Florian Trauner is a Research Professor at the Institute for European Studies and the Department of Political Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin Campus, where he teaches on immigration, asylum and border management in the EU. A graduate of the Universities of Vienna and Copenhagen, he received his PhD dealing with the Europeanisation of the Western Balkans in 2008 (with distinction) and his habilitation on multi-level governance in justice and home affairs in 2015.
His research interests concern the field of European integration, in particular EU justice and home affairs (migration, asylum, Schengen, return policies and counter-terrorism), fundamental rights and rule of law promotion and EU-Western Balkans relations. His research has appeared in a number of journals including the Journal for European Public Policy, Journal of Common Market Studies, West European Politics, European Journal of Migration and Law, and publishing houses such as Oxford University Press. Among his recent publications are ‘Policy Change in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: how EU institutions matter’ (Routledge 2015, with Ariadna Ripoll Servent) and ‘Asylum Policy: the EU’s "crises" and the looming policy regime failure’ (Journal of European Integration, 2016).