Dr. Chiara Pierobon received her binational Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Bielefeld (Germany) and the University of Trento (Italy). Her main areas of expertise are EU’s support to civil society in Central Asia, prevention of violent extremism (PVE), sustainable development and local ownership, social capital and resilience. Her studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Central Asian Affairs, Central Asian Survey, Development Policy Review, Evaluation and she has been author and/or contributor of edited volumes from Nomos, Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, Sage and Springer. Dr. Pierobon served as manager of education and research exchange  programmes in Europe and Russia funded by the European Commission and the DAAD, and of collaborative research projects in Central Asia funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. In the past years, she was Visiting Professor at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany) and at the University of Malaya/Asia-Europe Institute (Malaysia), Visiting Scholar at American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan), German Kazakh-University (Kazakhstan), University of California/Berkeley (USA) and St. Petersburg State University (Russia) and Visiting Lecturer at Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg (Germany) and at the Kyrgyz-National University (Kyrgyzstan). In addition to her academic activities, she has been active as consultant and trainer for organizations such as DVV International / Regional Office for Central Asia and the UNESCO Cluster Office for Central Asia.