All Team Members

Anne Luijten
Anne Luijten
MSc Graduate

Anne Luijten is a graduate of the Utrecht University MSc Sustainable Development, Earth System Governance track. For her thesis she researched SDG 10: reduced inequality. The research is threefold. The first part consists of a negotiation analysis: through discourse network analysis she looks at the actors, conflicts, and coalitions that resulted in the inclusion of this goal in the SDGs.…

Leonie Grob
Leonie Grob
MSc Student

Leonie Grob is a Master student at Utrecht University with a background in Economics and Latin American Cultural Studies. She is currently enrolled in the MSc Sustainable Development, Earth System Governance track. Leonie is particularly interested in SDG implementation processes on the local and regional level. In the GlobalGoals project, Leonie is contributing to an analysis of the state-of-the-art SDG…

Oana Forestier
Oana Forestier
MSc Graduate

Oana Forestier is a graduate of the Utrecht University MSc Sustainable Development, Earth System Governance track. Her thesis focused on identifying trends in the prioritisation of Sustainable Development Goals by national governments, as well as on exploring the relationship between the development assistance provided by United Nations Specialised Agencies, and Funds and Programmes and prioritisation patterns. To this end, she mapped…

Jana Birner
Jana Birner
MSc student

Jana Birner is currently studying the Joint International Master in Sustainable Development at Utrecht University within the Earth System Governance track. Her master thesis investigates the steering potential of the SDGs on the national-level governance architecture. To that end, Jana is conducting a country case study with a focus on the Federal Ministries in Germany. In particular, she researches the…

Abbie Yunita
Abbie Yunita
PhD candidate

Abbie Yunita is a PhD Candidate within the GLOBALGOALS project. She has an interdisciplinary background in International Studies and Geography, and holds a Master in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Prior to joining the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, she was a Researcher at the Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF), where she worked closely with local stakeholders…

Francesco S. Montesano
Francesco S. Montesano
PhD candidate

Francesco Saverio Montesano is a PhD candidate within the GLOBALGOALS project. He has a strong International Relations background, and holds an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics. Prior to joining the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, he worked as a researcher at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague and at the College of Europe in Bruges, where…

Melanie van Driel
Melanie van Driel
PhD candidate

Melanie van Driel is a PhD candidate within the GLOBALGOALS project. A political scientist by training, she specialized in International Relations – studying China, Central Eurasia, the MENA region and the post-Soviet countries of Eastern Europe – and policy and governance at the University of Amsterdam, with a focus on the political economy of energy. She worked as a lecturer at…

Maya Bogers
Maya Bogers
PhD candidate

Maya Bogers is a PhD candidate within the GLOBALGOALS project. She obtained her MSc in Innovation Sciences at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, where she specialised in quantitative models and network analysis to measure the effects of innovation and economic policies, at the regional, national and international level. Before returning to the Copernicus Institute, she worked for the Dutch government…

Dr. Carole-Anne Sénit
Dr. Carole-Anne Sénit
Post-doctoral researcher

Dr. Carole-Anne Sénit is a political scientist by training, with a career spanning both research on and practice in the civil society sector. She obtained her PhD on civil society participation in the negotiations on the SDGs from Utrecht University, under joint supervision from the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI).…

Dr. Thomas Hickmann
Dr. Thomas Hickmann
Post-doctoral researcher

Thomas Hickmann joined the GLOBALGOALS Team and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University as a post-doctoral researcher in July 2019. His research is mainly concerned with the question of how societies can adequately deal with common pool resources, i.e. which institutions (broadly understood as organizations, regimes, and norms) need to be in place in order to overcome…