Researchers

Hylke Dijkstra

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, European Journal of International RelationsGlobal Governance, Global Policy, Global Studies Quarterly, Journal of Common Market StudiesJournal 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).

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Giuseppe Zaccaria

Giuseppe Zaccaria is a doctoral researcher in this project. He graduated (cum laude) from the Research Master’s programme in Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Leiden. Previously, he completed his Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) in International Relations at the Dogu Akdeniz University in Cyprus.

Giuseppe Zaccaria’s research focuses on challenges to international organisations in the field of trade and finance. He has studied the World Trade Organization, World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. He has published papers in Global Policy and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

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Maria Debre

2017FoxFellows-141Maria Josepha Debre is an associate researcher affiliated to this project and was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher (2019-2020). She is now Postdoctoral Researcher at Potsdam University at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences. She received her PhD from the Free University Berlin and has subsequently been a Fox International Fellow at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Centre for International and Area Studies at Yale University. Her research is situated at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, and focuses on regional and international organizations and their institutional design, on the international dimension of authoritarian resilience, and on the evolving and contested liberal international order. She has published in the European Journal on International Relations, Democratization, The Review of International Oganizations and Contemporary Politics.

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Farsan Ghassim

Farsan Ghassim is the postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and was a postdoctoral researcher with the NestIOr project in 2022. His workstream focuses on quantitative research concerning the decline of international organizations. He holds a DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, an MA in Global Affairs from Yale University, and a BSc in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Before joining Maastricht, Farsan was a postdoctoral researcher on the Legitimacy in Global Governance (LegGov) project in Sweden.

Farsan’s research concentrates on global governance and experimental survey methods. His article “Public Opinion on Institutional Designs for the United Nations: An International Survey Experiment” was published in International Studies Quarterly (co-authored with Mathias Koenig-Archibugi and Luis Cabrera). He also contributes chapters in the LegGov book The Politics of (De)legitimation in Global Governance: Practices, Justifications, and Audiences which will be published by Oxford University Press (editors: Magdalena Bexell, Kristina Jönsson, and Anders Uhlin).

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Laura von Allwörden

Laura von Allwörden is a postdoctoral researcher at Kiel University in Germany and remains associated with this project. She was doctoral researcher from 2019 to 2022. She received both her Bachelor’s and 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 challenges to international organisations in the field of climate and energy. She has studied the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change and the International Energy Agency. She has also attended the COP-meeting in Glasgow in 2021. She has published a paper in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

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Leonard Schuette

Leonard Schuette is a senior research fellow at the Munich Security Conference and remains associated with this project. He was doctoral researcher from 2019 to 2022. Before he joined NestIOr, 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. 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 survival of international organizations, particularly political and security IOs. He has also a keen research interest in the European Union. He has published articles in the Journal of Common Market Studies, International Affairs, the British Journal of Politics and International RelationsCambridge Review of International Affairs and Journal of Contemporary European Research. He has also published policy briefs as well as commentaries for the CER and several media outlets.

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