The Team

Principal Investigator:

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

Her research focuses on the EU’s relations with autocratic regimes in its closer and wider neighbourhood, and  specifically on EU member states’ trade relations with autocratic regimes in Central Asia and the Middle East,  including arms exports and trade in natural resources. More generally, Giselle is interested in examining the  extent to which instrumental, ethical and/or moral reason motivates and justifies the policies of the EU (and  its member states) towards autocratic regimes. 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’s research also focuses on EU policy towards Eastern Europe and the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) policy, with a particular emphasis on the EU’s relations with Belarus. Giselle is currently completing  a monograph which examines to what extent the EU has shown moral and ethical responsibility towards the countries in Eastern Europe, especially in view of the EU’s reactions to the recent war in Ukraine. Giselle is also coordinator of a research colloquium on ‘The Politics and Governance of Administrative Reform in Central and Eastern Europe’, hosted and funded by the Netherlands Institute of Governance (NIG) (with Dr Veronica Junjan, University of Twente).

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.

Giselle was visiting professor at the Diplomatic School of the Armenian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Yerevan in 2013 and is currently visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, teaching a seminar on ‘The EU’s Eastern Partnership: Policy, Peoples and Regional Power Politics’.

Research Assistants & Associates 2014-2015

 Lelde Čukure, Research Master Student, FASoS, Maastricht University

 Lelde Picture




Maryna Yaroshevych, MA Student, College of Europe, Bruges


Anna Bazilo,  Assistant in the Twinning project ‘Support for the Development of the Social Services System in Ukraine’

Anna Bazilo

Research Assistants 2013-2014:




From the left: Stephanie Harfensteller, Christina Trappe, Patrice Wangen