News from the IES

The IES was present for the successful kick-off meeting of the TEMPUS project 'Innovating Teaching and Learning of European Studies' (INOTLES) on 12 February in Maastricht. The partners are now working on the first substantive Work Package aimed at mapping the state of the art in teaching European Studies.The IES is one of nine partners of the consortium led by the University of Maastricht and involving universities from the UK, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The SOURCE project, of which the IES is a partner, “Virtual centre of excellence for research support and coordination on societal security" held its kick-off meeting in Brussels on 28 January 2014 thereby officially launching the five-year project funded by the EU FP7 programme.

In recent months, the migratory impacts of environmental degradation and climate change have gained increased worldwide attention. In response to the publication of the EC Staff Working Document on Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration, this policy brief critically outlines current themes and issues that surround this global phenomenon, specifically the findings of current international research which frame the discussions on terminology and current legal, political and institutional conceptual debates.

New book on European Crisis Response Operations

How do European armed forces generate the desired political effects in containing crises? In his new book, The Politico-Military Dynamics of European Crisis Response Operations, Alexander Mattelaer argues that modern operations rely on a strategic template based on deterrence and capacity-building. The book appeared in the new "European Union in International Affairs" series published by Palgrave Macmillan and institutionally supported by the IES.

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, see:

PhD call on the European and International Governance of the Climate and Energy Transition (4 years)

PhD call on Europe’s Migration and Migrant Integration Policies in Uncertain Times (4 years)

Pre-Doc call on Migration Governance in West Africa (in cooperation with the UN University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies) (1 year)

Application and selection

The PhD candidate will be selected on the basis of the quality of the project proposal, her/his expertise, work experience and qualifications.

To apply please fill in the application form (download here) and create 1 single PDF containing the application form and all other required documents. Please send this PDF by e-mail to

Further information

For more information about the facilities and benefits of employment at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, please  visit  under the heading ‘future employees’.

For more information on the Institute for European Studies, please visit