United Nations University Welcomes New UNU-CRIS Director

  • 2017•06•01     Bruges

    1 June 2017, Tokyo — The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Madeleine O. Hosli as Director of the UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), effective 1 June 2017.

    UNU-CRIS conducts research to effect policy change on issues of regional integration – e.g., in the areas of migration and governance. It also explores challenges inherent in maintaining public goods, including peace and stability. Established in Bruges, Belgium in 2001, the Institute relaunched this year with the support of the Government of Flanders (Kingdom of Belgium) and with the Free University of Brussels and the University of Ghent as co-hosts. As Director, Prof. Hosli will guide the focus, structure, and administration of the Institute.

    “Prof. Hosli joins the UNU family at a moment of significant renewal”, said UNU Rector and UN Under-Secretary-General David M. Malone. “Her impressive academic record and long career in the region’s academic community will serve her well as she leads UNU-CRIS forward in its second generation of activities.”

    Prof. Hosli has a distinguished career researching and teaching on European integration, international organisations, and international political economy. She has been a Professor of International Relations at Leiden University (Netherlands) since 2007. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at the Vrije Universiteit (Netherlands); Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan (USA); Chargée de Cours at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Switzerland); and a Senior Lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration (Netherlands).

    “The new orientation of UNU-CRIS, and its close collaboration with the Free University of Brussels and the University of Ghent, will help establish the Institute as a significant regional ‘hub’ of academic research on the management of international and regional public goods”, said Prof. Hosli. “The Institute aspires to analyse and offer solutions to current challenges ranging from migration, to environmental degradation, to threats to economic and political stability and peace.”

    Prof. Hosli holds a PhD degree from the University of St. Gallen and studied as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, and is author of The Euro: A Concise Introduction to European Monetary Integration (2005) and co-editor of Decision-Making in the European Union Before and After the Lisbon Treaty (2015).

    Hillary McBride, UNU Head of Communications, mcbride@unu.edu

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