CfA: 5th European Neighbourhood Policy PhD Summer School

The European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe welcomes applications for the 5th ENP PhD Summer School entitled: “In Search of Resilience in the EU and its Neighbourhoods: Reconciling Democracy and Security?”.

The Summer School will take place from 21 to 30 June 2017 at the College of Europe, Natolin campus in Warsaw. The event is organized in collaboration with the ECPR, the ECPR-SGEU, and TEPSA.

Rationale and purpose

As every year, also this year’s Summer School focuses closely on EU foreign policy (EUFP) more generally and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in its eastern and southern dimensions in particular, as well as on political, security, economic and social developments in the EU’s neighbourhood countries. The aim of the ENP PhD Summer School is to provide PhD students with a unique programme combining lectures by leading scholars, experts and practitioners, with the opportunity to present their PhD projects and benefit from expert advice and tailor-made feedback. It is destined to familiarize and deepen PhD students’ cross-disciplinary knowledge of EUFP analysis towards the EU’s neighbours, make them aware of specific regional and domestic dynamics in the EU’s neighbourhood, and equip them with relevant methodological and conceptual tools. In addition, the School helps PhD students and young academics to expand their personal and professional networks.

Framed by a truly topical and contested theme of reconciling the European Union’s and its neighbours’ search for democracy and security in view of growing internal instability and external security challenges, the 2017 edition of the ENP PhD Summer School will bring together both research on, and researchers from, the EU and its neighbourhoods to discuss their doctoral projects in the context of the outlined issues. The ENP PhD Summer School will concentrate on analyzing conceptually and empirically the dynamics between the European Union and its eastern and southern neighbourhoods, with a special focus on the nexus between democracy and security, state and societal resilience. Both democracy and security are at the core of the EU’s transformative engagement in its neighbourhoods. Since 2014, and particularly with the adoption of the revised European Neighbourhood Policy strategy in 2015, state and societal resilience have come to supplement the EU’s multifaceted engagement in neighbourhood state-building, regional economic and development-related stabilization initiatives, including the increased cooperation on internal and external security challenges. Understanding the perplexing nature of the democracy-security nexus in the emerging meta-political framework of the EU’s resilience strategy is central to the analysis of the social and political transformations in Europe and its neighbourhoods.


The School brings together a faculty of renowned scholars, among others Prof. Knud Erik JORGENSEN (University of Aarhus), Prof. Christopher BROWNING (University of Warwick), Prof. Sharon PARDO (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), Prof. Laure DELCOUR (CASCADE), Prof. Peter VAN ELSUWEGE (University of Ghent), Dr Theofanis EXADAKTYLOS (University of Surrey), Prof. Münevver CEBECI (Marmara University) and Prof. Tobias SCHUMACHER (College of Europe, Natolin campus). The key note lecture will be given by H.E. Ambassador Thomas MAYR-HARTING (Managing Director Europe and Central Asia, EEAS).

Topics to be addressed include, among others: # Research design in the study of European integration, EU foreign policy and the ENP # Conceptual approaches in the study of the ENP # What kind of power? Role concepts, the ENP and ‘Normative Power Europe’ # External perceptions of the ENP and the EU as an international actor # Security dilemmas in the European Union’s neighbourhood # EU multi-level governance and the ENP. Institutional accounts of ENP decision-making # The ENP and democracy promotion # The politics of neighbourhood association: The case of Ukraine # The EU and state-building in the southern neighbourhood # The ENP and the Eastern Partnership – The case of South Caucasus # The role of civil societies in conflicts in the neighbourhood # The EU, the ENP and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict # State and societal resilience in the EU and its neighbourhood # Migration and displacement in the European neighbourhood.

Eligibility, Certification and Costs

We are looking for PhD students working on EUFP, ENP- and EU neighbourhood-related topics. We encourage in particular students with a background in International Relations, European Studies, Area Studies, and Comparative Politics. All students who complete the Summer School will receive an attendance certificate. Participants seeking credit at their home institution may request a “detailed certificate” including the detailed Summer School programme accomplished. Certificates will be delivered either in person at the end of the Summer School or sent to students’ home institutions upon request. Successful applicants will benefit from a full tuition fee waiver and will be offered full board and lodging for free at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe throughout the duration of the Summer School. Related travel costs, insurance, or visa-related payments need to be covered by participants.

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