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Biography

Hello there! I’m a first-year doctoral researcher working on European politics and social policy. Under the supervision of Anton Hemerijck, I’m working on a dissertation that explores the role of changing ideas of social investment, social rights and legitimate EU governance in the evolution of EU-level social policy between the 1992 conclusion of the Maastricht Treaty and the adoption of the Next Generation EU package in 2020. Before coming to the EUI, I completed a research master in Modern History & International Relations and a bachelor in European Languages & Cultures at the University of Groningen.

Besides EU social policy, my interests also include European integration more broadly, the law and politics of welfare states and their reform (in particular in the Nordic countries), social democracy and the (non-)demise of neoliberalism, as well as – from a more general theoretical angle – the importance of ideas and discourse in institutional change. I’m currently doing some side projects on the history of welfare chauvinism and the politics of subsidiarity in EU social policy. In the future, I would love to extend my horizons and do research into the intersection of migration and social policy (especially the issue of access to social security for EU citizens) and the changing ideological and organizational commitment of social democratic parties and trade unions to the project of European integration.

Feel free to hit me up for an (online) coffee!