I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science, University College London. I research legislative politics with a focus on the European Union and quantitative methods. My work relates to the effects of institutional design on decision making.
In my dissertation, I look at informal decision making in bicameral systems such as the EU. I am interested in the conditions under which negotiators will deviate from their mandate to further their own interest. Equally, when will informal decision making lead to policy outcomes that reflect the preferences of both chambers of parliament?
In addition, I am working on a number of EU-related papers about the inter-institutional balance of power, explaining legislative compromise when the ideological preference constellation suggests that negotiations should fail, and improving measurement methods for concepts such as policy influence and support for integration.
I am passionate about data science. I participate in a project on using machine learning techniques to better estimate subnational public opinion. Furthermore, I take part in an effort that applies quantitative text analysis to leverage data from open-ended survey questions collected by development organisations and in a project on forecasting conflict escalation from big data. I teach quantitative methods. Currently, I am convening the postgraduate module statistics 1 at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Finally, I advice human rights/civil liberties NGOs on research methodology.