My main research areas are:
- theories of International Relations (IR);
- international organisations;
- international political theory.
For my PhD dissertation, I have conducted in-depth research on one of the most protracted institutional conflicts in the history of the United Nations (UN): the dispute between the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the years from 1982 to 1991. My dissertation relies on numerous primary sources, such as (partly confidential) archival documents, diaries, and interviews with participants.
In the past year, I have become particularly interested in the spread of suspicions towards international politics. Populist politicians express their general disdain for “politics”, describing it as a “swamp” that needs to be drained. The origins and forms of generalized suspicion will likely be a central topic of my research in the coming years.