I am a Postdoctoral Researcher with PhD-supervision rights (ZAP) in the “Governance and Politics of the Internet in Europe” at the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Assistant Professor in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. My research and teaching interests are focused on two strands:
- Information Society policies and the transformation of public administration and citizen engagement at the European level.
- The external relations of the EU with special focus on ICTs.
Both strands focus on issues of European governance and examine the role of ICT therein.
Recently, my research has focused on the new governance debate in the EU and the performance of the EU in international institutions. I am involved in many externally-financed projects at the Institute for European Studies (VUB), notably on participation and democracy in Europe, impact of ICT on policymaking, the emergent needs for multiple disciplinary approaches in eGovernment and research policy, and public diplomacy in the context of EU and GCC relations. I have experience in managing Europe‐wide projects and research staff, and of working outside Europe, including Asia and the Middle East. Recent projects have been executed in collaboration with the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions, and DG CONNECT at the European Commission.
I teach courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My three courses all focus on the European Union. In 2010, my undergraduate course was nominated for the faculty-level annual teaching prize. In 2013, I received a Jean Monnet Module grant to support the establishment of a ‘Practitioner Engagement Series’ for my MA Course ‘The External Relations of the EU.’ This latter grant was developed in collaboration with Professors Luiza Bialasiewicz and Marieke de Goede, and Dr Carlos Reijnen. I also supervise PhD theses at the Institute for European Studies.
Students of my courses, please check out the teaching pages.
I am a not-so-regular user of twitter: @jshahin, linkedin: jshahin, and skype: jshahin.
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