The research interests of Zane Sime revolve around the EU science diplomacy towards the Southern Neighbourhood and the EU-India educational diplomacy in a broader context of the Asia-Europe Meeting.
Zane holds a Master's Degree in European Politics and Policies from KU Leuven (Belgium) and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Latvia. In her dissertations she analysed various governance aspects of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
Zane has obtained professional experience as an international civil servant at the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States and a national civil servant in Latvia.
At UNU-CRIS, Zane worked on the Regional Integration Knowledge System (RIKS) project under the supervision of Professors Glenn Rayp and Samuel Standaert. In addition she worked on the research and higher education cooperation among European and North African-based institutions.