Mobility grant to Guri Rosén

Guri Rosén, former PhD student at ARENA, has been awarded a three-year mobility grant for a post-doctoral project on the European Parliament's influence on EU external trade policy.

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Guri Rosén's post-doctoral project is entitled 'From zero to hero? Explaining the European Parliament's influence on EU external trade policy'.

EU external trade policy

The EU is the world's largest trading bloc and its external trade policy is an important foreign policy instrument. However, ever since the Lisbon Treaty gave the European Parliament (EP) new powers in the field of trade, the member states cannot determine the direction of trade policy on their own.

Rosén will investigate what kind of impact the EP has on trade policy and how its influence can be explained. Her project aims to identify how the EP changes the EU's global role. In the current context of emerging economic powers and the financial crisis, will it demand a new 'Festung Europa' or advocate for multilateral arrangements? In addition, the project will study the factors that determine the relative power between the EU institutions in trade, as well as the factors that shape trade policy-making within the EP itself. These inter- and intrainstitutional dynamics will also determine the influence the EP will be able to exert on the EU's trade policy.

Gothenburg – Oslo

She will spend the first two years abroad, at the Centre for European Research at the University of Gothenburg (CERGU). In the third year Rosén will return to ARENA, where she also successfully defended her PhD thesis this January.

The mobility grant is a new application type of the Research Council of Norway under the funding scheme for independent projects (FRIPRO/FRIHUMSAM). It is designed to promote international mobility and enhance career development for young researchers.

Published Feb. 12, 2015 1:40 PM