Ruby Gropas is Team Leader of Social Affairs Team in European Political Strategy Centre, Brussels. Before joining the EPSC, she was Research Fellow in the Global Governance Programe of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute, Florence. Since 2012, she is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, and also holds a Lectureship in International Relations at the Law Faculty of the University of Thrace. She holds a PhD in International Relations from Cambridge University. Her research and publications have focused on different aspects of migration, European integration, foreign policy and human rights. She has served as Mana-ging Editor of the Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (2005-2009) and is currently Book Review Co-Editor for the Journal of Common Market Studies. Ruby studied Political Science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Business Management at the University of Maryland, and then pursued her graduate studies in European Studies at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.