Anke Schmidt-Felzmann is a researcher in the Europe Programme. She joined the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in July 2014.
Schmidt Felzmanns current research is concerned with the European Union?s performance as an international actor in bilateral relations, taking into account the interplay of EU internal and external factors, i.e. the inter-institutional relations and the different national foreign policies on the one hand, and the third country specific and broader global factors on the other hand. Her main focus is on the EU's energy, trade and human rights policies towards the Russian Federation. In addition, she maintains an interest in the evolution of regional cooperation projects in Northern Europe and the Eastern neighbourhood region and the independence movements in Spain and the British isles. More recently, she has also developed an interest in the politics of sporting events.
Anke Schmidt-Felzmann defended her PhD thesis with the title "With or Without the EU? Understanding EU Member States' Motivations for Dealing with Russia at the European or the National Level" at the University of Glasgow. She holds also an MSc in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh and an MA from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.
Prior to joining the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, she worked at Stockholm University as an international post-doctoral fellow with personal project funding from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet); as a researcher at the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS) in the research programme "The EU external action and the Lisbon Treaty", and as a temporary lecturer at Dalarna University where she is now a Senior Lecturer in International Relations.
She has been a visiting research at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, the Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS) at Tartu University, ARENA Centre for European Studies in Oslo and the Centre for European Politics at the University of Copenhagen. Before moving to Sweden she held a lectureship in International Relations at Maastricht University where she taught in the European Studies programme at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She also gained work experience as an intern in several political institutions, including an In-Service Traineeship (Stage) at the DG External Relations of the European Commission as well as additional teaching experience in several temporary positions at the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling.
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