News from the IES

IES Senior Researcher Prof. Luk Van Langenhove organises a series of six guest lectures on ‘New Approaches to Diplomacy’ in the context of his VUB course ‘Current Case Studies: Global and Regional Governance’. The guest lecturers will be practitioners and academics who will discuss non-traditional forms of diplomacy such as economic and cultural diplomacy. Lectures take place on Wednesdays from 16:00 – 18:00 and are open to the public. The first lecture is scheduled for 19 April.

On 28 March 2017, within the framework of the Euro Master course on Climate and Energy Governance in the European Union, the IES in collaboration with Carbon Market Watch organised a student debate on European Climate Policy. Four teams of students debated the following two propositions “An emissions trading system (ETS) is an effective instrument to reduce emissions and meet climate goals”, and “A high degree of flexibility to meet the targets is instrumental for cost-effective and ambitious climate action”. The debate was a public event and featured a high level panel consisting of Jakop Dalunde (Member of European Parliament), Christian Holzleitner (Policy Advisor, DG Climate Action, European Commission), Marco Mensink (Director General, The European Chemical Industry Council), and Femke de Jong (EU Policy Director, Carbon Market Watch). Tomas Wyns moderated the discussions.

Within the framework of its involvement in an EU FP7 project on aviation biofuels, the IES in collaboration with Airbus Group, organised a lunchtime debate on bridging the gap between technological development and policy measures in the sustainable aviation fuels sector. 

We are very proud to announce the promotion of Doctor in Law Tran Van Thuy, who successfully defended his PhD thesis on 22 March, with Prof. Dr. Erik Franckx as promotor. The title of his PhD thesis is: “Freedom of Navigation in the Exclusive Economic Zone: the EU Approach with Respect to Ship-Source Pollution”.Dr. Thuy started his research in 2009 when he joined the Institute for European Studies. The IES would like to congratulate Dr. Tran Van Thuy for this great accomplishment!

Nearly ten months after the publication of the "Action Plan on the integration of third country nationals" by the European Commission, the IES organised a Policy Forum on "The implementation of the EU Action Plan on Integration: Feedback from the Member States, Regional and Local Authorities" which provided a first glance at the activities completed, the focus points and the plans for the future of migrant integration in the EU.

The Institute for European Studies (IES), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), is calling for two full-time doctoral researchers in Environment and Sustainable Development (one – 4 years) and Migration and Diversity (one – 4 years) and a pre-Doc researcher (one – 1 year). Prospective PhD candidates are hereby invited to submit project proposals by 30 April 2017.

For more information on the vacancies and related requirements, please click here.

International Women’s Day is the perfect time to zoom in on the IES’ many gender balance & diversity initiatives, as equal opportunities and respect are in the DNA of both the IES and the VUB! Female researchers at the IES have formed a Women’s Writing Group, an informal initiative aimed at bridging the gender gap in academic publications. Serena D’Agostino, a researcher in our Migration, Diversity and Justice cluster, has published today a blog story on the European Roma Information Office (ERIO)’s website about Romani women activism (click here for English and French versions).

9 February 2017 marked the official launch of the ‘new’ UNU-CRIS, the Belgian campus of the United Nations University that is now formally embedded into a VUB-UGent consortium. It is set to become a new VUB global research spearhead, with the Institute for European Studies at its vanguard.

From its Bruges base, UNU-CRIS researches regional integration matters worldwide. Its future work will focus on security, trade and welfare, rule of law, environment, democratic legitimacy, and migration. UNU-CRIS will perform preparatory research for international conferences and will hence be researching some of the most topical subjects around, like providing guidance on the future of the EU in the post-Brexit era.

On 31 January assistant professor Alexander Mattelaer presented his views on Brexit to the Foreign Relations Committee of the Belgian Federal Parliament. Speaking after former European Council president Herman Van Rompuy, Alexander argued that Brexit presented a major foreign policy challenge to Belgium and its constitutive regions.