Alexandre Afonso's research focusses on the comparative political economy of European countries, and the relationship between welfare states, labour market institutions and immigration.
Alexandres main fields of research are public policy and comparative political economy with a focus on welfare state and labour market reforms, the political economy of labour migration, and the role of parties and organised interests in policy reforms. He teaches courses on public policy, organised interests, globalisation and research methods.
Before joining Leiden University, Alexandre Afonso was a lecturer (Assistant Professor) at King's College London (2012-2015). He has held research fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, the European University Institute in Florence, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Amsterdam. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and studied in Geneva and Zurich.