Prof Dr S.M.R.L. Vanhoonacker - Kormoss
Sophie Vanhoonacker is Jean Monnet professor and has a chair in Administrative Governance. Since January 2016, she is dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
She primarily teaches courses on EU foreign policy and external relations. In her research she examines the role and influence of bureaucratic actors in multi-layered, polycentric systems of decision-making with a special focus on European foreign policy. She is co-editor of the European Administrative Governance book series at Palgrave Macmillan and board member of the interdisciplinary Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERIM). She is currently involved in a Horizon 2020 project on Preventing and Responding to Conflict: Developing EU Civilian Capabilities for a Sustainable Peace (EU-CIVCAP) (2015-2018).
Professional career history
Sophie Vanhoonacker holds a PhD from Leiden University (1999). She studied history (Catholic Universtiy of Leuven, 1984), European Studies (College of Europe, Bruges, 1985) and International Relations (Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1989).
She joined Maastricht University in 2001 and played an active role in the creation of the Bachelor European Studies. From 2010 to 2016, she has been head of the Politics department at FASoS.
Vanhoonacker has taught as a visiting professor as the College of Europe. She is also senior member of the Netherlands Institute of Government.
Prior to her position at Maastricht University, Vanhoonacker was a faculty member of the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), Maastricht (NL) where she was part of the unit 'European Governance and Policy Processes' (1987 - 2001) . At EIPA she was involved in training of civil servants on policymaking in the EU and on the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). In the period 1996-2001 she was involved in preparing EU Member States for the Presidency of the Council of the EU.