News from the IES

New book on European Crisis Response Operations

How do European armed forces generate the desired political effects in containing crises? In his new book, The Politico-Military Dynamics of European Crisis Response Operations, Alexander Mattelaer argues that modern operations rely on a strategic template based on deterrence and capacity-building. The book appeared in the new "European Union in International Affairs" series published by Palgrave Macmillan and institutionally supported by the IES.

The Institute for European Studies (IES), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), is calling for two full-time doctoral researchers in Environment and Sustainable Development (one – 4 years) and Migration and Diversity (one – 4 years) and a pre-Doc researcher (one – 1 year). Prospective PhD candidates are hereby invited to submit project proposals by 30 April 2017. For more information on the vacancies and related requirements, see:

PhD call on the European and International Governance of the Climate and Energy Transition (4 years)

PhD call on Europe’s Migration and Migrant Integration Policies in Uncertain Times (4 years)

Pre-Doc call on Migration Governance in West Africa (in cooperation with the UN University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies) (1 year)

Application and selection

The PhD candidate will be selected on the basis of the quality of the project proposal, her/his expertise, work experience and qualifications.

To apply please fill in the application form (download here) and create 1 single PDF containing the application form and all other required documents. Please send this PDF by e-mail to

Further information

For more information about the facilities and benefits of employment at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, please  visit  under the heading ‘future employees’.

For more information on the Institute for European Studies, please visit