EFPU members are currently researching and writing on topics such as the European Union's policies towards the Mediterranean and Middle East region; the EU's relations with south-eastern Europe; EU-UN relations; European diplomacy; and EU trade policy. For more information on EFPU members, click on the links below:
Dr. Federica Bicchi
Dr. Alexandra-Maria Bocse
Dr. Spyros Economides
Dr. Mathias Koenig-Archibugi
Dr. Ulrich Sedelmeier
Professor Karen E. Smith (Director of the European Foreign Policy unit)
Dr. Stephen Woolcock
EFPU news and recent faculty publications
New blog post: Karen E. Smith, ‘The Trump Administration is downgrading the EU’s diplomatic status in Washington’, The Monkey Cage blog, 8 January 2019.
Karen E. Smith, ‘The EU and the Responsibility to Protect in an Illiberal Era’, Dahrendorf Forum Working Paper no. 3, August 2018.
Steve Woolcock, 'European Union Commercial Policy: Continuity or Change', Handbuch Europaische Union 2018.
Spyros Economides and James Sperling, eds, EU Security Strategies (Routledge, 2017).
EFPU members' evidence is cited extensively in the House of Lords report on 'Europe in the world: towards a more effective EU foreign and security strategy', which was published on 16 February 2016.
In 2015 EFPU members contibuted to two UK parliament enquiries: 1) the House of Lords Subcommittee on EU external affairs, inquiry on the review of the EU's security strategy; 2) the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, inquiry on the implications of Brexit for UK foreign policy.
Dr. Economides was Visiting Fellow at the EU Centre in Singapore from mid-August to mid-September 2015. He completed a project on ‘EU Foreign Policy and the Rise of Revisionist Powers’, and gave a number of lectures and seminars on EU foreign policy, and on the implications of the current eurozone crisis for Europe’s external relations.
EFPU members contributed evidence to the UK Government's Review of the Balance of Competences between the UK and the EU: Enlargement. The evidence, submitted by Dr. Economides, Dr. Sedelmeier and Professor Smith, was cited extensively in the December 2014 report
Professor Smith's Impact Case Study on influencing EU policies on human rights and mass atrocity prevention.
Dr. Bicchi presented research to SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) on 4 December 2014 on Europe's strategy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Ongoing and past research projects
From October 2015 to September 2018, EFPU members Prof Smith and Dr Economides are participating in the Jean Monnet network on EU-UN relations (EUN-NET). There will be teaching and research activities, and public events. Information on the EU-UN network can be found at EUNNET.
From October 2014 to September 2017, EFPU is participating in the ANTERO Jean Monnet Network, which addresses the needs of teaching, education and research on EU foreign policy. ANTERO is led by Professor Ben Tonra of University College Dublin, and involves institutions across the EU. More information on ANTERO is available on the ANTERO website.
Between 2002 and 2005, EFPU was the British member of FORNET - a European Foreign Policy Research Network - the first attempt to co-ordinate a network of researchers across Europe focusing on foreign policy governance. Between 2005 and 2009, Karen E Smith led a team of researchers in the EU-funded research programme entitled Challenge (the Changing Landscape of European Liberty and Security). In addition, some EFPU members were active in the EU-funded research network, EU-CONSENT , which linked researchers working on EU reform and enlargement.