Bob is a Fellow and Senior Researcher at Political Science, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands. He was trained at the University of Amsterdam as a Political Scientist, focusing on International Relations, and as a Social Historian, and has published about international organizations, both intergovernmental and non-governmental. He co-edited books about autonomous policy making of, decision making within and implementation by international organizations (together with Bertjan Verbeek and Jutta Joachim). Bob authored the Routledge History of International Organizations: From 1815 to the Present Day (2009) and edited the Ashgate Research Companion to Non-State Actors (2011) and the Routledge Handbook of International Organization (2013). His present research focuses on international secretariats and leadership by executive heads of intergovernmental organizations. Bob is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of International Organization Studies (JIOS), and a Board Member (for international organizations) of the European Review of International Studies (ERIS).
Bob is currently an Editor of IO BIO, the Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries-General of International Organizations, together with Kent J. Kille (The College of Wooster, Ohio) and Jaci Eisenberg (The Graduate Institute, Geneva). IO BIO is freely available at www.ru.nl/fm/iobio : it provides short biographies of individual executive heads, including their lives and careers, which are structured in a consistent manner in order to also provide descriptions of the social and professional connections of these individuals (prosopographies). IO BIO has already published some 80 entries, covering over 40 IGOs, and is continually adding new entries. The Project’s databases (one with executive heads in alphabetical order and the other ordered by IGOs and their executive heads) are also available at the website. IO BIO is looking for experts willing to write an entry (contact firstname.lastname@example.org). “Author Instructions” and “Tools to Find More Data” are available at the website to assist authors.