I 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). Prior to that, I visited Yale Law School and earned my PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics (LSE).
At UvA, I am affiliated to the Political Economy and Transnational Governance (PETGOV) research programme of the Department of Political Science and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), as well as to the Governing Europe research theme of the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES). Equally, I am affiliated to the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG).
Broadly speaking, my research is in the fields of comparative public policy, regulation, and governance within and beyond the European Union (EU). It has appeared (or is forthcoming) in the Journal of European Public Policy (JEPP), Regulation & Governance (R&G), and Oxford University Press (OUP).
More precisely, a core component of my research focuses on 'experimentalist governance', intended to foster continuous monitoring of implementation experiences and regular revision of solutions on that basis. A key question I have been investigating is to what extent and under what conditions institutional structures with experimentalist features actually result into experimentalist behaviour in practice, and with what consequences for substantive policies and actors' preferences. This work has resulted in an article in JEPP, and in another one (co-authored with Emmanuelle Mathieu) in R&G. I have also secured a book contract with OUP. Moreover, I am developing two additional articles, one with Giorgio Monti and another with Jonathan Zeitlin.
I am continuing to work on this topic also in the context of the InDivEU project, where with Jonathan Zeitlin and other colleagues we look at the comparative advantages of experimentalism and differentiated integration as possibly alternative means of accommodating diversity in the EU.
A third line of research I am conducting is the one with Mark Thatcher on the politicization of takeovers. Here, a key question is when foreign takeovers become politicized, i.e. when a conservative nationalistic paradigm of economic patriotism is put forward in public discourses and debates.
Finally, I am co-directing a project with Mark Thatcher and Alec Stone Sweet on the re-politicization of Non-Majoritarian Institutions (NMIs). Since the 1980s, these bodies - which are neither directly elected nor directly managed by elected politicians - have been delegated significant powers (e.g., central banks, regulatory agencies, constitutional courts, European Commission, World Trade Organization). Yet, NMIs are increasingly under challenge. In this project, we will therefore examine why and how elected policians seek to reverse delegation.
I have taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. At undergraduate level, I have taught research design and methods at the LSE and King's College London, and political institutions and public policy at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
At graduate level, I have taught network regulation at the LSE, research design and methods at Moscow State University, and experimentalist governance at the Hertie School of Governance. The quality of my teaching is evidenced by the consistently positive evaluations I received throughout as well as the teaching training certificate I earned at the EUI.