Aydan Iyigüngör's areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: human rights education and training, police and borders, media and diversity.
She has 11 years of experience in democratization and participation, governance and institution building in the field of justice and home affairs, minority rights, human rights education and training. She previously worked for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the EU in the enlargement context and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey and the EU.
She holds an MA in political science.
Jaroslav Kling's areas of expertise with respect to FRA’s work include: Roma inclusion, poverty and social exclusion, fundamental rights indicators, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
Before joining FRA in 2014 he has worked for 10 years at the Regional Centre of UNDP in Bratislava dealing with the evidence based poverty monitoring and Roma inclusion primarily in the countries of Central and South-Eastern Europe. He has managed the recent UNDP/WB/EC Regional Roma Survey 2011 and within several regional projects he provided the policy advice on M&E for Roma inclusion policies in number of countries (central and local level).
He holds MAs in human geography from the Comenius University in Bratislava and from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Elise Lassus works as a researcher in the Research and Data Unit. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: privacy and data protection legal frameworks, as well as research and analysis on topics linked to information society and new technologies.
Prior to joining FRA in 2014, she worked at the European Commission on policies related to the fight against discrimination and consumer protection.
She studied foreign languages and civilizations, and holds masters degrees in human rights, European studies and political science, with a focus on religions and societies.
Rossalina Latcheva's areas of expertise with respect to FRA’s work include: migration and integration; discrimination, xenophobia and ethnic exclusion; gender-based violence; and mixed methods research. She is experienced in developing, collecting and analysing primary and secondary data, as well as in applying diverse quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
Prior to joining the FRA, she held a university post-doctoral position at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and was a lecturer at the University of Vienna, Austria. She holds a PhD in sociology and has published a number of articles, book chapters and reports on migration, national and European identity, ethnic exclusion and mixed methods research.
Katarína Lughofer's areas of expertise with respect to FRA’s work include: fundamental rights advice in the implementation of the hotspot approach, migration, vulnerable groups and border management.
She has previously worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), covering the areas of migration and border management where she was involved in project development, project management as well as monitoring and evaluation. During the migration crisis she was on frequent field missions to the Western Balkans, where she was involved in various research and capacity building activities with a focus on countering migrant smuggling, trafficking in human beings and on human rights standards in migrant detention. She has contributed to several publications and assessments which focus on irregular migration.
She studied law and holds a postgraduate degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter University Centre, Venice.
Tamás Molnár works as a legal research officer in the Research and Data Unit. His areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: fundamental rights of irregular migrants; return and readmission of irregular migrants, including detention; anti-smuggling; EU asylum acquis and visa policy as well as horizontal issues of public international law.
Before joining the Agency in autumn 2016, he worked for a decade in various ministries in Hungary in the fields of international and EU migration law and their domestic implementation (drafting legislation). During the Hungarian Presidency of the EU Council in 2011, he was the chair of the Migration-Expulsion Working Party and the deputy chair of the Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum (SCIFA). He also undertook ad hoc consultancies for UNHCR on statelessness between 2010 and 2016 and on readmission for ICMPD (2013-2014). In addition, he has been a part-time adjunct professor of international law and EU migration law at the Corvinus University of Budapest, in the Institute of International Studies.
He studied law in Budapest and Brussels (LLM on EU law), and holds a PhD in international law (Budapest). He has published widely in the fields of international law, EU migration and asylum law, and on the legal aspects of statelessness, with over 60 journal articles, book chapters and a monograph.
Michal Nešpor is a member of the Agency’s Research and Data Unit. His areas of expertise with respect to FRA’s work include international human rights law, criminal law and internal security.
He has degrees in law, international relations and European studies.
His areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: survey research management; statistical analysis and data quality; violence against women. He previously worked for the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI), Finland, and has held a number of consultancy positions with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
He has a MA in the social sciences with statistics as the main subject, and has published a number of books, chapter and reports in the fields of crime and data collection – including Johnson, Ollus and Nevala (2008) Violence against Women: An international perspective, and Ollus and Nevala (2004) ‘Challenges in Surveying Violence against Women: Development of research methods’ in Smeenk, W. and M. Malsch, Family Violence and Police Response: Learning from research, policy and practice in European countries.
Henri Nickels’ areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include equality and non-discrimination; racism, xenophobia and related intolerance; and hate crime. He was previously Research Fellow at the London Metropolitan University, where he worked on the impact of counter-terrorism on Irish and Muslim communities in Britain. Prior to that he worked as a Research Officer at the University of Surrey on representations of Islam as a security threat.
He has published extensively on minority issues and is co-author of the book Islam, Security and Television News and co-editor of the books Islam in the Plural: Identities, (Self-) Perceptions and Politics and Islam in its International Context: Comparative Perspectives.
He studied social psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam.
Mario Oetheimer (Twitter: @MOetheimerFRA) is Deputy Head of Research and Data Unit. Since joining the Agency in 2009, he has coordinated its work in the area of information society, privacy and data protection, managing, inter alia, the Agency’s research project on National intelligence authorities and surveillance in the EU as well as the COVID-19 bulletins.
His areas of expertise with respect to FRA’s work include: artificial intelligence, data protection, freedom of expression and international human rights law, in particular the European Court of Human Rights’ case law. He previously worked for the Council of Europe for 13 years, first with its media division and then with the research division of the European Court of Human Rights.
He holds a PhD in public law, and is the author of the book Harmonisation of Freedom of Expression in Europe (2001) in French. He has authored several articles on freedom of expression and the European Court of Human Rights.