is: overthinking, relatively fun, caring
is passionate about: food and everything related to it, may it be cooking or just snacking, while combining it with spending time with my favourite people. Furthermore, I like to complain about anything and everything that is going on in my life, the life of others and always in politics.
I really enjoy the fact that the whole research is taking place outside of a general IR course. I just think it is very fun and enjoyable to do it in a group: I feel like I learn a lot from the other researchers and it is very nice to be able to speak with other people about the research your conducting.
if she were an animal she would be: a baby panda, because all they do during the day is eat, sleep, play and cuddle. They just seem very carefree, so they basically live the life I would love to have. Most importantly they just always eat.
she would like the world to know that: The button row on male jackets is on the right side and the one on the jackets for women on the left side.
is: driven, curious, critical
is passionate about: wildlife and nature conservation, which is also why I wanted to study biology before making the switch to IR. That said I'm also interested about the topics within IR; both research seminars I did in the Master were very cool and I like learning more about the field even outside study requirements.
During much of my Bachelor and now during my Master as well I felt like for a large part of the research paper that I had to write I was kind of chasing the facts in a way. Research often had to do more with reading what other people said and then using that and less with doing work outside academia. The cool thing about this research has been that it's less based on existing literature and more on original research. It feels more like "real" and practically applicable research that can contribute something useful, and the topic itself is very relevant to events within international politics going on today. That makes it more exciting than a normal research you'd do for a course.
if he were an animal he would be: An owl maybe? Owls are pretty chill
Matthijs de Olde
is: a positive and thoughtful person, but a bit clumsy now and then
is passionate about: In my free time I like to read (mostly fantasy, thrillers or historic books), I like to play tennis and I like to cook.
What I like about IRSP is that we are not writing yet another theoretic, academic paper, but that we are doing an actual research into real-life events, a research that might actually deliver some new insights. Additionally, working for the IRSP/Bellingcat project offers me the chance to learn about the basics of investigative journalism, which is useful for me because I want to do a master in journalism after finishing my bachelor in IRIO.
if he were an animal he would be: the otter. social, curious, witty and very cute. This, in combination that I can be a bit clumsy and stubborn, makes me your stereotypical otter.
is a: work in progress
is passionate about: football, as in only watching not playing though.
As I finished all the courses of my programme and am writing my MA thesis along next to this research programme, I am very thankful for IRSP providing me with the little social life I have and reasons to leave my house.
if he were an animal he would be: a penguin. I think it was in the second season of Planet Earth, where I learned about these penguins living on this giant rock in the middle of the ocean. The waves were really dangerous there, but in order to get food the small penguins had to dive from really high into the waves, putting themselves in great danger. I always thought that was pretty cool. Also I think it's funny how they walk.