Introducing: Akudo McGee

Hello everyone! I’m Akudo McGee and I’m thrilled to be starting my journey at Maastricht University as a PhD candidate in the LIMES Project.

Under the supervision of Prof. Mathieu Segers, my research will focus on understanding and tracking the progeny of Eurosceptic sentiment and political movements across the EU, particularly following its most challenging round of enlargements, the Eastern Enlargement.

The goal of my research is to develop evidence-based policy advice with the aim of maintaining the internal and external integration capacity of the EU moving forward, in consideration of future enlargements.

I hope to explore this through the identification and study of internal “fault lines” within the EU, through which systemic weaknesses in pre- and post-accession policy may be exposed, with a special focus on the most conspicuously challenging enlargement to date (The Eastern Enlargement: 2004-2007). This investigation into the social, economic, and political disharmony across member states will take place, in part by examining the persistence of Eurosceptic sentiment across current and potential member states, with a special focus on Central and Eastern European members.

I am hopeful that my approach will produce research that is forward-thinking, ideating on the future of the EU, as well as reflective, with a strong historical focus that encourages the introspection needed to confront, avoid, or address potential pitfalls by examining past policy.

My research interests are migration and integration policy, the free movement of peoples, refugee integration and asylum policy, and European nation formation processes.

I’m ecstatic to join the faculty and participate in academically robust conversations! I’m also happy to offer assistance with English translations or proofreading.

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