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E. (Esmé) Bosma

PhD candidate
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance
Photographer: Dirk Gillissen

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  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15578
    1001 NB Amsterdam
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  • About

    Esmé Bosma is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam and part of project FOLLOW, funded by the European Research Council.

    For her PhD research she studies how banks counter terrorist financing in practice, focusing on the mediating role of technologies. She analyses Know Your Customer practices, transaction monitoring technologies and public private financial information-sharing partnerships. By doing ethnographic fieldwork in banks and in the financial crime sector she describes how private actors absorb an increasing amount of security responsibilities and the ethical, technical and practical dilemmas that arise in this process. 

    Her research lies at the intersection of International Relations and Science and Technology Studies (STS). She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Political Science in which she specialised in security practices in the EU. From September till December 2019 she was a visiting researcher at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. She is co-editor of Secrecy and Methods in Security Research. A Guide to Qualitative Fieldwork (Routledge, 2020).

    Project FOLLOW
    This PhD is part of the project 'FOLLOW: Following the Money from Transaction to Trial,' led by Prof. dr. Marieke de Goede (UvA) and funded by the European Research Council. FOLLOW observes and analyses countering terrorism financing efforts in practice. The project follows the path of the suspicious financial transaction across private and public spheres through the analysis of how knowledge is formed and mobilised by banks, FIUs and courts. FOLLOW is interested in the everyday life of security practices and the complex dilemmas faced by the actors at stake, and relies on participant observation coupled with in-depth semi-structured interviews. See for more information:


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  • Publications


    • Bosma, E. (2020). Multi-sited ethnography of digital security technologies. In M. de Goede, E. Bosma, & P. Pallister-Wilkins (Eds.), Secrecy and Methods in Security Research: A Guide to Qualitative Fieldwork (pp. 193-212). Routledge. [details]
    • Bosma, E., de Goede, M., & Pallister-Wilkins, P. (2020). Introduction: navigating secrecy in security research. In M. de Goede, E. Bosma, & P. Pallister-Wilkins (Eds.), Secrecy and Methods in Security Research: A Guide to Qualitative Fieldwork (pp. 1-27). London: Routledge. [details]
    • de Goede, M., Bosma, E., & Pallister-Wilkins, P. (Eds.) (2020). Secrecy and Methods in Security Research: A Guide to Qualitative Fieldwork. London: Routledge. [details]

    Talk / presentation


    • Bosma, E. (visiting researcher) (24-9-2019 - 23-12-2019). University of Ottawa, Canada (visiting an external institution).
    • Anwar, T. (organiser), Bosma, E. (organiser) & Lagerwaard, P. (organiser) (10-9-2019). Early Career Workshop, Sofia. This Early Career Workshop is part of the 13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations (EISA) in Sofia, 11-14 September 2019. (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Bosma, E. (participant) (29-8-2019). Post-Critical IR, Rio de Janeiro (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).


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