European Diplomacy Practices post-Lisbon: Adding Value through Cooperation

EuroDipl: A Marie Curie Project 2020-2022

“European Diplomacy Practices post-Lisbon: Adding Value through Cooperation” (EuroDipl) aims to assess the impact and significance of new European diplomatic practices in third countries between the EU and its member states after the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty (2009). It asks how, if at all, increased European cooperation in third countries has impacted European foreign policy-making. In doing so, the project seeks to suggest ways in which the the effectiveness and legitimacy of the emergent European diplomatic system might be strengthened, especially in times when changing strategic and geopolitical contexts challenge Europe’s role in the world.

EuroDipl Objectives

EuroDipl contributes to the conceptual, theoretical and methodological innovation in studies of European diplomatic practice

EuroDipl improves the cross-fertilization between policy practice and academic research

EuroDipl explains the impact of post-Lisbon European diplomatic practice on European foreign policy

Those objectives will be achieved through a mixed-methods approach that combines a mapping of diplomatic practices via a quantitative social network analysis (WP1) with a qualitative comparative case study design to investigate the impact of European diplomatic practices (WP2). These research activities will be enriched by regular policy influence and public engagement activities (WP3) and training (WP4).

EuroDipl offers an innovation to the study of European diplomatic cooperation and best practices in bringing research and practice together. The project is conducted by Dr Heidi Maurer.  The University of Bristol and its School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS), due to their experience in postdoctoral hosting and project management, and the supervision by Dr Ana Juncos and other SPAIS academics provide an excellent and stimulating environment for this project.

EuroDipl is running from 1 April 2020  till 31 March 2022. In the next months, we will start sharing preparatory documentation that showcase the rationale of the project plan in more detail.

Comments, critique and any form of feedback is always very welcome.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 840917.

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