Prof. Dr. Christian Kaunert is Academic Director and Full Professor of European Politics at Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Previously, he served as a Full Professor of International Politics, Head of Discipline in Politics, University of Dundee and Director, European Institute for Security and Justice, Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence, University of Dundee. Prof Kaunert has researched and taught in many international universities, such as University of Shandong, Jinan, China, IBEI Barcelona, Spain, Diplomatic Academy Yerevan, Armenia - United Nations Development Mission, University of Cairo, Egypt, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy, Ecole nationale d’administration Paris, European Institute of Public Administration Maastricht, Netherlands, European Studies Institute (ESI) at Moscow, University of Porto, Portugal, etc. He was previously Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee, Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow at the European University Institute Florence, and Senior Lecturer in EU Politics & International Relations, University of Salford. He has been awarded with a prestigious Jean Monnet Chair in EU Justice and Home Affairs Policy (in July 2013), and received a prestigious Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (from 2012-2016), the latter held at the University of Dundee. He has also previously been the Editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER), on the Executive Committee member of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), and an Expert for the European Parliament. He is also on the editorial board of the journal Perspectives on European Politics and Society (PEPS). His successful application for a Marie Curie Senior research fellowship at the EUI was ranked in the top 1% of all applications received (98.5% as total score). Prof. Kaunert holds a PhD in International Politics & an MSc in European Politics from the University of Wales Aberystwyth, a BA (Hons) European Business from Dublin City University, ESB Reutlingen and a BA (Hons) Open University
His research has a clear focus on the Global Security role of the EU, especially in the area of EU Justice and Home Affairs, including its external dimension, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, and International Relations more generally. He is the author of several articles on EU Justice and Home Affairs, EU counter-terrorism, EU asylum and migration, and wider EU global security matters. His articles have appeared in journals, such as European Security, Journal of European Integration, Journal of European Public Policy, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, European Political Science, and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, amongst others. His monograph ‘European Internal Security: towards supranational governance’ has been published with Manchester University Press (2010), while a second book with Dr Kamil Zwolski on the ‘EU as a Global Security Actor’ has been published with Palgrave (2013).