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Dr Simone Bunse

Content Manager

Dr Simone Bunse

Dr Simone Bunse

Dr Simone Bunse is a Senior Researcher in the SIPRI Food, Peace and Security Programme.  Prior to her current role, she was the Content Manager for the Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development. Her previous positions have included Director of Academic Affairs at Lead University, Costa Rica; Associate Teaching Professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, Washington DC, USA; Assistant Professor at INCAE Business School, Costa Rica; and Visiting Researcher at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium.

Before her academic career, she was a project manager at the international consulting firm Oxford Analytica. She has published with leading publishers, including Oxford University Press and Palgrave McMillan. Her book Small States and EU Governance won the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles Award by the American Library Association for excellence in scholarship.

Subject expertise

Comparative politics, comparative policy process, policy analysis, political risk analysis, decision-making for public policy, European integration, EU institutions and policy-making, gender equality, interlinkages between climate, food, peace and security

Regional expertise

EU, Western Europe and Latin America

German, English, Spanish

DPhil in Politics, University of Oxford; MPhil in European Politics and Society, University of Oxford; BA in European Studies/Economics, University of Kent at Canterbury

External publications
  • Bunse, S., and McAllister, C., Securing peace in a time of environmental crisis’, Baltic Rim Economies, no. 2 (May 2023). 
  • Bunse, S., and McAllister, C., Securing Peace in a Time of Environmental Crisis—The Research Agenda Emerging from the 2022 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development Policy DialoguesJournal of Peacebuilding & Development (2022)
  • Bunse, S., Small States and EU Governance, Palgrave/MacMillan: London (2009)
  • Bunse, S. and Nikolaïdis, K., ‘Large versus Small States in the EU: Anti-hegemony and the Politics of Shared Leadership’ in Oxford Handbook of the EU, Oxford University Press: Oxford (2012)
  • Bunse, S. and Klein, C., ‘What is left of the rotating presidency? The future of national presidencies’ in Foret and Rittelmeyer (eds.) The European Council and European Governance: The Commanding Heights of the European Union Routledge: London (2014)
  • Bunse, S., 'The Rotating Presidency under the Lisbon Treaty: From Political Leader to Middle Manager?' In: Van Hecke and Bursens (eds.) Readjusting the Council Presidency. Belgian Leadership in the EU, ASP: London (2011)
  • Bunse, S., Magnette, P., Nicolaidis, K.,  ‘Big versus Small: Shared leadership and Power politics in the Convention’, in Mazzucelli, C. and Beach, D. Leadership in the Big Bangs of European Integration, MacMillan: London (2007)
  • Bunse, S., Magnette, P., Nicolaidis, K., ‘Shared Leadership in the EU: Theory and Reality’, in Curtin, Kellermann, and Blockmans eds. The EU Constitution: The Best Way Forward?, T.M.C. Asser Press: The Hague (2005)
  • Concuelo Cárdenas, M. et al. ‘Latin American Female Executives: An Interesting Surprise’, Gender in Management: An International Journal, Vol. 29, Issue 1 (2014)
  • Bunse, S., ‘Women in Politics: Debunking Myths and Fixing the Pipeline’, INCAE Business Review (2013)
  • Bunse, S., ‘Making Public Sector Reforms Work: Political and Economic Contexts, Drivers and Strategies’, Policy Research Working Paper 6174, World Bank, Public Sector Governance Unit: Washington DC (2012)
  • Bunse, S., ‘The 2003 Greek Council Presidency’, Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 9 No. 2 (2004)