Prof. Richard Higgott joins VeCo as Distinguished Visiting Professor

From March 1, Prof. Dr. Richard Higgott will join the College as a Distinguished Visiting Professor.  He will work closely with the Dean’s Office on two important projects; initially the development of a new MA in Diplomacy and Global Governance and longer term in the development of the College research strategy and culture.  Professor Higgott is an internationally recognised senior scholar with a wealth of relevant experience and ideally placed to help the College in these tasks.  We have been fortunate enough to secure Professor Higgott’s service because he is, effective March 1, joining the Institute of European Studies as a core researcher on the Horizon 2020 funded project on European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy (EL-CSID).

Richard Higgott is Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Warwick. He held early career junior appointments at several universities including the University of Western Australia and the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard followed by appointments as Professor (International Politics and Public Policy) at the Australian National University and Director of its Graduate Training Programme for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Professor of Government at the University of Manchester before moving to Warwick where he founded and directed the Centre for Globalisation and Regionalisation. Between 2006 and 2014 he held senior administrative appointments as Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) at Warwick and Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University in Australia.

Distinctions include a Fulbright Fellowship, the Hallsworth Fellowship, the ‘Asia Chair’ at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques. He has been President of the Australasian Political Science Association, Vice President of the International Studies Association. He is an elected Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs of which he is also a former National Director. He has had Visiting Professorships at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore; the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin and the Diplomatische Akademie Marie Therese, Vienna. Competitively secured research grant income as Principal Investigator exceeds Euro 20 million.

He is the author and/or editor of 20 plus books and monographs and 120 plus peer reviewed book chapters and articles in major journals such as International Organization, Political Science Quarterly, International Political Science Review, International Affairs, International Journal, Review of International Studies, Review of International Political Economy, New Political Economy,  International Relations, International Politics, Politique Etrangére, International Politik, Global Economic Review, Global Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, Business and Politics, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Pacific Economic Papers, Journal of European Public Policy, European Foreign Affairs Record, Journal of Modern African Studies, Critical Asian Studies, Third World Quarterly, and others. He has edited three major peer reviewed journals: The Australian Journal of International Affairs, Global Governance and The Pacific Review.

For 2016-19 he will be based at the Institute of European Studies at VUB as part of a research team funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Research and innovation Programme working on an investigation of Europe’s role in contemporary Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy.