GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Andrew Anzur CLEMENT

Andrew Anzur CLEMENT

Thesis: An Integration of Discord: Free movement of persons in national news medias, discourse clash and resistance to the EU project.

Andrew is a dual citizen of Slovenia and the United States. His research centers on the free movement of persons as a source of resistance to further EU integration as resultant from narrative framing in popular news media. In addition to his native English, he is proficient in Polish and Spanish.

Academic Degrees

2014 Double M.A. in International Relations and Global Studies, University of Vienna and University of Wroclaw.

2012 B.S. in Business Administration, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. Global and Presidential Scholar.

Work Experience

Media Training of National Broadcasters, Vietnam 2014 and 2015, Maldives 2008.

Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, Poland and Ukraine, 2013.

Population and Community Development, Thailand and Cambodia, Business Development Intern, 2012.

Translator/consultant, Global Business Brigades, Panama, 2010.

U.S Commercial Service, intern, Romania, 2010.

Specific Research Title, Area and Promotor(s)

The working title of Andrew's dissertation is: An Integration of Discord: Free movement of persons in national news medias, discourse clash and resistance to the EU project.

His research interests include:

EU studies/European integration

The new institutionalisms

News media framing as narrative discourse

Construction of national/ethnic identities

Development of post-colonial ethnic conflict in South Asia.

Description of research work

Andrew's research focuses on the free movement of persons in the EU and why it is serving as a source of support for lack of further EU integration. The dissertation proposes to analyze the source of this resistance as resultant from a clash between EU level discourse of solidarity of in a single market, which entails the dismantlement of national barriers of access to employment and social services by the EU institutions and a state-based affective identity among Member State populations, as reflected in national public spheres. The research spotlights national, tabloid-style news outlets as the conduit through which such resistance is activated as a result of narrative framing of issues related to the free movement of persons. By framing such events and issues as crisis-oriented problems,  these news medias suggest resistance to the EU project within the public discourse as the appropriate 'solution' to perceived consequences of integration. 

Participation in Conferences and Seminars

'News from the East:The free movement of persons in populist press discourse of Poland and fomentation of weariness to the EU Project' On Panel: 'National Politics, Supranational Policies: Exploring Legitimacy in the European Union.' 23rd Annual International Conference of Europeanists. April 2016

'The Persistence of National Identity Conceptions in Shaping Discourse on Solidarity and the EU free movement of Persons in Polish and British Popular Press' On Panel: 'The Resilience of European Societies and EU Policy Mechanisms in the Face of Endogenous Solidarity Crisis.' 23rd International Conference of Europeanists. April 2016

The news of an "ever-closer union"? Theorizing a framework of narrative framing in media as fomenting resistance to EU integration. May 2015

Presentation at EURINT 2015, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania on Regional Development and Integration: New Challenges for the EU.


How to Cope with the Challenges of a Possible "Brexit": Suggestions from the Danish Case. June 2015

Presentation at ULB GEM PhD Seminar on China and the EU 2015: A New Start?


Book Launch panel for "Which European Union? Europe After the Euro Crisis" March 2015.

Panel member with Professor Sergio Fabbrini (author), Professor Mario Telo, and former EU commissioner Professor Lazlo Andor.  



Member, Society for Slovene Studies since 2010.

Overview of Publications

UK Tabloids and the EU Referendum: Giving Us the Facts? SPERI Comment: The Political Economy Blog. U of Sheffield, 7 Apr. 2016.

Review: Sergio Fabbrini, Which European Union? Europe after the Euro crisis. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 338 pages. In Politique Europeenne Vol. 46/3. 2015.

Reporting on the 'ever closer union': narrative framing in national news medias and resistance to EU integration.

Eastern Journal of European Studies, Volume 6, Issue 1, June 2015.


Divided in Freedom: How British-Colonial Paradigms of Nationhood Influenced Ethnic Landscapes in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Universitat Wien, June 2014


Pakistani Attitudes Toward the West and Field Hockey

e-International Relations, July 2013