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Magdalena Frennhoff Larsén is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BA Politics, and she has taught EU studies at the University of Westminster since 2007. Her PhD, which she obtained from the Centre for the Study of Democracy, analysed EU-South Africa trade negotiations following South Africa's transition to democracy. She obtained her Bachelor in Social Science from the University of Lund, and for her Master of Social Science she studied at the University of Bologna and the University of California, Irvine.

Prior to joining the University of Westminster, Magdalena worked as Development Director at the Institute for Citizenship and as Public Affairs Officer at the UK Office of the European Parliament. 

Her research interests are in the areas of EU external relations, with a particular focus on EU trade negotiations, and she has published articles on the topic in leading journals, such as the Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, Policy and Politics, Comparative European Politics and International Negotiation.

She is a regular media commentator, and has been working with media outlets both in the UK and overseas, including the BBC, France 24, Swedish Radio, Open Democracy, Deutche Welle, PMP Magazine, Huffington Post, UK in a Changing Europe, and the Conversation.

Teaching

Her teaching includes:

  • MA module 'The European Union as an International Actor' (7PIRS024W)
  • MA module 'Governance of the European Union' (7PIRS012W)
  • BA module 'Governance in Europe' (5PIRS008W)
  • Ministry of Defence Short Course Programme: 'The European Union as a Regional Power'

She is also supervising student dissertations, both at graduate and undergraduate levels.

Research

Her current research focuses on EU external negotiations, including trade, enlargement, climate change and Brexit.