Dr Sarah Wolff

Dr Wolff is the Director of the Center for European Research, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Queen Mary University of London. Dr Wolff gained experience in EU politics and foreign policy in various public and higher education institutions as well as hink tanks. She is involved in the facilitation of a permanent and dynamic dialogue between citizens, the academia and practitioners.

In addition to her position at Queen Mary, Sarah is Senior Research Associate Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations, regularly contributes to various media outlets (Le Monde, Today Zaman, Al-Jazeera, Skynews, etc), blogs at, and tweets @drsarahwolff.

Dr Wolff’s research interests include European Union politics and policy-making, comparative European politics, non-majoritarian agencies, Justice and Home Affairs policy, as well as EU external relations and EU aid and development policy with a specialisation in EU relations with North Africa, the Middle East and in Euro-Mediterranean relations. Dr Wolff is currently working on a research project that investigates the role of secularism and religion in EU foreign policy. The project daws on critical international relations approaches challenging Eurocentrism and European post-colonialism in EU foreign policy.

Professor Frédéric Volpi

Professor Volpi is the Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam at the University of Edinburgh where he also holds a Chair in Politics of the Muslim World at the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Professor Volpi’s research critically investigates contemporary dynamics in the Muslim world.