Mats Braun director
Mats Braun is the Director of the IIR since May 2023. In his research, he devotes himself to regional integration (comparative regionalism), the European Union, global environmental politics, and Central and Eastern Europe. In 2017, he was named Associate Professor of Territorial Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. From 2010 to 2016 he served as a member of the Executive Council of the Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA). During the fall of 2015, he was a visiting scholar at the Cornell Institute for European Studies, Ithaca. From 2018-2022 he was a member of the Evaluation panel on Juridical and Political Science of the Czech Science Foundation. He worked for several years as Associate Professor at Södertörn University, Stockholm. He has also lectured at Dalarna University, Sweden, Charles University, and the Anglo-American University Prague. In 2022 he received a Jean Monnet Chair from the European Commission at the Metropolitan University Prague, where he currently lectures. At the same university, he was the head of the Department of International Relations and European Studies from 2016-2023.
- Braun, Mats. 2021. The Politics of Regional Cooperation and the Impact on the European Union, A Study of Nordic Cooperation and the Visegrad Group. New horizons in European politics. Cheltenham: Northampton: Edvard Elgar Publishing. (Link)
- Braun, Mats (ed.). 2016. The Diffusion of EU Norms: the Challenge of the Domestic Context. Prague: Metropolitan University Press.
- Braun, Mats. 2014 and 2016. Europeanization of Environmental Policy in the New Europe: Beyond Conditionality. Abingdon, Oxon: New York: Routledge. (Link)
- Drulák, Petr; Braun, Mats (eds.). 2010. The Quest for the National Interest a Methodological Reflection on Czech Foreign Policy. Berlin: Peter Lang. (Link)
- Braun, Mats. 2008. Modernisation Unchallenged: The Czech Discourse on European Unity. Praha: ÚMV.
- Braun, Mats. 2020. “The Czech Republic’s approach to the EU 2030 climate and energy framework”. In Carter, N.; Little, C.; Torney, D. (eds). Climate Politics in Small European States. Abingdon, Oxon: New York: Routledge. (Link)
- Beneš, V.; Braun, M. 2014. “An ever-closer eurozone and its consequences for differentiated integration in Europe”. In Blockman, S. (ed.). Differentiated Integration in Europe: from the inside looking out. Brussels: CEPS, 12-25.
- Braun, Mats. 2010. “Slovakia and the Czech Republic in the European integration process: birds of a feather flying apart?” In Steinmetz, R.; Wivel, A. (eds.). Small States in Europe – Challenges and Opportunities. Hampshire: Ashgate, 147-160. (Link)
- Braun, Mats. 2009. “Konstruktivismus” [Constructivism]. In Barša, P. et al. Dialog teorií: Filozofická dilemata výzkumu mezinárodních vztahů. Praha: SLON, 124-146.
- Braun, Mats. 2009. “Zakotvená teorie” [Grounded Theory]. In Drulák, Petr et al. Jak zkoumat politiku – Kvalitativní metodologie v politologii a mezinárodních vztazích. Praha: Portal, 203-225.
- Braun, M.; Gromilova, A.; Melnikovová, L. 2023. Understanding Economic Integration in the Eurasian Economic Union–the Relevance of Integration Theories. Journal of Contemporary European Studies. Published online: Mar 2023. (Link)
- Gromilova, A.; Braun, M. 2022. The unwrapping of various understandings of statelessness in Latvian media discourse. New Perspectives. Vol. 30, issue 3, 210-229. (Link)
- Braun, Mats. 2021. Why nationalism is not the right doctrine to combat climate change – A Central European perspective. New Perspectives. Vol. 29, issue 2, 1-11. (Link)
- Braun, Mats. 2020. Postfunctionalism, Identity and the Visegrad Group. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies. Vol. 58, issue 4, 925-940. (Link)
- Braun, Mats. 2019. The Czech Republic’s approach to the EU 2030 climate and energy framework. Environmental Politics. Vol. 28, issue 6, 1105-1123. (Link)
- Braun, M.; Avdic, A.; Gromilova, A.; Ozel Volfova, G. 2017. The EU’s Normative Impact on Its Neighbourhood. The Central European Journal of International and Security Studies. Vol. 11, issue 2. (Link)
- Braun, M.; Karlas, J. 2016. Evropská integrace hlavním tématem českého oboru mezinárodních vztahů. Mezinárodní vztahy. Vol. 51, issue 1, 56-67.
- Braun, M. 2014. EU Climate Norms in East-Central Europe. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies. Vol. 52, issue 3, 445-460. (Link)
- Braun, M. 2013. Europeanization post conditionality? The story of Czech Environmental Policy after Accession. Politics in Central Europe. Vol. 9, issue 1, 5-26.
- Braun, M. 2008. Talking Europe — the Dilemma of Sovereignty and Modernization. Cooperation and Conflict. Vol. 43, issue 4, 297-420. (Link)
- 2022 – 2024: Czech-Norwegian Initiative for the Coherent European Diplomacy in Times of War and Energy Crisis, EEA and Norway grants, EHP-BFNU-OVNKM-4-085-2022, guarantor
- 2021 – 2023: Integration within the Eurasian Economic Union from a post-functionalist perspective, Czech Science Foundation GA21-14665S, principal investigator
- 2019 – 2022: A European success story? Central Europe from democratic revolutions to EU accession (1989-2004) and beyond’, EACEA - Europe for Citizens, institutional guarantor
- 2017 – 2019: Negotiating Brexit National governments, EU institutions, and the UK, UK Economic and Social Research Council, member of the observatory team
- 2016 – 2018: Anatomy of Revisionism and its impact on (Sub-)Regional Institutionalisation and Alliances, Czech Science Foundation GA16-02288S, member of the research team
- 2015 – 2016: The diffusion of EU norms: minority rights, democracy and good governance in the EU and beyond, Internal Grant of the Metropolitan University Prague Nr. IGS. C04-35, principal investigator
- 2013 – 2016: Scenarios of the Development of International Security Environment, Technology Agency of the Czech Republic TB020MZV030, member of the research team
- 2012 – 2013: The economic governance of the eurozone: scenarios of future development and implications for the Czech Republic, Technology Agency of the Czech Republic TD010198, one of two investigators
- 2012: Alternative types of foreign representation. Contract based research for the Czech MFA, principal investigator
- 2011 – 2012: The Europeanization of post-communist EU member states after accession – the case of environmental policy, Czech Science Foundation, Nr. P408/11/P837, principal investigator
- 2006 – 2011: European Integration and the Interests of the Czech Republic. Grant project of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic – 2D06010, work package leader