Trauner, Florian

Professorial Fellow
Research Interests 

European Integration
Migration Governance
Asylum policy
Return migration
Justice and Home Affairs


PhD in Political Science (with distinction), University of Vienna, Austria
Master Degree in Political Science (with distinction), University of Vienna, Austria

Biographical Statement 

Prof. Dr. Florian Trauner is the Dean of the Brussels School of Governance, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Together with Ilke Adam, he also coordinates the VUB Interdisciplinary Centre of Expertise on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM). A graduate of the Universities of Vienna and Copenhagen, he received his PhD in 2008 (with distinction) and his habilitation in 2015.

His research concerns EU decision-making dynamics and policy outcomes in the fields of migration, asylum, rule of law and internal security. He is also interested in the EU’s external migration policies and agreements, in particular with African states. His work has appeared in leading journals such as West European Politics, the Journal for European Public Policy, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Integration, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Prof. Trauner has directed or been involved in externally funded projects dealing with topics such as EU return cooperation, the EU-West African migration cooperation, the role of supranational EU institutions in justice and home affairs and the impact of narratives on migrants’ decisions.

Florian Trauner is a regular Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin Campus) and has held permanent or visiting positions at the University of Vienna, Renmin University of China (in Beijing), Sciences Po Paris and the EU Institute for Security Studies. He also acted as an external expert and evaluator of projects for the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the International Organisation for Migration.