Diego Varela

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I am associate professor and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Economy at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi. I studied economics in Spain and Finland, before moving to the London School of Economics and Political Science, where I earned an MSc in European Studies (with distinction) and a PhD in Government. I was also a Robert Schuman scholar in the DG for Research of the European Parliament in Luxembourg. I coordinated two Jean Monnet modules, in Spain and Romania, before I earned my Jean Monnet Chair in 2016. Prior to that, I also set up and coordinated Universidade da Coruña's International Summer School (2014-2016), and founded and edited the European Journal of Government and Economics (2012-2016). I am the author of two books on the topics of my Jean Monnet modules, The government of the EU  (2007), and Population policy (2016). I am married and have two sons. Besides my family, my interests lie in the fields of international and EU politics, and I am the president of Europa Grande, a non-profit association that promotes EU enlargement.