Sophie Hoogenboom is a research intern at UNU-CRIS who obtained a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam with a major in International Relations. It was during this major that she came in contact with the Faculty of Humanities and decided to pursue a second bachelor in European Studies with a major in European History. In the year 2020/2021 Sophie obtained a Master’s degree in European Policy from the University of Amsterdam.
The prior education of Sophie is reflected in her thesis in which she used central concepts found in the work of George Herbert Mead and focused on the application of these ideas to the level of regional actors and their role in a specific policy field. In her thesis Sophie specifically focused on the European Union and the role it plays in cybersecurity policy and how this role relates to conceptions of the Self and of sovereignty.
During her internship at UNU-CRIS, under the supervision of Jamal Shahin, Sophie will contribute to the Digital Governance cluster and will support the chair in Digital Sovereignty in his activities. Moreover, Sophie will focus on theoretical and methodological challenges found with role conceptions at a regional institutional level and will be preparing and submitting a working paper on the EU’s role conception in cybersecurity policy.