Florian Trauner

Director of Research Centre

Prof. Dr. Florian Trauner is a Director of the Research Centre for Migration, Diversity and Justice and holds the Jean Monnet Chair 'EXPAND - Explaining Resilience in EU Justice and Home Affairs'. Together with Ilke Adam, he also coordinates the VUB Interdisciplinary Centre of Expertise on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM). A graduate of the Universities of Vienna and Copenhagen, he received his PhD in 2008 (with distinction) and his habilitation in 2015.

Florian Trauner’s research concerns the European integration process with a focus on EU asylum, migration, border control, return and internal security policies including the EU’s relations with third countries on these issues. His work has appeared in prominent journals such as West European Politics, the Journal for European Public Policy, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Integration, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Prof. Trauner has (co-)directed projects dealing with EU-West African migration cooperation (funded by the United Nations University UNU-CRIS) and the role of supranational EU institutions in Justice and Home Affairs (funded by the Austrian Science Fund). At present, he leads a workpackage in the Horizon-2020 project BRIDGES on the production and impact of migration narratives and directs an ERC Runner-up project on ‘coercive EU mobility rules’ funded by the Flemish Research Fund (FWO).

Florian Trauner is a regular Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin Campus) and has held permanent or visiting positions at the University of Vienna, Renmin University of China (in Beijing), Sciences Po Paris and the EU Institute for Security Studies. He also acted as an external expert for the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the International Organisation for Migration. 

List of publications (on VUB publications platform)

Featured publications

Migration information campaigns: How to analyse their impact?

Published on 18.04.2023
Other Publications

Migration, Equality and Racism

Published on 06.02.2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and the right of asylum in the EU

Published on 08.05.2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic and the right of asylum in the EU

Published on 08.05.2020
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Justice and Home Affairs in the European Union

Published on 06.03.2019
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BRIDGES: Assessing the production and impact of migration narratives

Period March 2021 - February 2024
Funded By

European Commission - Horizon 2020

BIES Joint Research Group

Period March 2018 - March 2022

Jean Monnet Chair: EXACT - Explaining EU Action in Counter Terrorism

Period September 2017 - August 2020
Funded By

Erasmus +



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