LSE SU Albanian Society public event. Albania and the Balkans in 2009: Challenges and Opportunities. Date: Friday 13 March 2009, Time: 6:30-8pm. Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, Speaker: Gabriel Partos, Dr Mirela Bogdani, Miranda Vickers. Chair: Dr Arjan Gjonca.
Gabriel Partos is currently the Eastern Europe Editor and Analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit. Previously he was BBC’s Central and South-east Europe Analyst. Having worked in various parts of the BBC, for a while he was also the acting head of the Albanian Section. He is also the author of an interview-based history of the Cold War, “The World that Came in from the Cold”, and of numerous articles published in national newspapers and specialist magazines. Mr Partos will concentrate on the economic and political challenges and opportunities for Albania and the region.
Dr. Mirela Bogdani has studied politics at Oxford University (St Antony’s College), where she just finished an MPhil in “European Politics” (2006-2008) and at Cardiff University, where she did an MSc in “European Public Policy” (2002-2003). Before changing her career to politics, she studied medical sciences, where she received her BDS from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tirana. Following graduation she worked as a dentist and then in the Albanian public administration, as Chief Dental Officer in the Ministry of Health. She obtained her “Doctor of Science” (PhD) degree in medical sciences from the University of Tirana in 2001. She also has done other postgraduate studies in management, administration and public health policies at Boston University, USA (1995), University of London-UCL, UK (1997) and George Washington University, USA (1999-2000). She became involved in Albanian party politics and stood for elections herself.
Since coming to the UK she has been actively involved in the British politics. She is the author of 3 books, two of which are in the area of the EU Enlargement policy, focusing on the relationship between the EU and Albania and its accession and integration process. Her recent book “Albania and the EU: The Tumultuous Journey towards Integration and Accession” was published by I.B.Tauris (London-New York) in February 2007. She is currently writing her fourth book, which is again on the EU Enlargement, focused on Turkey.
Dr. Bogdani has also written many professional, scientific and political articles in Albanian and international journals, newspapers and magazines, as well as has held many conference papers and presentations in professional and political activities. She has also given lectures and talks in various academic institutions, such as University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of London (UCL), University of Bristol, University of Tirana and European University of Tirana. Before going to Oxford, she was a lecturer and researcher in EU Politics at Cardiff University, School of European Studies. Since 2002 she lives with her family in Cowbridge, Wales. For more info, visit M.Bogdani’s web-site: www.mirelabogdani.com
Dr Bogdani’s talk about Albania’s EU membership application and more precisely her speech will be entitled “Albania’s application for membership to the EU: Is the country ready?”
Miranda Vickers is a writer and historian on Albanian affairs, having published several books on Albanians including: The Albanians – A Modern History, and The Albanian Question – Reshaping the Balkans (with James Pettifer). Her talk will concentrate on mainly the social and cultural challenges of the region .
Dr Arjan Gjonça is Senior Lecturer in Demography at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a member of different professional bodies, including International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, British Society for Population Studies (BSPS), European Association for Population Studies, Population Association of America, and many more. He was the Honorary Secretary of the BSPS from 2001-2004, and a member of the council since 1997.
He also sits in different editorial boards of population journals. His main areas of interests and research are: Health Transition in Developing Countries; Ageing in Developed and Developing Societies; Family and Fertility in Developed Societies; Demography of the Balkans (with particular focus Albania); Gender Differences in Mortality.
Dr Gjonca has acted as an adviser to different international organisations and national governments, including the World Bank, UNFPA, UNDP and the Albanian government. His recent works include the paradox of mortality transition in Albania, Gender differences in survival and old age; Explaining fertility change in Albania.
As well as chairing the event, Dr Gjonca will also cover some of the social and economic policy challenges of the region.
This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on first come first served basis.
For more information contact by email Su.Soc.Albanian@lse.ac.uk or phone Alfred Kovaci on 07863 399 657.