Professor Peter Herrmann, Visiting Scholar
Peter Herrmann received his PhD from Bremen, Germany. He also completed studies in Sociology (Bielefeld, Germany), Economics (Hamburg, Germany), Political Science (Leipzig, Germany) and Social Policy and Philosophy (Bremen, Germany). In 2013 he joined the European Observatory for Social Quality, a research unit at EURISPES in Rome, Italy as a senior academic. He is also adjunct professor at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Department of Social Sciences (Kuopio, Finland), honorary associate professor at Corvinus University in Budapest and in the Faculty of Economics, Department of World Economy. Professor Herrmann previously taught at several Third Level Institutions across the EU and beyond; and worked in different contexts as a researcher and received research fellowships from different institutions. More recently he started his work in researching European Social Policy and in particular the role of NGOs. His main interest shifted over the last years and has been towards developing the Social Quality Approach further, looking in particular into the meaning of economic questions and questions of law. He linked this with questions on the development of state analysis and the question of social services. Recently he concentrated on elaborating methodological questions, being in particular involved in the elaboration of the Social Quality Theory. He published widely on these topics and in different fields.
Dr. Niall Duggan, Guest Lecturer
Niall Duggan received his BSc in Government and Public Policy at the National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC) in 2005 and obtained his MA in East and Southeast Asian Studiesin 2007 from Lund University. In 2011, Niall obtained his PhD from UCC. After completing his PhD, Niall became a lecturer in both the School of Asian Studies and the Department of Government in UCC before joining the Department of East Asian Politics at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, in January 2012. His main research interests are Sino-African relations, China’s foreign policy, global governance (Asia’s role in the G-20), role theory in international relations, and non-traditional security studies (food security).