Simon SCHUNZ

Simon Schunz (DE) joined the College of Europe as Professor in April 2015. Prior to working at the College, he was a Scientific Officer at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (2011-2015), and a senior and junior researcher at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the Leuven Institute for International and European Studies, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) (2006-2011). He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs (The George Washington University, 2009) and at the Brussels Office of the German Institute for International and Security Studies (SWP, 2010), as well as a Carlo Schmid Fellow in the European Parliament (2005).

He is the coordinator of the joint College of Europe-The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy programme 'Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs' (MATA).

Since 2011, he has been a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven. Since 2016, he is also a Research Fellow at the United Nations University – Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges. 

Simon Schunz holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from KU Leuven as well as an M.A. in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe. Before his degree at the College, he studied Political Science, American Studies and Public Law at Philipps University Marburg, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) de Rennes and the Free University (FU) Berlin, of which he is also a graduate. 

His research interests include European Union foreign policy and external relations, especially EU external climate change and environmental policies; the European Union's relations with big powers (esp. the United States), the EU and multilateral governance; global (environmental) governance and multilateralism; foreign policy analysis: implementation and impact; EU internal and external energy, research and cultural policies.

Selected publications:

  • "Understanding European Union Science Diplomacy", Journal of Common Market Studies, 2017, DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12582. (with Alea López de San Román).
  • Theorizing the European Neighbourhood Policy, Abingdon, Routledge, 2017 (with Sieglinde Gstöhl).
  • "The Prospects for Transatlantic Leadership in an Evolving Multipolar World", European Foreign Affairs Review, vol. 21, no. 3, 2016, 431-448.
  • "The 2015 Paris Agreement: What It Means for the European Union’s Climate Policies", College of Europe Policy Brief, no. 2, 2016.
  • “The EU, China and the Paris Climate Summit”, EU-China Observer, no. 4, 2015, 8-14 (with David Belis).
  • “Analysing foreign policy in a context of global governance”, in Hellmann, Günther & Knud Erik Jørgensen (eds), Theorizing Foreign Policy in a Globalized World, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2015 (with Stephan Keukeleire).
  • European Union Foreign Policy and the Global Climate Regime. College of Europe Studies series, vol. 18, Brussels, P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2014.
  • “The European Union’s Climate Change Diplomacy”, in Koops, Joachim & Gjovalin Macaj (eds), The European Union as a Diplomatic Actor: Policies, Processes and Performance, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2014, 178-201.
  • “China and the European Union: Emerging Partners in Global Climate Governance?”, Environmental Practice, vol. 15, no. 3, 2013, 190-200 (with David Belis).
  • “Coherence in European Union external policy before and after the Lisbon Treaty: the cases of energy security and climate change”, European Foreign Affairs Review, vol. 17, no. 2, 2012, 169-186 (with Sijbren de Jong).
  • “Explaining the evolution of European Union foreign climate policy: A case of bounded adaptiveness”, European Integration Online Papers (EIoP), vol. 16, article 6 2012.
  • “Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations: The Multi-Level Politics of Climate Change Policy in Belgium”, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, vol. 20, no. 3, 2012, 441-458 (with Sander Happaerts & Hans Bruyninckx).
  • “Explaining EU activism and impact in global climate politics: Is the Union a norm- or interest-driven actor?”, Journal of Common Market Studies, vol. 50, no. 1, 2012, 1-18 (with Louise van Schaik).
  • The European Union and Multilateral Governance: Assessing EU Participation in United Nations Human Rights and Environmental Fora, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2012 (co-edited with Jan Wouters, Hans Bruyninckx & Sudeshna Basu).
  • “How to assess the European Union’s influence in international affairs: addressing a major conceptual challenge for EU foreign policy analysis”, Journal of Contemporary European Research, vol. 6, no. 1, 2010, 22-42.

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