Fieldwork

Józsefváros piac in Budapest (my own photograph)

My research on the European Union as a global (trade) power draws on critical and interpretive methods and methodologies, with a focus on fieldworking, relational interviewing, and archival research.

Brussels, Belgium — autumn 2021 & spring/autumn 2022

— 65 semi-structured interviews on the EU’s generalised scheme of preferences with trade policy elites from the European Commission, European External Action Service, European Parliament, Permanent Representations of EU Member States, and various industry and civil society organisations

— Non-participant observation at meetings of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights

Historical Archives of the European Union, Florence, Italy — summer 2022

— Archival research on the European Economic Community’s trade policy discourse towards the ‘Third World’ in the sixties and seventies

Historical Archives of the European Commission, Brussels, Belgium — autumn 2021

— Archival research on the European Economic Community’s trade policy discourse towards the ‘Third World’ in the sixties and seventies

— Co-funded by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies

Budapest, Hungary — winter 2021

— Collaborative multi-sited ethnography on the spatiality of ‘migrant’ marketplaces in Vienna’s Brunnenmarkt and Budapest’s Józsefvárosi piac

— Conversational walking interviews with market visitors and participant observation at Józsefvárosi piac

Brussels, Belgium — spring 2016

— 8 semi-structured interviews on the role of chambers of commerce in EU external trade relations with policy elites from the European Commission, European External Action Service, European Parliament, and various European business organisations