Mag. Philipp Brugner, BA

Bereich: Forschungspolitik & Entwicklung

Funktionen am ZSI: Project Manager, Researcher


  • Phone: ++43-1-495 04 42 / 49
  • Fax: ++43-1-495 04 42 / 40
  • Email:


Arbeits- und Forschungsschwerpunkte:

  • Main activities: CDE, Impact and Innovation in EU R&I grants
  • Main tools: Design of trainings and capacity building workshops about project management cycle of EU R&I grants, with an emphasis on innovation dimension, impact pathways exploitation (incl. research market analysis)
  • Main topics: EU's global role, EU's relations to its neighbourhoods, EU's regulatory capacities in external engagement, Science Diplomacy, Multi-level governance & Organisational theory, Alignment of third country R&I systems to EU standards
  • International Cooperation in Research & Innovation with non EU-MS (in particular Ukraine, the Eastern Partnership Countries and the ASEAN countries)

Laufende und abgeschlossene Projekte:

Weitere Publikationen:

Commentaries and op-eds in daily newspapers

11. August 2022, Wiener Zeitung: Zeit für echte europäische Partnerschaften

18. Februar 2021, Neue Zürcher Zeitung PRO Global: So wird die EU zu einem digitalen Binnenmarkt

31. Dezember 2020, Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Strategisch handeln - die freie Welt braucht ein starkes Europa

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

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

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

Teilnahme an folgenden Veranstaltungen:

Ausbildung und beruflicher Werdegang:

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 and in 2020 he finished an academic diploma on Digital Business and Innovation as part of the correspondent online-MBA programme offered by Middlesex University London.

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.


- Diploma in Digital Business & Innovation as part of the correspondent online-MBA programme offered by KMU Akademie & Management AG/Middlesex University London, 07/2020 - 12/2020

- Academic Certificate 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 Studies (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 and honorary experience:

Since 2018: Expert commentaries on European politics published in Austria (Der Standard, Die Presse, Wiener Zeitung) and Switzerland (NZZ - Neue Zürcher 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)

Memberships, Research networks

CHERN "China in Europe Research Network"

AuPSA "Austrian Political Science Association"

PMA "Project Management Austria"

ORCiD Profile


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