At EUI, I run and coordinate four working groups.
IR Theory Working Group - I run this group, which meets every two weeks during the academic year; it is for researchers and post-doctoral fellows working with me. We utilize it as a forum for presentations of work-in-progress (prospectuses, thesis chapters, drafts of conference papers); discussing current trends and controversies in IR theory, be they over ethics, data, meta-theory, theory or method; and critically evaluating arguments in the literature (journal articles, book chapters). The focus is on helping researchers and fellows make better arguments in their projects; skill building; and a bit of professional socialization. For more information, click here.
Qualitative and Fieldwork Working Group - Caitlin Proctor and I are the mentoring professors for this group, which is run by SPS PhD researchers. The Working Group is a knowledge exchange and community hub for researchers, post-doctoral fellows and faculty members with an interest in fieldwork, ethnography, interviewing and qualitative methodology more broadly. It serves as a forum to learn about, debate and discuss different aspects of fieldwork as well as to learn from each other’s experiences and practices. The Group meets every three weeks during the academic year; for more information, see their website or click here.
International Relations Working Group - I am the mentoring professor for this group, which is run by PhD researchers. It is a critical - but collegial - forum where researchers working on international relations broadly defined get feedback on their work. The group also sponsors lectures and seminars with leading IR scholars, including Dr. Ayse Zarakol, Prof. Robert Keohane and Prof. Christian Reus-Smit. Members come from across the EUI community - Political and Social Sciences, other departments, as well as the Schuman Centre. Its website can be found here
The Legal and Political Theory Working Group - Martijn Hesselink and I are the mentoring professors for this group, which is again run by PhD researchers. It provides both established academics and researchers an opportunity to discuss and improve their theoretically-oriented work. One of the group’s most cherished traits is its openness. If your work deals with any strand of legal or political theory, or you simply think that your research will benefit from theoretical insights, this group is for you! For more details, click here