Julian Paenke

Julian Paenke

Research interests


Julian Pänke is particularly interested in the international relations of Europe with a focus on the European Union's policies towards its Eastern and Southern neighbours. His research interests concern transformation and foreign policy analysis, specifically the interaction of national identities, narratives and hegemonic orders in the European neighborhood. Currently he explores various readings of the EU as an Empire.

He represents the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the department. The DAAD is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy and supports the international exchange of students and scholars through funding.


Before joining Birmingham in September 2014, Julian was a researcher with the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin. He completed his M.A. (Magister) in History and Poltical Science (focus on IR) at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1999. Afterwards he worked three years with the European University Viadrina on the German-Polish border to examine the impact of historical memories on the foreign policy transformation of Poland and Slovakia after 1989. In 2003 he moved for two years to Tyumen in Russia to teach International Relations at the Tyumen State University (TGU).

After Julian's return to Berlin, he joined the Centre for Central and Eastern Europe of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) focussing on the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy. In 2007 he earned his PhD and three years later moved on to work as assistant professor with the universities St. Joseph (USJ) and LAU (Lebanese American University) in Beirut (2010-2013). Since 2013 he is associated with the German Orient-Institue (DOI) and the IEP in Berlin. In his free time he likes to travel, reading novels, and watching Asian films.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Julian Pänke is interested in supervising research on the following topics:

European Union Politics
European Neighbourhood Policy
German foreign policy
Eastern European foreign policies (Poland, Slovakia)