Hylke Dijkstra is the principal investigator of this project. He is Associate Professor at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. He holds a PhD in Political Science (cum laude) from Maastricht University and read Contemporary European Studies (MPhil) in Cambridge. He was previously a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Oxford, where he was also affiliated to Nuffield College.
Hylke Dijkstra has published extensively on international organizations, including in Cooperation and Conflict, Global Governance, Global Policy, International Peacekeeping, Journal of European Integration, Journal of European Public Policy and The Review of International Organizations. He is author of International Organization (with Rittberger/Zangl/Kruck) (Red Globe Press, 2019), International Organizations and Military Affairs (Routledge, 2016) and Policy-Making in EU Security and Defense (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
Maria Debre is a postdoctoral researcher in this project. She received her PhD (summa cum laude) from the Free University Berlin in 2018 within the Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies and the Research College (KFG) ‘The Transformative Power of Europe’. She has previously studied Comparative Politics and International Relations at Passau and Potsdam University in Germany and Université Laval in Québec, Canada. During the academic year 2017/18, she was a Fox International Fellow at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University.
Maria Debre’s research focuses on the international dimension of authoritarian resilience, on Regional and International Organisations, Middle Eastern Politics (especially in the Gulf monarchies), as well as questions of gender and politics. Maria Debre has published in Comparative Politics and zib, Journal for International Relations, and is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network (SSN).
Laura von Allwörden
Laura von Allwörden is a doctoral researcher in this project. She received both her Bachelor’s and most recently, her Master’s degree in Political Science/International Political Theory from the University of Hamburg. During her Master studies she spent a semester abroad at the Global Studies department of the University of Gothenburg.
Laura von Allwörden’s research focuses on the making as well as the crisis of the international order and the reproduction of power, especially through practices. She also developed an expertise on the implications of the War on Terror in Afghanistan throughout her studies. At the University of Hamburg she taught a tutoring class on the Introduction of Political Science and academic writing.
Leonard Schuette is a doctoral researcher in this project. Most recently, he was a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform (CER), a think tank in London. He received a MPhil in International Relations and Politics (with distinction) from the University of Cambridge in 2018. Before, he studied at the University of St Andrews and spent an exchange semester at Sciences Po in Paris.
Leonard Schuette’s research concentrates on the politicisation of the European Union, European Union institutions, international relations theories, and German politics. He has published an article in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs and book reviews in International Affairs and the Journal of Common Market Studies. He has also published policy briefs as well as commentaries for the CER and several media outlets.
Giuseppe Zaccaria is a doctoral researcher in this project. He recently graduated (cum laude) from the Research Master’s programme in Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Leiden, where for his thesis he examined the relationship between organization-level features of civil resistance movements and their outcomes. Previously, he completed his Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) in International Relations at the Dogu Akdeniz University in Cyprus, where he researched the Cyprus Conflict and explored the prospects for regional and international cooperation in the energy and security sectors in the Eastern Mediterranean.
During his graduate education, Giuseppe Zaccaria’s research focused on institution-building, institutional theory, agency termination and institutional resilience. At Leiden University he also gained practical research experience by working in various research projects with Professor Arjen Boin which focused on the design and decline of institutions and the relationship between organizational adaptation and survival in public and international institutions.