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Our programme director is the Professor of Sociology and Communication Studies at the Rome campus of the European School of Economics, Michael A. Korovkin.

Subsequent his earlier studies and work in biology and medicine, Dr. Korovkin received an M.A. in social anthropology from York University, Toronto, Canada; studied for his doctorate in social and cultural anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and completed his studies at the Institute of European and Mediterranean Studies, University of Amsterdam.

Professor Korovkin taught Medical Anthropology at McMaster University, University of British Columbia (post-graduate-level courses on Medical Anthropology of Stress), University of Victoria in Canada, and conducted seminars at the Institute of European Studies, University of Amsterdam, sponsored by the “Erasmus” programme of the European Union.

He did research and published his work on holistic healers in the Lazio region of Italy; socio-cultural stresses associated with the growing use of oral contraceptives in the Italian South; and on many other related topics.

He has recently completed, together with his University of Victoria colleague Prof. Peter Stephenson, a monograph “Zomby Factory: Medical Anthropology of Stress and the Phenomenon of ‘Sudden Death’”, which is now being revised for publication. (The excerpts from the monograph are available upon special request). He participated in Prof. Stephenson’s programme on stress in the Canadian television Knowledge Network. He chaired numerous sessions on medical anthropology at the Canadian Ethnological Society.
In Italy, Prof. Korovkin also taught at the universities of Bari, Perugia, Tuscia (Viterbo) and LUMSA (Rome).

Apart from formal teaching and the in-studio individual/group coaching, Dr. Korovkin consulted, and continues to consult, a very large number of private and public companies, entities and institutions, such as the World Food Programme of the United Nations, Canadian and American trade unions, Indian reserves of the West Coast of British Columbia, Social Democratic Party of Canada, and regional educational programmes in Italy – to name only a few.

His in-studio individual and small-group sessions emphasise a short-to-medium-term approach based on the socio-cultural and organisational rather than psycho-analytical treatment of stress.