Jan Eijking is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford and has previously studied at University College Utrecht.
His dissertation project—Expert Governance and Technocratic International Order in the Long Nineteenth Century—is funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council. It investigates the emergence of technocratic internationalism and its role in making international order imaginable as separate from politics and in need of legitimation by scientific and technical experts. As a part of this it examines the work of expert commissions for the Suez Canal, the International Telegraph Union, and the early World Fairs.
Jan has previously done research on the construction of expertise as a status marker in the case of Colombia’s export of police and military training, for which he carried out fieldwork in Colombia. He has published short pieces on aspects of his ongoing research for The Conversation and the Oxford Centre for Intellectual History. He regularly writes public commentary for German newspaper taz.