Professor Madeleine Hosli Joins UNU as Director of UNU-CRIS

01 June 2017

After nine months of interim Directorship, Anthony Antoine passes on the baton to Professor Madeleine O. Hosli as Director of the UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS). Anthony will stay on as part-time Deputy Director of UNU-CRIS, combining this with his function as Executive Director of the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB). Prof. Hosli will combine her function as director of UNU-CRIS with her professorship at Leiden University.

Prof. Hosli will start her activities at UNU-CRIS as of 1 June. She has been appointed for an initial period of four years. Dr. Hosli will be able to draw upon the formidable work that Founding Director Luk Van Langenhove accomplished over the past 15 years. Dr. Van Langenhove will remain at UNU-CRIS as Senior Associate Research Fellow and continues his academic career at the IES-VUB where he spearheads a European-funded project on Cultural and Science Diplomacy (H2020).

Prof. Hosli has a distinguished career researching and teaching on European integration, international organisations, and international political economy. She has been a Professor of International Relations at Leiden University (Netherlands) since 2007. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands); Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan (USA); Chargée de Course at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Switzerland); and a Senior Lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration (Netherlands).

“The new orientation of UNU-CRIS, the support of the Flemish government and its close collaboration with the Free University of Brussels and the University of Ghent, will help establish the Institute as a significant regional ‘hub’ of academic research on the management of international and regional public goods”, said Prof. Hosli. “The Institute aspires to analyse and offer solutions to current challenges ranging from migration, to environmental degradation, to threats to economic and political stability and peace.”

Prof. Hosli holds a PhD degree from the University of St. Gallen and studied as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, and is author of The Euro: A Concise Introduction to European Monetary Integration (2005) and co-editor of Decision-Making in the European Union before and after the Lisbon Treaty (2015).  

“Prof. Hosli joins the UNU family at a moment of significant renewal”, said UNU Rector and UN Under-Secretary-General David M. Malone. “Her impressive academic record and long career in the region’s academic community will serve her well as she leads UNU-CRIS forward in its second generation of activities.”

These second generation activities started well with the initiation of five new research projects, all to be conducted at the UNU-CRIS premises in Bruges.

Hillary McBride, UNU Head of Communications,
Pascale Vantorre, UNU-CRIS Management Assistant,

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