In August 2015, I started as a PhD researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. My PhD project, supervised by Professor Jennifer M. Welsh, attempts to identify the causes of cohesion and fragmentation in separatist movements. More specifically, I aim to highlight the ways in which separatist and incumbent state institutions can either foster cooperation or exacerbate competition within secessionist movements.
My broader research interests include (but are not limited to) questions of sovereignty and self-determination, nationalism, political violence, intrastate conflict, state building and state failure, and rebel governance.
I am currently also affiliated with the Clingendael Institute’s Conflict Research Unit, where I work as a visiting research fellow.
Before coming to the EUI, I gained two years of teaching experience at Leiden University’s Institute of Political Science. I hold an MSc degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University, and a BSc degree in International Development Studies from Wageningen University. During my studies I also spent brief periods at University College London and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and worked repeatedly as a research and teaching assistant.