Centre for European and International Studies Research

PhD profile

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Mr Milan Kreuschitz

  • Qualifications: BA in Communication Studies and Journalism, Vesalius College, Brussels (cum laude). MA in European Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (cum laude)
  • Role Title: PhD Student and Research Assistant
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 3AS
  • Telephone:
  • Email: milan.kreuschitz@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


After completing his bachelor degree in Communication Studies and Journalism, Milan embarked on a short stint of journalistic work for a Brussels-based English-language expat Magazine and a Munich based news/tech start-up, while also moving academically into the area of European politics by completing a Masters in European Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven.

His MA research was a theoretical discussion of EU foreign policy and state-building in the Western Balkans with a specific case study of the newly proclaimed independent state of Kosovo, critically appraising the post-liberal governance paradigm of EU state-building.

In 2013 Milan worked in the Brussels lobbying sector in the political affairs office of a world-leading German chemical company, where his task was the monitoring of the EU’s science and innovation policies. Fascinated by the topic, his experience in this job made him decide to do research on this European policy area and to commence his PhD study at the University of Portsmouth, under the supervision of Prof. Wolfram Kaiser.


  • German
  • English
  • Hungarian
  • French (intermediate); Dutch (basic); holder of Latinum Diploma (German Latin proficiency certification)


Milan’s PhD research deals with the roles and motivations of transnational elites in private industry, research and governments in the drafting of European science and innovation policies, particularly regarding the EU’s Public-Private Innovation Partnerships and Joint Technology Initiatives (PPPs and JTIs). It looks at early developmental stages of these policy instruments and tracks the social networks of involved parties to understand the role of these informal networks on the development of these research funding and investment tools.

From where do these relationships and partnerships originate and how did they evolve over time? What is the relationship between these policy networks and the European Commission? Which transnational actors contribute to these partnerships besides European public bodies? Moreover, how do these actors seek to transfer their ideas of policy, the implementation of strategies and individual research projects to the EU level within these EU Innovation PPPs?

Research Cluster

  • Transnational Europe - CEISR

Discipline Areas

  • Political Economy
  • Comparative Politics
  • European Studies