Michael Woolcock, World Bank's Development Research Group, Washington, D.C. og Harvard University:
Building Social Cohesion as a State Capability Challenge: History, Theory, Alternative Practice
Michael Woolcock is Lead Social Scientist in the World Bank's Development Research Group, where he was worked since 1998. For twelve years he has also been a part-time Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Within the areas of development/social change studies and political economy, his main focus has been on creating effective interaction between informal and formal justice systems all over the world, often by use of mixed methods to assess complex development interventions. This includes measurement of various types of social capital, and their local community and societal effects. He has authored and co-authored numerous, journal articles, book chapters and books and has today more than 23.000 citations.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor i Antropologi, Oslo Universitet:
Overheated identities: Xenophobic nationalism, politicised religion, walls and boundaries
Thomas Hylland Eriksen is a professor social anthropology at the University of Oslo and the manager of an interdisciplinary research program on cultural complexity. Furthermore he served as the 2015-2016 president of the European Association of Social Anthropology. A highly productive scholar he has authored several books and articles about ethnicity and the dynamics of culture and identity, nationalism and the politics of identity, cosmopolitanism and human rights, globalisation and its implications for the study of culture and society. He has also published several textbooks in anthropology and related subjects. In Norway, Eriksen has acquired the position of a public intellectual who – apart from academic publications - also writes essays and miscellaneous nonfiction intended for the general reader and occasionally contributes to the press with a book review or a polemical intervention.
Elena Zdravomyslova, Professor i Sociologi, European University, St. Petersburg
Elena Zdravomyslova is a Professor at the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the European University at St. Petersburg and the co-ordinator of the university´s “Gender Studies” program. Her research and writing mainly focus on post-socialism, modes of gender in post-Soviet society, women’s social activism, care and emotional work from a feminist perspective, reproductive health (institutions and practices). She has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters and of popular articles for the general public.