My name is Julian Jaursch, I’m an experienced political scientist, consultant and journalist currently completing my PhD research in transatlantic affairs at Free University Berlin and Columbia University. I’m based in Berlin.
I’m currently finishing up a study on U.S. federal states and their transatlantic interest representation regarding trade policy, specifically the TTIP. I started this PhD research in 2015, first working on it part-time before going abroad for a year to work on it full-time. Read more about the research on the dedicated website.
Political advocacy project
Research, policy and political communications are the most interesting fields to me, so I’m happy to work on a know-your-rights campaign for a small NGO at the moment. Once I’m done with this project, I’m keen on finding a position where I can use my expertise, learn new things and work on meaningful issues. Also, the solitary work of my PhD was rewarding, but being part of a team again sounds more appealing.
After my BA studies in business journalism and MA studies in European and transatlantic affairs, I worked at the secretariat of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development and at the European Commission as a trainee. In both my studies and my work, I enjoyed meeting people from all over the world and getting to use both my German and English language skills. My goals of combining research, analysis and contemporary political issues afterwards led me to a career in political consulting in Berlin. Lobbying for organizations in a variety of policy fields was an interesting experience which taught me how to analyze data and put it to use for a client, how important precise communication is and what to expect when working in a team.
2015-: PhD in Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin and Columbia University in the City of New York, USA
2010-2012: Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA and Humboldt-Universität Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2007-2010: Bachelor of Arts in Business Journalism at the Business and Information Technology School, Iserlohn, Germany
During my undergrad journalism studies, I became interested in foreign policy, specifically EU and transatlantic affairs. I’ve worked on EU institutions, regional policy, foreign affairs and the transatlantic relationship. In addition, through my time at Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, I’ve also grown more intrigued by the opportunities and challenges of modern development policy.
I like writing. This initially led me to study journalism, combined with some politics and economics, and to internships at newspapers, magazines, radio and online media. Overall, I’ve gotten some glimpses of what it takes to research, edit, publish and promote articles. I still like writing. So if you need any articles that touch upon my expertise, feel free to get in touch.
Working at the GIZ and the European Commission in digital communications, I learned how to develop and execute communications strategies, from running social media channels and interactive workshops to creating digital content for an international conference.
Not only because of my studies, but mainly due to my three years working in political consulting, I have gained insights into the German and European lobbying scene. It’s been great to be at the nexus of politics, business and society, even though at times it can be a tightrope to walk. In forming governmental relations and lobbying networks for clients from various industries, I was able to analyze political issues, manage diverse groups of stakeholders and think strategically to find advocacy solutions that work for our clients and their broader environment.
In all my previous jobs, monitoring the news, analyzing different sources and drawing conclusions and recommendations from them have been key components of my daily work. I’ve enjoyed trying to make complex data and matters more easily understandable. Especially regarding intricate political processes and actors, I find it necessary to communicate in a fact-based and straight-forward manner.
My skill level is mediocre but my passion to play, follow and organize basketball has been high since I was in 5th grade. I’m also helping as an alumni coordinator for my MA program.