Laura Nordström is a PhD researcher at the University of Helsinki (Political Science). She has completed degrees both in World Politics and in History. She has extensive experience as a political advisor in the Finnish parliament, the Foreign Ministry, the European Parliament, and as the International Officer for the Finnish Greens. She has worked on EU, international, human rights, and development politics. This insight in the field of politics is a great aid in conducting her research on the use of analysis and knowledge and the role of consultancy and lobbying in the European debt and banking crisis.