Dr Tom Casier
Academic Director and Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Brussels School of International Studies
Tom Casier is Academic Director of the Brussels School of International Studies as well as Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Jean Monnet Chair. He convenes the MA in International Relations and the MA in European Public Policy and teaches the modules EU Politics and Governance and Europe and Global Change.
Tom Casier is Academic Director of the Brussels School of International Studies as well as Jean Monnet Chair and Senior Lecturer in International Relations. He is Deputy Director of the Global Europe Centre: http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/gec/ He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Leuven (KULeuven), where he lectures on political developments in Central and Eastern Europe.
Tom Casier obtained his PhD in Political Science from the University of Leuven with a dissertation on the transformation process in Central and Eastern Europe. From 1990 to 1999 he worked at the University of Leuven, first as a Researcher of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, later as post-doctoral researcher and as coordinator European Studies. In the following years he worked as Lecturer at EIPA (European Institute of Public Administration) in Maastricht and at EHSAL in Brussels. From 2003 to 2007 he was Assistant Professor at the University of Maastricht, where he was also founding Director of the MA in European Studies.
Currently Tom Casier coordinates a Jean Monnet Multilateral Research Group (MRG) on EU-Russia relations, with the Universities of Carleton, St. Petersburg State University and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
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Tom Casier’s research interests include EU-Russia relations (including energy), Russian foreign policy, European Neighbourhood Policy / Eastern Partnership and Europe and global change. Recent articles have appeared in International Politics, Journal of European Integration, Democratization, Geopolitics and Europe-Asia Studies.
Current externally funded projects:
Jean Monnet Chair: ‘Europe and Global Change’ (funded by the LLP programme of the European Union), 2012-2015.
Jean Monnet Multilateral Research Group ‘EU-Russia Relations: Developing a Transnational Perspective’ (funded by the LLP programme of the European Union), 2013-2015.
This project seeks to create a new transnational perspective on EU-Russia relations, moving beyond the currently dominant EU- and Russia-centred approaches. It does so by creating a durable research network for collaborative research among four leading experts and Jean Monnet Chairs from three contexts: the EU, Russian and external. The partner universities are:
• University of Kent / Brussels School of International Studies (Tom Casier) - coordinator
• Carleton University, Canada (Joan DeBardeleben)
• St. Petersburg State University, Russia (Tatiana Romanova)
• Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany (Arne Niemann)
Global Europe Centre: http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/gec/
BSIS Research theme: EU, Russia and the Common Neighbourhood: http://www.kent.ac.uk/brussels/studying/research/projects/eu-russia.html
At BSIS Tom Casier teaches two MA courses: ‘EU Politics and Governance’ and ‘Europe and Global Change’. He is the Convenor of the MA programmes ‘International Relations’ and ‘European Public Policy’.
At the University of Leuven (KULeuven) Tom Casier lectures on political developments in Central and Eastern Europe.
Tom Casier supervises PhD students in the fields of International Relations and European Foreign Policy. He welcomes in particular doctoral students working on EU-Russia relations, Russian foreign policy, European Neighbourhood Policy / Eastern Partnership and the interaction between the policies of the EU and Russia in their shared neighbourhood.
Current PhD students: Irina Zarin, Tomislava Penkova, Erol Kalkan, Moritz Pieper, Carlotta Fagioli, Natalie Girke
PhD students who have completed: Bojan Savic, John Kotsopoulos, Olga Burlyuk, Nur Daut