Trained at the Belgian Higher Institute for Defense, the universities of Brussels, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and the Hague International Institute for Social Studies, I obtained my PhD in 1999 at the Free University of Brussels. My academic publications cover a wide field, from the epistemic appeal of complexity, over peace processes and corruption, to enforcing the UN instrument against Enforced Disappearance. I edited several ‘black books’ on arms trade and composed an extensive monograph on science for policy.
Apart from lecturing stints at the universities of Ghent and Antwerp (both in Belgium) and Iceland, most of my long and winding career moved beyond academia – in think tanks, policy advice, evaluation consultancies, advocacy campaigns, compliance monitoring of UN instruments (such as to curb the illicit proliferation of arms), peace-building and humanitarian international cooperation. The latter strand of my work has been globe-spanning, but Latin America is the area where my field experience is most solid and that I am most passionate about. As such, I very much welcome the opportunity to cover its social realities in the UCR course Latin American Social Theory and Debate.