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, 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).

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Farsan Ghassim

Farsan Ghassim is the postdoctoral researcher on the NestIOr project. 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. He previously worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company, and gathered experience at the United Nations, the European Parliament, and the German Foreign Office, among others.

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” is forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly (co-authored with Mathias Koenig-Archibugi and Luis Cabrera). Three further papers are forthcoming as 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).

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.

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Giuseppe Zaccaria

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.

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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 and Contemporary Politics.

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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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