The Bologna Institute for Policy Research | Scholar Profile | Michael Leigh
Academic Director, Master of Arts in European Public Policy
Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies
Senior Adviser, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Brussels, Belgium.
European Union and Transatlantic Relations
European Union Foreign Policy
Background and Education
Sir Michael Leigh served as Director-General for Enlargement of the European Commission (2006-2011); Deputy Director-General for External Relations (2003-2006); cabinet member and official, European Commission (1977-2003); Assistant Professor of International Relations, SAIS Bologna Center (1976-1977); Lecturer in International Relations University of Sussex (1974-1976). Erskine Fellow (2017) University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Wilton Park Advisory Council; Covington, Brussels, Senior Adviser.
His research, writing and public speaking focus on the future of the EU, Brexit, enlargement, neighborhood policy; Turkey's relations with the EU, Europe's response to political change in the Mediterranean and Middle East; energy questions in the eastern Mediterranean; public opinion and foreign policy. He also has an interest in Asia-Pacific and its relations with Europe.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a PhD in Political Science from M.I.T.