Summer 2013 MDCEE Fellows

We are delighted to welcome our latest Visiting Fellows to the MDCEE project, for the summer 2013 period.

Dr Dražen Cepić received his PhD degree in social and political sciences at the European University Institute in 2013 with his dissertation Class, Friendship, and the Postsocialist Transition: Identity Work and Patterns of Sociability in Central Europe-East and West. He studied at the University of Zagreb, Humboldt University in Berlin and University of Vienna, as well as the Central European University where he completed a Master’s degree in sociology and social anthropology. His research interests include friendship and social networks, anthropological approach to corruption, participatory democracy, and qualitative approaches to social stratification, with Central and Eastern Europe as his main area of expertise.


Dr Alina Dobreva has research interests focused in the areas of political communications, relations between media and political players, media effects and democratisation, public opinion, political behaviour and elections. She has extensive research experience ranging from academic and NGO research projects to partisan and market research.

Alina’s research record includes number of projects, for example COST Action “East of West: Setting a New Central and Eastern European Media Research Agenda”, British Academy funded “Political Communications in New Democracies. Government-Media Relations in Transition, Comparative Studies of Electoral Systems (collaborator for Bulgaria), Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence. Alina’s PhD thesis was focused on information processing, interpersonal communication and post-communist audiences.

She holds a PhD in Political Communications from the University of Leeds, UK and MA degrees in Political Science (Central European University, Budapest) and Psychology (Sofia University, Bulgaria) and a BA in Public Relation.


Professor Halliki Harro-Loit, PhD, is the Associate Professor and the Head of the Institute of Journalism and Communication at the University of Tartu. Her fields of research include communication policy discourse analysis of media content, journalism studies, communication law and ethics, and media education. She has taken administrative responsibilities in several projects, e.g. in a project about changes of organization culture in Estonian media organizations and another one about communication strategies of public authorities (including media strategies) before, during and after crises concerning risks, security threats and measures.

Halliki Harro-Loit has numerous academic publications. Recently, she published about the diversity of media and online professional journalism in the Baltic states. Among other subjects she has been teaching communication law and ethics (since 1992). A member of the (original) Estonian Press Council (since 1992), which includes the position of the Vice-Chairperson (1997-2002).


Ioana Lupea is a columnist at Adevarul daily newspaper. She was editor in chief at Cotidianul daily newspaper and deputy editor in chief at Evenimentul Zilei daily newspaper. She is a researcher within the Romanian team of ACCEPT PLURALISM project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme that aims to investigate whether European societies have become more or less tolerant during the past 20 years. Her research Acceptance or Lack of Tolerance towards Minorities in the Romanian Public Administration, conducted in collaboration with Alina Mungiu Pippidi and Narcis Iordache, was published on the official website of ACCEPT PLURALISM. She also contributes to SAR’s ANTICORRP project, within the work package related to "Media and corruption".


Dr José Santana-Pereira, doctor of Political and Social Sciences (EUI, 2012), is a postdoctoral research fellow at the ICS (University of Lisbon). His research addresses the media’s contribution to the relevance of party leaders in term of voting behavior, other media effects on public opinion and the features of European media systems in comparative perspective, but also related issues in the fields of electoral behavior and political attitudes. José published several articles and book chapters in English, Portuguese and French. His latest article, co-authored with André Freire, addressed the issue of economic voting in Portugal and was published by Electoral Studies. José collaborated in the research projects EU Profiler and Media Profiler, both hosted by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. He is also one of the researchers in charge of the project Media Systems in Europe and a member of the True European Voter research network.