Welcome to my homepage! I am an Assistant Professor in Research Methods at Maastricht University. Previously, I was a Newton International Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and I received my PhD-thesis in 2009 at VU University Amsterdam.
My research and teaching interests span the topics of federalism, territorial politics, methodology, regional government, regional elections, multilevel governance, and regionalist parties. My work can be characterised by its comparative and quantitative nature with a strong focus on the collection of data and the development of new measurements which are subsequently used to advance theory. I have collected and generated a lot of regional-level data which you can find under the Data menu item. Find more about me in my CV and about my publications in my Google Scholar profile.
I am programme director of the Bachelor European Studies at Maastricht University, I am co-chairing the Standing Group on Regionalism and Federalism of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR), and I am a board member of the Dutch Political Science Association. Among my editorial activities are the Annual Special Issue on Regional Elections of Regional and Federal Studies, the book series on Comparative Territorial Politics of Palgrave Macmillan, and Multi Level Governance watch.