Andreas Raspotnik

Senior Researcher
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My main research focuses on the European Union’s Arctic interests and policies, EU foreign and security policy, the Arctic’s blue economy, international law of the sea, and smart developments in and for the Arctic. Much of my research analyses the work of the European Union and its various institutions to develop a comprehensive and integrated EU Arctic policy, as well as the broader impact/footprint the EU has on the Arctic region. This research focus is further embedded into matters of Arctic geopolitics and EU foreign and security policy, particularly regarding the regional relationship between the EU and the Russian Federation. Additional research tackles the development of the Arctic’s blue economy, both from a conceptual as well as practical angle (fisheries and aquaculture), as well as regional questions on the applicability of international law of the sea.


Academic Background

  • Austrian Marshall Plan Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC (September 2021 - May 2022)
  • PhD co-tutelle, University of Cologne (Germany), Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences & University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom), College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, (2016)
  • Master of Laws in Law of the Sea, University of Tromsø, (2011)
  • Master of Arts (Austrian Magister), Department of Political Science, University of Vienna (2009)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Department of History, University of Vienna (2009)

Professional Experience

  • Senior Research Fellow, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, (2017 – present)
  • Senior Researcher, High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University, (2017 – present)
  • Senior Fellow & Leadership Group Member, The Arctic Institute – Center for Circumpolar Security Studies, Washington, DC (United States), (2011 – present)
  • Senior Fellow, Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley, (2019 – present)
  • Research Expert, Arctic Economic Council Blue Economy Working Group, (2020 – present)
  • Senior Arctic Policy Expert, COFAD GmbH, (2018)
  • EXACT Marie Curie ITN Research Fellow, University of Cologne, Jean Monnet Chair Prof. Wessels (2011 – 2013) (seconded to Trans European Policy Studies Association, Brussels in 2012)
  • Guest Researcher, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (2014 – 2015)
  • Visiting Researcher, Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2015)
  • Parliamentary Assistant, European Parliament, MEP Martin Ehrenhauser (2010)


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