As specified in its constitution, EASSH is placed under the collegial responsibility of the Governing Board composed of nine members (as of November 2018): three elected members representing the college of founders; three elected members representing the College of European associations and institutions; and three advisors, all supported by the Director of EASSH, Gabi Lombardo.

At the General Assembly held in Vienna in November 2018, Olivier Bouin (Réseau français d’instituts d’études avancées; re-elected also to the Board in 2018) and Marta Soler-Gallart (Universitat de Barcelona) were elected President and Treasurer respectively. Nina Braun (Net4Society) and Claire Clivaz (European Association for Digital Humanities) were elected to a three-year term as members of the Governing Board.


Gabi Lombardo

Gabi Lombardo, Ph.D, is an expert in both higher education and global research policy, and with extensive high-level experience operating at the interface of strategy, science policy, research support and funding. Gabi holds senior level experience in strategic and ‘foresight’ planning in elite higher education institutions, international research funders and associations as through work with the London School of Economics (LSE) the European Research Council (ERC) and Science Europe (SE). As Director of EASSH, Gabi advocates for social sciences and humanities research in science policy design and discussions at the national, European and international levels. She advocates also for the need of a strong evidence-based approach to policy-making, and the inclusion of researchers in science policy development for strategic and broad-based research funding. Gabi is regularly invited to participate in science policy fora in Brussels and across Europe and has recently published about ethics in social sciences research. In 2018, Gabi received the Young Academy of Europe Annual Prize.

Elected mambers, College of Founders

Olivier Bouin, Network of Institutes for Advanced Study - President

Dr Olivier Bouin is a director of the Network of French Institutes for Advanced Study, which brings together some of the most important researchers in the humanities and social sciences in France. He previously was a lecturer in economics at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, researcher at the French Center for Research in Social Sciences in Prague, and senior researcher for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. He also has held positions as director of the French cultural and scientific services in Rome and Boston. Bouin holds a PhD in economics from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, a master’s degree in political science from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and a master’s degree in international economics from the University of Paris-Dauphine.

Nina Braun, Net4Society

Nina has been Project Coordinator for Net4Society, the international network of National Contact Points for Societal Challenges, since 2009. Her work hasincluded improving the quality of consulting and to support researchers in submitting successful proposals in this funding area as well as to increase the visibility of social sciences and humanities (SSH) research. She holds a master’s degree in Global E Business and International Management and Economies from the Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille.

Claire Clivaz, European Association for Digital Humanities

After seven years as professor at the University of Lausanne (New Testament and Digital Humanities), Claire Clivaz is now Head of Digital Enhanced Learning at the SIB (Associated Senior Scientist). She leads her researches in an interdisciplinary way, at the crossroad of New Testament and the digital transformations of knowledge. She leads the development of the etalks, a multimedia publication tool, as well as a Swiss National Fund HumaReC and participates with six other European countries to a strategic partenariat ERASMUS+ in Digital Humanities. She is a member of several scientific committees (ADHO steering committee, EADH steering committee, IGNTP, Humanistica, etc.) and editorial boards (NTS, Digital Religion de Gruyter, etc.). She is co-leading a series with David Hamidovic by Brill Digital Biblical Studies, and research groups in DH (SBL, EABS).

Elected members, College of European associations and institutions

Patrick O'Donovan, Irish Humanities Alliance

Patrick O’Donovan has held the Professorship of French at University College Cork since 1994. He has served as Head of the Department of French, Head of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Prior to his time at UCC he taught at the University of Dundee, and then at St John’s College, Oxford, before becoming a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, in 1989. He holds degrees from UCC and a Ph.D. from Cambridge. He was formerly President of the Association d’Études Françaises et Francophones d’Irlande, a member of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and founding Chairperson of the Irish Humanities Alliance. He is also a former editor of the journal French Studies.

Cristina Pimenta, CARMEN


Cristina Pimenta, is a member of the Executive Committee of Carmen (The Worldwide Medieval Network). She holds a PhD in History, with habilitation to full professor from the University of Porto, where she is a senior research member of CEPESE (Center for the Study of Population, Economy and Society). From 2008 to 2013, she held an award from the FCT — Portugal scholarship programme “Ciência 2007”. Pimenta participated as member or/and coordinator of several research projects for different agencies including Eurocores, COST, FCT-Portugal Transnational Cooperation Bilateral agreements and National and FCT- Portugal research Projects, as well as being responsible for the management of an on-line journal, the E-Journal of Portuguese History, jointly managed by the University of Porto and Brown University, since 2006.

Sue Scott, European Sociological Association

Sue Scott is a British sociologist and feminist whose research has focused primarily on sexuality, gender and risk. She is an Honorary Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the University of York, an Honorary Professorial Fellow in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh and a Visiting Professor at the University of Helsinki. She has previously served as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University and Post-Graduate Dean at Durham University, before becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University from 2009 to 2012. She has been a member of the ESRC Research Grants Board and was co-chair of the steering group for the ESRC’s International Benchmarking of Sociology. She served as President of the British Sociological Association from 2007 to 2009 and has been President of the European Sociological Association since 2017.

Advisors to the Governing Board

Monica Dietl

Monica Dietl is research director for CNRS and senior advisor for the Healthy Measures initiative at Science|Business. In 2014 she became Director of the COST Association after a successful time as Director of the COST Office. Before joining COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), Dietl was twice representative and Director of the Brussels Office of the French National Research Centre (CNRS). Dietl is a biologist specialised in neuroscience. She joined the CNRS in 1990 as researcher, going onto become responsible for European and industrial partnerships in the CNRS life sciences departmentafter some time as Policy Officer at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research. Her research experience includes the Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris VI; Neurology Department at the Lainz Hospital in Vienna, the pharmaceutical company Sandoz in Basel, and the Inserm Institute of Neurosciences at the Collège de France in Paris, where she had, among others, collaborations with the pharma firma Rhone Poulenc Santé.

Marta Soler-Gallart - Treasurer

Marta Soler-Gallart is Professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona and Director of CREA (Community of Researchers on Excellence for All). She is Editor of the journal International Sociology and vice-president of ESA (European Sociological Association). Between 2014 and 2016 she was the only researcher on the ORCID Board of Directors. She obtained her PhD from Harvard University in 2001 and some years later she lectured about this work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, under the title: “Beyond Bourdieu”. Back in Spain she continued with a focus on the analysis of communicative acts, as applied to gender inequalities and gender violence. Currently, she is the Main Researcher of the H2020 Project SOLIDUS on the analysis of solidarity acts during the crisis in Europe. Alongside this she is the Knowledge Management Coordinator of the FP7 Project IMPACT-EV on evaluation of scientific, political and social impact from research. She recently published the book Achieving Social Impact. Sociology in the Public Sphere (Springer).

Andrew Sors

A significant part of Andrew Sors’ professional activities related to EU research policies and programmes. This included 26 years as a Commission official, 12 of which dealt with social sciences and humanities. He served as head of the (then) newly established Unit “Human Dimensions of Environmental Change (1993-1998) and subsequently as the head of Unit “Research in the Social Science and Humanities” (1999-2005). Andrew’s final assignment as an EU official was as Head of Science and Technology cooperation at the EC Delegation to India. In 2008 he returned to his birth city for a 3-year mandate as Rector of Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study. In August 2012 he was appointed as the first head of the EuroTech Universities Alliance Brussels Office. He retired from full-time employment in 2015. Andrew Sors has a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Sussex in the UK.

A special acknowledgement in supporting EASSH is due to the Foundation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme and to the University of Bergen.