Jamal Shahin » About me


Not so short

Prof. Dr Jamal Shahin has been lecturing and researching the topic of the European Union since the turn of the Century, currently as an Assistant Professor in the Department of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and as a postdoctoral fellow in the IES-VUB. Jamal has written several articles on democratic legitimacy and participation in the EU (with respect to both the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the Committee of the Regions), and has worked on projects at the local level in the area of participation. He understands and speaks English, French and Dutch.

Jamal has been an invited speaker to various European Union institutions and other international fora. His experience in contract and project research started in 2005, after the award of his PhD in Politics and European Studies. He has carried out consultancy work on an international level for various organisations, including the European Commission, the OECD, Maastricht School of Management, the European Journalism Centre, and the UK’s National Local eDemocracy project (with the London Borough of Lewisham).

Having studied at the University of Hull for his Bachelors degree (Politics and International Relations), Jamal moved to the European Studies department to carry out his PhD research on ‘The relationship between the Internet and governance in the EU’. In 2000, he moved to Maastricht in the Netherlands, to work as a Senior Researcher at the newly-created International Institute of Infonomics (and subsequently the European Centre for Digital Communication), where he was responsible for developing the research strand in egovernment. Prior to moving to Maastricht, he spent three months at the European Commission’s Cellule de Prospective as an Agent Auxiliaire, working on Information Society issues. As a result of his work there, he was invited to give a talk to one of the Governance White Paper’s Working Groups on new technologies and community building.

After four years in the Netherlands, Jamal moved to Lebanon to work at the UN’s Regional Commission in Beirut (ESCWA) for six months, before moving to Belgium where he currently resides. He recently managed projects for the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee. The former was entitled Participation in the European Project: How to mobilise citizens at the local, regional, national, and European levels, and the latter concentrating on the role of Civil Society in light of the European ‘Financial Crisis’.

Shorter (and more up to date)

(Prof. dr.) Jamal Shahin is a Postdoctoral Researcher 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. His research and teaching interests are focused on two strands: 1) Information Society policies and the transformation of public administration and citizen engagement at the European level. 2) The external relations of the EU with special focus on ICTs. Recently, his research has focused on conceptualising EU ‘performance’ in IOs, eGovernment developments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the EU, and the implications of eGovernment with respect to engagement and participation in policymaking at the EU level. He recently was nominated for the faculty-level annual teaching prize for his course entitled “The Contemporary EU.”

Research and teaching

Research and teaching interests are focused on two strands:

Both strands focus on issues of governance and examine, where appropriate, the role of ICT therein.


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Curriculum Vitae

available on request.