Prof. Dr. Tobias Schumacher is Professor of European Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway and Visiting Professor at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe. At the latter, he served as first Chairholder of the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair between 2012 and 2023. He is deputy coordinator of the international research project "REDEMOS - Reconfiguring EU Democracy Support towards a Sustained Demos in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood", financed by the European Union for the period 2023-2025 in the framework of its Horizon Europe program and was work package leader in the international research project "ENGAGE - Envisioning a New Governance Architecture for a Global Europe".
He has held a number of distinguished fellowships, including: John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Centre for European Studies at Harvard University, Cambridge MA., USA; Visiting Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, United Kingdom; Marie Curie Fellow and Jean Monnet Fellow respectively at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy; and Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies (CEI), Lisbon University Institute, Lisbon, Portugal. For several years, he has also been serving as Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, Rennes, France.
Prof. Dr. Schumacher is the author of more than 100 books, edited volumes, articles, book chapters, and policy papers on EU external action towards the EU's neighbourhood and beyond, and Middle East and North African politics as well as Eastern European politics, respectively. His journal articles have appeared in, inter alia, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Geopolitics, Mediterranean Politics, Democratization, European Security, Contemporary Politics, Global Affairs, European Foreign Affairs Review, Global Discourse, and many others.
He is a frequent contributor to international media outlets. Inter alia, he was interviewed by media outlets such as Wall Street Journal, CTV News Channel, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Die Zeit, Österreichischer Rundfunk, Swiss Radio, tbs eFM South Korea, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Polskie Radio, LUSA, Ansa, Publico, Visao, Makedonia, The Times, An Nahar, Sanlian Life Weekly. His opinion pieces have appeared in: The New Republic, Europe's World, openDemocracy, New Europe, Project Syndicate, Financial Times Deutschland, Frankfurter Rundschau, The European Voice, Adresseavisen.
Prof. Dr. Schumacher has advised various Directorate-Generals of the European Commission, the European External Action Service (EEAS), as well as several Foreign Ministries of EU Member States. He has also been part of many external evaluations on issues such as, e.g., EU macro-financial assistance, EU communication practices, and higher education in Eastern Europe, commissioned by, inter alia, the European Commission and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).
He is a Member of the Editorial Board of Insight Turkey; Member of the Scientific Board, Institute for European Politics, Berlin, Germany; Member of the Academic Council, European Neighbourhood Council, Brussels, Belgium; Member of the International Advisory Board, European Forum Alpbach (EFA), Vienna, Austria; Member of the International Advisory Board, Belgrade Center for Security Policy (BCSP), Belgrade, Serbia; and Member of the International Advisory Board, book series Europe and the world, Lexington Books / Rowman and Littlefield.
Among his most important publications are:
- 'The EU and the neighbourhood: The politics of muddling through', JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Annual Review 2020.
- The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy (edited with A. Marchetti and T. Demmelhuber), London and New York: Routledge, 2018.
- The Revised European Neighbourhood Policy: Continuity and Change in EU Foreign Policy (edited with D. Bouris), Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2017.
- 'Uncertainty at the EU’s borders: narratives of EU external relations in the revised European Neighborhood Policy towards the southern borderlands', European Security, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2015: 381-401.
- 'Conceptualizing Cultural and Social Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean Area: A European Perspective' (edited with M. Pace), Special issue, Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2005.
- 'From the ENP to EMP: What’s at Stake with the European Neighbourhood Policy towards the Southern Mediterranean?', European Foreign Affairs Review, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2005: 17-38 (with R. Del Sarto).
- Die Europäische Union als internationaler Akteur im südlichen Mittelmeerraum. ‚Actor Capability‘ und EU-Mittelmeerpolitik, Baden-Baden: NOMOS, 2005.
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