New visiting researcher

The IEE-ULB is delighted to welcome visiting researcher Mr. Anatolie Carbune to Brussels and our institute. Mr. Carbune is a PhD student and research assistant at the Centre for European Studies of the University of Iasi in Romania. He is also a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission, more specifically in DG DEVCO (International Cooperation and Development).

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Vasile Alecsandri University in Bacau, Romania, and a Master’s degree in Regional Development Studies from the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi, Romania.

His research at the IEE-ULB

The aim of his PhD thesis is to analyse in which way the paradigm shift in the European Union’s foreign policy, which is translated in playing a more salient geopolitical role, transforms the EU as an actor in international relations.

During the months of August and September 2020, Mr. Carbune will conduct research under the supervision of Prof. Ramona Coman on how the pandemic transforms the concept of normative power. In addition to desk research, Mr. Carbune plans to conduct interviews with EU officials during his time at the IEE.

This research is part of a larger project, entitled ReGrowEU, which advances research in regional growth and development theories through a resilience approach. The project is coordinated by Peter Nijkamp, Emeritus Professor in regional and urban economics, and in economic geography, at the Free University of Amsterdam.

How to become a visiting researcher at the IEE-ULB

The IEE-ULB welcomes applications for visiting research stays on a rolling basis. Complete files include a CV, a research project (including a clear and explicit 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 will act as the researcher’s supervisor. Applications should be send to Prof. Ramona Coman, Michela Arcarese, and 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, Jozefien Van Caeneghem.