Afke Groen, MSc (G.A.M.)
Afke Groen is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. Her project, started in August 2015, focusses on the practices of inter-parliamentary cooperation in the European Union, with an emphasis on cooperation between national political parties. The project is co-funded by the Amsterdam Institute for German Studies (DIA) and as such Afke also takes part in the Graduiertenkolleg (http://duitslandinstituut.nl/graduiertenkolleg2).
Afke joined the Department of Political Science as a researcher and teaching assistant in August 2014. She has taught various courses in the Bachelor European Studies programme, including several courses related to academic research and writing skills. Her wider research interests are in the democratic governance of the EU, and the role of national parliaments therein. She has previously completed an internship at the Observatory of Parliaments after Lisbon (OPAL), where she studied the creation of the Lisbon Treaty's provisions on national parliaments.
Afke holds an MSc in European Studies from Maastricht University. She obtained her BA in International Relations from the University of Groningen (2012, cum laude), and completed part of her studies at the History Department of the University of Helsinki.