Matthias vom Hau


Matthias is an Associate Professor at IBEI. A sociologist by training, he has a PhD from Brown University and previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Manchester. He has been a visiting researcher at Princeton University, the Freie Universität and the Humboldt Universität in Berlin, the Universidad de San Martín and the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in Buenos Aires, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos in Lima. Matthias’ research focuses in correcting the ahistorical approach that underpins the supposedly negative relationship between ethnic diversity and public goods provision. He has also published widely on how states construct a sense of national belonging, how civil society actors negotiate and contest official nationalisms, and the extent to which ordinary citizens subscribe to official and counter-state identity projects.

Laia Bertran


Laia holds a BA in Political Science and Administration by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and a MA in International Relations from IBEI. Before joining the ETHNICGOODS project she worked in advocacy and knowledge transfer in the fields of Development Cooperation and Global Health.

Guillem Amatller


Guillem holds a BA in Journalism and a MA Research in Political Sciences and Politics and Public Administration, in a double master’s degree jointly taught by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the University of Konstanz. He did a research internship at the University of Konstanz, where he contributed to research in perceptions of inequalities. Guillem is enrolled in the PhD programme in Political and Social Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. In his dissertation he is analysing the consequences of technological change for the development of state capacity.

Luca Marano


Luca holds a BA in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Trieste and a MA in International Security Studies jointly offered by the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies and the University of Trento. He was a visiting student at the Instituto de Migraciones (University of Granada) and at IBEI, where he worked on his master thesis on the impact of sub-state identities on immigrant integration policies in the Spanish regions of Andalusia and Catalonia. He worked on various immigration-related issues both as a research intern at Eurac Research and as an administrative intern at the Italian Ministry of Interior Affairs.

Hana Srebotnjak


Hana holds a BA in Modern History from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and a MA in International Security from IBEI, with her final thesis comparing levels of co-optation of feminist organizations by nationalist concerns and the wider nationalist movements in Catalonia, Scotland, and the Basque country.  Her main research interests include nationalism, ethnic conflict, memory studies and gender studies.

Frank Borge Wietzke

Borge Wietzke is an Assistant Professor at IBEI. Originally trained as a political scientist(University of Leipzig and Science Po Paris), he has a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He is currently on a Jean Monnet Visiting Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence.
Borge’s research –broadly defined- focuses on the interaction of societal and political forces in the formation of longer-term wellbeing inequalities in developing regions. Previous and ongoing research addressed the impacts of missionary and colonial institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. His more recent publications focused on the effects of the so-called ‘new middle classes’ on democratic processes in developing countries. His work has appeared in leading journals at the intersection of international development, political science, and economics, such as World Development, Population and Development Review, Socio-Economic Review, Democratization, Perspectives on Politics, and others.