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). Previously, I was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the PLUS/SCEUS. I hold a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence.
My research focuses on International Organizations and the EU. In particular, I have dedicated a significant part of my career to advancing research on Joint Bodies (JBs), which are commonly included in international agreements to facilitate their 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 seems improbable that any more states will leave the EU).
In 2023, my book titled “EU Trade Agreements and European Integration: Commission Autonomy or Council Control?” came out with Routledge as part of the UACES Contemporary European Studies series. My other 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, and European Political Science. You can find more details in the publications section. Since 2022, I am a member of the Steering Committee of the Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR) of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
Furthermore, I take a keen interest in teaching and try to convince my students that International Relations and EU Studies are fascinating areas of study. Since 2022, I am chair of the Working Group on European Integration of the PLUS School of Education, in which we try to foster understanding of European Integration in public schools across Salzburg. Between 2009 and 2014, I was a member of the organizing team (équipe d’animation) of the Young European Citizens’ Convention in Cluny, France, bringing together students interested in the EU. In 2011, our convention was awarded the first prize (National Winner France) of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize, run jointly by the European Parliament and Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen.
Outside academia, I try to be an active member of a vibrant democratic society. I am a member of the Scientists for Future Salzburg and occasionally comment on current affairs in 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). This is evidenced by my participation in Europe’s first-ever European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) Fraternité 2020. On a more practical level, I have been a trainee (blue book stagiaire) at the European Commission in Brussels, the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin, and the European Affairs Office of the Land Salzburg.