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Florian Trauner

Florian Trauner

Professor, Political Science
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Florian Trauner is a Jean Monnet Professor at the Institute for European Studies and the Department of Political Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, where he teaches a course on EU migration, asylum and border control policies (with Sandra Lavenex), and a regular lecturer at the summer school of Renmin University of China in Beijing. His research interests concern EU justice and home affairs (in particular migration, asylum, visa, return and counter-terrorism policies), linkages between European internal security and foreign affairs/external relations, dynamics of EU decision-making and EU-Western Balkans relations. A graduate of the Universities of Vienna and Copenhagen, he received his PhD in 2008 (with distinction) and his habilitation in 2015.

His work has appeared in journals such as West European Politics, the Journal for European Public Policy, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Integration, International Migration, the European Journal of Migration and Law and the European Foreign Affairs Review. He is author of ‘The Europeanisation of the Western Balkans: EU justice and home affairs in Macedonia and Croatia’ (Manchester University Press) and editor of ‘Policy Change in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: how EU institutions matter’ (Routledge, with Ariadna Ripoll Servent). Again with Ariadna, he also edited the ‘Routledge Handbook of Justice and Home Affairs Research’, a book with 39 chapters comprehensively covering the theories, policies and actors in this field. He is currently participating in the Horizon-2020 project MINDb4ACT on tackling radicalization and violent extremism led by the Elcano Royal Institute and co-directing the project ‘African Migration: Root Causes and Regulatory Dynamics (AMIREG)’ funded by the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS).

Prior to joining the VUB, Florian Trauner had permanent or visiting positions at the University of Vienna, Sciences Po’s centre d'études européennes, and the Paris-based EU Institute for Security Studies. He acted as an external expert for the European Commission, the European Parliament and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. For a project initiated by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was invited twice to Skopje to develop and implement a training programme for Macedonian judges, prosecutors and public officials on the EU’s rule of law and anti-corruption policies. In the framework of an association with the EU Institute for Security Studies he was also involved in the definition of the ‘global strategy’ for the European Union, a project led by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. 


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels