Josh Gartland completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Cardiff University in European Politics and International Relations, where he specialised in French, German, and Italian politics, and in the EU’s area of freedom, security and justice. He was awarded the 2012 John Cross prize for the best student at Cardiff graduating in a politics-related subject.
Josh undertook a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, where he branched out into EU trade policy and continued his research into the EU’s area of freedom, security and justice. His thesis seeks to apply the principal-agent approach to the EU’s cooperation with the UN Development Programme in the context of the Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA). His thesis was awarded the College of Europe UNU-CRIS prize for the Best Thesis on the EU and Other World Regions, which offers the opportunity to undertake a six-month internship with UNU-CRIS.
As an intern at UNU-CRIS, Josh worked with Dr. Luk Van Langenhove on the potential for future cooperation between the UN and regional organisations under Chapter VIII of the UN Charter, and assisted with the formulation of policy recommendations relating to the Scottish independence referendum.