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I am the Founding Director of “GlobalStat – Database on Developments in a Globalised World” and co-direct the research projects “Global Governance by Indicators” and “On the Political Economy of Measuring State Capacity and Governance” at the Global Governance Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the EUI in Florence.

I hold a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cologne, where I was Senior Research Associate of the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science and the Seminar for Social Policy from 2000 to 2014. In both positions I analysed and taught European integration issues with a focus on employment, social and environmental policies as well as on EU institutions. In 2009 my dissertation on the European Employment Strategy was awarded the Stiftung Demokratie prize for outstanding research on democratic decision-making within the EU.

In 2010 I joined the GGP for a Jean Monnet Fellowship on “Global policy crises and institutional responses of the early 21st century”. Since 2011 I am part of the GGP faculty. Since July 2015 I also serve as Book Review Editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) and in October 2015 I became member of the EUI’s Ethics Committee. During the winter terms 2015/16 and 2016/17 I teach as Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne.