The CORPNET project has a research group consisting of faculty, senior researchers, guest researchers, PhD students and master students.
For an overview of group members, scroll down this page.

Eelke Heemskerk

Eelke Heemskerk is principal investigator at CORPNET and associate professor of political science at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He published extensively on corporate governance, corporate elites, social networks and institutional change. Eelke is member of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research as part of the Political Economy and Transnational Governance research group. Eelke […]

Frank Takes

Frank is a postdoctoral researcher in the CORPNET group at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD in computer science at Leiden University, where he is also appointed as a lecturer teaching courses on Business Intelligence and Social Network Analysis. His work in the CORPNET group focuses on methodological questions on (corporate) network analysis and […]

Javier Garcia-Bernardo

Javier Garcia-Bernardo is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the CORPNET project. He did his M.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Vermont (USA), specializing in Complex Systems. He is interested in understanding the influence of corporate networks in the real world. Javier’s work focuses on unveiling the structure and dynamical properties of […]

Jan Fichtner

Jan Fichtner is a postdoctoral researcher in the CORPNET project. He holds a Dr. phil. from the Institute for Political Science at Goethe-University Frankfurt (Germany). His research interests lie in the interdisciplinary field of International Political Economy, particularly Global Finance (concentration of corporate ownership and control, structural power, financialization, hedge funds, offshore financial centers). He […]

Diliara Valeeva

Diliara is a PhD candidate in the CORPNET group. She did her MA in Sociology at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Her research interests are social processes and peer influence in networks. Within the CORPNET group, she focuses on the longitudinal analysis of corporate networks.

Milan Babic

Milan studied Political Science, Economics and Philosophy at the University of Tübingen, Germany. His main interests lie in developments in International Political Economy, Political Theory (especially state theory) and European Integration. He is particularly focused on questions of transnational class formation, class agency and transformation of global power relations.

Jouke Huijzer

Jouke Huijzer is a second year Research Masters student at the UvA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and has an awakening interest in corporate elite networks and corporate power. Currently, Jouke is doing an internship at the University of Victoria (BC, Canada) in which he collaborates on the project ‘Mapping the Power […]

Michał Zdziarski

Michał Zdziarski is Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and International Business at Warsaw University and a visitor Professor at the CORPNET group. He holds a PhD in Managerial Economics from the University of Warsaw. His research interests revolve around corporate leadership, corporate governance, strategy as practice, corporate networks and interlocking directorates.

Carmel Shenkar

Carmel holds a Master degree in International Relations – International Law & Institutions from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Master degree in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam. She previously worked as a legislative advisor to MPs (Legislative Aide) at the Israeli Parliament; and held various other positions in Government Ministries, […]

Lena Ajdacic

Lena Ajdacic is a Research Master student in Social Sciences at the UvA. With a background in Sociology and a current focus on Political Economy, she is interested in economic inequalities, corporate power and international taxation. In her thesis project she applies a network analysis approach to study the role of banks, trustees and accountancy […]

Dafne van Kuppevelt

Dafne is an eScience research engineer at the Netherlands eScience Center. She has a background in Computer Science and Mathematics, with a focus on machine learning and data analysis. Currently, she applies machine learning and network analysis in different scientific domains, ranging from analysis time series data from accelerometers to networks of legal documents and […]

Laurens Bogaardt

Laurens studied Physics and Economics and did some research in Evolutionary Biology. His main interests lie in Mathematical Modelling and trying to understand ‘mechanisms’, in particular using Game Theory. Laurens has previously worked as a software engineer and as a consultant. He joined the Netherlands eScience Center to find more academic challenges and to work […]

Meindert Fennema

Meindert Fennema is emeritus professor in political theory at the department of political science of the University of Amsterdam and fellow at CORPNET. His dissertation on International Networks of Banks and Industry was published in 1982 (International networks of banks and industry). With William K. Carroll and Eelke Heemskerk he continued working on corporate governance. […]

Former group members

An overview of previous group members and visitors can be found at this page.