Dr Isabelle Ioannides is a Senior Policy Analyst in the European Parliament’s research service, where she is responsible for preparing ex-post evaluations of EU external action requested by parliamentary committees. She also designs and delivers trainings on parliamentary oversight, EU better regulation, and EU security and defence. She was one in three contributors in the European Parliament to the horizon scanning pilot programme, developed in the framework of the EU’s inter-institutional strategic foresight capacity. Dr Ioannides is also a Fellow in the Europe’s Futures Alumni Network and a Senior Advisory Board Member of the humanitarian organisation “Hope for Children”, in Nicosia, Cyprus.
From 2010-2014, she served as an Adviser in the European Commission President’s Bureau of European Policy Advisers. She covered EU foreign policy (global governance, regional cooperation, EU enlargement, and the southern neighbourhood policy) and engaged in the development of the EU’s strategic foresight capacity. Previously, she has consulted governments and international organisations (including NATO, UNDP, and the Council of Europe). In that capacity, she provided political analysis, training and programme management on rule of law reform, civilian protection and international humanitarian law, and on civil society capacity-building in post-conflict societies.
In parallel, Dr Ioannides has worked in research and academia. Previous positions have included: non-resident Europe’s Futures fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna); senior research associate at the Institute for European Studies and fellow in the Department of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels; post-doctoral researcher at the Free University of Amsterdam; scientific associate at the Institute of European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles; and pre-doctoral Marie Currie fellow at the Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies and the Centre for International Cooperation and Security (UK). She has taught at various universities and collaborated on research projects with renowned think tanks across Europe and in the USA.
Her research and publications examine EU peace and security performance in transitional societies, the governance of the security sector, EU enlargement and EU crisis management, primarily in the Western Balkans, and regional cooperation and energy transition in the Eastern Mediterranean. Dr Ioannides has first-hand experience in North Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the occupied Palestinian Territories, in addition to her native Cyprus where she has been a peace activist.