Researcher Parliamentary Deliberation on Climate Change in the EU's Inter-Regional Relations

UNU-CRIS - United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies

Bruges, Belgium

The Position

The project aims to investigate parliamentary deliberation on climate change in the EU’s inter-regional relations with four different regions. It aims to contribute to the debate on the function and rationale of EU parliamentary diplomacy and inter-parliamentary cooperation. It focuses specifically on the deliberative function, basically involving the promotion of dialogue and mutual understanding. The four inter-regional assemblies that will be studied are

  • the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA);
  • the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for Mediterranean (PA-UFM);
  • the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EUROLAT); and
  • the EU-Neighbourhood East Parliamentary Assembly (EURONEST).

The successful candidate will further develop the analytical framework on the quality of deliberation. Based on the advanced analytical framework the candidate will compare the quality of deliberation on climate change in the four different cases to arrive at general conclusions about parliamentary deliberation in inter-regional relations. For this purpose, the researcher will conduct interviews and document analysis. The research will result in two academic papers, a policy brief and a policy panel. The project should grow into a full PhD depending on the availability of funding.


The successful candidate is required to:

  • hold a Master’s degree in political science, EU studies or international relations with excellent study results (Master students in the academic year 2016-17 can also apply);
  • have a strong motivation to conduct academic research;
  • be fluent and have excellent communications skills in English;
  • be able to independently develop and conduct a research project, both substantially and practically;
  • be able to work in a team;
  • have knowledge of (the literature on) climate change policy, regionalism, parliamentary diplomacy or inter-parliamentary cooperation;
  • be willing to participate in academic conferences and to publish in international peer reviewed journals;
  • be willing to pursue a PhD.

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