Helene Sjursen is Scientific Coordinator of GLOBUS and Research Professor at ARENA Centre for European Studies. She holds a PhD in International Relations from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). A key concern in her research has been to develop new theoretical concepts that better capture the normative dimensions of foreign policy and to test these in empirical research. Her main research interest include the EU as an international actor, normative dimensions to international relations, democracy and foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and EU enlargement.
Among her key publications are ‘The Common Foreign and Security Policy: The quest for democracy’ (Journal of European Public Policy special issue, 2011) and ‘What kind of power: European foreign policy in perspective’ (Journal of European Public Policy special issue, 2006), both of which received prizes for the most downloaded JEPP special issue, and Questioning EU enlargement: Europe in search of identity (Routledge, 2006).
Sjursen has served as an expert in a number of government-appointed committees such as the Advisory Council for Disarmament and Security Affairs at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the EEA Review Committee on Norway’s relations with the EU. In 2006 she received the Anna Lindh Award for her contributions to research in the field of European foreign and security policy.