Dr. Schunz, Simon

Associate Research Fellow
+32 50 47 11 06
04/01/2016 to 30/06/2016
Research Interests 

Regional integration in Europe
European Union and multilateral governance
Global (environmental) governance and multilateralism
European Union external relations, especially EU external climate change and environmental policies


Ph.D. in Social Sciences, University of Leuven (KU Leuven)
M.A. in European Political and Administrative Studies, College of Europe, Bruges
Diploma in Political Science, Free University Berlin (FU Berlin)

Biographical Statement 

Dr. Simon Schunz is an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS. From January to June 2016, he was a UNU-CRIS Research Fellow.  He is also a Permanent Professor in the EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies Department at the College of Europe in Bruges.

He previously worked as a Scientific Officer at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (2011-2015), and as a senior and junior researcher at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the Leuven Institute for International and European Studies, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) (2006-2011). He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs (The George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2009) and at the Brussels Office of the German Institute for International and Security Studies (SWP, 2010), as well as a Carlo Schmid Fellow in the European Parliament (2005). Since 2011, he has been a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven.

His current research activities focus on global climate governance and the relations between the EU and other major players in the UN climate regime, notably China, India and the US, as well as on the European Union’s environmental foreign policy and strategy more broadly. He is also working on the prospects for leadership in global governance under conditions of multipolarity.