Irena Fiket is designated as the Academic coordinator for this JM Network. She is a Research Associate at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade. She has relevant research experience, teaching experience, a mentoring experience of MA theses and experience in managing international projects. She collaborated with civil and policy sectors. She is a member of the Standing group ‘Democratic Innovations’ of European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and former member of the group steering committee (and one of the founders). The main research topics that she worked on whilst at the Universities of Florence, Siena, Bologna, and Oslo as a postdoc, include citizen participation, democratic innovation, deliberative democracy, European identity, European public sphere, European Higher Education and Western Balkans. She held more than 30 presentations, seminars or public lectures and published more than 10 peers reviewed papers or chapters.