Originally from Malta, Michelle Pace is Professor (MSO) within The External Relations of the European Union with special emphasis on the relations with the Middle East at Roskilde University in Denmark. She is also Honorary Professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham in the UK. She has been Principal Investigator (PI) on a Carlsberg Foundation funded project on "The Struggle of State-Building in Palestine: Exploring "State-less"-Society Relations in the West Bank" and also a PI on a large Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs funded project entitled "Change in exile: Re-invigorating principles of reform and social stability amongst young Syrian refugees in Denmark and Lebanon". She is currently the Danish partner lead on an H2020 EU project SIRIUS (Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets, 2018-2020) as well as the EUMENIA Jean Monnet network and a Wellcome Trust project on power, violence and health in Gaza (with Prof Haim Yacobi of University College London). Her research areas of interest include: migration/refugee studies, liminality, ethnographic research, memory studies, emotions in international relations, human rights, identity politics, perceptions of democratisation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the development of the public sphere in the MENA region since the Arab “Uprisings”, de-democratisation, governance and pluralism in the Middle East, Egypt and Palestine.