Main research interests
- Interinstitutional relations
- Free movement of persons
Marie De Somer is a Senior Policy Analyst and Head of the EPC’s Migration and Diversity Programme. She works on policy questions related to migration and mobility, with a particular interest in human rights issues, citizenship-related questions and the role of courts.
Before joining the EPC in September 2017, she worked at the KU Leuven and at Maastricht University where she researched EU family reunification law and policies. She also gained experience working at the Justice and Home Affairs Section of CEPS and at the European Commission’s DG Migration and Home Affairs.
Marie De Somer is also a visiting professor at the KU Leuven Centre for Public Law and at Sciences Po, Paris where she teaches ‘EU Human Rights Law and Policy’. She has a PhD from Maastricht University, and master degrees from the London School of Economics and the KU Leuven.
Within the MEDAM project, Marie De Somer leads the analysis of policy developments in migration-related policies in the EU, along with complementary policies in key member states, and plays a key role in embedding MEDAM in the policy community in Brussels.
She regularly comments on EU migration policies for international and European media.