Dr. Schunz, Simon

Associate Research Fellow
Research Interests 

Regional integration in Europe
European Union and multilateral governance
Global (environmental) governance and multilateralism
European Union external relations, especially EU external climate change and environmental policies


PhD in Social Sciences, University of Leuven (KU Leuven)
MA in European Political and Administrative Studies, College of Europe, Bruges
Diploma in Political Science, Free University Berlin (FU Berlin)

Biographical Statement 

Dr. Simon Schunz is an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS since 2018.

He is a Professor in the EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies Department at the College of Europe in Bruges.

In 2016 and 2017, he was a part-time Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS. From 2016 to 2021, he was the Academic Coordinator of the joint College of Europe/Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy ‘MA in Transatlantic Affairs’ (MATA).  He previously worked as a Scientific Officer at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (2011-2015), and as a senior and junior researcher at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the Leuven Institute for International and European Studies, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) (2006-2011). He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs (The George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2009) and at the Brussels Office of the German Institute for International and Security Studies (SWP, 2010), as well as a Carlo Schmid Fellow in the European Parliament (2005). Since 2011, he has been a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven.

His research interests include global environmental and climate governance as well as the European Union’s external action, especially in multilateral contexts.