Background and activities

Dr Tobias Schumacher is Professor of European Studies at the Department of Historical and Classical Studies (IHK) at NTNU. He is also Full Professor of International Relations and Chairholder of the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe, Natolin campus (Warsaw, Poland) (Professor 2).

He has held a number of distinguished fellowships, including: John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Centre for European Studies at Harvard University, Cambridge MA., USA; Visiting Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, United Kingdom; Marie Curie Fellow and Jean Monnet Fellow respectively at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy; and Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies (CEI), Lisbon University Institute, Lisbon, Portugal. For several years, he has also been serving as Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, Rennes, France.

Professor Schumacher is the author of more than 100 books, edited volumes, articles, book chapters, and policy papers on EU external action towards the EU's neighbourhood and beyond, and Middle East and North African politics as well as Eastern European politics, respectively. His journal articles have appeared in, inter alia, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Geopolitics, Mediterranean Politics, Democratization, European Security, Contemporary Politics, Global Affairs, European Foreign Affairs Review, Global Discourse, and many others.    


  • European Integration
  • (European) Foreign Policy Analysis
  • EU External Action and EU Norms Diffusion
  • The European Neighbourhood Policy
  • EU-Middle East Relations
  • Eastern European Politics
  • Middle East and North African Politics
  • Theories of International Relations 


2011: Scientific award for academic excellence of the University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal.


Professor Schumacher supervises theses at all levels in European Studies and International Relations and welcomes inquiries from prospective students.


Professor Schumacher is a frequent contributor to international media outlets. Inter alia, he was interviewed by Wall Street Journal, CTV News Channel, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Österreichischer Rundfunk, Swiss Radio, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Polskie Radio, LUSA, Ansa, Publico, Visao, Makedonia, The Times, An Nahar, Sanlian Life Weekly. His opinion pieces have appeared in: The New Republic, Europe's World, openDemocracy, New Europe, Project Syndicate, Financial Times Deutschland, Frankfurter Rundschau, The European Voice.


Professor Schumacher has advised various Directorate-Generals of the European Commission, the European External Action Service (EEAS), as well as several Foreign Ministries of EU Member States. He has also been part of many external evaluations on issues such as, e.g., EU macro-financial assistance, EU communication practices, and higher education in Eastern Europe, commissioned by, inter alia, the European Commission and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).  


The European Union and Its Eastern Neighbourhood : Whither ‘Eastern Partnership’? book cover      The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy  book cover      

The Revised European Neighbourhood Policy | SpringerLink      Conceptualizing Cultural and Social Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean Area : A European Perspective book cover

Die Europäische Union als internationaler Akteur im südlichen  Mittelmeerraum von Tobias Schumacher portofrei bei bü bestellen      Die Maghreb-Politik der Europäischen Union | SpringerLink'

Gulf Research Center | Home Page     Gulf Research Center | Home Page 

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


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  • Graneng, Kristine; Rye, Lise; Schumacher, Tobias. (2022) Det europeiske kvarter. En podkast om europeisk politikk og historie. Sesong 3, episode 20: Ukraina og EU. Kristine Graneng og Lise Rye, Trondheim. 2022.
  • Schumacher, Tobias. (2022) ENC In-Depth Podcast Series: War in Ukraine – Episode 6. Brussels [Internett]. 2022-03-23.
  • Schumacher, Tobias. (2022) EUs reaksjon mot Putin. For lite, for sent?. Adresseavisen [Avis]. 2022-03-02.
  • Schumacher, Tobias. (2022) Past, current and future challenges in EU-Gulf Cooperation Council relations. The EU and the Middle East and North Africa: Past, Present and Future Entanglements and Challenges . College of Europe; Warsaw. 2022-04-25 - 2022-04-25.
  • Schumacher, Tobias. (2022) Tysklands sikkerhetspolitiske u-sving. Og nå?. Trønderdebatt [Internett]. 2022-03-11.