Dr. Michal Natorski

Assistant Professor

Dr. Michal Natorski joined the United Nations University-MERIT and its School of Governance as an Assistant Professor in September 2016. He is also a Visiting Professor in the College of Europe (Natolin Campus). Prior to coming to the Maastricht University he was Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Liege (2015-2016), Senior Research Fellow at the College of Europe (2012-2014), and Associate Lecturer and Research Fellow in International Relations at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2006-2012). He was also Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economic and Political Science (2012), the Aberystwyth University (2011), the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (2011) and the Freie Universitäit Berlin (2007). He received his PhD and MSc (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados) in International Relations and European Integration from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and his MA in International Relations from the Institute of International Relations at the University of Warsaw.

His research interests include the international diffusion of public policies, global and European development cooperation, and influence of external actors on the transformations of governance systems. He developed his expertise studying the foreign policy of the European Union towards the Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods and its influence on domestic transformations and global institutions. His most recent research project addressed the security-development nexus and policy learning in the employment of financial instruments of EU foreign policy. His work has appeared, among others, in European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, Cooperation and Conflict, East European Politics, and Journal of Politics and Language. He also co-edited with E. Korosteleva and L. Simao the book EU Policies in the Eastern Neighbourhood. The Practices Perspective (Routledge, 2014).




Selected publications by Michal Natorski


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Natorski, Michal, 2018, EU Mediation Practices in Ukraine during Revolutions: What Authority as a Peacemaker?, International Negotiation, 23(2): 278-298
Natorski, Michal & Karolina Pomorska, 2017, Trust and Decision-making in Times of Crisis: The EU's Response to the Events in Ukraine, Journal of Common Market Studies, 55(1): 1, More information
Natorski, Michal & Karolina Pomorska, 2017, Trust and decision-making in times of crisis: the EU’s response to the events in Ukraine, Journal of Common Market Studies, 55(1): 54-70, More information
Natorski, Michal, 2016, Epistemic (un)certainty in times of crisis: the role of coherence as a social convention in European Neighbourhood Policy after Arab Spring, European Journal of International Relations, 22(3): 646-670, More information
Barbé, Esther, Anna Herranz-Surrallés & Michal Natorski, 2015, Contending metaphors of the European Union as a global actor: Norms and power in the European discourse on multilateralism, Journal of Language and Politics, 14(1): 18-40, More information
Korosteleva, Elena, Michal Natorski & Licinia Simao, 2013, The Eastern Dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy: practices, instruments and social structures, East European Politics, 29(3): 358-375, More information
Natorski, Michal, 2013, Reforms in the judiciary of Ukraine: domestic practices and the EU’s policy instruments, East European Politics, 29(3): 257-272, More information
Barbé, Esther, Oriol Costa, Anna Herranz-Surrallés, Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués, Michal Natorski & Maria A. Sabiote, 2009, Drawing the neighbours closer... to what? Explaining emerging patterns of policy convergence between the EU and its neighbours, Cooperation and Conflict, 44(4): 378-399, More information
Barbé, Esther, Oriol Costa, Anna Herranz-Surrallés & Michal Natorski, 2009, Which rules shape EU external governance? Patterns of rule selection in foreign and security policies, Journal of European Public Policy, 16(6): 834-852, More information
Natorski, Michal & Anna Herranz-Surrallés, 2008, Securitizing Moves To Nowhere? The Framing of the European Union’s Energy Policy, Journal of Contemporary European Research, 4(2): 70-89, More information
Natorski, Michal, 2007, Explaining Spanish and Polish Approaches to the European Neighbourhood Policy, European Political Economy Review, 7: 63-101
Herranz-Surrallés, Anna & Michal Natorski, 2007, The Impact of German-Russian and Polish-Ukrainian special relations on European Foreign Policy: energy supplies and visas in the EU neighbourhood, Journal of Constitutional Law in Eastern and Central Europe, 14(2): 215-275


Book chapters
Natorski, Michal, 2017, The EU and crisis in Ukraine: policy continuity in times of disorder?, in: Dimitirs Bouris and Tobias Schumacher, The Revised European Neighbourhood Policy. Continuity and Change in EU Foreign Policy, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 177-196
Natorski, Michal, 2017, Power relations in practice of the EU inter-organizational relations in the neighbourhood, in: Sieglinde Gstöhl and Simon Schunz, Theorizing the European Neighbourhood Policy, Routledge, London and New York, 164-184
Barbé, Esther, Anna Herranz-Surrallés & Michal Natorski, 2014, Model, Player or Instrument for Global Governance: Metaphors in the Discourse and Practice of EU Foreign Policy, in: Caterina Carta and Jean-Frédéric Morin, Making Sense of Diversity: EU's Foreign Policy through the Lenses of Discourse Analysis, Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 111-132
Natorski, Michal & Eduard Soler, 2014, Las relaciones de la Unión Europea con los vecinos, in: Esther Barbé, La Unión Europea en las Relaciones Internacionales, Tecnos, Madrid, pp. 194-218
Natorski, Michal, 2013, Deeds not declarations: Ukraine's convergence with the EU's foreign and security policies until 2010, in: Gergana Noutcheva, Karolina Pomorska and Giselle Bosse, The EU and its neighbours. Values versus security in European foreign policy, Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 157-174
Herranz-Surrallés, Anna & Michal Natorski, 2012, The European energy policy towards Eastern neighbours: rebalancing priorities or changing paradigms?, in: Francesc Morata and Israel Solorio, European Energy Policy: The environmental dimension, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 132-155
Natorski, Michal, 2012, Reconocimiento social de la Unión Europea y la promoción del multilateralismo: el caso del estatus observador en la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas, in: Esther Barbé, Cambio mundial y gobernanza global: la interacción entre la Unión Europea y las instituciones internacionales, Tecnos, Madrid, pp. 67-85
Herranz-Surrallés, Anna & Michal Natorski, 2011, Energy security in the EU’s relations with eastern neighbours: Driver or brake for a comprehensive external energy policy?, in: Francesc Morata and Israel Solorio, European Energy Policy: The Environment Dimension, IUEE, Bellaterra, pp. 157-188
Natorski, Michal, 2010, La percepción de la Presidencia española del Consejo de la UE en la prensa extranjera, in: Esther Barbé, Entre la irrelevancia internacional y el aprendizaje institucional: La presidencia española de la UE (2010), IUEE, Bellaterra, pp. 49-57
Natorski, Michal, 2010, El Partenariado Oriental durante la presidencia española del Consejo de la UE: la gestión eficaz de unos objetivos modesto, in: Esther Barbé, Entre la irrelevancia internacional y el aprendizaje institucional: La presidencia española de la UE (2010), IUEE, Bellaterra, pp. 143-148
Natorski, Michal, 2010, La UE y los países vecinos en la política exterior y de seguridad: Una declaración de intenciones, in: Esther Barbé, La Unión Europea más allá de sus fronteras ¿Hacia la transformación del Mediterráneo y Europa oriental?, Tecnos, Madrid, pp. 109-131.
Barbé, Esther, Oriol Costa, Anna Herranz-Surrallés & Michal Natorski, 2010, Which rules shape EU's external governance? The patterns of rule selection in foreign and security policies, in: Sandra Lavenex and Frank Schimmelfennig, EU External Governance: Projecting EU Rules beyond Membership, Routledge, London, pp. 84-103
Natorski, Michal, 2009, Las relaciones polaco-ucranianas durante las transformaciones del sistema europeo en la década de los noventa, in: Carlos Flores Juberías, España y la Europa Oriental: tan lejos, tan cerca (Actas del V Encuentro Español de Estudios sobre la Europa Oriental), Servei de Publicacions de la Universitat de Valènci, Valencia, pp. 303-320
Natorski, Michal, 2008, National Concerns in the EU neighbourhood: Spanish and Polish Policies on the Southern and Eastern Dimensions, in: Laure Delcour and Elsa Tulmets, Pioneer Europe?: Testing EU Foreign Policy in the Neighbourhood, Nomos, Baden Baden, pp. 57-75
Natorski, Michal, 2007, El Parlamento Europeo como actor en la Política Europea de Vecindad, in: Esther Barbé and Anna Herranz-Surrallés, El desarrollo de la política exterior europea y el papel del Parlamento Europeo en su promoción y control, Office of the European Parliament, Barcelona, pp. 103-115
Natorski, Michal, 2005, Polish and Spanish Visions of the European Neighbourhood: Competing or Complementary Interests for the EU Foreign Policy, in: Šarūnas Liekis et al., European Union and Its New Neighbourhood: Different Countries, Common Interests, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, pp. 67-97


Books (monograph or edited volume)
Korosteleva, Elena, Michal Natorski & Licinia Simao (eds.), 2014, EU Policies in the Eastern Neighbourhood: The practices approach, Routledge, London, 132, More information
Korosteleva, Elena, Michal Natorski & Licinia Simao (eds.), 2013, The Eastern Dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy: practices, instruments and social structures, Special Issue: East European Politics, Routledge, London, More information


Conference contributions
Natorski, Michal, 2017, The constitutive character of diplomatic practices: a journey to the genesis of EU actorness in the 1973 transatlantic crisis, 4th European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), 7-10 June 2017, Cardiff (United Kingdom)
Natorski, Michal, 2017, EU Mediation Practices in Ukraine during Revolutions: What Authority as a Peacemaker?, 1st UNU-MERIT Internal Conference, 28-29 June 2017, Maastricht (the Netherlands)
Natorski, Michal, 2017, Routinization of volatility: the model of project management in the EU?s response to crises, 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, 13-16 September 2017, Barcelona
Natorski, Michal, 2016, Conflicts in the EU neighbourhood and the practices of knowledge production in projects-based approach, UACES 46th Annual Conference, 5-7 September, London (United Kingdom)
Natorski, Michal, 2016, Multi-layered crisis in Ukraine ?opportunities for simulation games, Workshop on ?The Quest for External Legitimacy of EU External Action? 16-18 November 2016, London (United Kingdom)


Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Natorski, Michal, 2017, Commission employs double standards in Spain, EUObserver, Opinion, More information