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Theme Group Leaders

Socio-economic Challenges

  • Roel Beetsma

    Beetsma is the MN Chair of Pension Economics and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business. His other affiliations include fellowships of CEPR and CESifo. His main research interests are fiscal policy and the macroeconomics of pensions.

    Beetsma has held visiting positions at DELTA (Paris), the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), the University of California in Berkeley and the EUI Florence. Further, he is a member of the European Fiscal Board and a Supervisory Board member of two major financial institutions. He was a member of a government commission on second-pillar pensions.

    His research has been widely published in such journals as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Literature and the Economic Journal. Past editorial positions include the Board of Editors of the Journal of Economic Literature and Associate Editorship of the European Economic Review.

    Main sources of external financing are MN Services, an NWO Talent Grant and postdoctoral fellowship, two Netspar grants, an EU RTN grant and an EU Human Capital and Mobility Postdoctoral Fellowship.

    prof. dr. R.M.W.J. (Roel) Beetsma

    Faculty of Economics and Business

    Sectie Macro & International Economics

  • Brian Burgoon

    Burgoon is Professor of International and Comparative Political Economy in the Department of Political Science. He is also Academic Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). His research focuses on the politics of economic globalization, welfare and labor-market policies, and on how economic conditions influence political conflict generally.

    Burgoon has published widely on these themes in highly-ranked journals and publishing houses in political science, social policy and economics. He received his PhD from MIT in 1998, and has been on the UvA faculty since 2001. Prior to joining the UvA, Burgoon was Assistant Professor in US Foreign Economic Policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

    He has received a wide range of external funding and grant awards, including from the Harvard Center for European Studies, the McArthur Foundation, the Dutch Research Council (NWO, NWOTalent, WOTRO), and been a partner in large-scale European projects in the FP6 (GARNET, PEGGED), FP7 (GINI, GR:EEN) and Horizon 2020 (ENLIGHTEN) programmes. Burgoon is also an active political mediator in the Dialogue Advisory Group (DAG).

    Prof. B.M. (Brian) Burgoon

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Political Economy and Transnational Governance

  • Frank Vandenbroucke

    Frank Vandenbroucke is University Professor and member of the ACES Governing Board. Vandenbroucke studied economics in Leuven and Cambridge, UK, and received his D.Phil. in Oxford in 1999. He was Minister for Social Security, Health Insurance, Pensions and Employment in the Belgian Federal Government (1999-2004), and Minister for Education and Employment in the Flemish Regional Government (2004-2009).

    Vandenbroucke was closely involved with the launching of the EU’s Lisbon Strategy in 2000, notably with the development of its social dimension. Frank Vandenbroucke was full-time engaged in politics until 2011, but is now University Professor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He also teaches at the University of Antwerp (UA), where he holds the chair “Herman Deleeck”. He also organizes a compact seminar at the College of Europe in Brugge.

    His current research focuses on the impact of the EU on the development of social and employment policy in the EU Member States. He is affiliated to influential European think tanks, such as Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute and Friends of Europe, and collaborates regularly with other think tanks, such as the Centre for European Policy Studies. He was the chair of a Commission on Pension Reform, set up by the Belgian Government, which report was published in June 2014.

    prof. dr. F.I.G. (Frank) Vandenbroucke

    Executive Staff

Governing Europe

  • Jonathan Zeitlin

    Academic Director and Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Zeitlin is Distinguished Faculty Professor of Public Policy and Governance in the Department of Political Science. Zeitlin co-founded ACCESS EUROPE and served as its Scientific Director between 2013-2017. He was also Co-Director of the AISSR Programme Group on Political Economy and Transnational Governance (PETGOV) from 2010-2018.

    Before joining the UvA in 2010, Zeitlin taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he directed the European Union Center of Excellence and the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy, and at Birkbeck University of London. He was also a research fellow at King’s College, Cambridge.

    A former EU Jean Monnet Chair holder, he has received numerous research grants and awards, including Guggenheim Foundation, German Marshall Fund, and EUI Jean Monnet Fellowships. Zeitlin’s current research focuses on new forms of experimentalist governance within and beyond the European Union.

    He has authored or edited 16 books and more than 100 international peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His work has been translated into nine languages. He is a Past-President of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), and former Editor of Socio-Economic Review (Oxford University Press).

    He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the European Consortium on Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on the European Union (SGEU), coordinates the SASE Regulation and Governance Network, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of European Public Policy, Regulation & Governance, and other international journals.

    prof. dr. J.H. (Jonathan) Zeitlin

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Political Economy and Transnational Governance

  • Ans Kolk

    Kolk is Full Professor at the Amsterdam Business School, Faculty of Economics and Business (PhD, 1996). Her areas of expertise are in corporate social responsibility and sustainability, especially in relation to international business and policy, and the interactions with local, national and international stakeholders. 

    Ans Kolk was awarded the EABIS/Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer European Award (Lifetime Achievement Award), the Elsevier-wide Atlas award for social impact for her single-authored article ‘The social responsibility of international business’; and the best paper published in the field in 2017 by the International Association for Business and Society for her co-authored article ‘How global is international CSR?’ 

    Kolk has published numerous articles in international reputable journals, as well as chapters and books. She is currently senior editor of Journal of World Business, consulting editor of Journal of International Business Policy, and editorial board member of major journals in her field.

    Kolk served three terms as research director of the Amsterdam Business School; was head of the International Strategy & Marketing department; directed the strategy & marketing research programme; duties that came with these roles included responsibility for all academic recruitment, chairing appointment committees for full professor positions, responsibility for research assessments and accreditations, and leadership of faculty.

    She has participated in several international projects on strategy, organisation and disclosure related to social and environmental issues, in cooperation with different private, public and societal organisations.

    prof. dr. J.E.M. (Ans) Kolk

    Faculty of Economics and Business

    Section International Strategy & Marketing

  • Christina Eckes

    Member of the ACES Governing Board. Eckes is Professor of European Law and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG). Her research interests are integration and disintegration dynamics in EU law and the legal limits to European integration.

    She is co-founder and editor of the open access journal Europe and the World – A Law Review, published with UCL Press. Between 2011 and 2015 her research on the internal constitutional consequences of the European Union's external actions was funded by a personal research grant (Veni) under the innovation scheme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

    She spent the academic year 2012/2013 as Emile Noël Fellow-in-residence at New York University and March to June 2014 as a visiting researcher at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. In 2008, she completed her PhD research at the Centre of European Law at King's College London, which was fully funded by a university scholarship.

    She also holds an LL.M (2003) from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and passed First State Examination in Germany (2002).

    prof. dr. C. (Christina) Eckes

    Faculty of Law

    European Public Law

  • Stefania Milan

    Milan is Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture, and Associate Professor (II) of Media Innovation at the University of Oslo. Her research explores the interplay between digital technology and society, with a focus on critical data practices and cyberspace governance. Stefania is the Principal Investigator of the DATACTIVE project “The politics of big data according to civil society”, ERC Starting Grant no. 639379) and the Algorithms Exposed project, ERC Proof of Concept no. 825974). She holds a PhD in Social and Political Science from the European University Institute (October 2009).

    Prior to joining the UvA, Stefania worked at, among others, the University of Toronto, Tilburg University, and Central European University. She is the co-founder of the interdisciplinary Amsterdam Network for the Study of Online Contention. Stefania has received grants from, among others, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Her project on online content regulation in the age of platformization of the internet (2017-2018) has received funding from the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

    In 2008-2012 Stefania coordinated the Emerging Scholars Network of the International Association of Communication Research (IAMCR), and in 2012-2016 she sat on the IAMCR International Council. In 2015-17 she served in the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization of the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in charge of the logical governance of the internet.

    In 2014-17 she was a member of WorkGroup 1 “An Internet free and secure” of the Freedom Online Coalition, a multilateral forum, contributing towards a set of recommendations for cybersecurity policies that are human rights-respecting by design.

    dr. S. (Stefania) Milan

    Faculty of Humanities

    Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur

Politics and Publics

  • Chantal Mak

    Mak is a Professor of Private law, in particular fundamental rights and private law, at the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law. Her research focuses on the constitutional legal framework for private law in Europe and the influence of constitutional law (including fundamental rights) on private law matters, with a special interest for the role of the judiciary.

    She is currently leading a project on the theme of judicial law-making in European private law, entitled ‘Judges in Utopia’ (subsidised by NWO Vidi). Chantal’s work in this project aims to contribute to a normative theory of judicial rulemaking for the field of European private law. She analyses the implications of theories of European constitutionalism and philosophical theories of deliberation for judicial reasoning in this area. The focus lies on the potential of fundamental rights to deliberate value-choices in judicial rulemaking in the field of private law.

    prof. dr. C. (Chantal) Mak

    Faculty of Law

    Dep. Private Law

  • Richard Rogers

    Rogers is Professor of New Media & Digital Culture, Media Studies. He is director of the Digital Methods Initiative, one of Europe’s leading Internet Studies groups, known for the development of the Issue crawler and other software tools for the study of online data and the 'natively digital'.

    Rogers also directs the Netherlands Research School for Media Studies. He is author of Information Politics on the Web (MIT Press, 2004), awarded best information science book of the year by the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) and Digital Methods (MIT Press, 2013), awarded outstanding book of the year by the International Communication Association (ICA). His forthcoming textbook, Doing Digital Methods, is with Sage (2019).

    Rogers has received research grants from among other institutions as the Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Gates Foundation and the European Commission.

    prof. dr. R.A. (Richard) Rogers

    Faculty of Humanities

    Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur

  • Claes de Vreese

    De Vreese is Professor and Chair of Political Communication and Director of the Program Group ‘Political Communication & Journalism’ at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR). He is the founding Director of the Center for Politics and Communication and directs the Digital Communication Methods Lab.

    De Vreese's interests lie at the intersection of communication science, political science, public opinion research and digital methods. His current research focuses on algorithms and news, European public opinion dynamics, populism, changes in political journalism, and theory and methods in light of advances in the media landscape. Mr De Vreese is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and chair of its Social Science Council as well as the national Social Science Humanities Platform (SSH beraad). He is an elected Fellow of the International Communication Association and of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.

    De Vreese has received more than 12 million in research funding, including VENI and VICI grants from the NWO, grants from the Dutch National Science Agenda (NWA), and from EU research programs including the European Research Council (ERC). He has received paper, article, and career awards for research from e.g. the International Communication Association, the Danish Science Foundation, and the Norwegian Holberg Foundation. He is also the 2018 recipient of the ICA/APSA David Swanson Career Achievement Award. De Vreese has published 10 ((co-)edited) books and 150+ articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including leading journals in communication, political science, European studies, public opinion and law

    prof. dr. C.H. (Claes) de Vreese

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    CW : Political Communication & Journalism

Diverse Europe

  • Rob van der Laarse

    Van der Laarse holds the interuniversity Westerbork chair in War and Conflict Heritage at VU University and the University of Amsterdam, and is founding director of the Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) research school at the Humanities Faculty of the University of Amsterdam.

    Van der Laarse read history and anthropology at the UvA, where he graduated and received his doctorate (both) cum laude, while his dissertation was awarded a Praemium Erasmianum prize (1990). Van der Laarse was fellow at several European universities, theme group leader at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), and currently theme leader at the UvA priority program ACHI. His research focuses on class and aristocracy, European intellectual history, landscape and heritage, and identity and memory politics on which he publishes widely.

    He is the author of more than 100 (singe author) publications, founding editor of AUP’s book series Landscape and Heritage Studies and Heritage and Memory Studies, and of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict (with Britt Baillie and Ihab Saloul), and advisor to many museums, NGOs and government institutes.

    Over the last decade Van der Laarse was the recipient of more than €5 million in grants from national and international research institutes. Among them are several large research projects studying  the competing memories and contested heritage of the 20th century World Wars and the Holocaust, such as the NWO research line Dynamics of Memory, the Anglo-Dutch Terrorscapes in Postwar Europe project (awarded with the Euromediterraneo Prize, Rome 2013).

    Currently he is UvA PI in the H2020 MSCA-Innovative Training Network Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe (CHEurope), as well as the EU project leader of the HERA-JRP project Accessing Campscapes. Inclusive Strategies for European Conflicted Pasts (iC-ACCESS).

    prof. dr. R. (Rob) van der Laarse

    Faculty of Humanities

    Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen

  • Liza Mügge

    Mügge is associate professor at the Political Science department and director of the Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS). She is founding co-editor and lead editor of the European Journal of Politics and Gender. In July 2019, Mügge will host the European Conference of Politics & Gender at the UvA.

    Her research focuses on political representation, transnationalism, intersectionality and equality of ethnic minorities and women in Europe. She received VENI (2013), a VIDI (2017) and is an affiliated researcher of the Open Research Area-funded project ‘Pathways to Power: The Political Representation of Citizens of Immigrant Origin in Seven European Democracies’ (PATHWAYS).

    Mügge was residential fellow with Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2016-2017), the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School (2014-2015) and visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University (January-June 2012).

    She is past co-convenor of the Standing Group Gender & Politics of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) (2013-2016). Mügge serves on the board of the Stichting fonds Catharina van Tussenbroek (a foundation to support international mobility of early career female researchers) and the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies.

    She is appointed by the Provincial Council North Holland (2018-2023) as a member of the jury of the annual Ribbius Peletier Penning (award to support the visibility of women politicians). She is editorial advisory board member of Migration Letters and Kurdish Studies.

    dr. L.M. (Liza) Mügge

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation

  • Annette Schrauwen

    Schrauwen is Professor of European Integration, in particular citizenship law and history, at the Law Faculty. The main focus of her research is on the concept of Union citizenship.

    Current research projects include possible implications of Brexit for the conceptual development of EU citizenship, the empowerment and activation of citizens in EU discourse, EU citizenship and fundamental right in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, access to welfare rights for EU citizens, and the impact on lawmaking of (legal) narratives on EU (posted) workers.

    She wrote the Dutch national report for the FRACIT project on electoral rights and participation of third-country nationals in EU member states and of EU citizens in third countries, an EUI-led project for the European Parliament. She is chair of the board of editors of Legal Issues of Economic Integration.

    prof. dr. A.A.M. (Annette) Schrauwen

    Faculty of Law

    European Public Law

Europe in the World

  • Luiza Bialasiewicz

    Co-Director of ACES. Bialasiewicz is Professor of European Governance in the Department of European Studies. From 2013-2018, she held a Jean Monnet Chair in EU External Relations in the same Department.

    Since 2013, she is also permanent Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin where she teaches an annual course on European Geopolitics. Prior to moving to the Netherlands, she was Senior Lecturer in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London and, previous, Lecturer in Geography at Durham University. She has held numerous visiting appointments at universities and institutes of advanced study in Europe and North America, most recently as Visiting Fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna (2015-2016 and 2018-2019).

    Her research focuses on the political geographies of European borders and on EU foreign policy and geopolitics, with a particular emphasis on the Mediterranean and North Africa. Most recently, her research has focused on anti-migrant movements and new spaces of migrant reception in European cities.

    She is the editor of Europe in the World: EU Geopolitics and the Making of European Space and the forthcoming collection Spaces of Tolerance: The Changing Geographies of Religious Freedom in Europe. She is part of the editorial board of 5 of the leading international journals in political geography and geopolitics (Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, Geopolitics, Political Geography, Eurasian Geography and Economics and European Urban and Regional Studies) and regularly acts as a referee for both European and North American funding agencies.

    She has herself received funding from the Erasmus+ programme (Jean Monnet Network), the European Commission (FP7), the National Geographic Society, and the National Science Foundation.

    prof. dr. L.A. (Luiza) Bialasiewicz

    Faculty of Humanities

    Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies

  • Marieke de Goede

    De Goede is Professor of Political Science with a focus on EU External Relations. She co-directs the research group ‘Transnational Configuration, Conflict and Governance’. De Goede received her PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) in 2001 and currently holds a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) with the theme: FOLLOW: Following the Money from Transaction to Trial (€2m). She previously was a recipient of VIDI and VICI Awards of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). She has also held an NWO-ESRC Bilateral Grant (with Professor Amoore, Durham University), and has participated in EU-COST and SSHRC research networks.

    De Goede’s research focuses on counter-terrorism and security practices in Europe, with a specific attention to the way in which financial data become used for security decisions. She has written extensively about the Terrorism Financing Tracking programme, which uniquely transfers financial data between the EU and US, as well as about the global practices of blacklisting and terrorist targeted sanctions.

    De Goede has published (i.a.) two monographs with University of Minnesota Press and several special journal issues (most recently, the special issue on ‘The Politics of the List,’ in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space). Her articles have appeared in leading international studies journals, for example Review of International Studies, European Journal of International Relations and Journal of Common Market Studies. De Goede is Associate Editor of Security Dialogue (impact factor 2.710) and member of the Advisory Boards of Journal of Cultural Economy and International Relations.

    She regularly engages in policy advice: she was an invited expert member of the Roundtable discussion on terrorism financing before Dutch Parliament in February 2017, and is currently finalizing a WODC-funded study on the topic.

    De Goede regularly acts as committee member within appointment committees and grant award committees. She is a member of the Scientific Board of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study (NIAS). In 2017, De Goede was member of the SSHRC Insight Grant Selection Committee in Canada; in 2018, she is a member of the NWO VICI selection committee.

    prof. dr. M. (Marieke) de Goede

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance