With a keen interest in the mechanisms of Eastern Europe and Russia, Mathijs graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London and Vilnius University. Furthermore, he spent one year at the University of Padua. Mathijs is currently writing his PhD proposal on decentralisation and devolution in the post-Soviet space. Mathijs has previously worked at the Eastern Europe Studies Centre and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, both in Lithuania. He feels at home in the field of conceptual and intellectual history, with a focus on societal behaviour and transformation policy. He believes that international co-operation will aid the socio-political development in Eastern Europe and Russia.
In his free time, Mathijs likes to be active by practicing his two favourite sports: fencing and rowing. He likes visiting art exhibitions or going for a stroll.