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G. Noutcheva (Gergana)

Positions

Assistant professor

Faculty / Department
  • Arts and Social Sciences, Political Science
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Phone number: +31 43 388 4790

Location: 1.002 - Grote Gracht 86

G.  Noutcheva

Expertise

Gergana Noutcheva is Assistant Professor in International Relations and European Foreign Policy in the Political Science Department of Maastricht University. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Pittsburgh, USA (2006). She joined the Political Science Department of Maastricht University in January 2007. In 2002-2006, she was Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels where she published a number of articles and policy briefs on the EU enlargement policy, the EU policy towards the Western Balkans and the European Neighborhood Policy.

Gergana's areas of teaching are international relations, European foreign policy, EU democracy promotion. She coordinates the module "The EU as an International Player" in the MA programme in European studies. She also teaches a research-based course "The EU and Democracy Promotion" in the BA programme in European Studies. In the academic year 2007-2008, she co-directed the MA Programme in European Studies at Maastricht University.

Gergana's research interests focus on the EU’s relations with neighbouring countries from the Balkans, Eastern Europe the Mediterranean. Her research aims at explaining the EU's differentiated impact on the domestic structures of non-EU countries from the wider European neighbourhood. In 2008-2010, she was a Marie Curie fellow at Maastricht University working on a research project examining the normative and strategic dynamics of the EU's policies vis-a-vis neighbouring states in two policy areas - democracy promotion and conflict resolution.

Gergana's book "European Foreign Policy and the Challenges of Balkan Accession Conditionality, Legitimacy and Compliance" was published in the Routledge UACES series in 2012

Research Projects

1) The EU Policy towards the Western Balkans

Research in this area focuses on the EU’s impact on democratization and conflict resolution in the countries from the Western Balkans through the Stabilization and Association Process. It examines the EU’s conditionality policy and the compliance responses of the Balkan governments in the context of the gradations of sovereignty observed in the region. It explores the legitimacy foundations of the EU policies in the region and how these affect local actors’ propensity to comply with the EU accession conditions.

2) The European Neighbourhood Policy

Research in this area examines the sources and facets of EU power in the wider European neighbourhood. It enquires into the normative and strategic dynamics of the EU’s policies vis-à-vis neighbouring states in two policy areas – democracy promotion and conflict resolution. It draws on empirical evidence from southern and eastern neighbouring states to investigate the driving forces behind the EU’s policy in the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe.

3) The Accession of Central and Eastern Europe to the EU

Research in this area explores the pre-accession and post-accession impact of the EU on the governance of Central and Eastern Europe. In particular, it investigates the reasons for Bulgaria and Romania’s lagging behind the new member states from Central Europe on governance standards and the EU’s instruments for influencing the domestic transformation of ‘difficult’ transition cases.

Official Publications

Most recent publications:

Values versus Security? The Choice for the EU and Its Neighbours

Noutcheva, G.; Pomorska, K.; Bosse, G., 2013. Noutcheva, G.; Pomorska, K.; Bosse, G. (Eds.), The European Union and Its Neighbours: Values versus Security in European Foreign Policy, 1-22. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Conceptualising the EU¿s Role in the European Neighbourhood

Pomorska, K.; Noutcheva, G., 2013. Noutcheva, G.; Pomorska, K.; Bosse, G. (Eds.), The European Union and Its Neighbours: Values versus Security in European Foreign Policy, 218-233. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Lost in Europeanisation: The Western Balkans and Turkey

Noutcheva, G.; Aydin-Düzgit, S., 2012, West European Politics, 35(1), 59-78.

Education

Maastricht University

Coordinator:

“The EU as an International Player,” MA European Studies (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

“The EU and Democracy Promotion,” BA European Studies (elective) (2011)

“The EU Foreign and Security Policy,” MA European Studies (2007)

Tutor:

“International Relations: Cooperation and Conflict,” MA European Studies (2007, 2010)

“The EU Foreign and Security Policy,” MA European Studies (2008)

“The EU External Relations,” BA European Studies (elective) (2011)

MA thesis supervision (2007, 2008, 2011)

BA dossier supervision (2007, 2008, 2011)

Vesalius College at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science:

“United Nations and Global Governance”, BA Political Science (2006)