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.
European Union diplomacy and the role of EU delegations:
- Heidi Maurer & Jost-Henrik Morgenstern-Pomorski (2018). The Quest for Internal Legitimacy: The EEAS, EU delegations and the contested structures of European diplomacy. Global Affairs, 4(2-3), 305-316.
- Federici Bicchi & Heidi Maurer (special issue eds) (2018). European cooperation abroad: European diplomatic cooperation outside EU borders. The Hague Journal of Diplomacy 13(1).
- Heidi Maurer (2015): An upgraded EU delegation in a reinforced system of European diplomatic coordination: insights from Washington. In Spence, David, and Batora, Jozef (eds). The European European External Action Service: Diplomacy post-Westphalia. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Heidi Maurer & Kristi Raik (2014): Pioneers of a European Diplomatic System: EU Delegations in Moscow and Washington. Analysis Brief No. 1 of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA). Accessible at http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/415/pioneers_of_a_european_diplomatic_system/
- Heidi Maurer (2013): Transforming European diplomacy abroad: insights from Washington. Global Actor Interest Section Contribution. EUSA Review of June 2013.
- Sophie Vanhoonacker, Hylke Dijkstra & Heidi Maurer (eds) (2010). Understanding the Role of Bureaucracy in the European Security and Defence Policy. European Integration Online Papers, Volume 14 (Special Issue 1).
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 https://oezp.univie.ac.at/index.php/zfp/article/view/1574
- 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 https://oezp.univie.ac.at/index.php/zfp/article/view/1116
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.
- Maurer, Heidi & Licinia Simao (2013). From regional power to global power? The European Neighbourhood Policy after the Lisbon Treaty. In Astrid Boening, Jan-Frederik Kremer & Aukie van Loon. (eds). Global Power Europe – Policies, Actions and influence of the EU’s External Relations. Springer.