New visiting researcher

The Institut d’études européennes of the Université libre de Bruxelles welcomes Mr. Giuseppe Cannata for a  three-month research stay. Mr. Giuseppe Cannata  is a PhD candidate in Transnational Governance at the Scuola Normale Superiore | Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies.

He holds a Double Master’s Degree in Global Politics, European Union , and Euro-Mediterranean Relations from the Università degli Studi di Catania and Université de Liège (2021) and a Bachelor’s degree in History, Politics and International Relations from the Università degli Studi di Catania (2019).

Mr. Giuseppe Cannata will be at the IEE-ULB from 01 February to 30 April 2023. Professor Ramona Coman IEE President) will supervise his research stay.

Giuseppe Cannata at the IEE-ULB

The title of Mr. Giuseppe Cannata ’s doctoral thesis is “From Knowledge to Influence: Re-Thinking the Role of the European Commission in EU Policy-Making”. The research aims to rethink supranational influence in the light of the Commission’s ‘dual nature’ as both a sui generis executive for the EU, with preferences and resources on its own, and a complex bureaucratic organisation that has access to policy-relevant knowledge, which allow it to deal with increasing uncertainty in EU policy-making.

During his research stay, Mr. Giuseppe Cannata’s research will focus on developing a causal explanation linking knowledge to influence. To explore this argument, he will focus on two policy fields in which the Commission has been active in conjunction with recent crises: climate and energy and health policy.

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 ComanDominique Dembour, and Dr. Marta Matrakova.

Decisions on visiting research applications are taken by the Council of the IEE, which gathers five times per year. For the 2022-2023 academic year, the dates are:

  • in 2023: March 7th, 2023, May 15th, 2023, and August 22nd, 2023.


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