1. European Diplomacy and EU Foreign Policy-Making after the Lisbon Treaty
My current research focuses on changing patterns of European diplomatic coordination and the transforming nature of the European diplomatic system on the ground, bringing together diplomatic efforts of the member states and the impact of the EU delegations.
During my research stay in Washington D.C. in 2012/13 I empirically investigated patterns of EU actors’ coordination in third countries, on the example of the coordination, cooperation and contacts between EU member states’ embassies vis-à-vis the United States. This research follows up pervious contributions together with Karolina Pomorska and Sophie Vanhoonacker about the changing role of the rotating presidency in external relations after the Lisbon Treaty. Related Publications
- Heidi Maurer (2013): Transforming European diplomacy abroad: insights from Washington. Global Actor Interest Section Contribution. EUSA Review of June 2013.
- Sophie Vanhoonacker, Karolina Pomorska & Heidi Maurer (2011).The Presidency in EU External Relations: Who is at the helm? In Ana-Mar Fernández Pasarín & Michel Mangenot (eds). Présider l’Union européenne: présidence(s) du Conseil et système de gouvernement. Politique Européenne No. 35 (special issue), 139-164.
2. The European Neighbourhood Policy
Following my PhD research, I continue studying the EU relations with its neighbours and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) as an institutional framework. Currently, I follow up on this research strand by investigating more closely the impact of the ENP review process and the Arab Spring on the European Neighbourhood Policy as an institutional framework to allow for coherent and effective EU foreign policy-making. Related Publications
- Maurer, Heidi & Licinia Simao (2013). From regional power to global power? The European Neighbourhood Policy after the Lisbon Treaty. In Astrid Boening, Jan-Frederik Kremer & Aukie van Loon. (eds). Global Power Europe - Policies, Actions and influence of the EU's External Relations. Springer.
3. Problem-Based Learning as Alternative Learning and Teaching Approach
Problem-Based Learning as alternative learning and teaching approach is considered as the constructivist response to shortcomings of traditional teaching. In my research I look into the practical challenges of implementing PBL in a successful manner, its impact on students and staff. Furthermore, I am currently researching the impact of different kinds of assignments on students’ motivation and learning process.
- Heidi Maurer (forthcoming): Best Practices in Problem-Based Learning. Invited Contribution for Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Political Science and International Relations, edited by John Ishiyama (University of North Texas, USA), Will Miller (Flagler College, USA) and Eszter Simon (University of Szeged, Hungary). Contract with Edward Elgar Publishers.
- Simon Lightfoot & Heidi Maurer (eds) (2013): Teaching European Studies: old and new tools for student engagement. European Political Science 13(1):1-3.
- Heidi Maurer & Jocelyn Mawdsley (2013): Students´ Skills, Employability and the Teaching of European Studies: challenges and opportunities. European Political Science (accepted; issue still to be assigned)
- Heidi Maurer & Christine Neuhold (2013). Problem-Based Learning in European Studies. In Stefania Baroncelli, Roberto Farneti, Ioan Horga & Sophie Vanhoonacker (eds). Teaching European Union Studies. Patterns in Traditional and Innovative Teaching Methods and Curricula.
- Heidi Maurer & Christine Neuhold (2012). Problems Everywhere? Strengths and Challenges of a Problem-Based Learning Approach in European Studies. Paper presented at the Higher Education Academy Social Science Conference “Ways of Knowing, Ways of Learning” 28 and 29 May 2012, Liverpool
Most recent publications:
Maurer, H. (Author). (2016). All of a sudden, everyone cares for Austria!.
Maurer, H. (Author). (2016). En Autriche, encore un petit tour (d’élections). ECCSA.
Maurer, H. (2016). Austrian diplomacy in a changing global and European context:: Between Innovation, Adaptation and Resilience. Austrian Political Science Journal, 35. DOI: 10.15203/ozp.1116.vol45iss2
Patrick, M., & Maurer, H. (2016). Austrian foreign policy and 20 years of EU membership: opportunities and constraints: Introduction to the special issue. Austrian Political Science Journal, 45(2), 1. DOI: 10.15203/ozp.1574.vol45iss2
Maurer, H. (2015). Best practices in problem based learning. In J. Ishiyama, W. J. Miller, & E. Simon (Eds.), Handbook on Teaching and Learning in Political Science and International Relations. (pp. 369-383). Edward Elgar Publishing.
Maurer, H. (2015). Europe in America: an upgraded EU delegation in a reinforced system of European diplomatic coordination. In J. Batora, & D. Spence (Eds.), The European External Action Service: European Diplomacy Post-Westphalia (pp. 274-287). Palgrave. DOI: 10.1057/9781137383037
Maurer, H., & Raik, K. (2014). Pioneers of a European Diplomatic System: EU Delegations in Moscow and Washington. FIIA Analysis.
Maurer, H. (Author). (2014). "Ukraine crisis: The neighbours of Russia are nervous".
Maurer, H. (2014). Review report (postdoctoral project) for Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen, FWO. Research Foundation Flanders (FWO).
Maurer, H., & Mawdsley, J. (2013). Students´ Skills, Employability and the Teaching of European Studies: challenges and opportunities. European Political Science. DOI: 10.1057/eps.2013.34
- The 1st European Conference on Teaching and Learning Politics, International Relations and European Studies. Maastricht, 26-27 June 2014
- The ECPR Teaching and Learning Politics Standing Group is committed to the promotion of the teaching and learning in the field of political science. Our aim is to spread the scholarship of teaching and learning with and aim of fostering dialogue about the teaching of politics and improving the recognition of teaching among political science researchers.
- The Diplomatic System of the European Union (DSEU) is a multilateral research network supported by the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Commission, and involving three core partners: Loughborough University, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Universiteit Maastricht. It aims to bring together academic researchers, students, practitioners and civil society representatives with a specific interest in developing a broader understanding of how the EU's diplomatic system has evolved, how it operates and how it has responded to the challenges of a changing global arena