Department of Organization

PhD fellow

Room: KIL/14.A-3.46

My research is on the international political economy of taxation. I am interested in the ways in which corporations change their structure and strategy to gain financial advantages and how governments use the tax code to compete for investments. My PhD is part of the EU Horizon 2020 COFFERS Project: “Combating Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators”.  With a background in economics as well as IPE and business studies, I draw upon both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Other interests include financial crises and banking regulation, inequality, international trade policy, gender issues and development economics.


Primary research areas
  • International tax

  • International political economy

  • Public finance 

Administrative tasks

Curriculum Vitae
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  • BSc. International Business and Politics – International Political Economy
  • MSc. International Business and Politics – International Political Economy
  • MSc. International Business and Politics – Methods in practice
  • Bachelor projects on taxation
  • Second year projects


Other teaching activities

Selected publications
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Richard Murphy; Leonard Seabrooke; Saila Stausholm / A Tax Map of Global Professional Service Firms : Where Expert Services are Located and Why.
Utrecht : Coffers 2019, 26 p. (Coffers Project Deliverables, No. D4.6)
Working paper
Shafik Hebous; Alexander Klemm; Saila Stausholm / Revenue Implications of Destination-Based Cash-Flow Taxation
Washington, D.C. : International Monetary Fund 2019, 35 p. (IMF Working Paper, No. 2019/7)
Working paper
Rasmus Corlin Christensen; Oddný Helgadóttir; Jakob Laage-Thomsen; Leonard Seabrooke; Saila Stausholm; Duncan Wigan / Tracing Corporate Forms Across Sectors
Utrecht : Coffers 2019, 23 p. (Coffers Project Deliverables, No. D4.8)
Working paper
Richard Murphy; Saila Naomi Stausholm / The Big Four : A Study of Opacity.
Cambridgeshire : GUE/NGL - European United Left/Nordic Green Left 2017, 38 p. (A Report for GUE/NGL)
Academic Interests

Research Projects
Outside activities




 Intergovernmental Forum for Mining and Sustainable Development/OEC

Consulting, team leader for analysis of mining contracts



International Monetary Fund

3 month stay as PhD intern with the Fiscal Affairs Department


Intergovernmental Forum for Mining and Sustainable Development/OECD

Consulting, data gathering and analysis