I am a political scientist and Lise Meitner Fellow (funded by the Austrian Science Fund – FWF) at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS) and Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies (SCEUS). Between 2019 and 2022, I was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the PLUS/SCEUS. My research centers on International Organizations (IOs) and the EU. In particular, I have spent a good part of my career advancing research on Joint Bodies (JBs), which are often included in international agreements to facilitate implementation. But I have also, for example, developed an EU Exit Index to measure each member state’s propensity to leave the EU (spoiler alert: it’s very improbable that any more states will leave the EU).
Moreover, I take a keen interest in teaching and try to convince my students that international relations is a fascinating area of study. Since 2022, I am chair of the Working Group on European Integration of the School of Education at the University of Salzburg. Since 2022, I am also a member of the Steering Committee of the Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR) of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). My work has appeared in journals such as The Review of International Organizations, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Common Market Studies, European Union Politics, or European Political Science.
Outside academia, I try to be an active member of a vibrant democratic society. I occasionally comment on current affairs in online newspapers or scholarly blogs. I am particularly committed to exchange programs such as Erasmus or the European Solidarity Corps (formerly known as the European Voluntary Service), which shows in my participation in Europe’s first-ever European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) Fraternité 2020. More practically, I have been a trainee (blue book stagiaire) at the European Commission in Brussels and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin.