Political Science

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Florian Trauner is a Research Professor at the Institute for European Studies and the Department of Political Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin Campus, where he teaches on immigration, asylum and border control in the European Union (joint course with Sandra Lavenex). His research interests concern EU justice and home affairs (in particular migration, asylum, visa, return and counter-terrorism policies), linkages between European internal security and foreign affairs/external relations, the role of EU institutions and dynamics of decision-making, EU-Western Balkans relations. A graduate of the Universities of Vienna and Copenhagen, he received his PhD in 2008 (with distinction) and his habilitation in 2015.

His work has appeared in leading journals such as West European Politics, the Journal for European Public Policy, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European IntegrationInternational Migration, and European Foreign Affairs Review. He is author of ‘The Europeanisation of the Western Balkans: EU justice and home affairs in Macedonia and Croatia’ (Manchester University Press) and editor of ‘Policy Change in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: how EU institutions matter’ (Routledge, with Ariadna Ripoll Servent). Again with Ariadna, he also edited the ‘Routledge Handbook of Justice and Home Affairs Research’, a book with 39 chapters comprehensively covering the theories, policies and actors in this field. He is currently participating in the Horizon-2020 project MINDb4ACT on tackling radicalization and violent extremism led by the Elcano Royal Institute and co-directing the project ‘African Migration: Root Causes and Regulatory Dynamics (AMIREG)’ funded by the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS).

Research output

  1. 10,000 border guards for Frontex: why the EU risks conflated expectations

    Research output: Contribution to specialist/vulgarizing publicationArticleSpecialist

  2. EU visa policy: decision-making dynamics and effects on migratory processes

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  1. Guest lecturer for the executive training programme ‘Managing migration in Europe: Challenges and response’

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in or organizing an event at an external academic organisation

  2. Invited Speaker for the yearly board meeting of the ‘Institute for European Politics’, Berlin.

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  1. EU Consent PhD Award 3rd Winner

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  2. Habilitation for Political Science

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