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.
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.
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS & SECURITY PROGRAM
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.
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.
Edoardo is a Research Fellow for GPRG's International Affairs and Security Program. He is attending his MA in 'Politics and Society of the Contemporary Middle East' at Lund University after graduating with a BA in 'International Studies and European Institutions' at the University of Milan in 2021.
His research interests gravitate around Turkey and, more specifically, the connections between the country's foreign and domestic policy. The objective of his research activity is to examine the strategic importance of Turkey in the international system, especially from a geopolitical standpoint, and the role played by identity politics in the country's foreign policy agenda-setting.
In 2023, he interned at a think tank based in Turkey called Istanbul Policy Center. The same year, he collaborated with the Association of Foreign Affairs (UPF) Lund. He is a native Italian speaker, fluent in English, and has basics in French and Turkish.
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.
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Antonia is the Head of GPRG’s Lead Exposure Project. She is currently studying towards an MA in European Studies at KU Leuven in Belgium, having graduated with a BA in Theology and Religious Studies in 2023.
Her previous research experience includes 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 dissertation on EU policy recommendations for restoring trust in the changing media landscape.
She has lived in Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia. Antonia's native language is English, and she also speaks German and French.
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Semhal Getachew Teka
Semhal is the Project Head for an ongoing program-external research project at GPRG. She graduated as a Doctor of Medicine in 2015 and with a speciality certificate in Pediatrics and Child Health in 2019. She served as an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Child Health at Addis Ababa University. Currently, Semhal is pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at Lund University. She is particularly interested in the topic of child nutrition in a humanitarian disaster setting. Semhal speaks English, Amharic and Tigrigna.
Adriana is a Research Fellow for an ongoing program-external research project at GPRG. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), a Diploma in Planning in the Public Sector, and a Diploma in Applied Statistics.
She has worked in the public sector and has experience in evaluating educational and childhood policies and socio-environmental impact assessments. She became interested in environmental issues by working with native communities in the Peruvian Amazon affected by oil spills and the impact this had on people's health. Her main topics of interest are evidence-based research, social inclusion and socio-environmental policies.She studies the Master’s in Economic Growth, Population and Development (Economic Demography Track) at Lund University and also follows the Change Makers Future Track. She speaks English and is a native speaker of Spanish.
Sheryl N. Ruiz
Sheryl is a research fellow at GPRG's Development Program. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the National Autonomous University of Honduras, as well as a Diploma in Pedagogical Training in Higher Education. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, public health, health policy, evidence-based research, and project formulation and management. She is currently a Swedish Institute scholar pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Health at Lund University.She has worked as a Municipal Health Supervisor, Emergency Room Charge Nurse, and Healthcare Administrator, performing a variety of tasks such as the management of a public health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, conducting research, particularly on cancer, tuberculosis, and immunology, and implementing and coordinating projects and programs with international and civil society organizations to improve the quality and coverage of health services provided to key populations.This year, Sheryl published a sociopolitical book called From a Third World Abyss, and she’s currently working on her second book. Her mother tongue is Spanish, as she was born in Honduras. She’s fluent in English and she's currently learning Swedish.
ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS PROGRAM
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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.
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Sam is the Executive Director of GPRG EU Academy. He is currently a MA Student of Human Rights Studies at Lund University, having graduated with a BA in History from the University of Durham in 2020. Sam’s work with his team studies the complexities, problems, and potential solutions for the world of modern politics and state structures, particularly in relation to the conceptions and principles of Good Governance. This is benefited by his academic interest in the practices of governments, systems of labor, and the protection of Human Rights. As a dual citizen of the UK and Sweden, Sam is also very international in his interests and outlook, and takes inspiration from across the globe in his research.
Linus is a Research Fellow for GPRG EU Academy.
He is currently doing an exchange at Bocconi and is a student of 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.
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.
Marie is an Intern at GPRG and in her role, she conducts research, helps organize the EU academy, and writes newsletters for GPRG. She is a BSc student of Economy and Society at Lund. Previous to her studies she learned Swedish at the University and is now fluent in English, German, and Swedish.
Professionally, Marie has been involved in various programs including the Student Ambassador program of LUSEM to influence education and provide guidance for younger students in their choosing of a future path. She has also been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for helping to improve the quality of education at Lusem and handling student issues in 2023 within her engagement in the Education Committee of the student union Lundaekonomerna.
In her free time, Marie engages in the student union Lundaekonomerna to improve internationalization and education at LUSEM Lund University School of Economics and Management. Marie’s hobbies include horseback riding and meeting friends.
Cameron is an intern at GPRG, where he conducts policy research for GPRG and clients. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work and Psychology at the National University of Singapore.
Cameron's research focuses on youth development and mental health. He has conducted multiple systematic reviews and meta-analyses on child and adolescent wellbeing, along with comparative international legal research on the duty of care of paracounselors.Professionally,
Cameron has worked for a number of organizations including government ministries, charities, social enterprises, and research institutes. He has also led programs at a national and regional level to strengthen community support systems for youths. He previously helmed the role of Director of Social Policy Division at NUS Political Association, where he received the Project Excellence (Distinction) Award for the NUS Social Policy Forum 2023 and Social Policy Case Competition 2023.
He is proficient in English and Chinese. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar and basketball.