Hieronder kan je alle leden van de onderzoeksgroep terugvinden en hun onderzoeksinteresses. Op de persoonlijke pagina van elk lid kan je meer informatie vinden omtrent hun onderzoeksprojecten, academische bibliografie, etc.


Prof. dr. Tom Sauer

Hoogleraar (woordvoerder van de onderzoeksgroep)

Onderzoeksinteresse: International Security, esp. Nuclear Arms Control, Nuclear Proliferation, Nuclear Disarmament; Iran; North Korea; Missile Defense; Coercive Diplomacy; US foreign and defense policy

Prof. dr. Jorg Kustermans


Onderzoeksinteresse: International Relations Theory, (International) Authority, Radicalization and Political Violence

Prof. dr. Dirk De Bièvre


Onderzoeksinteresse: International Relations and International Political Economy, European trade policy, trade politics in the World Trade Organization (WTO), interest groups, institutional design of the European Banking Union, the politics of global value chains, fragmentation and forum shopping in international regimes

Prof. dr. Marijn Hoijtink


Onderzoeksinteresse: technology and International Relations, military technology and innovation, militarism, data violence, digital International Relations, platform warfare, feminist/postcolonial approaches to EU security

Prof. dr. Jan Melissen 

Hoogleraar (deeltijds) (editor 'The Hague Journal of Diplomacy')

Onderzoeksinteresse: Public diplomacy and Soft Power;  Theory of diplomacy;  Diplomacy in Europe;  Consular affairs;  Economic diplomacy

Prof. dr. David Criekemans 

Hoofddocent (deeltijds)

Onderzoeksinteresse: Foreign policy (Flanders, Belgium, European Union), Energy and International Politics, Geopolitics and Geopolitical Analysis, Multilateral Policy-Making and Diplomacy, Theory and History of International Relations

Prof. dr. Elena Atanassova-Cornelis 

Hoofddocent (deeltijds) 

Onderzoeksinteresse: Japanese and Chinese Foreign Policy and Regional Strategy in East Asia; Institution Building, Cooperation and Regional Order in East Asia; US Strategy in East Asia, especially towards Japan, China and Taiwan; EU-Asia relations, including EU-China, EU-Japan, EU-ASEAN relations; International relations, traditional and non-traditional security challenges – missile and nuclear proliferation; energy, maritime and human security

Prof. Kenneth Lasoen 

Docent (deeltijds) 

Onderzoeksinteresse: National security, Belgian intelligence and security services (VSSE, ADIV/SGRS, CUTA), NATO/EU intelligence, intelligence analysis and collection, counterterrorism, counterintelligence and counterespionage (focus China and Russia), covert action, international cybersecurity, offensive cyber operations, insider threat, information warfare, defence policy, strategic culture.

Prof. dr. Stefanie Weil

Docent (deeltijds)

Onderzoeksinteresse: China and Global Governance, Comparative politics across China, European Union and the United States


Zeger Verleye 

Mandaatassistent/Doctoraatsstudent onder promotor prof. Jorg Kustermans

Onderzoeksinteresse: history and theory of international relations; politics of emotions; politics of shame; Belgian (post)colonialism

Emile van Ommeren 

Doctoraatsstudent onder promotor prof. Dirk De Bièvre

Onderzoeksinteresse: International Political Economy; Trade Policy; Dispute Settlement; Protectionism; Political Institutions; WTO

Robin Vanderborght 

Mandaatassistent/Doctoraatsstudent onder promotor Prof. Tom Sauer

Onderzoeksinteresse: International Relations Theory; International security; peace and war; emerging technologies; power politics; military and defense policies.

Scott Hamilton 

Doctoraatsstudent onder promotor prof. Dirk De Bièvre

Onderzoeksinteresse: International Political Economy; Trade Policy, Civil Society, Politicization

Floor Doppen 

Doctoraatsstudent onder promotor prof. Dirk De Bièvre

Onderzoeksinteresse: International Political Economy, State ownership, Trade policy

Frederik Stevens 

Mandaatassistent/Doctoraatsstudent onder promotoren prof. Dirk De Bièvre en prof. Peter Bursens

Onderzoeksinteresse: Interest Groups, Lobbying, EU Public Policy, Representation

Hassan Süzen 

Doctoraatsstudent onder promotor prof. Tom Sauer

Onderzoeksinteresse: Geopolitics, Great Power Competition, Political Warfare, Computational Predictive Modelling in International Relations

Jorge Hersschens

Doctoraatsstudent onder promotor prof. Tom Sauer

Onderzoeksinteresse: geopolitics, international security, nuclear weapons, international norms, EU integration, radical right populism

Jon von Schmettow

Doctoraatsstudent onder promotor prof. Jorg Kustermans

Onderzoeksinteresse: International Relations Theory, Peacebuilding, Conceptualizations of Peace and Care

Mao Runduo

Doctoraatsstudent onder promotor prof. Steffi Weil

Onderzoeksinteresse: International Relations Theory, China's National Security Theory, International Order in the Indo-Pacific region, Political Systems and Intrastate Conflicts in Southeast Asia

Thierry Limpens

Doctoraatsstudent onder promotor prof. Tom Sauer

Onderzoeksinteresse: Identity politics, religious radicalization, violent extremism, sufi political thought

Post-doc onderzoekers

Dr. Elena Escalante-Block

Postdoctoraal onderzoeker

Onderzoeksinteresse: EU Competition and State Aid Policy, European trade policy, Politicisation, Depoliticisation, Political Communication and Legitimacy.

Dr. Antonio Calcara

Postdoctoraal onderzoeker

Onderzoeksinteresse: International Relations, Security Studies, International Political Economy, European Security and Defense, Defense Industries, Cybersecurity, Emerging Security Technologies.

Dr. Clothilde Facon

Postdoctoraal onderzoeker

Onderzoeksinteresse: humanitarianism, politics of aid, politicisation and depoliticisation, refugee governance, border policies, international organisations

Dr. Manuel Duran 

Vrijwillig medewerker

Onderzoeksinteresse: diplomatic studies, paradiplomacy, diplomatic theory, diplomatic history en geopolitics

Studenten die de afgelopen jaren hun doctoraat behaalden 

Emile van Ommeren (November 2023), Pro Trade, Against Competition: Explaining Firms’ Support for Selective Trade Protection (supervisor: Prof. Dirk De Bièvre)

Rikkert Horemans (June 2023), Reconceptualizing Iran's Regional Influence: The Case for Authority (supervisor: Prof Jorg Kustermans)

Phillip Lausberg (June 2023), European fiscal policy reforms, banking union and public goods theory (supervisor: Prof. Dirk De Bièvre)

Mathias Reveraert (May 2023), Exploring insider threat awareness and mitigation: more than the devil in disguise (supervisor: Prof.Tom Sauer)

Kenneth Lasoen (March 2023), Belgian strategic culture. A historical perspective on intelligence and security in Belgium (co-supervisors: Prof Tom Sauer en Prof Jorg Kustermans)

Jane Knight (September 2022), Towards a knowledge diplomacy framework : an analysis of the role of international higher education, research and innovation in international relations  (supervisor: Prof. Jan Melissen)

Kim B. Olsen (November 2020), Networked Practices of European Geoeconomic Diplomacy: How Diplomatic Relations Shape the Implementation of Economic Sanctions (supervisor: Prof. Jan Melissen)

Antonios Nestoras (February 2020), Belonging to the West? Geopolitical Mythmaking in Modern Greece (supervisor: Prof. David Criekemans)

Sylvain Fanielle (November 2019), Preventing Radiological Terrorism: Securing Radioactive Sources in Hospitals (supervisor: Prof.Tom Sauer)

Brecht Volders (October 2019), Building the Bomb: An organisational approach to the nuclear terrorism threat (supervisor: Prof. Tom Sauer)

Steven Spittaels (March 2019), Conflict Motivation Mapping: A tool to analyse the relative importance of armed groups' motivations (supervisor: Prof. Tom Sauer)

Navid Hassibi (January 2019), Change and inertia in U.S. nuclear weapons policy after the Cold War : the case of the Obama administration (supervisor: Prof. Tom Sauer)

Arjan Uilenreef (April 2017), Intra-EU Diplomacy. Dutch Bilateral Embassies in the European Union (supervisor: Prof. Jan Melissen)

Ingrid d’Hooge (October 2014), China's Public Diplomacy: Evolution and challenges (supervisor: Prof. Jan Melissen)

Manuel Duran (April 2014), Sub-state diplomacy as a motor of reterritorialization? The case of the Mediterranean region (supervisor: Prof. Jan Melissen and Prof. David Criekemans)

Jorg Kustermans (January 2013), Democratic Peace as Practice (supervisor: Prof. Tom Sauer)

Maaike Okano-Heijmans (2012), Economic Diplomacy and the National Interest: The Case of Japan (supervisor: Prof. Jan Melissen)