Prof. Sandra Lavenex
NCCR Work Package 4 leader/Researcher
Political Science and International Relations and at the University of Geneva
Sandra Lavenex is Professor of International Relations and Global Governance at the University of Geneva and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe. She obtained her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence in 1999 for a thesis on the Europeanisation of Refugee Policies. She then spent two years as a postdoc at the University of Zürich/Centre for Comparative and International Studies before being appointed assistant professor for European Integration and International Relations at the University of Bern in 2001. Her habilitation at the University of Bern dealt with EU external governance in neighbouring countries. In 2006, Sandra Lavenex obtained her current position at the University of Lucerne where she built up the youngest political science department in Switzerland. Sandra Lavenex’s research focuses on international and European migration policies at the nexus of human rights, trade, development and security considerations; EU external relations; international democracy promotion and shifts in regulatory power between the EU, the US, and emerging markets. Her research combines an interest in global public policies with an institutionalist focus on modes of governance beyond the state.