Badjao, 2018 (my own work in oil)

I have engaged with different research projects and collectives on interrogating the European Union as a global (trade) power, overcoming Eurocentrism in the political science curriculum, and doing things differently outside the ivory tower. I have also been invited to several events to speak about my work and co-organised academic conferences in service to political science and European Studies communities.

Research projects

Decolonising the Curriculum?
Yehuda Elkana Center for Teaching, Learning & Higher Education Research
Central European University, March–September 2022

This project benefitted from the Open Society University Network’s ‘Developing Teaching Professionals’ programme. Here, I co-wrote a project report on concrete strategies to rethink syllabus-building and modes of teaching and learning in political science through decolonial thinking and praxis. To do this, our project team conducted in-depth interviews with doctoral researchers and colleagues at the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations to understand their perspectives on rethinking our curriculum.

Horizon 2020 RESPECT project: Realising Europe’s Soft Power in External Cooperation and Trade
Department of Economics & Business
Central European University, winter 2020

I supported this project by coding more than 120 official European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) ‘progress’ and implementation reports for partner countries between 2004 and 2019.


South/South Movement

I have co-founded this autonomous transnational student-led collective claiming space for academics and activists from and for the global souths in social and political studies. In this space, I am co-organising initiatives orientated around (re)searching Europe differently and countering the colonial in the past, present and future tenses.

Decolonial Europe Day

This is a collective that uses the occasion of Europe Day (9 May every year) to bring together existing decolonising initiatives, civil society organisations and other actors around the common project of decolonising Europe, understood as an ongoing process. I supported the 2023 and 2024 editions of Decolonial Europe Day.

Invited talks

— Roundtable: ‘Teaching and learning in the decolonial future?’, Open Society University Network and LSE Eden Centre for Education Enhancement, 16 May 2023 (online)

— ‘Smashing the ivory tower? A workshop on decolonising initiatives in European universities’, EUI Decolonising Initiative, Decolonial Europe Day, 9 May 2023 (online)

— Roundtable: ‘Disruption: What, Where, When?’, Diversity, Inclusion & Multi-disciplinarity in European Studies (DIMES) Project, UACES Annual Conference, European School of Political & Social Sciences, Lille, France, 5–7 September 2022

— Keynote lecture: ‘Decolonising EU trade relations with the global souths?’, Institute for History, Jean Monnet Module, Student Conference: From Multi-Disciplinarity to Inter-Disciplinarity – Opportunities and Limitations, Leiden University, 13 May 2022 (online)


53rd European Studies Conference
(En)countering Europe as Global, Othered and Transperipheral Voices
Queen's University Belfast, 3-6 September 2023
Online, 11 September 2023

I co-organised this themed track uniting 11 panels and 56 paper presentations. This track prioritised ‘speaking’ differently about Europe and its many entanglements in the social and political world from anti/de/postcolonial, critical, feminist, interpretive, Global East, Global South, non-Eurocentric, intersectional, queer and other heterodox perspectives.

16th CEU Annual Doctoral Conference 
Dis/continuities: Politics in the 21st century
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
Central European University, 7-9 April 2021 (online)

I co-organised this doctoral conference featuring 4 keynote speeches and 70+ paper presentations by doctoral researchers from different universities around the world.