isabelle ioannides

Dr. Isabelle Ioannides

Senior Associate Researcher


Dr. Isabelle Ioannides (FR/CY) is a Policy Analyst in the Directorate on Impact Assessment and European Added Value in the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) of the European Parliament, where she engages in policy development and research in support of the legislative oversight that Parliamentary committees and subcommittees conduct on EU external action. She is also a Senior Advisory Board Member of the humanitarian charity organisation 'Hope for Children' - UNCRC Policy Centre, in Cyprus. 

From 2010-2014, she was an Adviser in the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the European Commission President, where she advised on rule of law governance in transition countries, EU enlargement and the European Neighbourhood Policy – notably transitions in the southern Mediterranean – and focused on relations with civil society, think tanks and expert communities. She was also one of the managers of the "European Strategy and Policy Analysis System – ESPAS" (the EU inter-institutional project on strategic foresight) and the rapporteur for its Working Group on 'global societal changes', as well as the editor of the BEPA publications.

Isabelle has extensive policy experience having consulted international organisations, governments and civil society on post-conflict reconstruction, with a focus on rule of law and security sector reform, civil society capacity building, grassroots reconciliation and victims' rehabilitation.

She has taught and researched at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands), the University of Bradford (UK), the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). In parallel, she has worked with policy institutes and think tanks in the UK, Germany, the USA, the Western Balkans and Cyprus.

Her research has been funded by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the 'European Foreign and Security Policy Studies' programme (funder: Riksbanken Jubiliumsfond, Stockholm), the European Commission's Fifth Framework Programme and Seventh Framework Programme, the UK FCO/British Council's Chevening programme, the British International Studies Association (BISA), the Contemporary European Studies Association (UACES), the Centre for International Cooperation and Security (CICS) of the University of Bradford, the Soros Foundation (Kosovo), the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium), the EU Institute for Security Studies, the European Policy Center (Brussels), and the 'Arab and Muslim World' doctoral programme of the Paris Institut d'Etudes Politiques ('Sciences-Po').

Her publications examine EU peacebuilding and statebuilding in transitional societies, including the governance of the security sector, and EU crisis management, concentrating on EU performance in the Western Balkans and the Middle East & North Africa region. She has lived, worked and/or studied in fYROM, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and the Palestinian Territories.

Isabelle holds a PhD and a Masters of Research in international relations and security studies (Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK), a Masters of Research in political science (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, France) and a Bachelors in foreign affairs and French literature (University of Virginia, USA).


Research Areas: post-conflict reconstruction; peacebuilding; EU in the world; EU crisis management; CSDP/CFSP; security sector reform (in particular police reform and rule of law); external aspects of EU internal security/Justice and Home Affairs; policy learning and institutional change; conflict impact assessment and evaluation.

Geographic regions: Western Balkans, Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Cyprus, EU.


  • "Cyprus and EU Enlargement to the Western Balkans: A Balancing Act," Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (accepted, forthcoming 2017).
  • Participant in "Reflection Forum on the run-up to the Trieste Summit on Western Balkans", Berlin Process side event for think tanks, Trieste, 26-27 June 2017.
  • Project member and author in research programme titled "The Politics of (Non)Recognition - Lessons Learned and Knowledge Transfer" that examines EU Member States' policies on the Kosovo question (funded by the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society, KFOS), 2016-2017.
  • Invited Speaker at the European Union Seminar Series on "The European Parliament's Actorness: What role in EU integration?" for the International Relations Master's Programme, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, 20 November 2016.
  • Trainer on stability policing, complex humanitarian emergencies, and the protection of civilians/vulnerable groups in the 1st edition of the course "Introduction to Stability Policing for Field Commanders", NATO Stability Policing Centre of Excellence, in Vicenza, Italy, 7-11 November 2016.
  • Paper giver: "EU good governance promotion through inter-regional cooperation: The case of the southern Mediterranean" on the Panel titled "Insights from Regional Organisations: How to Tackle Inequality and Exclusion?" at the 24th World Congress of Political Science, in Poznan, Poland, 23rd‐28th July 2016.
  • Guest Lecturer on EU crisis management for the module "Political, Humanitarian and Military Approaches: Towards a Comprehensive Approach?" of the Executive Course "Global Risk Analysis & Crisis Management (GRACM)", organised by Versalius College, the Global Governance Institute and the Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in April 2016.
  • Research consultant on project titled EU member states and enlargement towards the Western Balkans (Commissioned by the European Policy Centre, Brussels) (2013-2015).
  • Research consultant on "EU peacebuilding in the Western Balkans" (Commissioned by the EU Institute for Security Studies, Paris) (2014-2015).
  • "Inside out, outside in: Securing the EU neighbourhood", The International Spectator 49(1), 2014, p. 113-132.
  • EU Peace Support Operations in the Western Balkans since 2003. In The European Future of the Western Balkans: Thessaloniki@10 (2003‐2013). Paris: EU Institute for Security Studies, 2013, p. 55‐62.
  • Research consultant for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) in Stockholm (2013-2014) leading to a publication: Rule of Law in European Union External Action: Guiding Principles, Practices and Lessons Learned
  • Guest Lecturer for the joint IES-University of Southern California (USC) Brussels undergraduate programme on "Contemporary Issues in European Foreign and Security Policy" (2011-2013).
  • Peer reviewer for grant giving foundations and academic journals on EU external action, peace, security and international relations.