Happersberger, Simon

PhD Fellow
Research Interests 

Sustainable Trade
EU Trade Policy
Environmental Politics
Political Economy of Sustainability


MA in Political Science, Freie Universitaet Berlin
Exchange Semester, Cape Town University
Dual BA in Political Science & German Philology, University of Goettingen
Exchange Year, Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris 4)

Biographical Statement 

Simon Happersberger is a PhD Fellow at the VUB Brussels School of Governance and at UNU CRIS. In his PhD he investigates EU policy instruments fostering sustainable trade with a particular focus on conditions of effectiveness of environmental provisions in EU trade agreements. He is supervised by Professor Harri Kalimo (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Jean-Frederic Morin (Université Laval).

Simon holds a master’s degree in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin and a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and German Philology from University of Goettingen. His master thesis focused on the concept policy coherence for development in EU trade policy towards sub-Saharan Africa. During his studies, he spent one year at Université Paris-Sorbonne IV and one semester at Cape Town University.

Next to his studies, Simon collected first professional experiences at the European Parliament, the German Federal Foreign Office, and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. He further interned at the German Council on Foreign Relations, the German Embassy in Kenya and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in Madagascar.