Dr Giselle Bosse is Associate Professor in EU External Relations, Jean Monnet Chair and Vice Dean Education at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University.

Her research focuses on EU policies in the post-Soviet area, the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership, with a particular emphasis on the promotion and implementation of human rights norms, democracy and the rule of law. Her work also examines the influence of non-state actors on EU foreign policy, and the legitimacy of EU sanction regimes and military missions through the lenses of critical theory.

She was awarded a VENI Research Grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for her project on: ‘Explaining Europe’s failure to deal with autocratic regimes: Which actors make and break effective democracy promotion?’ (2013-2016), an NWO ASPASIA Research Grant for her project on: ‘Sending European citizens to the battlefield: Who decides on EU Security and Defence Operations?’ (2018-2022) and an NWO grant for Refugee Scientist fellowships (HESTIA) in 2019. In 2020, she was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in EU Politics in a Changing Global Context (CHANCE).

Bosse has published her research inter alia in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Geopolitics, Europe-Asia Studies, Cooperation and Conflict and with Manchester University Press. She frequently presents her work at leading think tanks in Europe, and has contributed to several commissioned studies for EU institutions. She regularly appears as an expert commentator in the media, including Euronews, Deutsche Welle, AFP, Libération or L1 Limburg.

She is co-director of the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) and founder and coordinator of the Research Colloquium on The Politics and Governance of Administrative Reform in Central and Eastern Europe’, hosted and funded by the Netherlands Institute of Governance (NIG) (with Dr Veronica Junjan, University of Twente). Bosse is also visiting professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) and at the Diplomatic School of Armenia (Yerevan).

Bosse holds an MA degree from the College of Europe (Natolin) and a PhD from the University of Aberystwyth, UK (Department of International Politics).

Recent activities:

  • Bosse, G. (2021) Freedom of speech and media in the COVID-19 context, Policy Report for Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum: Working Group ‘Democracy, human rights, good governance and stability (with A. Vieira & M. Höpner).
  • Bosse, G. (2021) Persuading the giant? Explaining Eastern Partnership states’ unexpected negotiation success in relations with the European Union, International Negotiation (with A. Vieira).
  • Bosse, G. (2021) Norm diffusion beyond the membership perspective: Does the EU (still) matter for democratic reform progress in the post-Soviet space? In: Fromage, D. (Ed) (Re-) defining Membership: Differentiation in and outside the European Union, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • Bosse, G. (2020) Ukraine and the European Union, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics (June 2020).
  • Bosse, G. (2019) Ten years of the Eastern Partnership: What role for the EU as a promoter of democracy?, European View, 18(2): 1-23.
  • Bosse, G. (2019) Opening Speech at European Commission Eastern Partnership Conference: Promoting Common Values through Education and Culture, Tbilisi, 25-26 June.
  • Bosse, G., & Guedes Vieira, A. V. (2018). Human rights in Belarus: the EU’s role since 2016. Brussels: European Parliament, Human Rights Committee. https://doi.org/10.2861/329240