Welcoming New Staff: Agathe Piquet

Agathe Piquet has joined SPIR and the Centre for European Research in January 2020 as a post-doctoral research assistant to the NEXTEUK Project on the future of the EU-UK relations, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Project co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union.

She holds a MA in Politics (Sciences Po Toulouse) and a MA in International Relations and Security Policies (Toulouse University). She recently completed a PhD in political science at Panthéon-Assas University in Paris, entitled “Europol, a European police? Creation and autonomisation of an agency” under the supervision of Professor Yves Surel. Her dissertation focuses on Europol’s institutional trajectory from the 1990s to 2018 and offers an analytical alternative to the principal-agent model, by exploring the academic works on autonomy, renewed by a cognitive and sociological approach. By demonstrating how Europol has gradually gained some form of autonomy from its complex and multi-level environment, this research offers to contribute to the existing research on the integration of core-state powers. She has taught at Panthéon-Assas University, Saint-Denis University and Villetaneuse University. 

Agathe will assist Sarah Wolff in implementing the working programme of the NEXTEUK project. She will also be teaching POLM072 Case studies in policy-making.

Welcoming New Staff: Linda Monsees

Linda Monsees joined the School of Politics and International Relations in January 2020 as a Fritz-Thyssen Researcher. Her project is entitled  ‘Cyberspace and the Changing Configurations of Security’ and concerns the changing reconfiguration of public and private in the context of cybersecurity over the past three decades. She will be working with Jef Huysmans and be involved in the doingIPS working group.

Before joining Queen Mary she has worked at a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt and the Center for Advanced Internet Studies in Bochum. She has recently published a monograph with Routledge titled ‘Crypto-Politics, Encryption and Democratic Practices in the Digital Era’. Her theoretical interests lie in the role of the public and conceptualising the politics of technology. Empirically she has worked on digital encryption, privacy and fake news.

Marie Beauchamps joins SPIR

Marie Beauchamps joined the School of Politics and International Relations as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoc fellow on 1 May 2019. She is the author of Governing Affective Citizenship: Denaturalization, Belonging, and Repression (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2019)She completed her PhD at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), UniversityofAmsterdam(UvA) in 2015. She taught at the College of Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (UvA) and theLiterary and Cultural Analysis department(UvA). She is also a guest teacher at the Amsterdam Academy of Theater and Dance.

Her post-doctoral research focuses on the mobilization of affects in politics of security and the withdrawal of citizenship. She draws on historical cases as the basis for evaluating possible consequences of intensified withdrawal practices for regimes of citizenship today. Her project combines archival research with working on affect across the social sciences and art practices.