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Lorenzo Cicchi (Ph.D. IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, 2013) is research associate at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, where he coordinates the activities of the European Governance and Politics Programme (EGPP). He is also adjunct professor at California State University in Florence and teaching assistant at the Department of Political Science of the University of Pisa. Previously he was coordinator of the Observatory on Political Parties and Representation (OPPR) and post-doctoral research fellow at Fondazione Luigi Einaudi in Rome. His research focuses on political parties, elections and EU politics and institutions, in particular the European Parliament where he has worked as parliamentary assistant in 2012. He has an extensive experience in preparation of calls for funding and project management of national and international research projects, most recently InDivEU (consortium led by EUI, 2019-22), Spaceu2019 and euandi2019 (EUI and University of Luzern, 2018-2019), PartAdapt (University of Pisa, 2018-19) PAIRDEM (University of Oslo, 2016-17). He recently edited the volume “2017: Europe’s Bumper Year of Elections” together with Prof. Brigid Laffan (Florence: European University Institute, 2018) and published the book “Is Euro-voting Truly Supranational? National Affiliation and Political Group Membership in European Parliament” (Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2016). His journal articles appear, among others, in “Journal of Modern Italian Studies”, “Interdisciplinary Political Studies” and “Defence Studies”.