About Me


Dr Sarah Wolff has extensive research, training and consultancy experience in EU public policies, Justice and Home Affairs (JHA), migration and border management policies, as well as EU-Arab Mediterranean relations.

Currently Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary, University London, she is also Senior Research Associate Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations. Her research focuses on JHA cooperation between the EU and its Mediterranean neighbours. Her book The Mediterranean Dimension of the European Union’s Internal Security (Palgrave, 2012) builds upon extensive fieldwork in Europe, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan. Rule of law promotion, border management (Frontex), the external relations of EU agencies, the Arab revolts and transatlantic homeland security are some of the current projects she is working on. She regularly publishes policy papers and contributes as an external expert to related consultancy.

She is an expert in the field of JHA, and her book ‘Freedom, Security and Justice after Lisbon and Stockholm’ (Asser, 2012; co-editors F. Goudappel and J. de Zwaan) received the LISBOAN Research Award 2012. Dr. Wolff was acting director of the MSc in European Public Policy at UCL in 2011-2012 where she also taught a series of lectures on EU external relations, Europeanization, EU policy-making and EU institutions and politics.Dr Wolff was Lecturer for the JHA Training Programme for Dutch officials at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations (2009-2011 Clingendael), where she remains Senior Research Associate Fellow. She also gives regularly training for Arab diplomats on JHA cooperation and relations with the EU.

Dr. Wolff was a fellow of the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Program. During her PhD she was a visiting fellow at the Observatory of European Foreign Policy (UAB-Barcelona), the CEDEJ (Cairo) and the IFPO (Amman). She taught comparative political science in Europe at the LSE as well as a Master course on the External dimension of JHA at the Observatory of European Foreign Policy (Barcelona). She is presently teaching a course on the External dimension of EU migration policies in the MSc in Migration Management at the Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

She has published in several international peer-reviewed books and journals and is Review Editor and member of the Editorial Board of Mediterranean Politics. She was an international aid officer in the Directorate for Latin America of EuropeAid (European Commission) where she followed the thematic programme on migration and asylum. Sarah also worked as an assistant for a Member of the European Parliament.

Dr. Wolff holds a PhD in International Relations (LSE, 2009), an Msc in European Politics and Governance (LSE, 2004) and a BA in Public Administration (Science Po Grenoble, 1999).

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