Dr Julian Pänke

Dr Julian Pänke

Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences
Lecturer in European Politics

Contact details

POLSIS - School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Julian’s role draws together Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences (LANS) and the College of Social Sciences (CoSS). In LANS he is a personal tutor, lead for subjects in social sciences, and oversees the Cultural Programme. In POLSIS he is teaching Comparative Politics. Julian is promoting interdisciplinary learning within the Social Sciences with a specific focus on social enterprise and civic engagement.

Julian is interested in comparative foreign policy analysis, German and East Central European politics. His research explored EU foreign policy, the impact of history on foreign policy making and specifically how tensions between nation- and empire building shape a state’s external behaviour. Thus, more broadly the relation between culture and power. Furthermore, he is excited about possibilities to include questions of civic engagement, practice-based learning and sustainability in the wider curriculum.

Together with Dr Klaus Richter, Julian convenes the interdisciplinary East Central Europe Research Forum (ECERF).


  • Dr. phil. (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany)
  • M.A. (Magister Artium) history, political science (FU Berlin, Germany)


Before joining Birmingham in September 2014, Julian was a researcher with the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin. He completed his M.A. (Magister) in History and Poltical Science (focus on IR) at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1999. Afterwards he worked three years with the European University Viadrina on the German-Polish border to examine the impact of historical memories on the foreign policy transformation of Poland and Slovakia after 1989. In 2003 he moved for two years to Tyumen in Russia to teach International Relations at the Tyumen State University (TGU).

After Julian's return to Berlin, he joined the Centre for Central and Eastern Europe of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) focussing on the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy. In 2007 he earned his PhD and three years later moved on to work as assistant professor with the universities St. Joseph (USJ) and LAU (Lebanese American University) in Beirut (2010-2013). Since 2013 he is associated with the German Orient-Institue (DOI) and the IEP in Berlin. In his free time he likes to travel, reading novels, and watching Asian films.


  • Understanding Foreign Policy (POLS-230) (2nd year undergraduate)
  • The EU in a Globalised World (POLS-336) (3rd year undergraduate)
  • Europeanization (POLS-222) (2nd year undergraduate)
  • German Foreign Policy (POLS-G12H) (postgraduate)

Postgraduate supervision

  • European Union foreign policies
  • Central & Eastern European foreign policies (Germany, Poland, Slovakia)
  • European Neighbourhood Policy


  • European Union foreign policies
  • EU as an empire
  • Nation-building and foreign policy
  • Norms, hegemony and foreign policy

Other activities

In LANS, Julian is the Cultural Programme and Sustainability lead. 

In POLSIS, Julian is co-convener of the European Studies Research Group and a member of the academic association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES).


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Pänke, J. (2019) "Liberal Empire, Geopolitics and EU Strategy: Norms and Interests in European foreign policy making", Geopolitics, 24(1): 100-123.

Pänke, J. (2015) "The Fallout of the EU’s Normative Imperialism in the Eastern Neighborhood", Problems of Post-Communism, 62(6): 350-363.

Book Chapters

Pänke, J. (2017) „Die Europäische Nachbarschaftspolitik als geeignetes Stabilisierungsinstrument der EU?“ (en: European Neighbourhood Policy a suitable tool of stabilisation?), in: Peter-Christian Müller-Graff (ed.) EU-Nachbarschaftspolitik – Nordafrika und Nahost, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 107-132.

Pänke, J. (2016) "EU-Lebanese Relations: Shifting EU Policies in the Aftermath of the Arab Uprisings?", in: Martin Wählisch/ Maximilian Felsch (eds.) In the Eye of the Hurricane: Lebanon and the Arab Uprisings, London/ New York: Routledge, 192-212.

Pänke, J. (2013) "The Empire Strikes Back: 1989, 2011 and Europe’s Neighbourhood Policy", in: Astrid B. Boening, Jan-Frederik Kremer and Aukje van Loon (eds.), Global Power Europe (Vol. 2): Policies, Actions and Influence of the EU’s External Relations, Berlin: Springer, 111-129.


Pänke, J. (2010) Ostmitteleuropa zwischen Verwestlichung und Nationalisierung: Die Neuorientierung polnischer und slowakischer Außenpolitik zwischen 1989 und 2004 (en: East Central Europe between Westernisation and Nationalisation: The reorientation of Polish and Slovak foreign policy between 1989 and 2004), Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Pänke, J. & G. Schuch et.al. (eds.) (2007) Gegenwart der Vergangenheit. Die politische Aktualität historischer Erinnerung in Mitteleuropa (en: The Presence of the Past: Historical memories in Central Europe), Baden-Baden: Nomos.

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