Since April 2020 I am a Marie Curie Research fellow at SPAIS of the University of Bristol, leading the project “EuroDipl: the added value of European diplomacy coordination” under the supervision of Dr Ana Juncos. I am also Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the Unviersity of Oxford and Visiting Professor in European Diplomacy at the College of Europe in Bruges. Before joining Bristol I was the EU politics lecturer at the University of Oxford.
My research explains how and why states interact diplomatically in a poly-centric and networked 21st century environment, what value and expectations they attach to their diplomatic interactions, and how their diplomatic approach balances between innovation and tradition. In particular, I am interested to add conceptually and empirically to our understanding of how the EU (its member states, institutions and citizens) perceive the added value of cooperating diplomatically.
My current project EuroDipl examines how, why and with what effect European Union member states cooperate in international affairs. Departing from a foreign policy analysis perspective and being influenced by my institutional EU politics expertise, my current research focuses on the added value of European diplomatic cooperation in third countries. It asks how, if at all, increased European cooperation in third countries has impacted European foreign policy-making. In doing so, my research seeks to suggest ways in which the effectiveness and legitimacy of the emergent European diplomatic system might be strengthened, especially in times when changing strategic and geopolitical contexts challenge Europe’s role in the world. In addition, my research aims to shed light on the adapting self-understanding of EU member states in EU foreign policy cooperation, the impact of globalisation, crisisification and populism on this self-understanding.
I am committee member of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and I am co-convenor of the “Teaching the EU” Interest Section of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA). I have been the coordinator of the Jean-Monnet Network NORTIA: Network on Research and Teaching in EU foreign affairs (2017-2020) and have been executive committee member and convenor of the ECPR Standing Group “Teaching and Learning Politics” from 2017-2020.
Trained as a political scientist with a minor in communication science, I have been researching and teaching about European Foreign Policy, Europe´s role in the world, and European Union politics during the past years. Next to my foreign policy interests, I have developed my expertise in Problem-Based Learning through my work at Maastricht University, which I actively share within various networks.
In 2017/18 I was a Fellow in EU and International Organisations in the International Relations department of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining LSE, I have been Assistant professor in European Studies d at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) at Maastricht University. I hold a Doctorate from the University of Vienna (Political Science) and obtained a postgraduate certificate in European integration at the Institute of Advanced Studies (2004-2007) in Vienna. During 2012/13 I was the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at the Center of Transatlantic Relations of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.
I also greatly enjoy learning about modern communication and how to present research in an innovative manner, as well as traveling, hiking, rowing and engaging with politically interested people.
For more info please see my more detailed CV: HeidiMaurer_CV2020
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