Afke Groen, MSc (G.A.M.)
Afke Groen is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. She studies practices of transnational party cooperation in the EU, and specifically looks at the German political parties (CDU/CSU, SPD, Die Linke and Bündnis90/Die Grünen in particular. The Amsterdam Institute for German Studies (DIA) co-funds the research project, and as such Afke also takes part in the Graduiertenkolleg (http://duitslandinstituut.nl/graduiertenkolleg2).
Afke teaches in several programmes at Maastricht University. For example, in the Bachelor European Studies, she is a tutor and lecturer in several courses related to academic research and writing skills, gives lectures on the role(s) of parliaments, and is a member of the Board of Admissions. She is also an academic advisor at University College Maastricht. Together with Patrick Bijsmans, she initiated and edits the FASoS Teaching & Learning blog: http://fasos-research.nl/fasos-teachingblog.
Afke's wider research interests are in the democratic governance of the EU, and the role of political parties and 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 joined the Department of Political Science as a junior lecturer and researcher in August 2014. She holds an MSc in European Studies from Maastricht University, and obtained her BA in International Relations from the University of Groningen (2012, cum laude). She also completed part of her studies at the History Department of the University of Helsinki.