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I am an Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and a Researcher at the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. As of September 2021, I am Principal Investigator of the three-year research project ‘Digital Self-Determination for the South? Legitimacy in the Regional Internet Registries,’ which is funded by the Swedish Research Council. Before coming to Amsterdam, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Global Studies (University of Gothenburg).

My research interests are in the areas of authority and legitimacy in new modes of global governing, with a specific interest in global Internet governance, the global fight against corruption, multistakeholder governance, soft multilateral governance, and mixed-methods research. My research has been published in Cooperation and Conflict, Global Governance, Review of International Political Economy, and Review of International Studies. I have also done consultancy work for the United Nations on the use of peer review in financial integrity matters.

My PhD Thesis (Maastricht University, 2017) is entitled: ‘Combating Corruption the Soft Way: The Authority of Peer reviews in the Global Fight against Graft.’ It was awarded the 2018 Maastricht University Dissertation Prize for best PhD Thesis defended at the university in 2017 and 2018 (all disciplines except medicine and life sciences).

Alongside research, I enjoy teaching international relations, political science, and research methods. In the fall semester of 2020, I will be teaching in the Bachelor Political Science (course: ‘State, Power and Conflict’) and the Master Political Science (course: ‘Applying Core Debates in Political Science’) at the Vrije Universiteit.


Academic qualification

International Relations, PhD, Maastricht University

1 Jan 201315 Sep 2017

Award Date: 15 Sep 2017

Political Science, Master, University of Amsterdam

1 Sep 201131 Aug 2012

Award Date: 31 Aug 2012

European Studies, Bachelor, Maastricht University

1 Sep 200831 Jul 2011

Award Date: 31 Jul 2011


  • JZ International relations
  • Global Governance
  • Legitimacy
  • Authority
  • Mixed Methods
  • Internet Governance
  • Anticorruption


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