Selleslaghs, Joren

Associate Research Fellow
01/08/2017 to 31/07/2019
Research Interests 

Latin American regionalism
EU Foreign Policy
Science Diplomacy
Security Governance
Environmental Cooperation



PhD International Relations and Diplomacy, Leiden University
PhD Summer Programme on Latin American, European and Comparative Regionalism, Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar Ecuador
MA EU International Relations and Diplomacy (Cum Laude) College of Europe
MSc European Studies (Magna Cum Laude), Université Libre de Bruxelles
BA Political Science (Magna Cum Laude) Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Biographical Statement 

Joren Selleslaghs was an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS. For UNU-CRIS, Joren conducted research on EU-Latin America region-to-region relations and was part of the Horizon 2020 project (EL-CSID) on the European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy where he leaded the reserach on EU-Latin America Science Diplomacy.

Joren Selleslaghs was the Belgian Consul for Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. He entered the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Diplomat in October 2017 and has worked at the Brussels headquarters (Brexit, Benelux, Consular Affairs) and the Belgian Embassy in Luxemburg as diplomatic Counselor. Joren was also a PhD researcher and lecturer on EU International Relations and Diplomacy at Leiden University.

Joren graduated cum laude from the College of Europe (MA EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies) and magna cum laude at the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (MSc European Studies). Joren is also an external evaluator/expert for the European Commission and member of the Board of Directors of the Europe-Central America Chamber of Commerce. Joren previously worked as an EU Innovation Consultant at PNO Consultants (the Netherlands), The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, the cabinet of a Belgian Member of the European Parliament and the External Relations department of the Belgian Permanent Representation towards the European Union. He was the Belgian Youth Ambassador towards the UN 2011-2012 and also active as a development worker for UNICEF in Tanzania and Central America.

His main research interests relate to regionalism, the relations between different regions (interregionalism), Latin America and the European Union’s Foreign Policy.