Sarah Delputte was Assistant Professor at the Centre for EU Studies (CEUS) at the Department of Political Science at Ghent University where she taught on ‘The European Union's International Development Policy’ and ‘Excursions: The EU in real life’ in the Master EU Studies programme. Her research interests concern the external policies of the European Union with a particular focus on EU ‘development’ policy, its relations with the ‘Global South’ and its interregional relations with Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).
Sarah holds a PhD in EU Studies and Development Studies from Ghent University and the University of Antwerp respectively. She has conducted research on EU’s coordinator role in development policy, the Europeanisation of the EU’s development policies, the parliamentary cooperation between the EU and the ACP regions, the normative distinctiveness of the EU, and the interlinkages (or so-called ‘nexuses’) between development and other policy areas, including trade, migration, and climate change. She also has extensive field research experience in Sub-Sahara Africa, including in Tanzania, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana and Niger. In her research, she was particularly interested in the diversity of - potentially challenging - perspectives on ‘development’ within and outside Europe. Sarah also supervised PhD projects relating to these topics.
Sarah was a member of the Board of the Africa Platform of Ghent University Association and co-convener of the EADI Working Group on “The European Union as a Development Actor”.
At UNU-CRIS she supervised (together with Prof. Sebastian Oberthür, VUB-IES) the PADIRE project on parliamentary deliberation on climate change in the EU’s interregional relations.
She acted as a contact person for collaboration between the Department of Political Science at Ghent University and UNU-CRIS.