Workshop Organisers

ProfilePicture2013-08-26_Media-Culture_014-Copy.jpgDr Giselle Bosse is Universitair Docent (Assistant Professor; tenured) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands and visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She holds an MA degree from the College of Europe (Natolin) and a PhD from the University of Aberystwyth, UK.

Giselle Bosse’s research focuses on EU policy towards Eastern Europe and the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EaP), with a particular emphasis on the EU’s relations with Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. In 2012, Giselle was awarded a VENI Research Grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for her project on: ‘Explaining Europe’s failure to deal with autocratic regimes: Which actors make and break effective democracy promotion?’ (€250.000; 2013-2016). In this project, Giselle analyses the influence of non-state actors such as multinational business corporations, the churches and think tanks, on the EU’s policies towards autocratic regimes.

Giselle Bosse has published her research inter alia in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Geopolitics, Europe-Asia Studies, Cooperation and Conflict and with Manchester University Press. She frequently presents her work at leading think tanks in Europe, and has contributed to several commissioned studies for EU institutions and think tanks. Visit her webpage for more information.


Dr. Michal Natorski is Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Liege, Department of Political Science (Centre for International Relations Studies), Visiting professor, European Interdisciplinary Studies Department (Natolin Warsaw Campus) and associate member of the research group Observatory of European Foreign Policy at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. Prior to coming the University of Liege in January 2015 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair of the College of Europe (Natolin Campus) (2012-2014), an Associate Lecturer and Research Fellow in International Relations at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2006-2012). He was also a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economic and Political Science, the Aberystwyth University, the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and Freie Universitäit Berlin.

He received his PhD and MSc (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados) in International Relations and European Integration from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and his MA in International Relations from the Institute of International Relations at the University of Warsaw. Dr. Natorski’s research focuses on foreign policy of the European Union, and in particular the Eastern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy, financial instruments of EU external action and Europeanization of national foreign policies. His research in these domains addresses the questions of international politics of social recognition, the international practices of diplomacy and governance, the international diffusion of norms, and the state-social relations in countries of transition.

His articles have appeared in Journal of European Public Policy, Cooperation and Conflict, East European Politics, Journal of Politics and Language, Journal of Contemporary European Research, European Political Economy Review, and Journal of Constitutional Law in Eastern and Central Europe. He also authored numerous book chapters about different aspects of the EU foreign policy.

Untitled.pngDrs. Robin Dirix holds an MA degree in Slavic and East European Studies, with a specialisation in Russian and Polish language and area studies, from the University of Leuven (Belgium). He completed additional Russian language courses in St. Petersburg (2012) and Kiev (2013).
His interests lie with the cultural anthropology of Russia and the influence of civil society on political developments in Eastern Europe.

Having previously worked as accreditations officer at Maastricht School of Management, since mid-2015 he is secretary to the Board of Examiners at the UM’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.