Dirk De Bièvre

Professor of International Politics

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About Dirk De Bièvre

Dirk De Bièvre is Professor of International Politics and Chair of the Department of Political Science of the University of Antwerp.

He teaches Theories of International Relations, International Political Economy, Research Design of the master thesis political science, at the MA level, and the reading seminar Issues in International Relations at the BA level.

Together with Sieglinde Gstöhl (College of Europe), he is the author of The Trade Policy of the European Union (2018, EU Series Red Globe Press, Macmillan International Higher Education). Together with Arlo Poletti (University of Trento), he is the author of Judicial Politics and International Cooperation: From Disputes to Deal-Making in the World Trade Organization (2016, ECPR Press), which was awarded the 2017 Book Award of the International Law Section (ILAW) Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) in April 2018 at the ISA Annual Convention in San Francisco.

He studies at the universities of Leuven (Flanders), Louvain-la-Neuve (Wallonia) and Konstanz in Southern Germany, and obtained his PhD in political science at the European University Institute (EUI, Firenze, Italy) in 2002. Supervisor of his PhD research was Daniel Verdier (now at Ohio State University); co-supervisor was Adrienne Héritier.

After his PhD, he was a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn and at the Mannheim Centre for Social Research of the University of Mannheim. He has previously taught in Mannheim, ULB Brussels, EHSAL Brussels, TU Dresden, LUISS Rome, and the KU Leuven. During the academic year of 2014-15, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Government of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Dirk De Bièvre is member and Chair of the Department of Political Science of the University of Antwerp, member of the Antwerp Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence ACTORE, of the research group International Politics and associated member of the research groups Politics & Public Governance and ACIM.

He is the Official Representative for the University of Antwerp at the ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research), co-convenor of the ECPR Working Group on International Relations (Febr 2019-22), member of the ECPR-EISA Steering Committee for the European Journal of International Relations, and member of the jury for the ECPR Hedley Bull Prize in International Relations. He has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of European Public Policy since 2015 and joined the editorial board of Politics & Governance in 2018. He currrently is the Antwerp promotor of the EU Innovative Training Network (ITN) PLATO coordinated by the University of Oslo.

You can find a full CV Dirk De Bièvre Dec 2019 here, consult his academic bibliography, or follow him on ResearchGate for full text versions.

Current research projects:

- The Politicization of European Union trade agreement negotiation, together with Prof. Dr. Arlo Poletti (University of Trento, Italy), Mapping politicisation, funded by the Research Fund (BOF) of the University of Antwerp, Exploring conditions for politicisation through QCA, funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), project description here.

- Maintaining Multilateralism. The Politics of Dispute Initiation at the World Trade Organization, together with Prof.Dr. Arlo Poletti (University of Trento, Italy), funded by the Research Foundation Flanders FWO, project description here.

- REFRACT, Research on Fragmentation and Complexity In Global Governance, Research community funded by the Research Foundation Flanders FWO.

- The institutional design of European Banking Union, project within the European Innovative Training Network PLATO, researcher: Philippe Lausberg.

- Jean Monnet Network on EU-Canada Relations: The EU and Canada in Dialogue, with Carleton University, Ottawa.

Just published in first online view:

De Bièvre, Dirk (2019), ‘Trade, political coalitions, and neo-gothic architecture in Europe’, European Review.

Current PhD supervision:

  1. Scott Hamilton, Oct 2019 - Sept 2022: The Politicization of European Union Trade Agreement Negotiations, Research Fund University of Antwerp (BOF DOCPRO4).
  2. Emile Van Ommeren, May 2018 - Dec 2021: Maintaining Multilateralism: The Politics of Dispute Initiation at the World Trade Organization, Research Foundation Flanders FWO.
  3. Philipp Lausberg, Sept 2017 – ongoing: On the delegation of powers in European Banking Union, EU PhD Innovative Training Network PLATO – Legitimacy in the European Union after the crisis.
  4. Inci Accus, Sept 2017 – ongoing, Lobbying in an autocracy: intellectual property and medical equipment firms in China, Executive PhD with the Antwerp Management School.

Past PhD supervision:

  1. Jappe Eckhardt, Oct 2007 – defended 18 Oct 2011: Taking a firm stance: The political economy of business lobbying in EU trade policy towards China, funded by the FWO – Flanders Research Foundation;
  2. Marjolein Meijer, Jan 2007 – defended 17 Febr 2012: Bringing EU treaties home. Governmental strategies in treaty ratifications in Denmark and the Netherlands compared, funded by the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Universiteit Antwerpen;
  3. Anke Moerland, 2009 – defended 4 Oct 2013:Why Jamaica wants to protect Champagne: Intellectual Property Protection in EU Bilateral Trade Agreements, promoter together with Anselm Kamperman-Sanders and Peter Van den Bossche (member WTO AB), Universiteit Maastricht;
  4. Margaux Kersschot, March 2012 – defended 13 July 2016, Regional authorities’ control over EU external economic policy, funded by the Policy Centre International Policy (‘Steunpunt’) of the Flemish regional government, double degree with KU Leuven, co-supervisor Bart Kerremans;
  5. Aydin Yildirim, Oct 2013 – defended 21 Sept 2017, Overcoming Resistance to Compliance: Internationalization of Production and the Politics of WTO Dispute Settlement, funded by the UA Special Research Fund (BOF DOCPRO);


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