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. I studied economics in Spain, with an Erasmus semester in Finland and two months in Brazil with a scholarship from the Spanish agency for international co-operation. I did my graduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, from which I earned an MSc in European studies (with distinction) in 1998, and a PhD in government in 2002 under the supervision of Simon Hix. I got scholarships from Fundación Caixagalicia, Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, The British Council, and Fundación Ramón Areces, and was also a Robert Schuman scholar in the DG for Research of the European Parliament in Luxembourg.
I founded the EUROSCI Network in 2016, the same year in which I earned a Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Economy at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi. Prior to that, I had 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 have also been a visiting professor at the Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest, and the Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava. I am the author of two books, on The government of the EU (2007, in Spanish, and 2008, in Romanian), and Population policy (2016, in Romanian). I am married and have two sons. Besides my family, my interests lie in the field of international politics.