We are sometimes asked who actually "writes" ESI reports, since individual reports do not show the authors' names. The answer is that all ESI publications are genuine team products. The outputs draw on the expertise and experience of a range of ESI analysts, supported through feedback from ESI members and the advisory board.

Present core team

ESI at work - Marcus Cox and Gerald Knaus

ESI publications are the product of intensive exchanges of ideas among our analysts and field researchers, together with the editorial team of Gerald and Marcus . Under our 'dual key' method of preparing reports, all outputs are jointly prepared by the Director (elected annually by the members) and the Senior Editor (appointed by the executive board), and always go through many drafts before being cleared for publication. This painstaking method limits the number of reports which can be produced each year, but ensures that they always meet the highest quality standards.

ESI's core team is growing steadily. From 1999 to early 2000, it consisted of Gerald and Marcus. In early 2000, Kristof joined the core team, followed by Eggert in late 2000. In the summer of 2001, Verena moved from the position of administrator to become a permanent analyst in Kosovo; after working for the EU Pillar of UNMIK she has now joined the ESI Turkey project. Duska, a journalist and scholar based in Belgrade, joined us as analyst in 2002. Since August 2004 ESI has been joined by Nigar, Erkut and Enis for the ESI Turkey project. Minna was an ESI analyst from September 2001 to January 2002, managing the ESI program in FRY and undertaking field research in Macedonia, before joining UNMIK. Minna also worked with ESI on producing a substantial study of the Stability Pact, published in April 2001. She rejoined ESI in October 2004 until August 2005. Verena Ringler joined ESI in 2005 until 2006 and Nicole Pope in early 2006 until the end of 2006. Alex Stiglmayer also joined the ESI analyst team in 2006. In early 2007 Ekrem Güzeldere joined the ESI team in Istanbul as an analyst.

The core ESI team of analysts in September 2007 is thus 8.

Wider circle of contributors

Others, who had worked for ESI before, continue to be closely involved in all of our internal debates. Felix joined the team in the summer of 2002 for one year and remains deeply involved in all ESI discussions and debates. Paul worked with ESI in the second half of 2002 and during 2003, particulary in Kosovo. Alida was an analyst with the Bosnia project in Sarajevo from 2001 to early 2004. Urban and spatial planners Frank and Christof contributed to ESI in Kosovo in 2003. Marcus (Brand) contributed to the ESI Stability Pact study and the LLA research in late 2001 as an analyst undertaking field research in Kosovo. Later he examined the transition experience in Slovenia for possible lessons for the other former member states of Yugoslavia, before joining the OSCE's ODHIR in Warsaw. Emmanuela, an anthropologist with extensive experience in the Western Balkans and particular expertise in Albania, supported ESI with field research for the Macedonia project in early 2002. In the early phase of ESI, Chris (Bennett), ESI's first senior editor and vice president, played a key role in providing feedback and editing.

ESI also benefits from a wider network of members, advisers and external analysts who contribute in a variety of ways, contributing experiences and expertise. This also enables ESI to undertake large and complex research projects as the need arises. Dardan Gashi has contributed to the LLA in Kosovo, undertaking field research in 2001 and 2002. Mike Todd supported the work of the LLA in the spring of 2002 through research on European Union aid delivery mechanisms. Dominik Zaum supported the research of the LLA in 2003.

Other ESI members have played an important role in shaping ESI's thinking, in particular Gil Baldwin, Sandra Colliver, David Steward Howitt, Gianni La Ferrara and Dieter Wolkewitz. Archie Tuta contributed to ESI's Montenegro research directly in late 1999.