Our Team


Our core team based at Utrecht University consists of researchers and support staff working to make this research project a success. In addition, we have a group of global project associates. These leading experts in international relations and global sustainability governance support our project from a distance.

Prof. Frank Biermann

Principal Investigator

Dr. Agni Kalfagianni

Associate Professor

Dr. Rakhyun E. Kim

Associate Professor

Dr. Marjanneke J. Vijge

Assistant Professor

Dr. Thomas Hickmann

Associate Senior Lecturer

Dr. Carole-Anne Sénit

Assistant Professor

Maya Bogers

PhD candidate

Melanie van Driel

PhD candidate

Francesco S. Montesano

PhD candidate

Abbie Yunita

PhD candidate

Blake Harvey

MSc Student Assistant

Global Project Associates

In addition to the core team based at Utrecht we work with a broad global network of leading experts in international relations and global sustainability governance.

Prof. Pamela Chasek

Manhattan College

Alexia Faus Onbargi

German Institute of Development and Sustainability

Dr. Sander Chan

Senior Researcher

Andrea Ordóñez Llanos

Southern Voice

Dr. Åsa Persson

Stockholm Environment Institute

Dr. Michelle Scobie

The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. Marianne Beisheim

German Institute for International & Security Affairs

Dr. Yixian Sun

University of Bath

In 2022, the GlobalGoals project team launched the international Taskforce on the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the global Earth System Governance research alliance. This Taskforce will expand and in the long run continue the work of the GlobalGoals Project.