Maurer, H (Heidi)


Expertise

Heidi Maurer is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), where she joined the Department of Political Science in August 2008. She holds a Doctorate from the University of Vienna (Political Science) and obtained a postgraduate certificate in European integration at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS, 2004-2007) in Vienna. She was also the 2012/13 Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at the Center of Transatlantic Relations of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.

 

Heidi’s research interests are EU foreign policy-making, and especially the EU relations with its Eastern and Southern neighbours and changing patterns of European diplomacy. Her doctoral research investigated the institutional coherence in EU foreign policy-making and examined to what extent the institutional setting of the ENP changed the interactions, routines and tasks of EU actors. Currently, Heidi follows up on this research strand by investigating recent events in the neighbourhood.

Additionally, she is currently working on a project about changing patterns of coordination in the European system of diplomatic representation and assessing the transforming role of EU delegations in European diplomacy.

 

Heidi is a co-opted committee member of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), where she supports the Teaching Working Group. Also, she is executive committee member of the ECPR Standing Group “Teaching and Learning Politics“, and co-convenor of the “Teaching the EU” Interest Section of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA).

 

Since joining Maastricht University, Heidi engages also actively in research about alternative teaching methods and in particular Problem-Based Learning, which is the main method of instruction at Maastricht University. 

In terms of teaching, Heidi contributes mainly to the Bachelor European Studies and Master European Studies. She coordinates the module “EU politics” at the end of the first year, and teaches in various courses of the second year. She also supervises Bachelor papers and Master theses. Additionally, since the academic year 2012/13 Heidi is the coordinator of the Minor European Studies, a six-months programme for exchange students and students from other faculties.


Career History

Employment

Since 08/2011            Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

10/2012 – 06/2013     Assistant Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS/John Hopkins University, Washington DC

08/2008 – 07/2011     Docent in European Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

10/2007 – 08/2008     Research Fellow at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht, The Netherlands

09/2006 - 02/2007      Lecturer at Department of Political Science, University of Vienna

03/2006 - 06/2006      Lecturer at Department of Political Science, University of Vienna

 

Education

03/2005 – 10/2011     PhD in Political Science, University of Vienna; Title of Dissertation: “Business as usual? The European Neighbourhood Policy and institutional coherence in EU foreign policy-making”

10/2004 - 09/2007      Postgraduate scholarship “European Integration 2004-2007” at the Department of Political Science, Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna;

10/1999 - 10/2004      Student of Political Science at Vienna University (minor in communication science) with focus on International Relations, conflict management and International law; Title of diploma thesis: “The EU on its way to a ‘Common Security and Defence Policy’?”


Research Projects

 

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

 

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.
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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.

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Teaching

Academic Year 2013/14

BA European Studies

EU Politics (Co-ordinator and Tutor – year 1)

External Relations (Co-ordinator and Tutor – year 3)

Negotiation Skills (Co-ordinator and Tutor – year 2)

Policy Domains (Tutor for trade and higher education – year 2)

Minor European Studies
Great Expectations (Co-ordinator and Tutor)

Supervision
Bachelor dossier papers and Master theses - preferred areas of supervision
- EU external relations and EU foreign policy
- European Neighbourhood Policy      
- EU as international actor
- Common Foreign and Security Policy
- European Security and Defence Policy
- Trade and Economic External Action
- Inter-institutional cooperation in EU foreign policy making
- International Relations Theory

Lectures

Minor ES – Great Expectations

“Introduction and basic concepts for studying the EU”

“Representing the Member States”

“EU decision-making”

Bachelor ES – EU politics

“Introduction and basic concepts for studying the EU”

“Representing the Member States”

Bachelor ES - EU external relations

"Introducation and basic concepts"

 

Academic Year 2012/13

no teaching activities for the academic year 2012/13

For questions about "EU politics" (BA ES, year 1) please contact my colleague Tessa Fox: t.fox@maastrichtuniversity.nl

For questions about "Great Expectations" (Minor European Studies) please contact my colleague Anna Herranz: anna.herranz@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Academic Year 2011/12

BA European Studies
EU Politics (Co-ordinator and Tutor – year 1)
Negotiation Skills (Tutor – year 2)
Policy Domains (Tutor for CFSP, trade and ENP – year 2)
Comparative Politics (Tutor – year 2)

Minor European Studies
Great Expectations (Co-ordinator)

Supervision
Bachelor dossier papers and Master theses - preferred areas of supervision
- EU external relations and EU foreign policy
- European Neighbourhood Policy     
- EU as international actor
- Common Foreign and Security Policy
- European Security and Defence Policy
- Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
- Inter-institutional cooperation in EU foreign policy making
- International Relations Theory

Lectures

Minor ES – Great Expectations         
“Introduction and basic concepts for studying the EU”  
“Representing the Member States”
“EU decision-making”

Bachelor ES – Faultlines                             
“The EU and its neighbours: Partners or Periphery?”

Bachelor ES – EU politics                
“Introduction and basic concepts for studying the EU”
“Representing the Member States”

Bachelor ES - EU external relations
“The EU and Wider Europe: The European Neighbourhood
Policy (ENP) – nothing but a failure?”

Master ES – The EU as international actor     
“The external dimension of Justice and Home Affairs”

Academic Year 2010/11

BA European Studies
Negotiation Skills (Tutor)
EU Politics (Co-ordinator and Tutor)

Minor European Studies
Great Expectations (Co-ordinator)

MA European Studies
The EU as international actor (Tutor)

Supervision
Bachelor dossier papers and Master theses


Work for third parties

 

Committee Memberships in Professional Associations & Review Activities

Since 11/2013    Co-opted Committee Member of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

Since 09/2013    Section Co-chair of the Teaching and Learning Section of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA)

Since 08/2011    Member of the Standing Committee of the ECPR Standing Group “Teaching and Learning Politics

2011 - 2014       Reviewer for various international academic journals: European Integration Online Papers (EIOP), German Studies, Journal of European Integration, Austrian Journal for Political Science, Living Reviews on European Governance

 

Latest Research Valorisation Activities

  • 02/2014           Research Presentation “Transforming European Diplomacy Abroad: Post-Lisbon Insights from Washington” at Europe Research Seminar Series, Cambridge University, 06 February 2014. For abstract see http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/48353
  • 05/2013           “Is Europe capable to take care of its own security? Lessons learnt from 10 years European Neighbourhood Policy and 5 years Eastern Partnership”. Panel discussion with Zygimantas Pavilionis (Lithuanian Ambassador to US) and Richard Youngs (Director of FRIDE), organised at the Center for Transatlantic Relations: 7 May 2013
  • 05-09/2012      Consultancy to Multi-level Scoreboard of the Committee of the Regions, contribution with chapter “The European Neighbourhood Policy”; Project holder: European Institute for Public Administration (EIPA), Barcelona.

 

Latest Teaching related valorisation activities

  • 10/2013           Visiting professorship at Akita International University (Japan), 21-25 October 2013. Course Title: The European Union beyond the crisis: political solutions to economic challenges? Including staff Workshop on Using Problem-Based Learning for Teaching and Learning Politics and International Relations, Akita International University, Japan.
  • 05/2013           Expert Seminar about “Transatlantic Links” in the framework of the City University New York Graduate Center; 31 May 2013 in New York;
  • 09/2013           Keynote speaker (representing ECPR TL Standing Group) at the 6th annual PSA/BISA Teaching and Learning Conference “Teaching and Learning Politics and International Relations in the UK and Beyond: Challenges, Opportunities, Innovation“ , 9-10 September 2013 at the University of Westminster;
  • 08/2013           Social Science Instructor at Summer School of the Open Society Foundation (OSF) in Istanbul, Turkey (also 07/2012 and 07/2011)
  • 07/2012           Workshop Instructor for module “Problem-Based Learning” at Summer School of ECPR Standing Group on Teaching Political Science, Piestany/Slovakia

 


Additional roles & tasks

Assistant Professor