Dr. Marij Swinkels

Public Governance and Management
Universitair docent
Public Governance and Management

I am interested in the question of how political leaders, with different ideas and backgrounds, impact policymaking in times of crisis. 

In my PhD research, I built on insights from leadership theory, ideational theory, and crisis management theory and developed a novel approach to studying the role of EU leaders and their ideas in EU crises. My aim was to infuse European studies with a crisis-leadership approach to study the EU in an era of crises. 

For an animated version of the findings of my PhD research, see here.

I'm trained in different qualitative methodological approaches, such as Discourse Network Analysis (DNA), Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), and Comparative Cognitive Mapping (CCM).