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Florian Trauner

Florian Trauner

Professor, Political Science
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Florian Trauner holds the Jean Monnet Chair 'EXPAND - Explaining Resilience in EU Justice and Home Affairs' at the VUB’s Institute for European Studies (IES). Together with Ilke Adam, he also coordinates the VUB Interdisciplinary Centre of Expertise on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM). His research is interested in the European integration process with a focus on EU asylum, migration, forcible return and counter-terrorism policies (including the linkages between European home affairs policies and foreign affairs/external relations). He has analyzed questions such as why – or why not – member states and third countries cooperate with the EU on these issues, how the EU institutions decide and what is the role of Frontex, Europol and other home affairs agencies. A graduate of the Universities of Vienna and Copenhagen, he received his PhD in 2008 (with distinction) and his habilitation in 2015.

Prof. Trauner has written one monograph, (co-)edited seven books or Special Issues and authored over fifty academic articles or book chapters. His work has appeared in prominent journals such as West European Politics, the Journal for European Public Policy, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Integration, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Among his recent work is the 'Routledge Handbook of Justice and Home Affairs Research’ (with A. Ripoll Servent), a book with 39 chapters comprehensively covering the theories, policies and actors in this field. Florian Trauner has (co-)directed projects dealing with West African Interests in (EU) Migration Policy (funded by the United Nations University UNU-CRIS) and the role of supranational EU institutions in Justice and Home Affairs (funded by the Austrian Science Fund). At present, he leads a workpackage in the Horizon-2020 project BRIDGES on the production and impact of migration narratives.

Florian Trauner is a regular Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin Campus) and has taught or worked at the University of Vienna, Renmin University of China (in Beijing), Sciences Po Paris and the EU Institute for Security Studies. He also acted as an external expert for the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development.

Research Expertise: EU; asylum; migration; border control; return policies; countries of migrants' origin; fundamental rights; EU agencies;

Research Methodology: qualitative methods (expert interviews, focus groups, etc.)


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Institute for European Studies, Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels