8th European Neighbourhood Policy PhD Summer School (Online)


Sunday 28.06.20 to Sunday 05.07.20


Online Summer School
Natolin (Warsaw) Campus
ul. Nowoursynowska 84
PL-02/797 Warszawa

Between 28 June and 5 July 2020, the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe in Natolin organizes the 8th ENP PhD Summer School:

"In Search of a New Rationale: The EU, the European Neighbourhood Policy in a Post-Brexit Order"

The Summer School is organized in collaboration with the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and the Standing Group on the European Union ECPR-SGEU.

This year’s Summer School focuses closely on EU foreign policy, broadly conceived, and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in its eastern and southern dimensions. Within the framework of EU foreign policy, the political, security, economic and social developments in the EU’s neighbourhood countries will also feature saliently.

The ENP PhD Summer School aims to provide a unique programme that offers PhD candidates tailor-made lectures, advice and feedback from leading scholars and experts. It is an integral part of the programme that candidates will also have the opportunity to present their dissertation projects.

The Summer School aims at furnishing PhD candidates with critical and deeper cross-disciplinary knowledge, as well as theoretical and methodological tools relevant to European Foreign Policy Analysis (EUFP) towards the EU’s neighbours and, at the same time, puts a strong emphasis on specific regional and domestic dynamics in the EU neighbourhood. The Summer School is also a unique opportunity for PhD candidates and young academics to expand their personal and professional networks.

NB: After much consideration, with a view to ensuring safety and comfort of the participants and the teaching faculty, a decision has been made to move this year’s edition of the ENP PhD Summer School entirely to an online format. The European Neighbourhood Policy Chair is determined to uphold the highest quality of the academic programme offered and employ the most adequate online tools to ensure easy, smooth and effective communication and interaction throughout the duration of the Summer School.

The traditional format of the Summer School is to be kept: teaching sessions by prominent academics will alternate with PhD projects presentations and ensuing feedback sessions. The selection process has been finalised and all successful applicants have been informed. The final programme of the Summer School will be announced soon.



The ENP PhD Summer School will focus on both the eastern and the southern dimension of the ENP. Each day, invited academics and experts will give lectures on a specific subject embedded in the theme of the Summer School. All selected PhD candidates will present their research and receive feedback and advice from senior scholars and their peers.

The Summer School brings together a faculty of renowned scholars. More information about past speakers and the programme of previous Summer Schools can be found at: www.enpsummerschool.eu

Topics to be addressed during the Summer School include, among others:

  • Research design in the study of European integration, EU foreign policy and the ENP;
  • Conceptual and methodological approaches in the study of the ENP;
  • The EU and the ENP post-Brexit: In search of a new rationale;
  • Role concepts and the ENP;
  • External perceptions of the ENP and the EU as an international actor;
  • Security dilemmas in the EU’s neighbourhood;
  • The politics of the ENP: evolution, revisions and future avenues;
  • The EU and the ENP and the post-Arab Spring southern neighbourhood;
  • EU multi-level governance and the ENP. Institutional accounts of ENP decision-making;
  • The EU, the ENP and stubborn authoritarianism in the neighbourhood;
  • The politics of neighbourhood association: The case of Ukraine;
  • The EU, the ENP and state-building;
  • The ENP and the Eastern Partnership – The Case of South Caucasus;
  • The ENP and the promotion of the rule of law and anti-corruption pre- and post 2019;
  • EU conflict management in the neighbourhood;
  • The EU, the ENP and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict;
  • EU state and societal resilience-building in the neighbourhood;
  • Migration and displacement in the neighbourhood;
  • The changing EU-US relationship and its impacts on the ENP.

For more information, please contact: enpsummerschool.pl [at] coleurope.eu