Recently Published: Bloks, S.A. (2019). Are Referendums and Parliamentary Elections Reconcilable? The Implications of Three Voting Paradoxes. Moral Philosophy and Politics, 6(2), 'Towards Foolproof Democracy. Improving Public Debate and Political Decision-Making.' [Special Issue], 281-311.
Recently Published: Bloks, S.A. (2019). The Regulation of Trans Fats in Food Products in the US and the EU. Utrecht Law Review , 15(3), 'Unhealthy, (un)lawful?' [Special Issue], 57-77.
I'm a Mathematician, Lawyer and Philosopher.
My research focusses on constitutional design choices with a particular interest in the design of democratic decision-making systems, such as parliamentary systems (incl. seat apportionment in parliament and districting/gerry-mandering), referendums, deliberative democracy and liquid democracy. My research approach is characterised by an integration of methods and knowledge from Computational Social Choice Theory, Constitutional Law and EU Law, and Political Theory.
Currently, I hold a PhD position in the research group of Ulle Endriss at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam (funding: NWO Vici Project on Collective Information).
Since April 2019: PhD Candidate at the Institute for Logic, Language & Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam.
2017-2018: Completed the MSc in Applicable Mathematics (with distinction) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
1993: Born in Leiderdorp, the Netherlands.
Game Theory (Student Assistant), BSc Mathematics, Utrecht University, April-June 2017.
Research Presentation: De gekozen burgemeester via instemmingsverkiezingen [Electing the mayor with approval voting], Young Researchers Event of the Dutch Association of Constitutional Law, November 7, 2019, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Hague.
Paper Presentation: National Sovereignty: Conceptualising an Essentially Contested Concept, Dutch Constitutional Law Conference on Globalization as a Challenge to National Sovereignty, December 15, 2017, Maastricht University.
Research Presentation: Referendums in Representative Democracy: Learning from Social Choice Theory, Dare to Cross Over!, June 8, 2017, Utrecht University. Awarded the Bright Minds Award 2017 for interdisciplinary research. See a video impression of the conference.