Paul Anderson

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Dr Paul Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in  Politics at Liverpool John Moores University. He holds master degrees from the University of Glasgow and the University of Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), and a PhD from CCCU. His research interests include territorial politics, with a specific focus on nationalism and secessionism, British and Spanish politics and the use of autonomy as a tool of conflict resolution.

Paul’s recent publications have focused on territorial politics in Spain and the UK, with specific focus on the Catalan and Scottish independence movements. He has published various journal articles as well as a number of book chapters on these topics.

Paul is a member of various international and national organisations, including IACFS, IPSA, PSA and UACES. He is co-lead of the UACES-JMCT Research Network, ‘(Re)Imagining Territorial Politics in Crisis (2020-2024), treasurer of the PSA ‘Spanish Politics’ group and co-lead of the CCCU research group ‘Federalism and Conflict Resolution’. Since 2018, Paul has worked with the Hanns Seidel Foundation in Myanmar. He has worked with various stakeholders in the federal debate, including civil servants, NGOs and political parties.


Soeren Keil

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Dr Soeren Keil is the Academic Head of International Research and Consulting at the Institute of Federalism, Fribourg, Switzerland. He holds a PhD from the University of Kent (supervisors: Prof Michael Burgess and Prof Florian Bieber) and previously studied at the University of Würzburg in Germany. Since 2011, he has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Passau (Germany), the University of Pompeu Fabra (Spain), the University of Graz (Austria) and the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He is regularly teaching in the MA programme of the Centre International de Formation Europeene (CIFE) in France, and in 2017 he was a Visiting Professor and Researcher at the Institute for Strategic Studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (Netherlands).

He has written, edited and co-edited 6 books, including “Multinational Federalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (Ashgate 2013) and more recently “The EU and Member State Building – European Foreign Policy in the Western Balkans” (Routledge 2015, co-edited with Zeynep Arkan) and “Understanding Federalism and Federation” (Routledge, 2015, co-edited with Alain Gagnon and Sean Mueller). His most recent research focuses on new forms of federal systems in the post-Cold War era, the legacy of peace agreements in the Western Balkans and the use of territorial autonomy as a tool of conflict-resolution. As part of his work, he has been involved as an academic expert in the federal debates in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, and more recently Myanmar (Burma) and Syria. He has furthermore given evidence to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation. In 2015, he worked as an adviser to the European Union for the Horizon 2020 programme.