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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Nicole Koenig

Nicole Koenig
Nicole Koenig
Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK

PhD title 

The quest for coherence: a comparative analysis of EU crisis management in Africa  


PhD supervisors

Prof. John Peterson (University of Edinburgh) and Prof. Wolfgang Wessels (University of Cologne)



Nicole defended her PhD thesis at Edinburgh University in September 2014. She holds a Master's degree in Politics and Management from the University of Constance and  one in EU International Relations and Diplomacy from the College of Europe (Bruges). Since September 2014, she has been working as a researcher on the EU's institutional and political challenges at the Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin. In early 2014, she joined the Institute for European Politics in Berlin as a research associate. In 2011 and 2012 Nicole worked as a researcher with the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome and the Trans European Policy Studies Association in Brussels. Before starting her PhD, she worked as a personal assistant to Prof. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (Potsdam) and as a research assistant in an EU-funded project on early warning and conflict prevention at King's College (London). Her main research interests are the EU's political and institutional challenges, EU external action, security policy, and conflict prevention. 



Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

Policy papers, briefs, and reports

Conference papers 

  • Koenig, N. (2014) “Multi-level role contestation: the EU in the Libyan crisis”, British International Studies Association, Annual Conference and Exhibition: A Crisis of Global Governance, 18-20 June 2014, Dublin, Ireland. 
  • Koenig, N. (2013) "Between conflict management and role conflict: The EU in the Libyan crisis", paper presented at the EUSA Thirteenth Biennial Conference 9 to 11 May 2013, Baltimore, USA 
  • Koenig, N. (2012) "The EU's response to the Libyan crisis", Favorita Paper, Diplomatic Academy Vienna.
  • Together with Gottwald, M. (2011) "The Responsibility to Protect and the Libyan crisis: Breakthrough or nothing new?", paper presented at the 7th European Peace Research Association (EUPRA), Tampere, 20-22 July 2011.  

Book chapters and reviews

  • Koenig, N. (2014) "Libya and the challenges of post-Lisbon crisis coordination", in Doris Dialer, Heinrich Neisser, Anja Opitz (eds.) The EU's External Action Service: Potentials for a one voice Foreign Policy, Innsbruck University Press. 
  • Koenig, N. (2012) "EU conflict prevention and crisis management: looking back to look ahead", review of the book EU conflict prevention and crisis management : roles, institutions, and policies, edited by Eva Gross and Ana E. Juncos, in: The International Spectator, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 130-132.
  • Koenig, N. (2011) Review of the book Making EU foreign policy: national preferences, European norms and common policies, edited by D. C. Thomas, The International Spectator, vol. 46 no. 4., pp. 145-147.



  • Speaker on the panel “Foreign and Security Policy Priotities”, at COMOS conference on New political challenges for Germany, Turkey, and the EU, 28-29 May 2014, Istanbul, Turkey. 
  • Commentator of the panel entitled “Policy concepts and strategies in European Union external action and their implications for policy formulation and implementation”, EUSA Thirteenth Biennial Conference, 9-11 May 2013, Baltimore, USA
  • Presentation in the Research Group on International Relations, University of Edinburgh, 11 March 2013 
  • Participation in EXACT round table discussion on "EU Executive Powers and External Action", 26 September 2012
  • Presentation on "The Arab Spring: Testing the EU's Crisis Response Capacity" at COMOS conference entitled "From Arab Spring to European Fall: die EU in Zeiten der Krise", Nice, 4-5 May 2012
  • TEPSA conference on "The Arab Spring: Managing Tensions and Crisis inside and outside the EU", Fondation Universitaire, Brussels, 15 March 2012
  • Diplomatic Academy Vienna, LISBOAN seminar on "The European Union - A Major International Player?", 9-10 December 2011
  • Egmont Institute - Observatoire de l'Afrique, briefing on "Libya: Post-Gadaffi challenges and opportunities", Brussels, 7 October 2011
  • IAI seminar on "The EU and the Libyan crisis: In quest of coherence?", Rome, 28 September 2011



  • EU in International Affairs, Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh, summer term 2014 
  • EU as a Global Actor, Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh, winter term 2013 


Awards and scholarships

  • Publication award for 2011 article in the journal 'Integration', Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne, March 2013
  • Nomination for the Fritz-Thyssen Award for best article in German social sciences journals (Koenig and Schneider 2010)
  • Marie Curie PhD Fellowship, European Commission, 2010-2013
  • Scholarship, College of Europe, Netzwerk Europäische Bewegung, 2008-2009
  • Restitution of tuition fees for academic achievements, University of Constance, 2008