Editors & Authors 

Annika Zorn (European University Institute)

Teaching and Learning Skills Expert, European University Institute. She is founder of an online school (Florence online School of Regulation), for which she also set-up a digital strategy. She is an experienced trainer of trainers and higher education teachers, and a senior expert for knowledge creation and sharing projects (with a focus on creating links between academic expertise and world of practitioners). She has worked with a wide set of European institutions and leading academics from different disciplines across the globe. Annika holds a PhD from the EUI. Personal Website – @ZornAnnika 

Jeff Haywood (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Emeritus Professor of Education & Technology in the School of Education, University of Edinburgh. He led the university’s development of online distance learning, including its MOOCs. His research interests are in the development of strategies for effective use of ICT in education at institutional, national and international levels. Personal Website

Jean-Michel Glachant (Florence School of Regulation, EUI)

PhD in economics at La Sorbonne in France. He worked in the industry and private sector before becoming Paris University professor.He has been advisor at the European Commission and coordinator or scientific advisor of several European research projects. First editor-in-chief of EEEP: Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy and former member of the Council of the International Association for Energy Economics; Jean-Michel is “Loyola de Palacio” Professor in European energy policy and Director Florence School of Regulation at European University Institute since 2008. @JMGlachant



Liz Marr (Open University UK)

Director of Teaching, the Open University, UK. She has worked in UK Higher Education for almost 30 years, in both face-to-face and distance teaching. She has overall responsibility for the Open University’s teaching and learning strategy, Academic Professional Development, the Open and Access Programmes and the MA in Open and Distance Education. Personal Website –  @liz_marr1

Peter Bryant (London School of Economics, UK)

Associate Dean (Education) and Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Business School (Australia). He was previously the Head of Learning Technology and Innovation, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom. He is an experienced academic with over twenty-five years teaching experience in adult education, marketing and creative industries. He co-leads the Future Happens initiative which uses innovative approaches to change management to lead research-informed conversations around technology, pedagogy and the future of the university sector. Personal Website @PeterBryantHE

Ismael Peña-López (Open University of Catalonia, Spain)

Lecturer at the Open University of Catalonia, Spain, Director of Open Innovation at the Fundacio Jaume Bofill, Spain. He works on the impact of ICTs in Development and its main institutions, especially on what relates to individual empowerment through emancipation and sovereignty upon one’s political and social environment. In learning, he works in the shift from teaching to learning and how the digital revolution is transforming the way knowledge is transferred and the institutions we built for that purpose. Personal Website – @ictlogist

Salla Sissonen (City of Turku, Finland)

Pedagogical designer at the City of Turku, Finland. She began as a teacher in adult and basic education, later training teachers and coordinating projects. Prior to returning to her roots in basic education, she also worked as online coordinator and pedagogical advisor for the Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute. @salla_si

Chiara Canestrini (Florence School of Regulation, EUI)

Communication Specialist at the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) with a strong focus on the communication strategy to enhance online learning. She holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy and she has been working as web editor and digital strategist since 2011. From 2014, she has been managing the online courses and events at the FSR (training facilitation, editing of new online formats, community outreach and engagement).

Alvin Birdi (University of Bristol, UK)

Professor of Economics Education at the University of Bristol. He is also the University’s Associate Pro Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of The Economics Network, a national body that trains lecturers and promotes high quality and innovative teaching practice in Economics.

Bonnie Stewart (University of Windsor, Canada)

Educator and social media researcher fascinated by who we are when we’re online. Assistant Professor of Online Pedagogy and Workplace Learning at the University of Windsor, Canada, Bonnie’s research, workshops, and teaching explore the changing realities of contemporary higher education. Bonnie’s best thinking is done out loud, on Twitter. Personal Website – @bonstewart

Sierra Williams (London School of Economics, UK)

Community Manager at PeerJ – the open access publisher. She was formerly the Managing Editor of the LSE Impact Blog. She has an MPhil in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and a BA in Sociology from the University of San Francisco. Her interests are in open scholarship, citizen science, distributed communication networks, and data sharing. @sn_will

Chris Gilson (London School of Economics, UK)

Managing Editor of USAPP, the London School of Economics US Centre’s daily blog on US politics and policy. He is the co-author, with Amy Mollett, Cheryl Brumley, and Sierra Williams, of Communicating Your Research with Social Media: A Practical Guide to Using Blogs, Podcasts, Data Visualisations and Video (Sage, 2017). He has a undergraduate and a Master’s degree in Geography, and a postgraduate diploma in Strategic Management, all from the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Personal Website

Giuseppe Porcaro (Bruegel Think Tank)

Head of Communications and Events, Bruegel, Belgium. He holds a PhD in Geography of Development at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. He has been Secretary-General of the European Youth Forum (2009‒2014) Contributors xi and worked at the World Bank as well as at the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. Personal Website – @porcarorama

Daniela Bernardo (Florence School of Regulation, EUI)

Online School Coordinator and User Experience designer at the Florence School of Regulation (FSR). She is responsible for the management and coordination of the School’s online activities: online team, websites and online courses. She is an E-learning designer, responsible for the technical development and design of all the online courses. She works closely together with the Online Team, as well as the Course Directors and Researchers, creating innovative tools and learning  environments. Daniela has been working as a web and graphic designer for eight years. She holds a BA degree in Communication Technology from the University of Aveiro. @bernardo_danii