My name is Julian Jaursch and I’m a political scientist, consultant and communications manager working at a think tank in Berlin. I’ve published my PhD study on U.S. states in transatlantic affairs, which I completed at Free University Berlin and Columbia University. I’m based in Berlin.
Transatlantic Ties research projet
For my PhD, I completed a study on U.S. federal states and their transatlantic interest representation regarding trade policy, specifically the TTIP. I started this 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 findings and download the summary and study on the dedicated website.
Political analysis and advocacy
Research, policy and political communications are the most interesting fields to me, so I’m happy to have helped establish a know-your-rights campaign on the new EU data protection rules (GDPR) for a small NGO. After that one-year-project, I continued in the field of digital politics, working at a Berlin-based think tank.
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. 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. I later expanded upon these skills leading a government-funded consumer rights project at a Berlin-based nonprofit organization and a multi-stakeholder dialogue at a public-private partnership.
2015-2018: PhD in Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany and Columbia University in the City of New York, USA
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 the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, I’ve also grown more intrigued by the opportunities and challenges of modern development policy.
Just like environmental issues some decades ago, I’ve come to realize that questions concerning digitization will shape almost every policy field in the future. Through my consulting work and a project on the GDPR, I have studied some of the effects digital policy initiatives have on consumers, companies and also the political sphere itself. The nexus of digitization and politics continues to be of interest to me.
I like writing. This initially led me to study journalism and to internships at newspapers, magazines, radio and online media. Since then, working in political communications projects at the GIZ, the European Commission and an NGO, I have learned how to develop and execute communications strategies, from running social media channels and interactive workshops to coordinating external service provides.
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.