Our Research Associates

Antonios Vlassis 

Digital and trade

Antonios Vlassis is Senior Researcher in the Center for International Relations Studies (CEFIR), University of Liège and Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Liège. His research and teaching fields deal with cultural policies, cultural diplomacy, global cultural politics and cultural globalisation. His scientific contributions have appeared, among others, in European Foreign Affairs Review, International Communication Gazette, Media, Culture & Society, European Journal of Communication, Third World Quarterly, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Études internationales.

He is the author of Gouvernance mondiale et culture: de l’exception à la diversité (Presses universitaires de Liège, 2015) and co-editor (with Pr. Oriane Caligaro) of the special issue ‘European policy of culture: between economic paradigm and rhetoric of cultural exception’ (scientific journal: Politique européenne, 2017). He is currently working on the governance of the interface ‘culture/online platforms’ and he is co-editor of “La culture à l’ère du numérique : plateformes, normes et politiques” (Presses universitaires de Liège, 2020).

Bart Hesseling

Cultural heritage


Bart Hesseling is Assistant Professor in Politics and Global History at Erasmus University College in Rotterdam. He is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) in International Studies and Diplomacy with special reference to the Middle East.

With a professional background in diplomatic and strategy advisory with experience in government and think-tanks in France, the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands, he works at the intersection of cultural relations, diplomacy and heritage.

Convinced that cultural relations are an understudied part of the fabric of international society and interregional relations, as an interdisciplinary researcher he is conducting doctoral work into the geopolitical role of museums in building intercultural relations between Europe and the Middle East.

His passion for cultural relations stems from initiating and developing plans for the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict (ALIPH) whilst working at an Abu Dhabi-based think-tank.

Lilian Richieri Hanania

Digital and trade 


Lilian Richieri Hanania is an attorney (Paris Bar and São Paulo Bar), PhD in International Law (University Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne), an accredited mediator (CNMA) and a collaborative law practitioner. She graduated from the Law School of the University of São Paulo (USP – Brazil) in 2001 and obtained a master’s degree in International Economic Law in 2003 and a PhD in International Law in 2007, both from the University Paris 1. Her PhD thesis, publications and lectures address International Economic Law, International Law on Culture and Sustainable Development, with an emphasis on creative industries, new technologies and the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Besides her activity as an attorney in law firms and in-house since 2002, and a consultant in International Law since 2003, she worked as advisor-negotiator at the International Economic Affairs Division of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 3 years and taught International Law and International Relations at the University Paris 1 for 4 years. She currently teaches at Sciences Po Paris and at the University Paris Descartes. She founded her own law firm in 2017, where she works as an attorney, a consultant and a mediator.