I am a professor of political science at the ‘Institut de sciences politiques Louvain-Europe’ at the UCLouvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), where I am currently the Director of the Centre for European Studies and the research coordinator of ISPOLE. I am also a visiting professor at the European Political and Governance Studies Department at the College of Europe.
My research and teaching focus on European Union politics and institutions. More in particular, my research interests include the EU’s external relations, EU environmental policy, inter- and intra-institutional relations in the EU, international environmental politics, principal-agent modeling, and comparative research methods.
My work has appeared in several academic journals, including Journal of European Public Policy, International Environmental Agreements, Environmental Policy and Governance, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, and Journal of European Integration.
I am also the author of four academic books:
- ‘The EU as International Environmental Negotiator’ (Ashgate, 2011), which studies internal EU decision-making processes in the context of multilateral environmental negotiations,
- ‘The Foreign Policy of the European Union (2nd edition)‘ (co-authored with Stephan Keukeleire, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), which presents a comprehensive analysis of the foreign policy of the EU,
- ‘Environmental Policy and Politics in the European Union‘ (co-authored with Sander Happaerts, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), which provides a state-of-the-art analysis of EU environmental policy and the political dynamics that shape it, and
- ‘The Principal Agent Model and the European Union‘ (co-edited with Johan Adriaensen, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), which assesses the use and limitations of the principal-agent model for studying the increasingly complex political system of the European Union.