Prof. Dr. Luk Van Langenhove appointed as Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies

December 2017 marks the appointment of Prof. Dr. Luk Van Langenhove as new Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies (IES). Prof. Dr. Van Langenhove succeeds Prof. Dr. Christian Kaunert, who recently resigned for personal reasons.

Prof. Dr. Langenhove brings many years of relevant experience, having previously worked at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges where he held the Director’s position, as well as from UNESCO in Paris where he worked as a Representative of the Rector. Before he was Deputy Secretary-General of the Belgian Federal Ministry of Science Policy, Deputy Chief of Cabinet of the Belgian Federal Minister of Science Policy and a researcher and lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). From 2006 until 2010 he was Vice-President of the International Social Sciences Council.

Professor Van Langenhove has been affiliated to the VUB for many years, as it is his university of graduation. He also obtained his PhD in Psychology here and has been teaching a variety of courses at the VUB ever since. His records of cooperation with the IES go back to 2002 and since his departure from UNU-CRIS, Luk has been appointed (almost) full-time to the IES as coordinator of an H2020 project on science diplomacy.

He has published widely on regional integration, social sciences theory, positioning theory and psychology. His recent research at the IES involves science and cultural diplomacy – an area within which he is also heading an H2020 project.