Cholpon Aitakhunova
I’m a specialist in Politics and Security of Central Asia. My main interests are related to research and development projects in Central Asian region.

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Jyldyz Alymbaeva
I am a senior development specialist. In September 2015 I joined SIRIS as a National Coordinator for Kyrgyzstan and responsible for coordination of ongoing activities and developing of partner network in the country, as well as for developing and implementing projects in capacity building, knowledge management and organizational development.


Florian Amon
Researcher & Consultant
My main interests are on the education sector and on international development cooperation. I have been working in both fields and I like to link experience from practice on a micro level with supporting change processes as a consultant. Currently, I am focussing on my work as an educator.


Axel Borasino
Research Assistant
Coming from a pure scientific background such as Physics, I worked as a SIRIS Lab researcher. My SIRIS internship was focused on unstructured data mining, specifically in topic modelling algorithms applied to science datasets. My areas of interest are science knowledge dissemination, pattern discovery & machine learning algorithms.

Naël Desaldeleer
Research Assistant
I’m currently finishing a PhD in political philosophy and ethics, dedicated to the study of contemporary republicanism and to the relevance of its concept of political liberty. This research also leads me to explore some educational issues, which are directly involved by the republican argument. Within SIRIS, I applied my knowledge of higher education and research from quality review to strategic plans, so as to develop the international positioning of leading institutions

Montserrat Estañol
During my time  in SIRIS I worked as a Researcher at SIRIS Lab. I have a background in Computer Science and Software Engineering. My main research interests are modeling and knowledge representation, and how to reason on these models to detect errors.


Johannes Keil

Johannes Keil
Consultant Assistant
After completing the master’s degree in Professional Public Decision Making, my main working topics are related to analyses of stakeholder-networks and complex decision finding/making situations.


Víctor Pascual
Data Scientist
I  am a computer scientist expert in Data Visualization. My main interests are related to the study, application and dissemination of visualization and interaction techniques to assist the generation of insight from large and complex datasets.

Joulia Smortchkova
Research Consultant
At SIRIS I was a research consultant working in higher education and research, helping universities elaborate new research and education policies in an international and interdisciplinary context. I studied philosophy and cognitive science, because I wanted to understand how (and why) people think, feel, and act as they do. I hold a PhD in philosophy of cognitive science on social cognition, the study of how we perceive and come to know about other people’s thoughts and feelings.

Maria Yubero Gómez
Data Analyst
I am a qualitative data analyst working in the Data Analytics department. I’m interested in data analysis applied to Higher Education and Research, bibliometrics, university rankings and valorisation strategies for Social Sciences and Humanities.



Eva Grolíková
I am currently completing my Master Thesis at the Palacky University Olomouc (Czech Republic) on International Cooperation. My SIRIS internship focused on the sustainability analysis for knowledge platforms used in third countries, in the context of the ongoing SIRIS project K-Link.


Valentine Labouheure
Research Assistant
I am a student of the Erasmus + programme Euroculture, doing an internship at SIRIS as a Research Assistant. I am involved in different projects, mainly French ones. My main tasks consist of benchmarking academic practices, data analysis and representation.


José Luis Mateos
I am a social scientist currently studying a master in Social Research Methods at Durham University in collaboration with SIRIS. My main interests are how welfare policies intertwine with international student mobility, music and cricket.

Nicola Melluso
Research Assistant at SIRIS Lab
Student in Management Engineering at University of Pisa and Master in Technology and Engineering Management at UPC . I am doing my master thesis in the research and application of text mining techniques in order to provide a bottom-up understanding of the innovation and specialisation processes.


Anna Terraza Rovira
Research Assistant
With a background in sociology, I work as a research assistant in several SIRIS projects on Higher Education & Research and manage SIRIS Lab blog. I’m also interested in gender studies and in exploring links between university and public space.