dutch.
Jordan is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s Environmental Solutions Program. During his undergraduate experience, he earned two degrees from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Florida. At IUP, he achieved a B.S in General Studies with minors in Business Administration, Geography, and Economics. He wrote extensively about geopolitical issues in East Asia, including contested territories between Japan, China, and Russia. At the University of Florida, he graduated Cum Laude with a B.A in Geography, with a certification in Geospatial Information Analysis, where he focused on issues related to gentrification and student housing development. As a Fellow for the Environmental Solutions Program, Jordan is interested in developing sustainable communities, addressing the global housing crisis, and issues related to supply chain breakdowns. Jordan is from Reedsville, Pennsylvania and primarily speaks English and some Spanish. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, nature photography, and basketball.
Charlene Nkechi Ezeagu
Charlene is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s Environmental Solutions Program. She has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri in Nigeria and is currently attending the second year of the MSc in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University. Her academic interests include Just energy transition, sustainable agriculture and sustainable supply chains. Charlene speaks Igbo at a native level. She also speaks fluent English and some basic Swedish.
Anđela is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s Environmental Solutions Program. She got her Bachelor’s degree from the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague in the field of Environmental Engineering. Following her interest in environmentalism and sustainable science, she is currently a Master’s student of Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University. Her interest in helping the environment go beyond academia, that is why she is an active member of WWF Serbia and Serbian Youth Organization, with whom she acts in many sustainability-oriented actions contributing to raising awareness. Her academic interests include finding solutions to enacting many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially climate action, zero hunger, biodiversity loss and transition to affordable and clean energy sources. Aside from her scientific interest, she is interested in pursuing her career in environmental consultancy and raising awareness to environmental problems. Anđela is fluent in Serbian and English, speaks some French and is currently learning Spanish.
Nabyiel is a Legal Advisor at GRPG, where he advises the Board in numerous legal matters and is the primary contact within the organization for any legal questions. He furthermore plays an active part in drafting external applications as well as the organization's statutes and regulatory documents. As a law student at Lund University, Nabyiel is particularly interested in business law and family law. He also finds himself interested in various aspects relating to human rights law. He recently wrote his equivalent to a bachelor's thesis on the topic of sexual life as a requirement according to Sweden’s Cohabitees Act. In the upcoming Autumn semester, he will be studying tort and insurance law as well as the law of mergers and acquisitions in the EU. Nabyiel is a native speaker of Indonesian and is fluent in both Swedish and English.
Tanya is a Partnership Officer for GPRG. She graduated from the University of Pau and the Adour Region in Bayonne with a Master’s Degree in European Law after having studied International and European Law at the University of Strasbourg and having obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Law at the Jean Moulin University Lyon III. Tanya has previously interned at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and, as of August 2022, she is working at Pompidou Group, the Council of Europe’s international cooperation group on drugs and addiction, as a Project Assistant. As a jurist, she is interested in drug policies and the regulation of artificial intelligence. French and English are Tanya’s mother tongues. She also speaks German and is hoping to learn Tagalog or Spanish.
Alfred is a Global Ambassador for GPRG. He is studying the Bachelor’s in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lund University but is currently on an exchange year at UCLA, where he is majoring in Political Science.Alfred’s main academic interests focus on political theory as well as political culture and socialization, more specifically with reference to questions of democracy and populism. He has been writing about these topics for the Association of Foreign Affairs in Lund. Before joining GPRG, Alfred was an intern at World Value Survey working with questions of political regimes and perceptions of democracy. Outside of academia, Alfred has played elite level youth soccer. He is fluent in English and Swedish.
August Hedenstierna Jonson
August is a Global Ambassador for GPRG. Having been a part of a multitude of organizations, August has considerable experience in civic organizations, especially in the promotion of democratic engagement among the young. He recently held the position of Speaker of the General Council, the highest decision-making unit in the student union LundaEkonomerna. A BSc student at Lund University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, August has specialized in economic history and maintains a broad interest in a variety of social sciences. August speaks English, Swedish, and Spanish.