Meet Dr. Fernando Casal Bértoa
Dr. Fernando Casal Bértoa is an Associate Professor in Comparative Politics at the University of Nottingham, UK. He obtained his PhD at the European University Institute (Florence) and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Political Science, Leiden University, before moving to the University of Nottingham. Dr. Casal Bértoa is currently co-director of the Research Centre for the Study of Parties and Democracy (REPRESENT), member of the OSCE/ODIHR “Core Group of Political Party Experts”, and expert of the Council of Europe, International IDEA, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the United Nations Development Program. His research focuses on party (system) institutionalization, party (funding) regulation and democracy promotion, and his winning research project received funding from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), and the European Research Council (ERC).
Meet Dr. Ọlásopé Oyèdìjí Oyèláràn
Dr. Ọlásopé Oyèdìjí Oyèláràn is a retired linguist whose research focuses on the phonology and syntax of African languages and French, as well as on the vehicle of indigenous epistemology, particularly of Yorùbá and Yorùbá in the diaspora. His current research projects include ‘Issues in the Syntax of the Yoruba Languages’ and ‘African Cross-currents in Atlantic Cultures’. Dr. Oyèláràn obtained his PhD at Stanford University and has taught and researched at institutions including Harvard University, Stanford University, Winston-Salem University and Western Michigan University in the US, Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly, University of Ife) in Nigeria, and the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, Paris, France.