Paul Blokker’s role is Chair. He is associate professor in Sociology and Social Theory, and a political sociologist with strong interdisciplinary interests, and has been working in EU Studies and related issues since 1998, specializing in European integration at the University of Amsterdam and the European University Institute, Florence.

Ondřej Císař is Associate Professor at Charles University, Prague and is also affiliated to the Institute of Sociology at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He is editor-in-chief of the Czech edition of Czech Sociological Review. He is author or co-author of four books and numerous papers. His research and publications focus on European civil society, transnational relations, social movements, Europeanization, interest representation, democratic deficit, political mobilisation, and political sociology.

Dino Numerato is an Assistant Professor and Head of Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences (since January 2016), Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic). A research monograph, Football Fans, Activism and Social Change is forthcoming with Routledge Publishers. From October 2013 to November 2015, he worked as a Marie Curie Research Fellow and as a Research Associate at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS), Loughborough University (UK), and between October 2013 and October 2015 with Richard Giulianotti on the EC Marie Curie project entitled “Football Fandom, Reflexivity and Social Change” (FANSREF).

Martin Hájek is a sociologist dedicated to the study of the normative order of modern societies and has long-standing expertise in the study of communist and post-communist societies in Central Europe. He was part of the project “Development of Czech Society in the European Union”, contributing research on practices of in/justice. Methodologically, he uses and endorses advancement of textual and discourse analysis. He has been principal investigator of, or participated in, several research projects on the legacy of really-existing socialism in the Czech Republic, the collective memory of socialist past, practices of justice in post-communist society, and economic discourse in crisis.

Jakub Grygar is a social anthropologist with a strong interest in European borders and migration, and has taught a course on ‘Anthropological perspectives on Europeanization’ in the past. In his research he combines interest in the anthropology of marginalization with studies of (re)production of social and political order. As a researcher, Grygar engaged in a study of enacting external EU borders in the Polish-Belarusian and Polish-Ukrainian borderland.