I completed my PhD on EU democracy promotion in Tunisia at the Université libre de Bruxelles and the University of Warwick as part of the GEM programme. I am currently a Postdoc at KU Leuven’s Centre for European Studies and an Adjunct Professor at the Brussels School of Governance of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. My research interests include EU external action, Euro-Mediterranean relations as well as the politics and international relations of West Asia and North Africa. At the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, I teach the courses ‘Comparative Regional Studies’, ‘Contemporary Conflicts in the Euro-Mediterranean Region’ as well as ‘History and Politics of the Modern Middle East’. At KU Leuven I teach the courses ‘Regionalism, Inter-regionalism and the European Union’ and ‘North Africa, the Middle East and Euro-Mediterranean Relations’.
My doctoral research focuses on Tunisian perceptions of the European Union. The EU's increased relevance as a regional power makes an understanding of what its Southern neighbours know about it, think of it and expect from it a prerequisite for tailoring adequate and effective policies towards these countries. In order to contribute to creating an understanding of the external perceptions of the EU, my PhD therefore analyses how it is perceived among Tunisian politcs and civil society elites, what creates these perceptions and how they affect the Union's relations with Tunisia.
Further research interests include Euro-Mediterranean relations, European Neighbourhood Policy, EU democracy promotion, EU enlargement, civil-military relations in the Middle East as well as Egyptian and Tunisian domestic politics.
My doctoral research examined the practices appearing at the nexus of EU and civil society engagement in the context of democracy promotion. More generally, my research focusses on EU external action, Euro-Mediterranean relations as well as the politics and international relations of West Asia and North Africa.
Weilandt, R. (2019). Divisions within post-2011 Tunisia’s secular civil society. Democratization, 26(6), pp. 959-974. https://doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2019.1576034
Weilandt, R. (2019). Will Brexit Change the EU's Foreign Policy? Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, 61(2), pp. 143-166. https://doi.org/10.1080/00396338.2019.1589093
Weilandt, R. (2018). Socio-economic challenges to Tunisia’s democratic transition. European View, 17(2), pp. 210–217. https://doi.org/10.1177/1781685818805681