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Philipp Stutz

Philipp Stutz

PhD Researcher , Political Science
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Philipp joined the IES as Doctoral Researcher in October 2017. His PhD thesis focuses on EU migration cooperation with third countries. He looks at the EU migration tools that are applied diversely in the European neighbourhood. Also, his empirical-based comparative study sheds light on the question of efficiency of EU migration policy. In doing so, he tries to gain a better understanding of migration cooperation in particular and EU cooperation with third countries in general and establish why EU migration policy is not able to prevent and solve the migration crisis.

He holds an MA in Political Science with a focus on European Studies and International Relations from the LMU Munich (Germany) and a BA in Political Science and English from the University of Tuebingen (Germany). During his Bachelor, he spent an exchange semester as an Erasmus student at the University of Leeds (UK).

Previously, Philipp did internships with a Member of the European Parliament and at the Institute for European Politics in Berlin, where he conducted research on EU migration policy and the perception of migration policy in Germany. Moreover, he was research assistant at the Technical University Munich. His research interests include EU migration policy tools, EU migration cooperation, externalisation, immigration to Germany, national discourses on migration and the influence of right-wing, populist parties.

Research Expertise: EU migration policy; externalisation; EU return policy; migration data

Research Methodology: Qualitative Content Analysis, statistics, interviews


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels