Peter studied Political Science and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Antwerp in 1999. He has been professor of political science at the Departement of Political Science and member of the research group Politics and Public Governance since 2010. He has been vice-dean for education from 2012 until 2018.
Peter teaches on the topics of European integration and multilevel political systems in the Bachelor in Political Science, the Master in Political Science and the Master in International Relations and Diplomacy, all hosted by the Departement of Political Science at the University of Antwerp. Peter has been teaching courses at the Antwerp Management School for ten years. He also teaches at the Institute for Sustainable Development and Environment.
His research focuses on European decision-making, Europeanization, federalism and democratic legitimacy of multi-level political systems. He is a senior member of the Politics and Public Governance Research Group (P&PG). His research is embedded in the GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence, which focuses on trust and distrust in multilevel settings. Project outlines and publications can be found on the P&PG website.
Peter holds a Jean Monnet Chair on "skills teaching in European Union Studies", through which he develops simulation games and assessment tools for skill teaching in political science and European studies curricula.