Daniel Mügge

Professor of Political Arithmetic
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Daniel Mügge is principal investigator of the ERC and NWO projects featured on this website. Through his past research on financial regulation and accounting, he has discovered the political underbelly of seemingly technical and arcane policies. The Fickle Formulas projects take that interest to the next level.

Lukas Linsi

Postdoctoral researcher
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Lukas Linsi researches the political dynamics underlying measurements of international trade and capital flows. His interest in the topic was piqued during his PhD research when he noted curious differences in how various statistical agencies account for foreign direct investment inflows.

Roberto Aragão

PhD student

Roberto Aragão is a huge enthusiast for subjects related to the development process. His academic experience and work in Brazil equipped him with deep knowledge about the Brazilian’s main macroeconomic indicators. For FickleFormulas, he will dig even deeper.

Daniel DeRock

PhD student

Daniel DeRock explores the global dimension of macroeconomic indicators. Working in the international development sector gave him insight into the major role of statistics in transnational governance. In Fickle Formulas, he investigates the political dynamics behind the spread and production of these figures.

Joan van Heijster

PhD student

Joan van Heijster will take the FickleFormulas questions to China and India. Macroeconomic indicators have been imperative to setting the ‘emerging markets’ narrative in motion. This project elevates her interests and understanding of the political economy of Asia and the BRICS.

Jessica de Vlieger

PhD student

Jessica de Vlieger investigates the politics of macroeconomic indicators in the European Union. Studying economics and working in financial journalism made her aware of the central role numbers play in our society. She now hopes to find out what lies behind these powerful and influential indicators.

Hanna Doose

Research assistant

Hanna Doose is a student research assistant, especially for Project 1 ‘The evolution of four indicators in four central OECD countries’. Since she is studying an interdisciplinary degree program with the focus on politics but also involving economics, the Fickle Formulas project is exactly in her field of interest.

Ana Carrillo

Research assistant
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Ana Carrillo is currently investigating the evolution of macroeconomic indicators in France and public perception of the economy. She is also passionate about the impact of the Eurozone crisis in 2008 on European identity, Euroscepticism and European political behaviour from a transnational perspective.

Roel van Engelen

Project assistant

Roel van Engelen works as a research assistant in the FickleFormulas project. He has a background in history and political science and a special interest in the political nature of seemingly neutral economic policies. He also teaches at the Political Science department at the University of Amsterdam.