Assistant to the Rector, Rector's Office (Bruges campus)

As Assistant to the Rector, Carsten Gerards (DE) supports the work of the Rector by preparing dossiers and following up on decisions as well as liaising with all services and departments.

Between August 2018 and January 2021, Carsten worked as (Senior) Academic Assistant at the College's Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies.

While pursuing a PhD project at Leiden University, he is – as an External Research Fellow – also affiliated with the Center for Turkey and EU Studies at the University of Cologne.

Prior professional experiences include positions at the Centre International de Formation Européenne (2016-2021), University of Cologne (2014-2017), Schwarzkopf Foundation (2015-2017), University Duisburg-Essen (2013-2014) and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (2011-2013).

Carsten holds an MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe, Natolin (Simone Veil Promotion, major ‘The EU as a Global Actor’). In 2016, he graduated from the University of Cologne with a State Examination (‘Staatsexamen’, master level) in Social Sciences/Philosophy and, additionally, Mathematics (2019). He spent an Erasmus semester at Warwick University (2015) and completed his teaching internships in Bucharest (2014).

Recent publications:

  • "Opportunity, Presence and Entrepreneurship: Why the EU Acts Externally on Higher Education", Journal of Common Market Studies, 2021, DOI: 10.1111/jcms.13154 [online first] (co-authored with Simon Schunz and Chad Damro).
  • "Die institutionelle Architektur der Europäischen Union", in W.  Weidenfeld and W. Wessels (eds.), Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2020, Baden-Baden, Nomos Verlag, 2020 (co-authored with Wolfgang Wessels).
  • "Entscheidungsverfahren (in der EU)", in  W.  Weidenfeld, W. Wessels, and F. Tekin (eds.), Europa von A-Z - Taschenbuch der Europäischen Integration, Berlin, Springer, 2020 (co-authored with Wolfgang Wessels).
  • "EU Verträge", in  W.  Weidenfeld, W. Wessels, and F. Tekin (eds.), Europa von A-Z - Taschenbuch der Europäischen Integration, Berlin, Springer, 2020 (co-authored with Wolfgang Wessels).
  • "A civic demos of communitarian demoi –An argument on the EU’s ‘democratic deficit’", WZB Democracy Blog, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, 28 August 2019.
  • "Enhancing Enhanced Cooperation - Constraints and Opportunities of an Inflexible Flexibility Clause", CEPOB - College of Europe Policy Brief series, 01/2019, Bruges, March 2019 (co-authored with Wolfgang Wessels).
  • "The Implementation of Enhanced Cooperation in the EU", European Parliament, study commissioned by DG Internal Policies, Directorate C: Citizens Rights and Constitutional Affairs, Brussels, 10 October 2018 (co-authored with Wolfgang Wessels). 

Get in touch

+32 50 47 71 07
carsten.gerards [at]
Verversdijk 16, BE-8000 BRUGES