Anastasiia Petrova is a researcher and academic with a background in sociology and psychology. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Turku’s Faculty of Social Science, specializing in Psychology. An alumna of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Anastasiia holds both a Master’s degree in Sociology and a Bachelor’s degree in the same discipline. Anastasiia serves as an MSCA Research Fellow. Previously, she has held roles as a Lecturer and Research Assistant at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, and as Teaching Assistant. She has also participated in academic mobility at the University of Helsinki in 2021.

Deniz Celikoglu is a doctoral research fellow at DCU Anti-Bullying Centre. Her research focuses on parents’ experiences of young boys’ involvement in online gendered and sexual harassment, with a particular interest on the role played by extreme online groups and ideas. Deniz completed her Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Middle East Technical University (2019) and received her MSc degree in Sociology in European Context at Charles University Prague (2022).

Giorgia Scuderi is a political scientist with a MA´s degree in human rights. She is pursuing a PhD at Aarhus University. Previously, she served as a European project manager implementing Erasmus+ projects, researching and creating resources to improve school systems and foster inclusive communities. In her work, she addressed ESL, digitalization, well-being, diversity, inclusion, bullying, and cyberbullying. She is skilled in creative techniques such as storytelling and Theatre of the Oppressed, facilitating dialogues on sensitive issues. Her experience includes networking, project writing, and organising events targeting school communities. During her MA in human rights, she gained practical experience in Microfinance in Kathmandu, and conducted fieldwork to observe the educational challenges in remote areas of Nepal. After graduating, she spent three months working as a volunteer teacher and conducting qualitative research for the social and economic development of the Nkwanta North District area in Ghana.

Shan Hu is a researcher funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from China and a Master’s degree in Behavior and Health Sciences from Japan. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD and working as a research fellow at the University of Stavanger Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioral Research in Education. Her research focuses on conducting cross-national comparisons of cyberbullying research on pupils and parents. She is particularly interested in exploring stories of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Isabel Machado da Silva is a PhD Fellow at DCU Anti-Bullying Centre. Isabel completed a MSc in Education with International and Comparative specialisation at Stockholm University. She earned a Bachelor of Laws and Political Sciences from the University Nice Sophia-Antipolis. Isabel has collaborated with school leaders, students, NGOs and public agents in projects aiming at co-creating caring spaces in and out of schools. During her exchange year at Keio University, she was a lead student-researcher in an ethnographical service-learning programme in a Japanese high school aiming at empowering pupils to co-create spaces and activities that could enhance their sense of belonging at school.

Kainaat Maqbool is a 2-time founder of female-led initiatives working for gender
parity and empowering the underrepresented and marginalized women globally. She has helped foster digital inclusion and represent underprivileged women entrepreneurs from Pakistan on a global level. She is a staunch advocate of mental health and when she is not busy working, this is what she is advocating for. With this doctoral research, Kainaat wishes to bring a decolonial and intersectional perspective to researching racial minorities and initiate a community-based project on bullying and cyberbullying issues..

Luca Laszlo, born in Hungary, has an academic background in social sciences. In the past eight years, she has worked for various international organizations representing parents and school leaders as an education consultant and project manager, mainly on international projects concerning inclusion, digitalization, and school-home partnerships. She was involved in grassroots organizations providing support for newcomers to Europe in the 2014-15 migration crisis. Her experience includes developing and conducting trainings, developing materials for parents, teachers and school leaders, writing policy recommendations for policymakers on various levels. She is currently the PhD candidate of Parents International, and is enrolled at the University of Stavanger.

Luisa Morello is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher from Italy. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Stavanger. She completed her MSc at the Sigmund Freud University of Milan, specializing in developmental clinical psychology. She worked as a subject matter expert within the Child and Youth Lab of Sigmund Freud University, collaborating at multiple projects focussed on the role of risk and protective factors in children’s and adolescents’ mental health. She also created the Alumni of Sigmund Freud University Association with the purpose of building a community to promote personal and professional growth for graduates, and worked as its Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President. Luisa gained experience in the field of neurodevelopmental conditions, working as a postgraduate research intern at the Child Psychopathology Unit of “Eugenio Medea” Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care. She is the Vice-President and one of the founders of Educate for Good ETS, a third-sector organization whose mission focuses on promoting and developing educational and professionalizing programs in vulnerable contexts. Their main projects are currently based in Vrygrond, a township in South Africa.

Meghmala Mukherjee is a doctoral candidate at DCU Anti-bullying Centre.  Meghmala completed her Masters of Science (MSc) in Applied Psychology from University of Calcutta, India (2018) and received her MPhil degree in Forensic Psychology from National Forensic Sciences University, India in the year 2020. After her MPhil graduation, Meghmala worked as a research assistant under a Department of Science and Technology – Cognitive Science Research Initiative Project.

Ebru Ozbek is a PhD candidate at the University of Stavanger. The primary objective of her doctoral research is to examine the consequences of cyberbullying and the development of actions to mitigate outcomes in a whole-school community approach. During and following her master’s degree in developmental psychology at Koc University, she enrolled in the development and implementation of various prevention and intervention programs. In the Positive Youth Development Program (PERGEL) in Turkey, she worked as a coordinator and researcher. She also worked as a research assistant for the Child Profile Research conducted by UNICEF and the Ministry of Family and Social Services of Turkey. Her primary research interests are intervention programs, social, behavioral, and emotional development, early adolescence and childhood, positive development, parenting, and longitudinal research.