My PhD thesis project is entitled ‘Financing and Reforming the African Union’ (working title) and is co-supervised by Professor Stephanie Hofmann and Professor Jean-François Bayart. The project sits at the intersection of IR and development studies. I study external actors such as the EU, the USA and China at the African Union. The thesis identifies mechanisms of influence by external actors, but also of AU resistance to external actors.

An additional interest revolves around regionalism in the post-Soviet space. I am interested in non-Western regional integration processes and their relationship with European integration. In particular, I study how the economic policy field is interwoven with other policy fields such as security, energy and identity in these relationships. In this vein, I study EU relations with the Eurasian Economic Union.