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Julia Bader

Julia Bader is assistant professor and also associate fellow at the German Development Institute in Bonn. She joined the University of Amsterdam in August 2012. Her research interests are China's foreign relations, authoritarianism, development cooperation and human rights.
Keywords: China, international relations, autocracy, development cooperation, human rights
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Farid Booussaid

Farid Boussaid

Farid Boussaid is a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and specializes in the political economy of the Middle East. Prior to pursuing a post graduate degree he was a policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Finance, working mainly on development policy, World Bank and IMF related issues. His current research interests are network formation in the Middle East in the aftermath of the recent political and social upheavals. He is also exploring security cooperation in the 1970s between Middle Eastern states.
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B.M. Burgoon

Brian Burgoon

Brian Burgoon (PhD, MIT ‘98) is professor of International and Comparative Political Economy and is the current academic director of the AISSR. His research focuses on the political economy of economic globalization, social-welfare and labor policies, and conflict. 
Keywords: Globalization; welfare states; labour standards; working time; violent conflict; trade; immigration; foreign direct investment.
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Ursula Daxecker

Ursula Daxecker

Ursula Daxecker is associate professor of international relations, specializing in conflict processes and political violence. She joined the department in 2013 and was previously an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Colorado State University. Current research projects involve elections, protesting, and violence, and the intersection between crime and politics.
Keywords: conflict processes, political violence, election violence, maritime piracy, contentious politics 
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Luc Fransen

Luc Fransen is assistant professor of International Relations. His work investigates how, why and to what effect various types of global governance of social and environmental conditions of production evolve, diffuse and interact. He is also a member of the Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance programme group.
Keywords: transnational governance;  political economy; Corporate Social Responsibility; worker rights; sustainability standard-setting; civil society organizations.  
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A. Freyberg Inan

Annette Freyberg-Inan

Annette Freyberg-Inan is associate professor for International and European Politics and director of the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS). Her research focuses on International Relations theory, political economic transformation in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey, and the global justice movement.  
Keywords: IR theory, globalization, democracy, Europe, post-communism, methodology  
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Julian Gruin

Julian Gruin

Julian Gruin is an assistant professor of transnational governance. A political economist, his research concentrates on global financial governance, Chinese political economy, and the evolving nature of power in the global economy. He holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford.
Keywords: China, comparative capitalisms, East Asia, financial regulation and crisis, globalization, governance, monetary policy
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Eelke Heemskerk

Eelke Heemskerk is associate professor. His research interests include the politics of corporate governance, interaction between social networks and decision-making, behavioural corporate governance, corporate elites, social network analysis and political business history. In his current research Eelke is interested in big data related to networks of corporate ownership and control. He directs the CORPNET research team, funded by an ERC starting grant.     
Key Words: corporate governance, social networks, corporate elites, decision-making, business history, interlocking directorates, big data

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Franka van Hooren

Franca van Hooren

Franca van Hooren is assistant professor of political science. She joined the University of Amsterdam in October 2015. She obtained her PhD at the European University Institute and subsequently worked at the University of Bremen and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her current research is in comparative politics of the welfare state, focussing specifically on issues where social policy, care and migration come together. 
Keywords: welfare state; politics; domestic work; care; migration; gender
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Sebastian Krapohl

Sebastian Krapohl

Sebastian Krapohl is Assistant Professor of International Relations, specialising on regional integration inside and outside of Europe. He joined the department in August 2014 and was previously Assistant Professor at the University of Bamberg, Germany. His current research project analyses and compares regional integration efforts in Southeast Asia (ASEAN), South America (MERCOSUR) and Southern Africa (SADC).
Key words: comparative regionalism, European integration, international political economy, regional integration, trade policy
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Theresa Kuhn

Theresa Kuhn

(PhD EUI 2011) is associate professor. Previously, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and taught at FU Berlin. Her research revolves around two questions: How do globalization and European integration impact people’s everyday lives, and how do people react to these transformations in their behaviour, attitudes and collective identities. Theresa’s current research project, funded by an NWO-VENI grant, combines laboratory experiments and mass opinion surveys to study to what extent and under which conditions people are willing to redistribute at the local, national and European level.
Key words: European integration, globalization, transnationalism, redistribution, collective identity, experiments, survey research
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Daniel Mugge

Daniel Mügge

Daniel Mügge is Professor of Political Arithmetic. His current research focuses on the politics of macroeconomic measurements and is supported by an NWO Vidi grant and an ERC Starting Grant. He also leads the work package on financial sustainability in the Horizon 2020 ENLIGHTEN project. In 2009, his dissertation won the Jean Blondel prize for best European political science dissertation of the year.
Keywords: International political economy, macroeconomic indicators, finance, European governance
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Rosa Sanchez Salgado

Rosa Sanchez Salgado is Assistant Professor of European Public Policy. Her previous research focused on the interactions between EU institutions and  civil society organizations; and on  the role of transnational networks in European governance. She is currently investigating the role of emotions in dynamics of public contestation and social change. 
Key words: Civil society organizations, European Union, interest representation, Europeanization
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Philip Schleifer

Philip Schleifer

Philip Schleifer is an assistant professor in transnational governance. Previously, he was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. His research interests lie in the areas of international political economy, global environmental politics, and transnational private governance. His current research investigates the diffusion of voluntary sustainability standards in emerging markets. Philip holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.
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Abbey Steele

Abbey Steele

Abbey Steele is an assistant professor of political science. Previously, she was an assistant professor at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, a post-doctoral fellow with the Empirical Studies of Conflict group at Princeton University, and an associate of the Order, Conflict, and Violence program at Yale University. Her current research studies civilian displacement and resettlement during civil wars, and state-building efforts in Colombia.
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Geoffrey Underhill

Geoffrey Underhill

Geoffrey Underhill holds the Chair in International Governance. Born in Vancouver, Canada, he has held a range of full-time and visiting positions in Canada, the UK, France and the US/Italy. Professor Underhill specializes in the political economy of global and regional financial governance among the developed countries, in international trade, and the international aid architecture.
Keywords: political economy; financial governance; financial supervision and regulation; economic openness; international public policy; aid architecture
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Jonathan Zeitlin

Jonathan Zeitlin is Distinguished Faculty Professor of Public Policy and Governance, and Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES). His current research focuses on new forms of 'experimentalist' governance, which diverge in various respects from standard hierarchical or 'command-and-control' models, within and beyond the EU.
Keywords: European Union, governance, regulation, transnational governance, experimentalism, public policy
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PhD students

Roberto Aragão

Roberto Aragão is a huge enthusiast for subjects related to the development process. His academic experience and work in Brazil equipped him with deep knowledge about the Brazilian’s main macroeconomic indicators. Nowadays, he is a PhD candidate on the FickleFormulas project, where he is trying to understand how the way indicators are measured impact investment decisions.
Key words: Indicators measurement, Investment Decision Process, Economic Development, Brazil
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Milan Babic

Milan Babic

Milan Babic is a PhD candidate in the Corpnet research group. He is particularly interested in transnational class formation, class agency and transformations of global power relations. In his research, he is adressing questions of corporate power and control in contemporary capitalism.
Key words: International Political Economy, Corporate Control, Class Agency, Global Power Relations, Contemporary Capitalism
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Basje Bender

Basje Bender is a PhD candidate. Her research focuses on external EU governance in the area of competition policy, and looks in particular at the EEA, EU accession candidates and multilateral networks. She is therefore mainly interested in how the EU's policies are exported or extended to non-EU countries and contexts. Her PhD is part of the FP7 project GR:EEN (Global Re-ordering: Evolution through European Networks). 
Keywords: European Union; competition policy; external EU governance; experimentalist governance. 
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David Bokhorst

David Bokhorst

David Bokhorst is a PhD candidate focussing on macroeconomic governance in the European Union for the Horizon 2020 project: ‘European Legitimacy in Governing through Hard Times: the role of European Networks’ (ENLIGHTEN). Before joining the UvA in May 2015, David was a research fellow on EU integration at the Clingendael Institute.
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Ewa Dąbrowska

Ewa Dąbrowska

Ewa Dąbrowska (MA, BSc) is a PhD candidate. Previously, she worked for the Hamburg Institute of International Economics and for the Project Network "Institutions and institutional change in the post-socialism" financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Her research focuses on ideas-led institutional change in the Russian political economy on the example of Russian Sovereign Wealth Funds.
Keywords: ideas and institutional change, economic discourse, think tanks, Russian political economy, Russian politics 
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Daniel DeRock

Daniel DeRock

Daniel DeRock (MSc) is a PhD candidate focusing on the global political economy of macroeconomic measurement. His research analyzes statistical harmonization efforts of the United Nations, the IMF and the World Bank. Daniel has a background in International Relations as well as experience in the international development sector.
Keywords: International political economy, macroeconomic indicators, international organizations, development
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Javier Garcia Bernardo

Javier Garcia-Bernardo

Javier Garcia-Bernardo is a PhD candidate in the CORPNET group. He was previously a master student in computer science and complex systems at the University of Vermont. He investigates the factors affecting corporate networks creation and structure, and how the interactions between companies affect society and economy.
Keywords: social networks, corporate control, complex systems
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Sarah Hardus

Sarah Hardus is PhD candidate. Her research looks at the consequences of China's recent involvement in Africa for OECD/DAC donor aid to the continent. She has conducted field research in Zambia, Ghana and Uganda. Next to International Development Studies, Sarah has a background in International Relations and Cultural Anthropology.
Keywords: Politics of foreign aid; China in Africa
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Klaas Heemskerk

Klaas Heemskerk

(MA, MSc) is PhD candidate. His interest are in the field of behavioral corporate governance. In his PhD he investigates the social dynamics in boardrooms educational institutions and the impact on the quality of governance. Klaas is a teacher himself and his PhD is funded by NWO’s Doctoral Grant for Teachers.
Keywords: Behavioral governance, educational governance, decision making, group dynamics, intragroup conflict, semi-public institutions.
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Joan Heijster

Joan van Heijster

Joan van Heijster (MSc) is a PhD Candidate focusing on the politics of macroeconomic measurements in China and India. In her research she traces the history of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) indicator and tries to understand how developments in the Chinese and Indian political economy drive the changes in the measurement and use of GDP in these countries. Thereby she links the construction of macroeconomic indicators to the politics around economic planning. She has a background in International Relations with a focus on Asian political economy and the BRICS countries.
Key Words: Global Political Economy; Macroeconomic Measurements; GDP; China; India; Emerging Economies

Chris Luigjes

Christiaan Luigjes

Chris Luigjes (MSc) joined the AISSR (PETGOV) in February 2016 as a PhD candidate. His work focuses on intergovernmental relations regarding social policy. Specifically he is interested in the fiscal division of labour between levels of government in multi-tiered welfare states. Previously he was affiliated to the Centre for Social Policy, Herman Deleeck, at the University of Antwerp and to the Research Centre of Public Economics at KULeuven. 
Key words: intergovernmental relations; welfare states; social policy; fiscal policy; European Union; institutional moral hazard
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Pieter Moerman

Pieter Moerman

Pieter Moerman is an external PhD candidate, working in the field of education-business cooperation (vocational and applied sciences) . His research focuses on governance in cases of uncertainty and networks. He has a background in comparative public policy (MSc, University of Edinburgh) and governance (MA, Utrecht University).
Key Words: networks, learning, vocational education, universities of applied science, uncertainty, (experimentalist) governance
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Y.A. Poskakukhina

Yulia Poskakukhina 

Yulia Poskakukhina joined the AISSR in January 2011 as a PhD candidate. Her research focuses on development aid programs which target tax policy and administration in the Kyrgyz Republic. Prior to the AISSR Yulia has worked on matters related to development cooperation at several international, non-profit and private sector organizations in Brussels, The Hague, London, Manila and Moscow. In 2006 she received her International Relations MA degree ( cum laude ) from the University of Amsterdam.

Wouter Schakel

Wouter Schakel is a PhD candidate. His research focuses on the relationship between socio-economic inequality and political representation, and in particular on the question whether and how this inequality undermines democracy in advanced economies.
Keywords: international political economy, representation, inequality, democracy
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Joep Schaper

Joep Schaper

Joep Schaper (MSc) is a PhD candidate. His research interests involve causes of immigration policy restrictiveness in OECD countries and the role of news media in politics and society. He is affiliated to the Immigration Policy And Law Analysis (IMPALA) database as a research fellow.
Key words: Immigration policy and law, news media, welfare state, public opinion, quantitative content analysis 
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Bart Stellinga

Bart Stellinga

Bart Stellinga (MA, MSc) is a PhD candidate. His research focuses on the politics of financial regulation, with a specific interest in the following domains: accounting standards, banking regulation, and credit rating agencies. He also works for the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), where he currently works on a project on the contribution of the financial sector to sustainable economic growth. Before that he worked on a project on food policy and a project on the liberalisation and privatisation of public sector activities.
Keywords: international political economy, financial regulation and supervision, liberalisation and privatisation of public services
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Douwe Truijens

Douwe Truijens

Douwe Truijens (MSc) is a PhD candidate. His project ‘New Modes of Lobbying for New Modes of Governance: Interest Representation and Experimentalist Governance in the EU’ (individual NWO Research Talent Grant) addresses the question how interest groups respond to new and developing policy-making circumstances in the European Union. The central focus is how far such groups adapt their strategies for influencing policy outcomes to (quasi-)experimentalist governance processes, and how, in turn, their reaction fosters the functioning of this emerging mode of EU governance.
Keywords: EU governance, experimentalist governance, interest representation, democratic legitimacy, deliberative democracy 
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Daniel Gomez

Daniel Gómez Uribe

Daniel Gómez Uribe is a PhD candidate. His research focuses on global extractive processes and their local dynamics. He is particularly interested in the life cycle of coal from its extraction in Colombia to its final consumption in Europe. He holds a cum laude Erasmus Mundus MA in Public Policy (funded by the European Union) from the International Institute of Social Studies (The Hague) and the University of York (UK). He studied Political Science at the National University of Colombia and Journalism at the University of Antioquia. 
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Edward Kadozi

Edward Kadozi

Edward Kadozi is a PhD candidate focusing on the economics of remittances in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. His research focuses on the impact of remittances on economic-growth in SSA countries, and Rwanda in particular; how institutional and development factors condition the remittance-growth effect in SSA region. Edward further examines the effect of remittances on poverty and other development outcomes in Rwanda. His research interests focuses on remittances and economic development; how institutional and development factors mediate remittance-development impact in the recipient countries, institutional economics, policy analysis. Currently, Edward works at Rwanda Development. Prior, he worked in different ministries in Rwanda. 

Keywords: Remittances, economic development, institutions, poverty, development outcomes.  

Theresa Leimpek

Theresa Leimpek

Theresa Leimpek is a visiting PhD candidate working under the supervision of Abbey Steele. Her research concentrates on the social dynamics of civil wars, with a regional focus on the Sri Lankan conflict. Theresa is affiliated with the chair of International Conflict Research at ETH Zurich, and holds an ETH Master's in Comparative and International Studies as well as a BA in Political Science from the University of Mannheim.
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Nilmawati

Nilmawati

Nilmawati is a PhD candidate funded by LPDP-Indonesia. Her academic background and working experiences in coastal and fisheries issues in Indonesia have guided her interest to investigate the effectiveness of anti-illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing policies in Indonesia from political perspective. In her research, she is trying to understand how fisheries regime, which consists of different levels of governance, affects the state of IUU fishing in Indonesian waters.

Diliara Valeeva

Diliara Valeeva

Diliara is a PhD candidate in the CORPNET group. Her research focuses on the longitudinal analysis of board interlock networks. Before joining UvA, she worked in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, studying social and peer influence in various social networks.
Keywords: social networks, interlocking directorates, complex systems
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Jessica de Vlieger

Jessica de Vlieger

Jessica de Vlieger (MSc) is a PhD candidate. Her research focuses on the politics of macroeconomic measurements, and in particular on analyzing the timing and content of EU and OECD  macroeconomic indicator harmonization.
Keywords: Macroeconomic indicators, European Union, OECD, European governance
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Dawid Walentek

Dawid Walentek

Dawid Walentek is a PhD candidate focusing on economic sanctions. His research studies the processes underpinning the increasing popularity of economic coercion among policy-makers. Dawid has a background in Economics and at the AISSR also contributes to projects on trade and education and is the academic director of the Summer School programme on Economic and Game Theory. Before joining the UvA Dawid was a Trade Officer at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in The Hague.

Postdoctoral researchers

Juliette Alenda

Juliette Alenda

Juliette is a postdoctoral researcher. She is part of the Fickleformulas project. Her work focuses on the political economy of statistics, social protection and social economy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Jan Fichtner

Jan Fichtner

Jan Fichtner is a postdoctoral researcher in the CORPNET project. He holds a Dr. phil. from the Institute for Political Science at Goethe-University Frankfurt (Germany). His research interests lie in the interdisciplinary field of International Political Economy, particularly Global Finance (concentration of corporate ownership and control, structural power, financialization, hedge funds, offshore financial centers). He has published a number of peer-reviewed articles on the subjects of hedge funds and offshore finance.
Keywords: offshore finance, financialization, financial governance, international political economy, corporate ownership
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Bernardo Rangoni

Bernardo Rangoni joined the University of Amsterdam (UvA) as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Integrating Diversity in the European Union (InDivEU) Horizon 2020 funded project in June 2019, straight after having been a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow in Law at the European University Institute (EUI). Broadly speaking, his research is in the fields of comparative public policy, regulation, and governance within and beyond the EU. After visiting Yale Law School, he earned his PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics (LSE). 
Keywords: comparative public policy, political economy, regulation, governance, experimentalism, delegation 

Frank Takes

Frank Takes

Frank is a postdoctoral researcher in the CORPNET group at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD in computer science at Leiden University, where he is also appointed as a lecturer teaching courses on Business Intelligence and Social Network Analysis. His work in the CORPNET group focuses on methodological questions on (corporate) network analysis and data science related problems in general.
Keywords: corporate governance, interlocking directorates, social networks, network science​
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Francesco Nicoli

Francesco Nicoli

Francesco Nicoli is postdoctoral researcher in Political Economy of European Integration. His research focuses on the interactions between public opinion and governance arrangements in times of crisis.

Professors by special appointment

Frank van der Broucke

Frank Vandenbroucke

Frank Vandenbroucke is University Professor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). His research focuses on the impact of the EU on the development of social and employment policy in the EU Member States.
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Research affiliates

Jasper Blom

Jasper Blom

Jasper Blom is director of Bureau De Helling (a think tank associated to the Dutch Green Party). He graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 2011 with a thesis examining the interaction of changes in market structures and shifts in patterns of governance, and has been affiliated fellow of PETGOV since. His research focuses on the International Political Economy of money and finance. 
Keywords: International political economy, financial governance, banking regulation, lobbying
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P.A. van Hooft

Paul van Hooft

Paul van Hooft is an affiliated fellow of PETGOV. His research and teaching focus on grand strategy, with a particular focus on the United States and Europe. In 2015 he defended his thesis on how the strategic preferences of policymakers towards force and diplomacy, and their perception of threats, are shaped by war. Other research interests include the changing relations between and within the major states – the relative decline of the US; the rise of China; the resurgence of Russia; the divisions within Europe; and the future of trans-Atlantic relations -  and the impact of these developments - whether in the Ukrainian conflict, the South China Sea, or the Middle East. Paul van Hooft is also investigating how national security institutions shape the decision-making outcomes of states. 
Key words: foreign policy ; defence policy; grand strategy ; multipolarity; international security ; transatlantic relations; decision-making
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Seiki Tanake

Seiki Tanaka

Seiki Tanaka is visiting scholar at the PETGOV and lecturer in international studies at the University of Leeds. His research interests include the political economy of poverty and inequality, discrimination, redistribution, and conflicts.
Keywords: Implicit bias; discrimination; immigration; redistribution; microfoundations of conflicts.