I am a final-year doctoral candidate in political studies at Central European University and a visiting research fellow at Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.
My work attempts to critique the European Union’s entanglements as a trade power in world politics through critical-interpretive, non-Eurocentric, and decolonial perspectives. Drawing on interpretive policy analysis, my dissertation recasts the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences as a site of intervention and interrogates how trade policy discourses in Brussels reify hierarchical relations of power with ‘developing’ and ‘least developed’ countries.
Over the past three years at CEU, I served as teaching assistant for MA-level courses on the EU's Role in Global Governance and Comparative Case Study Research and volunteered as mentor for the Invisible University for Ukraine. I also contributed to an Open Society University Network-funded project on 'Decolonising the Curriculum' and a Horizon 2020 project on 'Realising Europe’s Soft Power in External Cooperation and Trade’.
Outside academia, I spent six years as EU outreach consultant for the European Commission's Support to European Business in Southeast Asian Markets (SEBSEAM) programme and as research and advocacy officer at the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines in Manila.