European diplomacy & EU foreign policy

My research interests are EU foreign policy-making, and especially the EU relations with its Eastern and Southern neighbours and changing patterns of European diplomacy.

European Diplomacy and EU Foreign Policy-Making 

My current research focuses on changing patterns of European diplomatic coordination and the transforming nature of the European diplomatic system on the ground. I analyse the impact on diplomatic efforts of the member states and the transforming role of EU delegations. This research agenda is also going to drive my Marie Curie Fellowship  “European Diplomacy Practices post-Lisbon: Adding Value through Cooperation” (EuroDipl).

In addition, I am particularly interested in the interplay between national politics and EU foreign policy cooperation.

Related Publications

European Union diplomacy and the role of EU delegations:

The role of Member states – example: Austria

  • Heidi Maurer (2016, co-edited with Dr. Patrick Müller): Austrian Foreign Policy and 20 Years of EU Membership: Opportunities and Constraints. Introduction to the special issue, Austrian Political Science Journal (ÖZP), vol 45, issue 2, pp. 1-9. Accessible at
  • Heidi Maurer (2016): Austrian Diplomacy in a Changing Global and European Context: Between Innovation, Adaptation and Resilience. Austrian Political Science Journal, vol 45, issue 2, pp. 35-47. Accessible at


The European Neighbourhood Policy as EU policy framework

My doctoral research investigated the institutional coherence in EU foreign policy-making and examined to what extent the institutional setting of the European Neighbourhood Policy changed the interactions, routines and tasks of EU actors.

Based on my PhD research, I continue studying the EU relations with its neighbours and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) as an institutional framework. Currently, I follow up on this research strand by investigating more closely the impact of the ENP review process and the Arab Spring on the European Neighbourhood Policy as an institutional framework to allow for coherent and effective EU foreign policy-making.

Related Publications

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