I am an Assistant Professor at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM) at the Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. My research is situated at the intersection of international political economy, development and conflict studies.
In my book, The Development Dance: How Donors and Recipients Negotiate the Delivery of Foreign Aid (Cornell University Press), I point to a fundamental problem in foreign aid: the delivery of development aid is based on negotiated compromises between donor agencies and recipient governments that are rarely politically sustainable. I explain how apparent fads and fashions in development aid are in reality attempts to overcome particular types of commitment problems and why political compromises between international donors and recipient governments remain so vulnerable to changing circumstances.
I was previously a visiting fellow at The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, and received my PhD from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University in 2011.