Alina Jasmin Felder

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Office: Feldkirchenstr. 21, Room: FG1/00.11, 96052 Bamberg, Germany
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E-Mail:alina.felder(at)uni-bamberg.de
Phone: +49 (0) 951/863-3630
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Pillar 4: Governance, Institutional Change and Political Behaviour

Field: Political Science

Research Interests: Qualitative Research Methods, Hermeneutics and Discourse Analysis, Political Analysis, European Integration, International Political Economy and Issues of Democratic Societies
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// DISSERTATION PROJECT


Towards a Europe of Educational Regions? Patterns of Regional Integration at the Intersections of EU Regional and Higher Education Policy 

 Even though Higher Education (HE) policy is dealt with at the national level and is not an EU competence, it increasingly appears in European frameworks in terms of cooperation both with and without the support of the EU. The proposed doctoral research analyzes the increasing EU involvement in HE policy through policy areas, which – unlike education – are a competence of the EU. Despite the inclusion of HE in EU regional policy, little research has been dedicated to the relationship between EU policy frameworks for regional development and specific policy areas, such as HE policy. The objective is to uncover how regional policy, as a traditional and strong EU policy backed with funding, influences European cooperation in the area of HE. An experimentalist governance perspective accommodating insights from European integration theory is adopted to map out governance features of both considered policy areas. Their effects are then assessed by examining specific instances of cross-border cooperation in HE in the manner of two case studies. The proposed research is guided by the following question: How does including the area of HE in EU regional policy influence cross-border cooperation in HE and the development of EU HE policy?

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// ACADEMIC BACKGROUND  

 

2015 – 2018
Master's Degree (M.A.) in Democracy and Governance in Europe, University of Tübingen
Thesis: "Assessing the project-based implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region in the area of higher education"

2016 - 2017
Erasmus Exchange Student at Sciences Po Strasbourg, France

2012 - 2015
Bachelor's Degree (B.A.) in European Studies: Languages, Literature, Culture, University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Thesis: "Dystopia then and now? The literary-dystopian discourse in a state of flux. A comparison between George Orwell's Ninteen Eighty-Four and Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy.

08/2014 - 12/2014
Exchange Student at Indiana University South Bend, United States


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// PUBLICATIONS

 

Felder, Alina (im Erscheinen) Bildungspolitik, in: Werner Weidenfeld / Wolfgang Wessels (Hrsg.): Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2020, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.

Felder Alina (2020) Crossing borders in higher education? A comparative case study at the intersections of EU regional and higher education policies, in: Cross border cooperation and peripheral areas in Europe, Special Issue Nr. 11 des Eastern Journal of European Studies, S.28-46.

Felder, Alina (2019) Bildungspolitik, in: Werner Weidenfeld / Wolfgang Wessels (Hrsg.): Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2019, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, S. 217-220.

Panning, Lara / Felder, Alina (2019): Die Europawahlen aus der Innensicht, Was bedeuten die Wahlen für die zukünftige Zusammenarbeit der europäischen Institutionen?, Kurzanalyse, Erschienen auf: regierungsforschung.de
 

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// CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

 

2020

UACES Virtual Graduate Forum Meetup: Governance and Crisis Management, 9 July 2020. +See more.

UACES Virtual Conference 2020, 7-11 September 2020. +See more

Organisation of the BAGSS Doctoral Workshop ‘Yet another crisis for EU researchers?’, 16-18 September 2020. +See more

Virtual PhD Workshop ‘Europeanisation and Policy Learning’, FUTURES Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Edinburgh/ United Kingdom, 12 October 2020.

 

Invited talks:

‘Europa der Regionen – eine Zukunftsperspektive?‘, Diözesantag der Ackermann-Gemeinde, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, 2 February 2020

‚Im Zeichen der Krise: Die deutsche EU-Ratspräsidentschaft 2020 – eine Bilanz‘, Online Podiumsdiskussion des Bayrischen Seminars für Politik e.V., 9. Dezember 2020

 

2019

3rd Joint Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), 20-21 June 2019.

UACES Graduate Forum Conference, What for the Next European Century?, Manchester/United Kingdom. 8-9 July 2019.
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// EXPERIENCE


Academic Experience

10/2017 - 12/2017
Research Assistant, Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen

10/2015 - 09/2016
Research Assistant, Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen


Teaching Experience:

07/08/2019 - 28/08/2019 and 10/08/2020 - 21/08/2020
Lecturer for the specialised course "European Studies" at the Summer University for Intercultural German Studies in Bayreuth, , +See more


Non-Academic Experience

09/2017 - 03/2018
Interreg Volunteer Youth (IVY) Project Partner at the Euopean Foundation for Education, Stuttgart

04/2017 – 06/2017 
Internship at the German Embassy, Montevideo, Uruguay

09/2016 – 01/2017    
Internship at the Office MEP Evelyne Gebhardt (Socalists and Democrats), European Parliament, Strasbourg

02/2014 – 03/2014   
Internship at the Office of Tourism and Culture, City Council, Lindenberg, Germany
 

Voluntary Experience:

05/2019 - 07/2020
Member of the student council at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences

Since 05/2018
Member of the prospect team at FES-Ehemalige e.V.
Alumni of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation help facilitate the career start of current scholarship holders with the initiative "Prospects" launched by FES-Ehemalige e.V.

06/2018 - 07/2020
EU Fundraising Coordinator at Model European Union Strasbourg (MEUS) 2019 and 2020

2015-2017
Chair of the Working Group "European Forum" composed of scholarships holders from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Since 2013
Member of the Young European Federalists (JEF), since 04/2020: Chair of JEF Section Bamberg

 

 

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