After pre-universitary schooling in Maastricht, I started a bachelor of Arts in French and Dutch linguistics and literature at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. My master’s thesis in the field of Dutch sociolinguistics was a discourse analysis of election programs to the Dutch 2012 parliamentary election. My interest for politics and society incited me to combine these studies from 2012 onwards with a preparatory program, followed by a Master of Science in Political Sciences at the VUB, obtained with great honours in 2014. In my master’s thesis, I investigated the relationship between Euroscpeticism and consensus democracy. The field of interest for my doctoral dissertation is the comparative study of party-based Euroscepticism in EU-member states. I want to investigate eurosceptic party's anti-system critique, its origins and the reasons of its apparent electoral success. In short, I would like to clarify what eurosceptics are really sceptic about, and how this critique relates to political trust in institutions. And moreover, how can we accurately define and measure euroscepticism.
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen
Pleinlaan 51050 Brussels