Vanessa Boas


Vanessa Boas graduated with a BA in French and Spanish from the University of Bristol in 2007. Subsequently, she completed a one-year MSc course in International Relations at the same institution, focusing on EU-Russian relations. In 2009, Vanessa began a Master in Interdisciplinary European Studies at the College of Europe and specialised in Eastern Europe and the CIS. Her professional experience has consisted of 1 year working in the field of tourism and translation in France and Spain, 6 months in Central Asia at the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and four months in Armenia interning at GTZ (German Technical Cooperation) in the field of Gender.


EXACT stages
October 2010 – February 2011 University of Cologne
March 2011 – October 2011 The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels
November 2011 – March 2012 Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome
April 2012 – September 2013 University of Cologne
PhD research project

Title of research project: The EU as a normative foreign policy actor in Central Asia

Supervisor: Professor Wolfgang Wessels (University of Cologne)

Co-Supervisor: Professor Jiri Vykoukal (Charles University Prague)

The purpose of this research project is to analyse the nature of the European Union’s foreign policy towards Central Asia and to gauge its normative impact. This endeavour strives to ascertain whether the European Union is a consistent normative actor in its relations with Central Asia and to examine its propensity to cast aside its own values in pursuit of its strategic interests. In addition, it seeks to shed light on the possibility of European normative influence in the region, taking both the authoritarianism of the incumbent governments and the presence of competing non-democratic actors (Russia and China) into account.

Publications & Conference Contributions


Conference participation: 

  • Paper presented on the EU in Central Asia at the 7th Changing Europe Summer School in Moscow, Russia August 2012
  • Daad Summer School in Tajikistan on Conflict Resolution
  • Presentation at The Hebrew University, Jerusalem December 2011
  • Presentation at ISA, San Diego April 2012
  • Presented paper on ' Civil unrest in Europe's last dictatorship: a window of opportunity for the EU?' at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in September 2011.
  • Presented paper on ' Energy and Democracy: What role for the EU in Central Asia?' at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. (Nov 2011) 
  • Discussant at ' Comparative Perspectives on the Substance of EU Democracy Promotion' Ghent, June 2011
  • ISA Annual Convention 'Global Goverance Political Authority in Transition' in Montreal, Canada. March 2011.
  • International Convention on ' International Relations' in Calcutta, India. August 2011.



  • Summer Semester 2012: Introduction to European Politics
  • Summer Semester 2013: The Eastern Dimension of EU foreign policy
©  EXACT - Marie Curie ITN on EU External Action
Technische(r) Ansprechpartner(in):
Aline Bartenstein
Wulf Reiners
geändert: 29. January 2013
erstellt:  5. November 2010