Maastricht University

Professor Dr. Sophie Vanhoonacker
Jean Monnet Professor/Special Chair in Administrative Governance
Department of Politics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Maastricht University
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)43 388 3242
Fax: +31 (0)43 388 4917

Background in History and International Relations; Jean Monnet Professor and Special Chair in Administrative Governance, Maastricht University (UM); Visiting Professor College of Europe, Bruges (B).

Main field of expertise is EU external relations, a topic on which she has published internationally. Main focus of current research is on the role of non-elected actors in the European foreign policy process. Recent publications include articles on the emerging European External Action Service (EEAS); the role of bureaucracies in the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP); the impact of ESDP on domestic administrations.

Currently she is also, together with Dr Christine Neuhold (UM), leading an Initial Training Network on ‘Dynamics of Institutional Cooperation in the European Union (INCOOP) (2010-14). She is also leading a workpackage in the thematic Network of European Studies SENT.

Maastricht University (Universiteit Maastricht)

Maastricht University (UM) is the youngest university in the Netherlands and growing rapidly. It has 12000 students and 1600 academic staff. UM is known for its innovative education system of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), its advanced research and its international orientation. The proposed project will be implemented by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS). With more than 900 international ‘European Studies’ students (at both Bachelor and Masters level), this faculty has become one of the most important centres of academic teaching in this field. Its research programme ‘Administrative Governance’ has a special section examining the role of non-elected actors in EU external relations. For the implementation of the project, members of FASos will work closely with colleagues in the Faculty of Law, where EU external relations is also one of the core areas of expertise. Faculty members of FASoS and the Faculty of Law have been involved in various other European networks and research projects, such as the CONNEX research network, the SENT network  and more recently the Initial Training Network ‘Dynamics of Institutional Cooperation in the European Union’.


Who Speaks for Europe? Policy Papers, BA European Studies, Maastricht University

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