Diego Varela Pedreira
I am associate professor in the department of political science, international relations and European studies of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi, where I earned a Jean Monnet chair in European political economy in 2016. I studied economics in Spain and Finland, before my graduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. From this university I earned an MSc in European Studies (with distinction) and a PhD in Government under Simon Hix, with scholarships from Fundación Caixagalicia, Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, The British Council, and Fundación Ramón Areces. I was also a Robert Schuman scholar in the DG for Research of the European Parliament in Luxembourg. I coordinated two Jean Monnet modules, in Spain and Romania, before I earned a Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Economy and founded the EUROSCI Network in 2016. Prior to that, I also set up and coordinated Universidade da Coruña's International Summer School (2014-2016), and founded and edited the European Journal of Government and Economics (2012-2016). I am the author of two books, on The government of the EU (2007), and Population policy (2016). I am married and have two sons. Besides my family, my interests lie in the fields of international politics. I am also the president of Europa Grande, a non-profit association that promotes EU enlargement.