I am Full Professor of Political Science at the University of Antwerp (Department of Political Science) and the Director of the Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics (ACIM). The next three years (2016-2019), I carry the title ‘Francqui Research Professor’.
I studied political science at the University of Antwerp (1989 – 1992) and statistics at the Catholic University of Brussels (1995-1997). From 1993 to 1997 I developed and implemented (at the University of Antwerp) a research project on national civil servants and their EU-level policy networks. Before moving back to Antwerp (in 2007) I was employed at various other institutions. In 1997 I started working at the University of Leuven (Department of Political Science) where I defended my PhD-dissertation in 2000. After my PhD I received a post-doctoral grant from the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders. In 2003, I became Assistant Professor and in 2005 Associate Professor at Leiden University (The Netherlands) where I taught European and international politics. I held visiting positions at Agder University (Norway), ARENA, University of Oslo (in 2002-2003), the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna (2009), the Australian National University (2013) and the European University Institute (EUI) (2014). With Christine Mahoney I chaired the ECPR Standing Group on Interest Groups (2008-2013). Since 2014, I am co-editor of the journal Interest Groups and Advocacy.
My research and teaching covers the institutional theories, comparative and international politics, European Union politics, interest groups and research methods. My current research projects are funded by the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO-V), the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the European Research Council (ERC). Basically, all my projects analyze how interest organizations adapt to multi-level political opportunities in terms of their internal organization, political strategies as well as their programmatic policy agenda. My research agenda covers topics such as multi-level venue-shopping, EU-level territorial lobbying as well as the population ecology of group politics. More details about my projects and publications can be found on this website.