Managing Director

Dr. Gonny Willems

Dr. Gonny Willems (Ph.D) is managing director of Studio Europa Maastricht. Together with the Studio Europa Maastricht team, Gonny has the ambition to profile Studio Europa and the city of Maastricht as a catalyst for Europe. Gonny started her career as a researcher previously holding research and teaching positions at Maastricht University, the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and the Open University. Subsequently, she specialized as a manager at Maastricht University In educational logistics as head of the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering and head of department of Maastricht University's Student Desk (I.e., Admissions & International Services and Professional & Personal Student Development). Originally, she was trained in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience and Developmental Psychology. She strongly believes in the contribution science makes to society and aims to bring researchers and their work closer to citizens.
Europa Chair

Prof. dr. Mathieu Segers

Mathieu Segers is Europa Chair at Studio Europa Maastricht and Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration at Maastricht University. He has been a Fulbright-Schuman fellow at the Center for European Studies of Harvard University and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and IR at the University of Oxford. He has held the position of Assistant/Associate Professor of European Integration and International Relations at Utrecht University between 2008 and 2016. His research focuses on the history and pre-history of European integration and trans-Atlantic relations, on which he publishes in international scholarly journals of different disciplines. Focussing on the historical roots of the modern EU, Segers is currently interested in the ‘Maastricht order’ (and its outlook) and the origins of the Maastricht Treaty, focussing on the EMU, the European social market economy, and the EU’s position in international politics.

The Team

Programme Maker (full-time)

Annelies van Rijen

Annelies van Rijen works on communication, programme making and the research agenda at Studio Europa Maastricht. She obtained a master’s in international relations and European integration history from Utrecht University and a master from the College of Europe in Warsaw. Currently, she is working on fostering an interdisciplinary research community on European affairs at Maastricht University as well as on translating the complexity of European politics to a broader audience in the interesting local context of the Euregion. Previously, Annelies wrote on European Affairs for Het Financieële Dagblad, worked as a lecturer at Utrecht University and worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome.
Office Manager (full-time)

Helene Vliegenthart-Peereboom

Helene is the first point of contact for the majority of Studio Europa Maastricht's incoming communications. She makes sure that our processes and projects run smoothly. Writing and checking off to-do lists is her professional guilty pleasure.
Previously, Helene was a financial-administrative officer for an architectural office. She has a background in Cultural Studies and is mainly interested in European identity, heritage, and citizen science
Project Manager: Heritage Label & Europe Archive

Dr. Bart Stol

Bart is responsible for the coordination of the Europe archive, the oral history project and various outreach projects concerning the history and impact of the Maastricht Treaty.

Dr. Bart Stol (Ph.D.) is project manager on the field of European heritage and The Maastricht Treaty at Studio Europa. He is responsible for the coordination of the Europe archive, the oral history project and various outreach projects concerning the history and impact of the Maastricht Treaty. Bart is a historian and previously held research and teaching positions at Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam and the Centre for Parliamentary History at Radboud University Nijmegen. Originally, he is trained as a journalist and writes for various newspapers and magazines since 1999. His main fields of interest are European and diplomatic history since 1789.

Communications Advisor/Editor (full-time)

Valentino Vondenhoff

Marketing & Communications Advisor (part-time)

Roos Stalenhoef

Roos has an educational background in International Business Communication, Spanish and International Management. She worked at a strategic communications agency for 8 years and developed into an analyst, strategist and project manager. She loves complex issues in an international context. At Studio Europa, Roos is in charge of corporate communication and programme communication.
Programme Maker (part-time)

Job Zomerplaag

Job is program editor at Studio Europa Maastricht. Driven by curiosity and imagination, he crafts and coordinates projects that stimulate meaningful exchanges and collaborations between the research, stories, and heritage of Europe. Job completed a bachelor’s in media and communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He went on to study in Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen, and Madrid as part of the Erasmus Mundus Master in urban studies. After his graduation, he returned to the region he grew up in to join Studio Europa’s team. He is currently completing a master’s in public policy and innovation governance at Maastricht University and UNU-MERIT. Previously, he has worked as a creative project manager, multimedia journalist, and research assistant.

Research Team

Endowed Chair History

Prof. Joep Leerssen

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Neculai-Cristian Surubaru

Neculai-Cristian focuses his research on European politics, Rule of Law and EU funds, Central and Eastern Europe, and East-West relations.

Neculai-Cristian Surubaru is a postdoctoral researcher in European Studies. He obtained a PhD in Political Science from Loughborough University. Prior to joining Studio Europa, he was a researcher at the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. In his research, he has focused on administrative state capacity & politicisation in relation to the management of EU funds in Central and Eastern Europe. In addition, he has contributed to several reports and evaluations commissioned by EU institutions and national governments, and has helped establish the annual Eurosfat forum held in Romania. His work was published by journals such as Regional Studies, the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS), European Politics and Society and East European Politics.

Post-doctoral Researcher

Dr. Nicole Basaraba

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Ivan Rubinić

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Catalina Goanta

The current research of Catalina addresses decentralization and platform governance, with projects such as the regulation of social media influencers.

Dr. Catalina Goanta is post-doctoral researcher at Studio Europa for the Maastricht Working on Europe research agenda. She also is assistant Professor in Private Law at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University and is one of the managers of the Maastricht Law and Tech Lab.

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Alvaro Oleart

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Clare Fenwick

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Caterina Di Fazio

Caterina Di Fazio is a philosopher and co-founder of Agora Europe together with Nadia Urbinati and Etienne Balibar. She received her PhD on Phenomenology of Political Space from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University in May 2018. She previously graduated summa cum laude with a master's degree in philosophy from Università degli Studi di Bologna, in recognition of the thesis she wrote at the Sorbonne. She has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, at the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University in the City of New York and at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Western Australia. She is currently a postdoc at Studio Europa at Maastricht University and a visiting scholar at Columbia Political Science Department, where she is working on a comparative analysis of migration in Mediterranean and Transatlantic Europe.
Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Miriam Urlings

Within Studio Europa, Miriam studies the translation of scientific evidence into policy by European Agencies, such as the European Food Safety Authority and the European Medical Agency.

Miriam Urlings is a postdoctoral researcher within Studio Europa Maastricht. She obtained her PhD in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Science of Maastricht University in July 2019, after a bachelor and master in the field of health sciences and nutrition. Her PhD research concerned the occurrence of selective citation within scientific publications. By means of quantitative citation analyses in six biomedical research fields she assessed which factors influence the chance of being cited and how this impacts knowledge development. Within Studio Europa Miriam studies the translation of scientific evidence into policy by European Agencies, such as the European Food Safety Authority and the European Medical Agency. In this project she collaborates with researchers from the medicine and law faculty. Additionally, she teaches bachelor and master students in the field of epidemiology and statistics at Maastricht University.

PhD Fellow and Heritage Label

Eline Madeleine Schmeets

Next to working as a PhD researcher at Studio Europa Maastricht, Eline-Madeleine is a Teaching Fellow at University College Maastricht. She is working under the supervision of Mathieu Segers, Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration at Maastricht University, and Ben Highmore, Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. Her thesis is a practical and theoretical research project that explores the history and future of a two-kilometer-long ‘shared’ or ‘European’ street, located exactly on the national border between Herzogenrath (Germany), and Kerkrade (The Netherlands). Previous to joining Studio Europa Maastricht, Eline worked as Policy Advisor Education for Maastricht University. She has an MSc by Research in Cultural Studies from The University of Edinburgh and a BA in Arts and Culture from Maastricht University.
PhD Researcher

Akudo Kyoshia McGee

Akudo Kyoshia McGee is a PhD researcher at Maastricht University. She is working under her primary supervisor, Mathieu Segers, Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration and second supervisor, Ferenc Laczó, Assistant Professor of History. With an eclectic background in cultural and identity studies, she hopes to approach research about strengthening the European Union's internal integration capacity from an interdisciplinary perspective that addresses the topic on a policy level and from a historical perspective, but that also examines popular support for the Union and is ideational about what its future could look like. Her thesis will focus on examining the emergence and maintenance of Eurosceptic sentiment in order to identify internal fault lines across the EU. Akudo previously studied Identity and Integration (European Studies) at the University of Amsterdam, where her focus was on refugee integration in challenging economic and social environments. She holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in German Language and Cultural Studies.

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Office & Events Manager (student-assistant)

Chris Bergmans

Chris Bergmans works as student-assistant events and communications at Studio Europa Maastricht. She performs both communication and operational tasks related to the organization of the various events that Studio Europa Maastricht initialized. Born and raised in Maastricht, Chris is very proud to help positioning the city as a central player within Europe. Chris has completed her bachelor at the Hotel Management School Maastricht and is currently completing a master International Business with specializations in Strategy & Innovation and Strategic Marketing. Before working for Studio Europa Maastricht, she has completed an internship in campaign management at Digitial Influencer Marketing Agency; Imagency Amsterdam.
Secretary & Executive PA (part-time)

Hadeel Alnashawati

Hadeel Alnashawati has a BA in Humanities and English literature and MA in European Studies, with a specialization in European Politics and International Relations. She obtained her master’s degree from Maastricht University. Her expertise is examining the nature of power that the European Union exercises in the world, particularly in the war-torn countries of the Middle East, and how the war affects the EU policy approach. Before joining Studio Europa, she obtained extensive work experience in an administrative position, participated in student conferences and completed an internship in political lobbying and policy-making at a nonprofit organization in the Netherlands. In addition to speaking English and Dutch, Hadeel is Arabic native speaker.