I hold a German MA in Politics, Sociology and English from the University of Regensburg and a PhD in Politics from the University of Derby, where I had worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant from 2000 until 2004.
Before joining SGIA in 2006, I was employed as Research Fellow in the Employment Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.
I have been the principal coordinater of the UACES collaborative research network The EU-27 Single Market in the Global Economy since 2010. The network assesses the impact of the global financial crisis and the subsequent sovereign debt crisis in the eurozone on economies in the Single European Market.
My latest publication which is based on my research activities in the network is the monograph The EU and the Global Financial Crisis: New Varieties of Capitalism is published at Edward Elgar.
I am also the co-coordinator of the UACES collaborative research network Assessing Accession: Central and Eastern Europe in the EU which monitors the transition processes in the ten CEE member states of the EU. Since April 2013 I have been working as a Visiting Fellow under the Think Visegrad Fellowship Schem at the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) within the Slovak Atlantic Commission in Bratislava. My research project concentrated on examining the role of the Visegrad-4 countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) in the EU under crisis conditions.
I am currently in the process of preparing a new project with partners across Central and Eastern Europe which will examine the future role of the CEE member states in the EU.