Elke Verhaeghe holds a Master’s degree in EU-Studies from Ghent University. She wrote her Master’s thesis on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the West African region, with a particular focus on Ghana. In this thesis, she researched the ideological foundations of the political and societal debate on the EPA in Ghana. For this, she was awarded the Marthe Versichelen award for best Master thesis.
After her studies, Elke worked as a research assistant at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), where she was part of the Regional Integration team. During her period at ECDPM, she was part of a project studying the Political Economy of Regional Organisations in Africa (PEDRO) and co-authored several papers.
Her research entails a comprehensive political science analysis of the EU Forest Law Enforcement Government and Trade (FLEGT) initiative.