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Staff Members

AISSR / Political Economy and Transnational Governance

Senior staff

Julia Bader

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 Boussaid

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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Fransen

Luc Fransen

Luc Fransen is associate professor of International Relations. His work investigates a) how, why and to what effect various types of global governance of social and environmental conditions of production evolve, diffuse and interact; and b) how cross-border collaboration among civil society organizations evolves in a time of increasing state repression. 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 Associate Professor of Transnational Governance and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. His research interests span political economy, economic sociology, and Chinese studies, and he is currently researching the political economy of Chinese neo-statism, the dynamics of digital financialization in China, and the epistemology of digital markets. 

For further details of his current projects, publications, and teaching, please refer to his website www.juliangruin.com.

Eelke Heemskerk

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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Chuyu Liu

Chuyu Liu

Chuyu Liu is an assistant professor of political science. He obtained his doctorate in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His current research studies ethnic conflict, the political economy of development, Chinese politics, and East Asian security.
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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 investigates the governance of artificial intelligence in the European Union and beyond. In 2009, his dissertation won the Jean Blondel prize for best European political science dissertation of the year. Daniel spends the academic year 2020/21 at the Freie Universität Berlin as an Alexander von Humboldt-fellow.
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 associate 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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Noyonika Das

Noyonika Das

Noyonika Das is a new PhD candidate in the department. Noyonika recently completed her Master’s degree in Society and Culture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. Her Master’s project focused on infertility among women from lower income households. At the UvA, she is joining the ERC project “Elections, Violence, and Parties,” led by Ursula Daxecker.
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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
 

Maureen Fubara

Maureen Fubara

Maureen Fubara is joining the department and PETGOV as a PhD candidate. Maureen received a Master’s degree in International Relations from Covenant University in Nigeria in 2019. Her research interests are in political parties, political violence, and peace building in Nigeria and beyond. Maureen will be part of the ERC project “Elections, Violence, and Parties,” led by Ursula Daxecker.
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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

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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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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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.

Merel Serdijn

Merel graduated from her Master Business Studies at the UvA in 2010, (before her masters she earned a bachelor degree in Fashion Management at AMFI) after her studies she started working in the apparel industry as an export manager for Eastern Europe. In 2017 she gave up her job to start her PhD whilst freelance working in the apparel industry on the side. Not surprisingly her research is on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Apparel industry. The focus is on missing links in the apparel supply chain, like import intermediaries. By the hand of the Global Value Chain literature their position and influence in the clothing supply chain is analysed.  Key words: Corporate Social Responsibility, Apparel, GVC, Import Intermediaries, Ethical Transgressions, Workers Rights, Sustainability, Clothing Supply Chain.

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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Tito Bachmayer

Tito Bachmayer is a PhD candidate. In his research he investigates the relationship between transnationalism and cosmopolitanism among Dutch professional middle class. In addition to his dissertation research he works as a lecturer at the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Law at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA).

Postdoctoral researchers

Sharon Baute

Sharon Baute is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow affiliated with the University of Amsterdam. In her project “Public Attitudes towards Social Europe: Diverging Interpretations and Support within and across EU Member States?”, she studies whether and why European citizens have diverging attitudes towards various EU policy instruments to protect social rights. Sharon received her PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Leuven. She has gained particular expertise in survey research as member of the Belgian National Coordinating team of the European Social Survey and as co-investigator of the Belgian National Election Study. Her broader research interests include Euroscepticism, welfare state attitudes and quantitative research methodology.

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 

Tobias Tesche

Tobias Tesche is a postdoctoral research fellow in the FickleFormulas project. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and has worked at the ECB and the European Commission. His research focuses on international political economy, European integration and public policy.
Keywords: European integration, international political economy, macroeconomic indicators, public policy
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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 a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute. Previously, he has worked as director of the green think tank Bureau de Helling and as a policy advisor at the European Central Bank and the Dutch Ministry of Finance. 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 research fellow of PETGOV since. His research focuses on global financial governance, G20 policymaking, and the political economy of the Anthropocene. 
Keywords: global financial governance, G20, anthropocene
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P.A. van Hooft

Paul van Hooft

Paul van Hooft is an affiliated research 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
 

Francesco Nicoli

Francesco Nicoli

Francesco Nicoli is a PETGOV affiliated research fellow. His research focuses on the interactions between public opinion and governance arrangements in times of crisis.

Alejandra Ortiz-Ayala

Alejandra Ortiz-Ayala is a PhD Candidate at the National Centre of Peace and Conflict at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Her current academic research interest incorporates three research areas, with the overall goal of preventing violence. She has studied the security sector's role in peace processes, including transitional justice, state-building and post-war violence, in Latin America. She has also analysed the influence of ideology on armed groups’ behaviour and their relationship with civilians, as well as reconciliation between victims and perpetrators and social and political reintegration of ex-combatants from non-state armed groups. She also has experience analysing public opinion surveys, mixed-methods – including lab-in-the-field experiments, survey experiments, interviews, and conducting multilevel analyses.

Stefano Sacchi

Stefano Sacchi is professor of Political Science at the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy. His research focuses on the political economy of welfare and labor policy, and on the socioeconomic and political impact of technological change. He was the president of the Italian National Institute for Public Policy Analysis, INAPP, and a special adviser to the Italian Labor Minister and then to the Prime Minister’s office.

Key words: Welfare state, labour market policy, comparative social policy, technological change

Frank Takes

Frank Takes

Frank Takes is a research fellow in the CORPNET group at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD in computer science at Leiden University, where he is currently also appointed as an assistant professor. His interest is among other things in computational social science, and his work with PETGOV colleagues focuses on questions related to the analysis of corporate and economic networks, in particular networks of interlocking directorates, as well as network science related problems in general.
Keywords: corporate governance, interlocking directorates, social networks, network science​
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Seiki Tanake

Seiki Tanaka

Seiki Tanaka is an affiliated research fellow at 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.

Alexandra Vasileva-Dienes

Alexandra Vasileva-Dienes is an affiliated research fellow at PETGOV. She finished her PhD dissertation at the University of Amsterdam in 2017 on Russia’s political economy and informal state-business relations (supervised by Uwe Becker and later Brian Burgoon). Alexandra is a senior researcher at Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, based in Vienna. She focuses on economic aspects of foreign and security policy in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, extensively travelling the region and conducting interviews, writing policy briefs and consulting officials from EU institutions, the OSCE, MFAs and parliaments across the region. With her colleagues she developed and co-authored a multi-country foreign policy survey, presented at the Munich Security Conference. Her current research is on possibilities for cooperation between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union, and China’s growing presence in Eurasia.