New visiting researcher

The IEE-ULB is delighted to welcome visiting researcher Mr. Lucas Schramm, PhD student at the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Fiesole. He is also a visiting researcher at the European office of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). 

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and German Studies, an Additional Certificate in European Studies, and a Master’s degree in Democratic Politics and Communication from Trier University in Germany. He also obtained a Master’s degree in European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

His research at the IEE-ULB

Mr. Lucas Schramm’s doctoral research focuses on political-institutional crises in the history of the European integration process. He seeks to explain the variation in the outcomes and resolutions of crises of European integration by taking a critical look at large parts of the academic literature which suggests that crises open windows of opportunity and have resulted – by and large – in a higher level of integration.

From September 2020 to January 2021, Mr. Schramm will conduct research under the supervision of Prof. Amandine Crespy on the EU Council Presdiency as a crisis manager and facilitator for compromises in situations of intergovernmental gridlock. Particular attention will be given to the role played by the German government during the Germany Council Presidency (1 July 2020 – 31 December 2020), which will serve as a case study in his dissertation. In addition to desk research, Mr. Schramm plans to conduct interviews with EU decision-makers during his time at the IEE.

How to become a visiting researcher at the IEE-ULB

The IEE-ULB regularly welcomes visiting researchers whose work focuses on its main lines of research.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications which must contain: an up-to-date CV, a research project highlighting the link to one or several of the IEE’s four research themes, the proposed research period, and the name of the IEE-affiliated professor who has agreed to act as the researcher’s supervisor.

Applications should be send to Prof. Ramona Coman, Michela Arcarese, and Dr. Jozefien Van Caeneghem.

Decisions on visiting research applications are taken by the Council of the IEE, which gathers five times per year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the dates are:

  • in 2020: 25 August, 19 October
  • in 2021: 7 January, 16 March, 11 May


For any questions about a visiting research stay at the IEE, please contact the IEE’s Research Logistic Coordinator, Dr. Jozefien Van Caeneghem.