Dr Giselle Bosse is Universitair Docent (Assistant Professor; tenured) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. She holds an MA degree from the College of Europe (Natolin) and a PhD from the University of Aberystwyth, UK.

Her research focuses on the EU’s relations with autocratic regimes in its closer and wider neighbourhood, and specifically on EU member states’ trade relations with autocratic regimes in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, including arms exports and trade in natural resources. More generally, Giselle is interested in examining the extent to which instrumental, ethical and/or moral reason motivates and justifies the policies of the EU (and its member states) towards autocratic regimes. In 2012, Giselle 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?’ (€250.000; 2013-2016). In this project, Giselle analyses the influence of non-state actors such as multinational business corporations, the churches and think tanks, on the EU’s policies towards autocratic regimes.

Giselle Bosse’s research also focuses on EU policy towards Eastern Europe and the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) policy, with a particular emphasis on the EU’s relations with Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Giselle is currently completing  a monograph which examines to what extent the EU has shown moral and ethical responsibility towards the countries in Eastern Europe, especially in view of the EU’s reactions to the recent war in Ukraine. Giselle is also coordinator of a 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).

Giselle 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 and think tanks.

Giselle has been visiting professor at the Diplomatic School of the Armenian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Yerevan and is currently visiting professor at the CCollege of Europe logoollege of Europe in Bruges, teaching a seminar on ‘The EU’s Eastern Partnership: Policy, Peoples and Regional Power Politics’.

Recent research activities:

  • Forthcoming Workshop in Maastricht: ‘The Role of Non-State Actors in the EU’s Relations with Eastern Europe and Central Asia’, in cooperation with Michal Natorski (University of Liège) and Robin Dirix (UM), 28-29 April 2016.
  • Guest Speaker: Panel Debate, Politiek Cafe- Referendum Oekraïne, Sittard, 30 March 2016. Other panelists: Nel van Dijk, former MEP/ ProDemos.
  • Guest Speaker: Panel Debate, Ukraine Debate, Centre Céramique, Maastricht, 25 February 2016. Other panelists: MEP Kati Piri, Arjan van Dixhoorn (Burgercomité EU), Oleksandr Snidalov (Ukraine Referendum Group).
  • Guest Lecture: ‘The War in Ukraine: Power Politics and its Consequences‘, Professur für Internationale Integration, Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen, 4 February 2016.
  • Media: Bosse, G. (2016) Interview with AFP Global News Agency: ‘Varsovie multiplie les signes de rapprochement avec Budapest’, January 2016. Cited inter alia in: Euronews France, Le Parisien and Libération.
  • Book chapter: (2016) The EU’s policy towards Belarus: Entrapped in principles, enticed by oligarchs and caught in geopolitics, in: Schumacher, T., Marchetti, A. and Demmelhuber, T. (Eds) The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy, Routledge, London.
  • Book chapter: (2016) Markets versus Morals? Assessing EU Arms Exports to Autocratic Regimes in its Closer and Wider Neighbourhood, in: Gstöhl, S. (Ed) The European Neighbourhood Policy in a Comparative Perspective, Ashgate, Aldershot.
  • Book chapter: (2016) The EU’s Eastern Partnership with Moldova: A ‘best case’ scenario for EU security community building?, in: Rieker, P. (Ed) External Governance as Security Community Building, Palgrave, London (with D. Baltag).
  • Guest Speaker: Panel Debate, ‘EU, Oekraïne en Rusland: een driehoeksverhouding in meerdere bedrijven?’, Universiteit Utrecht, 2 December 2015. Other panelists: MEP Rebecca Harms, Weird Duk (historian and publicist), Pavlo Kovtonyuk (National Reform Council Ukraine).