Since my undergraduate degree I have been active in groups working on European politics. I am intrigued by the political potential of the European continent, grateful for the benefits that it brought to my generation, and determined to help tackle the challenges we face today.
From 2018-2019, I was a member of the Europaeum Scholars Programme, a group of 30 selected PhD students from twelve universities across Europe.
On its website, the programme is described as follows: “The Europaeum Scholars Programme is a world-class programme designed to produce a new generation of leaders, thinkers, and researchers who have the capacity and desire to shape the future of Europe. It runs for two years alongside Scholars’ existing doctoral studies.”
Here is an article about the Europaeum Scholars Programme that appeared in The Guardian.
As part of the Europaeum Scholars Programme, I worked on a group project that focused on the ways in which European citizens perceive their (dis)connection to the European Union (or a European political project more generally). It aimed to highlight and better understand senses of (not) belonging to the European political institutions and reflect on how to develop an inclusive and participatory European political project in the future. My colleagues and I conducted interviews with various people across Europe and then wrote a book on selected themes from these interviews. The manuscript is currently under review. The team work with other PhD students across Europe was a real joy and considerably enriched my own thinking about Europe.
Previously (2013-2015), I was a board member of Junges Europa e.V. (Young Europe). Junges Europa e.V. is a politically neutral and multidisciplinary discussion forum under the auspices of the former German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Klaus Kinkel. Members aim to contribute to the public debate about European political and cultural topics by organising two to four panel discussions each term. I was in charge of coordinating these panels and chairing them if required. Since my time at Young Europe, I have been passionate about sharing ideas with others not only on academic matters but also on political issues. I particularly value contact with people who have backgrounds and views different from my own.