Mag. Philipp Brugner, B.A.

Section: Research Policy & Development

Function: Project Manager, Communications Specialist, Press Contact


  • Phone: ++43-1-495 04 42 / 17
  • Fax: ++43-1-495 04 42 / 40
  • Email:

Work and research focus:

  • Project Communication: Traditional (website, online platform, surveys, press releases etc.) and new forms of communication (social media targeted communication, social media analysis etc.)
  • International Cooperation in Research & Development with non EU-MS (in particular Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia)
  • Training and capacity building in EU project management (Horizon 2020)
  • Support in the proposal writing and submission process for EU funded programmes (Horizon 2020)
  • Assessment of international research cooperation patterns through bibliometric analysis
  • Regional focus on EU-Eastern Partnership Countries, Russia, Central Asia and Southeast Asia


Running and completed projects:

Other Publications:

03. Juni 2020, ÖGFE/Österreichische Gesellschaft für Europapolitik: The EU's global response to the COVID-19 crisis with a focus on the Eastern Neighbourhood and Africa

27. März 2020, Wiener Zeitung: Corona-Stresstest am Balkan

11. Oktober 2019, Die Presse: China macht Außenpolitik mit der Geld-Gießkanne

29. Juni 2019, Wiener Zeitung: Georgiens europäischer Weg auf dem Prüfstand

09. Mai 2019, Der Standard: Die Östliche Partnerschaft der EU braucht einen neuen Ansatz

23. Oktober 2018, Kleine Zeitung: Er fliegt für EU-Projekte um die halbe Welt

08. August 2018, Die Presse: Auf dem Weg zu einer Bürgerunion?

20. Juli 2018, Der Standard: Weg von der pessimistischen Nabelschau

24. Oktober 2017, Kleine Zeitung: Steirer des Tages - Jungbotschafter für die EU

In English

April 21, 2020, Corona stress test in the Balkans

January 3, 2020, The EU’s Eastern Partnership needs a new approach

December 18, 2019, Georgia’s European path put to the test

September 11, 2018, Towards a Civic Union?

Participation at events:

Education and career:

Philipp BRUGNER is Project Manager, Communications Manager and R&I policy expert at the Centre for Social Innovation GmbH (ZSI) in Vienna, Austria. He received a Master's degree in Slavic Studies/Russian (Magister/M.A. in 2013) and a Bachelor's in Political Sciences/Eastern European Politics (B.A. in 2011) from the University of Vienna and the Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg. In 2018 he continued his academic education with a specialised course on Public Policy Economics at the University of Oxford's department for continuing education. His main academic research interests revolved around the political landscape of post-soviet states, Russian political nationalism and the transformation of urban agglomerations in post-soviet cities.

At ZSI Mr. Brugner is mainly engaged in communication and analytical activities with a geographical focus on the EU-Eastern Partnership Countries, Russia and Ukraine. Before joining ZSI, he was working as a freelance journalist for Austrian and German newspapers, followed by a position as a scientific assistant for a project on Russian oil workers at the Department of Geography and Regional Research at the University of Vienna. Some short period of time Mr. Brugner spent also at the International Organization for Migration’s Regional Office in Vienna, working on migration related issues in Russia and Central Asia. Between 10/2016 and 06/2020 he was a Young European Ambassador for the Eastern Partnership countries. Since April 2018 Philipp Brugner is a member of the youth board of the Policy Crossover Center (PCC): Vienna - Europe, an Austrian think tank on EU affairs, and writes on EU topics for print and online media (Der Standard, Die Presse, Wiener Zeitung, EURACTIV).


- Diploma in Digital Business & Innovation as part of the correspondent online-MBA programme offered by KMU Akademie & Management AG/Middlesex University London, 07/2020 - 01/2021

- Further academic education in Public Policy Economics at University of Oxford/Department for Continuing Education from 09-12/2018

- Degrees in Political Science/Eastern European Politics (B.A. in 2011) and Slavic Studies/Russian (Mag./M.A. in 2013) from the University of Vienna

- Intensive study of Russian at Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg (2011)

Other relevant professional experience:

Since 2018: Commentaries and op-eds on EU affairs and the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood for various Austrian newspaper (Der Standard, Die Presse, Wiener Zeitung)

10/2016 - 06/2020: Young European Ambassador for the Eastern Partnership countries for EU Neighbours East (funded by the EU and implemented by an Ecorys-led consortium) Info

August 2017: Trainer EU-Eastern Partnership affairs for the EuroSchool 2017 in Shabran/Azerbaijan (EU Neighbours East)

June - September 2015: Policy Consultant for the Austrian Institute for European & Security Policies (AIES) - Supply of a study on the EU's CFSP (Common Foreign and Security Policy)

April - June 2013: Assistant in Labour Migration and Human Development at the Regional Office for Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the International Organization for Migration (Internship)

2011 - 2012: Scientific Project Assistant, Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna

2008 - 2011: Freelance Online and Print Journalist for daily (German TAZ-dieTageszeitung) and weekly newspapers (German derFreitag and Austrian Profil)

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Member of the Youth Board PCC: Vienna - Europe

Member of the Team Europe Österreich

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