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Dr Sarah Wolff, PhD in International Relations (LSE), Msc in European Politics and Governance (LSE), BA Science Po Grenoble

Sarah

Lecturer

Email: s.wolff@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 7882 8590
Room Number: Arts One, 2.27A

Profile

Dr Sarah Wolff has extensive research, teaching and consultancy experience in EU public policies, Justice and Home Affairs (JHA), migration and border management policies, as well as EU-Arab Mediterranean relations. Her monograph The Mediterranean Dimension of the European Union’s Internal Security (Palgrave, 2012) builds upon fieldwork in Europe, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan. She received the LISBOAN Research Award 2012 for her book ‘Freedom, Security and Justice after Lisbon and Stockholm’ (Asser, 2012; co-editors F. Goudappel and J. de Zwaan). In 2014/2015 she was a Fulbright-Schuman fellow at the Transatlantic Academy (Washington, DC) to work on the role of religion in Transatlantic Foreign policy. She was also awarded a 2014/2015 Leverhulme Research grant for a research on EU Engagement with Islamist political parties in Morocco and Tunisia.

Dr. Wolff’s experience gained in various institutions facilitates her desire for constant dialogue between academia and practitioners, as well as for active public engagement. In addition to her position at SPIR, Sarah is Senior Research Associate Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations and regularly contributes in various media (Le Monde, Today Zaman, Al-Jazeera, Skynews, etc), blogs at http://sarahwolffeu.wordpress.com/, and tweets @drsarahwolff.

Dr. Wolff was acting director of the MSc in European Public Policy at UCL in 2011-2012. Before then, she worked in DG DEVCO (European Commission) and as a parliamentary assistant in the European Parliament.

Dr Wolff has published in several international peer-reviewed books and journals and is co-editor of the peer reviewed journal Mediterranean Politics. Dr. Wolff holds a PhD in International Relations (LSE, 2009), an Msc in European Politics and Governance (LSE, 2004) and a BA in Public Administration (Science Po Grenoble, 1999).

Dr Wolff also has a blog on Research, Teaching and Policy Impact, click here to visit it. You can follow Dr Wolff on Twitter @drsarahwolff

Research

Research Interests:

My research interests include European Union politics and policy-making, comparative European politics, non-majoritarian agencies, Justice and Home Affairs policy, as well as EU external relations and EU aid and development policy. My research focuses on the insertion of Justice and Home Affairs considerations in the EU’s security practices with its Mediterranean neighbours. I have conducted extensive fieldwork in Morocco, Egypt and Jordan. I follow closely EU migration and border practices with North African countries. Rule of law promotion, border management (Frontex), the external relations of EU agencies, the Arab revolts and transatlantic homeland security are some of the recent and current projects I am working on.

My work draws from new institutionalism and in particular from a rational-choice-historical institutionalist approach that I have applied to the study of the externalisation of EU Justice and Home Affairs policy to Arab countries.

My current projects include:

  • The study of EU’s engagement with political actors in North Africa before and after the Arab Spring. I look more specifically at the engagement of the European Parliament and the European External Action Service.
  • The EU migration policies with Mediterranean countries after the Arab Spring.
  • The operationnalisation of the internal-external security nexus in the Mediterranean and the Sahel

Publications

Books 

Wolff, S (2012) The Mediterranean Dimension of EU Internal Security. New York: Palgrave, Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics.

Wolff, S., Goudappel, F. and J. de Zwaan ( 2011). Freedom, Security and Justice after Lisbon and Stockholm. TMC Asser Press. (Winner of the LISBOAN Research Award 2012).

Wolff, S., Wichmann N., Mounier, G. (2009). The External Dimension of Justice and Home Affairs A Different Security Agenda for the European Union? Routledge, 2009, 176p.  

Policy Papers

Wolff, S. (2015). Migration and Refugee Governance in the Mediterranean: Europe and International Organisations at a Crossroads. Roma, IAI, October 2015, 23 p.

Wolff, S. (2015), U.S. and EU Engagement with Islamists in the Middle East and North Africa, Transatlantic Academy, Paper Series, 2014-15, NO. 3

Wolff, S. (2013). ‘The Arab Spring and Southern Europe: Re-imagining the Mediterranean as a Space in Movement’. LSE Ideas, forthcoming, October 2013.

Wolff, S. (2012). ‘The Arab revolts: time for the transatlantic partners to consider strategies for freedom, security and Justice?’ Paris: EUISS, Chaillot Paper n°127, January 2012.

Wolff, S (2011). ‘Crossing borders after Stockholm’, Migrainfo Bulletin nr. 36, Barcelona Provincial Council, March 2011.

Wolff, S. and T. van de Ven (2011). ‘Building Mutual Trust for a European Rule of Law’. Clingendael CESP Paper, April 2011.

Wolff, S. and A. Mijs (2010). ‘The EU as a global player: Financing EU's ambitions for 2014-2020’. Clingendael CESP Paper, December 2010.

Wolff, S. (2010).‘EU border Policies beyond Lisbon’ in: R. Zapata-Barrero (Ed.) Shaping the normative contours of the European Union: a Migration-Border framework. Barcelona, CIDOB, September 2010, pp. 23-36.

Wolff, S., van den Berge, Mirte (2009). ‘Ensuring rights for all in Europe: Challenges for the Council of Europe and the European Union. Summary and Policy Recommendations’. Paper Clingendael Institute, The Hague, November 2009.

Wolff, S. (2009) ‘From The Hague to Stockholm: the Future of EU's Internal Security Architecture and Police Cooperation’. Paper Clingendael Institute, The Hague, September 2009.

Wolff, S. (2007). ‘España y la gobernanza de la seguridad mediterránea: vecinos, espacios y actores’ Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals Núm. 79-80. La política árabe y mediterránea de España, p. 107-123, December 2007

Journal Articles

Wolff, S. (2015). EU Budget Support as a Transnational Policy Instrument: Above and Beyond the State? Public Administration 06/2015; Early View. DOI:10.1111/padm.12177

Wolff, S. (2014). ‘The Politics of Negotiating EU Readmission Agreements: Insights from Morocco and Turkey‘, European Journal of Migration and Law 16:1, 69-95 (co-editors Special Issue).

Wolff, S. and F. Trauner (2014).’The Negotiation and Contestation of EU Migration Policy Instruments: A Research Framework‘, European Journal of Migration and Law 16:1, 1–18 (co-editors Special Issue).

Wolff, S. and A. Schout (2013) ‘Frontex as agency: more of the same?’, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 3:14, 305-324

Wolff, S (2013). ‘The Rule of Law in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice:  Monitoring at home what the European Union preaches abroad’. The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law

Wolff, S. and G. Mounier. (2012) ‘A Kaleidoscopic view on the External Dimension of Justice and Home Affairs after Lisbon’. European Foreign Affairs Review Vol. 17 (5) (Special issue on the External Dimension of JHA edited by H. Carrapiço and F. Trauner).

Wolff, S. (2009) ‘Constraints on the promotion of the rule of law in Egypt: insights from the 2005 judges' revolt’. Democratization,16(1) February 2009, pp 100 – 118.

Wolff, S., Wichmann N., Mounier G. (2009) ‘The External Dimension of Justice and Home Affairs: A Different Security Agenda for the EU?’ Journal of European Integration, 31(1), 9–23, March 2009

Wolff, S. (2009). ‘The Mediterranean Dimension of EU Counter-terrorism’ Journal of European Integration, 31(1), 137–156, March 2009

Wolff, S. (2008) ‘Border management in the Mediterranean: internal, external and ethical challenges’ in Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 21( 2), June 2008, 253-271

Wolff, S. and Pace, M.(2007) 'Workshop: Europe's Legacy? From Colonialism to Democracy Promotion: The Case of the Mediterranean', Mediterranean Politics,12 (3),431-4

Wolff, S. (2007). ‘España y la gobernanza de la seguridad mediterránea: vecinos, espacios y actores’ Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals Núm. 79-80. La política árabe y mediterránea de España, p. 107-123, december 2007

Wolff, S. (2007) ‘La dimension méditerranéenne de la politique Justice et Affaires intérieures’, Cultures &Conflicts n°66 (summer 2007), pp.77-99.

Wolff S. and G. Mounier (2005) ‘France: The Come Back of Political Parties’. European Constitutional Law Review, 1(3) October 2005, pp. 383-392Wolff, S. (2008).

‘Externalising the EU's Internal Security Model to Mediterranean Neighbours’ Fornet CFSP Forum volume 6, issue 1, January 2008

Work in Progress

Wolff, S. (2015).EU Security Practices in the Mediterranean, Redux? Paper presented at CES Conference in Paris in June 2015.

Book Reviews

Wolff, S. (2014). Questioning Secularism: Islam, Sovereignty and the Rule of Law in Modern Egypt by Hussein Ali Agrama, Journal of Church and State, Summer 2014

Wolff, S. (2015). 'Migration and Refugees in the Mediterranean: Rethinking Geopolitical Constraints, Western-centric Policies and Mobility’s Precariousness'. Mediterranean Politics, online early view, DOI:10.1080/13629395.2015.1087106

Wolff, S. (2011). Book Review‘Cornelius Adebahr, Learning and Change in European Foreign Policy. The Case of EU Special Representatives’ (Nomos Publishers, 2009), European Foreign Affairs Review, 16(1).

Wolff, S. (2008) Book Review of ‘European Foreign Policy in an Evolving International System: The Road towards Convergence’ Nicola Casarini & Costanza Musu (Eds). Mediterranean Politics,13(1), 125-127

Wolff S. (2006). ‘Book Review: Zielonka, J. Europe as Empire: the nature of the enlarged European Union’. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 293p, Graduate Journal of Social Science, 3(2).

Book Chapters 

Wolff, S. (2015). Integrating in Justice and Home Affairs: A Case of New Intergovernmentalism Par Excellence? In: Bickerton, C., D. Hodson and U. Puetter (2015). The New Intergovernmentalism States and Supranational Actors in the Post-Maastricht Era. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Wolff, S. (2015). ‘The European Union and the Challenges of Trans-Saharan Migration’. In: The European Union’s Broader Neighbourhood. Challenges and opportunities for co-operation beyond the European Neighbourhood Policy, Edition: Global Order Series, Publisher: Routledge, Editors: Sieglinde Gstöhl, Erwan Lannon, ISBN: 9781138776715

Wolff. S. (2012). 'La gestion integrada de las fronteras de la UE despues de Lisboa. Contrastando politicas y practicas' in: Zapata-Barrero, R. y X. Ferrer-Gallado (2012). Fronteras en movimiento. Bellatera

Schout, A. and Wolff, S. (2012) ‘The “Paradox of Lisbon” Supranationalism-Intergovernmentalism as an administrative concept’. In: Larsen, F. (Ed). The Lisbon Treaty: Institutional Choices and Implementation. Ashgate.

Wolff, S. (2012). ‘The new EU’s Internal Security Architecture Implementation Challenges’. In: Larsen, F. (Ed). The Lisbon Treaty: Institutional Choices and Implementation. Ashgate.

Wolff, S. and F. Trauner (2011). ‘A European migration policy fit for future challenges’. In: Wolff, S., Goudappel, F. and J. de Zwaan (2011). Freedom, Security and Justice after Lisbon and Stockholm. TMC Asser Press.

Wolff, S. and R. Zapata-Barrero (2011). ‘Border Management: impacting on the construction of the EU as a polity?’. In: Wolff, S., Goudappel, F. and J. de Zwaan (2011). Freedom, Security and Justice after Lisbon and Stockholm. TMC Asser Press.

Wolff, S. and G. Mounier (2011). ‘The external dimension of JHA: a new Dimension of EU diplomacy’. In: Wolff, S., Goudappel, F. and J. de Zwaan (June 2011). Freedom, Security and Justice after Lisbon and Stockholm. TMC Asser Press.

Wolff, S. (2011) ‘Implementing the Stockholm Programme: Finding the Right Cruising Speed’. In: Van Hecke, S. and Bursens, P. The 2010 Belgian Presidency Brussels: Academic and Scientific Publishers.

Wolff, S. (October 2009). ‘Constraints on the promotion of the rule of law in Egypt: insights from the 2005 judges' revolt’ In: Pace, M. and P. Seeberg (ed.) The European Union's Democratization Agenda in the Mediterranean. Routledge, 2009, 240p.

Wolff, S. (2009) ‘The Mediterranean Dimension of EU’s Internal Security’ In: The External Dimension of EU Justice and Home Affairs. Governance, Neighbours, Security. Balzacq T. (ed) Palgrave MacMillan: Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics, 296p.

Public Engagement

Senior Research Associate Fellow with the Netherlands Institute for International Relations (http://www.clingendael.nl/staff/?id=437)

Visiting Lecturer in the MSc in Migration management of the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

Prior to joining Queen Mary, I was Teaching Fellow in EU Politics and Programme Director of the Msc in European Public Policy at UCL. I worked as a Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations (2009-2011). I was an international aid officer in the Directorate for Latin America of EuropeAid (European Commission 2007-2009) and worked as assistant for a Member of the European Parliament (2005-2006).

I was a fellow of the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Program. During her PhD I was a visiting fellow at the Observatory of European Foreign Policy (UAB-Barcelona), the CEDEJ (Cairo) and the IFOP (Amman).

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