Staffan I. Lindberg is professor and director of the V-Dem Institute at University of Gothenburg, principal investigator of Varieties of Democracy, Wallenberg Academy Fellow, author of Democracy and Elections in Africa (JHUP 2006), co-author of Varieties of Democracy (CUP 2020), Why Democracies Develop and Decline (CUP 2022), and over 60 academic articles. Lindberg has extensive experience as consultant and advisor to international organizations.
Mieke Verloo is professor of comparative politics and inequality issues at Radboud University in the Netherlands, and non-residential permanent fellow at the IWM, Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. She has extensive publications on gender equality policymaking in Europe, on gender mainstreaming and intersectionality, on gendered body politics, gendered knowledge politics, and on opposition to gender equality in Europe. A large part of her current work is on the complex relationship between democracy and gender+ equality. Her most recent book is Varieties of opposition to gender equality in Europe.
Marlene Wind is professor of politics and law at the University of Copenhagen. She is director of Centre for European Politics and co-founder of iCourts, the Centre of Excellence of International Courts. She is the author of the books The Tribalization of Europe - defense of our liberal values (Polity Press 2020) and International Courts and domestic politics (CUP 2018) together with many other articles and books. In 2021, she published an article in Groupe d'études géopolitiques warning against an unprecedented backlash of European constitutionalism (a third wave of constitutionalism) that even recognized scholars argue is unavoidable. She has for 20 years been a known public intellectual and op-ed writer commenting on law and politics in the EU. In 2021, she was appointed special advisor on democracy for the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Josep Borrell.