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Heidi Maurer

University of Bristol

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About

In August 2021 I joined the department for e-governance and administration at the Danube University Krems as researcher to work more strongly on questions of digitalisation and digital transformation. My particular aim is to research more systemically the technological impact on transnational relations, diplomatic interactions and public governance. I am also Visiting Professor in European Diplomacy at the College of Europe in Bruges, and I am member of the Jean Monnet network RENPET: Reconceptualising European Power in an Era of Turmoil (start March 2021). Since March 2021 I am also Associate Fellow at the think-tank GLOBSEC in Bratislava. From April 2020 to July 2021 I have been a Marie Curie Research fellow at SPAIS at the University of Bristol, leading the project “EuroDipl: the added value of European diplomacy coordination” under the guidance of Dr Ana Juncos. I was also Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford aBefore joining Bristol I was the EU politics lecturer at the University of Oxford. How and why states interact diplomatically in a poly-centric, networked and increasingly digitalised 21st century environment is the key question of my academic research. Empirically I focus in particular on European Union member states and European Union politics. I want to better understand what value and expectations states do attach to their diplomatic interactions, and how their diplomatic approach balances between innovation and tradition, especially in light of digital transformations. In particular, I am interested to add conceptually and empirically to our understanding of how EU actors (its member states, institutions and citizens) perceive the added value of cooperating diplomatically and politically – face to face, hybrid or online. I am also particularly interested about how Central European states make sense of their EU membership and how the EU adjusted its relationship to Eastern Europe troughout the last decades.

Research Interests

Europe (Central and Eastern), European Politics, European Union, Foreign Policy, International Relations, Security, USA