Welcome to my website. I am an Assistant Professor (UD1, equivalent to Senior Lecturer) in Politics and Society at the University of Groningen specializing in comparative welfare policy and politics, political long-termism, democratic innovations, transnational governance and differentiation.
At the University of Groningen, I act as Programme Coordinator for the BA in European Languages and Cultures, and as Theme Director on Democracy and Governance within the transdisciplinary Research School for Sustainable Development. Since August 2022 I am the Chair of the Young Academy Groningen.
I am also co-Editor-in-Chief of Acta Politica.
I am deputy scientific coordinator and Work Package leader within the Horizon Europe-funded project entitled “Rebuilding Governance and Resilience out of the Pandemic” (REGROUP), in which we will (among others) conduct mini-publics on trust and disinformation.
I recently published work focusing on:
You can find more information about my current projects and publications below.
PhD in Political Science, 2014
University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
LL.M. in European Law, 2011
University of Kent (United Kingdom)
BA in Political Science, 2010
University of Namur (Belgium)
Over the past ten years, I have been designing introductory and specialised courses on a wide range of topics and aimed at different audiences, from first-year undergraduate students to senior Australian and Indonesian public servants.
I am also a regular contributor to the University of Agder’s European Integration Summer School. I was invited to give guest lectures on comparative welfare policy, Euroscepticism and differentiation at several universities, including Auckland (New Zealand), Oslo (Norway), Minho (Portugal) and the Free University of Brussels (Belgium).
In my teaching, I always seek to promote the work of female and early-career colleagues. The following syllabus (which I developed for a BA2 research seminar on “Crises and Euroscepticism”) may be of interest to colleagues seeking to offer a gender-balanced reading list.
Most recent courses taught (reading lists can be sent on demand):
P&S 1: European (Dis)Integration (LEU053P05)
P&S 2: Applied Research Methods (LEU054P05)
P&S 5: Research Seminar: Differentiation and Transnational Governance (LEU051B05)
P&S 7: Theorizing European and Global Politics 2 (LEU115B05)
P&S LS 1: French Politics and Society (LEU064B05)
Master Seminar: Democratic Innovations (LYX017M10)
I regularly comment on contemporary political events, such as domestic and European elections. I worked with several media outlets such as the BBC, STV, The Scotsman, Heart Radio, Vers l’Avenir and Radio France Internationale. In 2016, I offered live comments and analyses on the Brexit referendum for the Belgian francophone television (RTBF). I also contributed to a BBC World Service radio broadcast entitled “Why do we need the State?” with Timothy Snyder and Adrian Wooldridge.
Here are some of my recent contributions to the public debate:
I am available to provide comments (in English or French) related to my field of expertise (contemporary politics and elections, Euroscepticism, welfare policy, and democratic innovations).