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  • Universiteit van Gotenburg | Gotenburg | Medewerker | 2021-09-01 - present

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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, European Journal of International Relations, 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 academic year 2022-2023, I am coordinating the Master Thesis trajectory in Political Science.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Academic qualification

International Relations, PhD, Combating Corruption the Soft Way: The Authority of Peer Reviews in the Global Fight Against Graft., Maastricht University

1 Jan 201315 Sept 2017

Award Date: 15 Sept 2017

Political Science, Master, University of Amsterdam

1 Sept 201131 Aug 2012

Award Date: 31 Aug 2012

European Studies, Bachelor, Maastricht University

1 Sept 200831 Jul 2011

Award Date: 31 Jul 2011


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


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