Principal Investigator

Thomas Conzelmann is Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, and the principal investigator in this project.

He can be reached by telephone at +31 43 388 2066 or +49 176 97 850 849.

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Postdoctoral researchers

Valentina Carraro works on the case study on peer and expert reviews in the area of human rights. She recently defended her PhD thesis ‘A double-edged sword: The effects of politicization on the authority of the UN Universal Periodic Review and Treaty Bodies. Read more…

More information on Valentina’s research and her contact details can be found here.



Hortense Jongen researches the area of anti-corruption peer reviews. She defended her PhD ‘Combating corruption the soft way: The authority of peer reviews in the global fight against graft’ on 15 September 2017. Read more…

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PHD researchers

Martina Kühner analyses the role of peer reviews and other monitoring tools in the area of sustainable development. In particular, she investigates the institutional designs of different global monitoring mechanisms in the field of sustainable development. In her first case study she looks at the Compliance System of the Kyoto Protocol. Her other case studies cover the monitoring frameworks of the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the monitoring and review instruments under the former Commission on Sustainable Development and its successor, the High-Level Political Forum. Read more.

For her PhD research Martina has conducted field research at the UN Headquarters in New York. She cooperates with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network at Columbia University and is affiliated with the International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development (ICIS) at Maastricht University. Besides her strong interest in global governance issues, she has also conducted research on several other topics such as development cooperation of the EU and its Member States, Policy Coherence for Development, Aid Effectiveness, the (Post-) Rio+20 debate, the EU Common Agricultural Policy and Global Food Security.

Before starting her PhD Martina worked as a Junior Professional at the German Development Agency’s (GIZ) representation in Brussels, as a Research scholar of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) and as a trainee at the European Commission (DG AGRI). She holds a Master’s Degree in European Studies from Maastricht University and a bilingual Bachelor’s Degree in German-Spanish Studies (an intercultural European Studies programme) from Universität Regensburg and Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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