I am Professor of Politics & Governance at the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG) of Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Since 1 September 2018, I’ll chair part of the Public Governance department of USG, serve as a member of the Executive Board of USG, and as a member of USG’s research board. For more executive positions, please have a look at the Curriculum Vitae page.
Before joining Utrecht University, I was Professor in Political Decision-Making at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In that capacity, I served as the director of research of that department, as Head of Studies Politics of the BSc program Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). I was also a member of the management team of the PPE program’s John Stuart Mill College. My research and teaching interests are in political decision making and judgment, comparative political economy, and political methodology. My current research largely builds on the VIDI project ‘HIGH-RISK POLITICS: Explaining and Improving Political Actors’ Decision-Making on Electorally Risky Issues’ that I directed between 2012 and 2017. This project, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), studied risky decision-making of different political actors (politicians, political parties, governments) on salient issues (welfare state reform and military intervention). See also the project’s website www.highriskpolitics.org.
Since 2014, I am a member of The Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie) of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts & Sciences, a platform of young top-researchers. You can find a very short (19 sec.) introduction about my work here (in Dutch). For a somewhat longer – but still short (3 min.) – video produced by Fast Facts in their members of The Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie) series, have a look on the page Research.