Jamal Shahin

Jamal Shahin
Vrije Universiteit Brussel | VUB · Institute for European Studies (IES)

PhD Politics, BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations

About

71
Publications
12,546
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
277
Citations
Additional affiliations
March 2009 - present
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Position
  • PostDoc Position
September 2005 - present
Universiteit van Amsterdam
September 2005 - present
University of Amsterdam
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
October 1997 - December 2004
University of Hull
Field of study
  • Politics

Publications

Publications (71)
Article
In order for the Internet Governance ecosystem to work effectively, it requires a variety of expertise and advice from different sectors and backgrounds. Drawing on the public Internet Governance Forum (IGF) participation lists from 2006 to 2019, this paper analyses how individual participants chose to identify themselves in the given frameworks ap...
Technical Report
Full-text available
This document offers a forward-looking perspective on some of these challenges and opportunities. It recognises the importance of key structural trends with major implications for the EU's digital ambitions to 2030 and beyond.
Article
Full-text available
This special issue is the first to systematically address the activity we call “normfare” - the assiduous development of norms of very different character (public and private, formal and informal, technically mediated and directly implemented) by different actors (platforms, standard-setters, states) as an answer to the wide range of challenges fac...
Article
Full-text available
For 15 years, the UN-mandated Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has brought different stakeholder groups together to engage in debate and discussion on public policy issues relevant to Internet Governance, but who are the ‘civil society’ that is treated as one of the cornerstones of the IGF? This paper aims to provide two contributions to discussions...
Article
Full-text available
In response to growing contestation and politicisation of trade policy, policy makers have aimed to enhance the ‘inclusiveness’ of trade policy through the institutionalisation of deliberative forums in which civil society organisations participate. However, it is not clear whether these processes actually enhance inclusiveness. This article adds t...
Article
Full-text available
Academic and policy interest in civil society participation in the European Union’s trade policy has been growing since the late 1990s. We analyse civil society’s engagement with the Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs)—consultation mechanisms established by the European Commission at the implementation stage of its free trade agreements. While the Comm...
Article
Beyond Networks – Interlocutory Coalitions, the European and Global Legal Orders Gianluca Sgueo Springer, 2016, 220pp. Hardcover - Volume 8 Issue 2 - Jamal SHAHIN
Research
The European Single Market has been the main thrust of the United Kingdom’s involvement in the European Union. The European Free Trade Area (EFTA) was created in 1960, driven by a British desire to offer European countries the economic benefits of a larger internal market in a situation where the full accession of EFTA countries to the European Eco...
Conference Paper
There is divergence of opinion on what the roots of any internet governance framework should resemble. This paper argues that tensions over current IG instruments are related to the internet’s historical baggage. Given the number of actors involved in early internet developments – particularly the mixture of private and public networks involved – i...
Book
Full-text available
This study, requested by the European Commission, addresses the challenge of multiple disciplinary interactions in Horizon 2020 projects, specifically in those with relevance to the Digital Agenda for Europe. It makes a series of recommendations that are aimed at improving the relevance, effectiveness, and appropriateness of multiple disciplinary i...
Book
The feasibility study provides a full review of the technological solutions needed for the deployment of the Global Internet Policy Observatory platform. Furthermore it proposes recommendations for its internal governance / management framework. The final analysis resulted in the following set of recommended technological solutions: Nutch and Alche...
Book
Full-text available
This document presents the conclusions of the Optimising ICT study into the effects of ICT on the policy process. The remit of the study has evolved to examine the disjunction between physical markets and their online counterparts caused by the presence of ICT factors that either elude policymakers altogether or cannot be avoided. The report traces...
Article
Full-text available
this piece is concerned with how civil society organisations (csos) have been affected by recent financial and broader socio-economic crises. it presents the results of a small-scale survey that addressed four questions regarding the relation- ship between csos and decision-makers. How is funding affected? to what extent has the crisis affected the...
Technical Report
How do we ensure that public policy represents the interests of all, rather than a select few? How will we ensure it draws upon the best insights and talents of key stakeholders? The European Commission’s DG CONNECT recently announced the results of its Stakeholder Engagement Survey, which is designed to ‘provide empirical results and feedback abou...
Article
This book traces the evolution of governance in the European Union through an in- depth study of EU policymaking in the global digital age. It highlights the innova- tions in European governance that have emerged as a result of the challenges posed by technological developments by asking the question: What innovations have taken place in recent yea...
Article
This article describes the performance of the EU in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It depicts a shifting environment where the relevance of the ITU in a globalised and converged telecommunications environment is being challenged itself. The EU has appeared to ‘cede’ an active role within this organisation over the period under ana...
Article
Full-text available
This article introduces the analytical framework of the collection on the performance of the EU in international institutions and summarizes its main findings. We focus on the role of the EU in the decision-making within international organizations and regimes as a major locus of global governance. We suggest unpacking the concept of EU performance...
Article
Full-text available
This Progress Study has been requested by the Unit for ICT for Government and Public Services, DG Information Society and Media, European Commission. Its strategic purpose is to undertake a qualitative progress evaluation of the i2010 eGovernment Action Plan, 2006-2010, and on this basis to make an input to future planning in the eGovernment area.
Article
The European Information Society or EIS has become focus point of the EU Commission since 1993. This article reveals from the ‘Delors White Paper on Growth, Competitiveness, and Employment’ to reflect the EIS from the starting point at policy review and development as well as the emergence point of view and creating the need for EU intervention in...
Conference Paper
This paper will address changes in understanding governance processes thanks to new ICTs. Electronic governance, or the facilitation of governance through ICT and related tools, provides a unique opportunity for reassessment of the traditional methods, processes, and outputs of the public sector. This paper addresses some of these key opportunities...
Chapter
To overcome its reputation as a remote bureaucracy, the Commission has used the Internet to promote public and media understanding, citizen participation and support for the EU, as well as for networking with national administrations, businesses, and civil society organizations. It has made both a top-down use of the Internet to increase openness,...
Article
The EP as the only directly elected EU institution, portrays itself as the forum that is open not only to input by lobby groups but to that of 'average' citizens. This paper probes the contribution of the Internet in this quest to connect Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) with citizens and here specifically we examine the role of the EP's S...
Article
The European Parliament, as the only directly elected EU institution, portrays itself as the forum that is open not only to input by lobby groups but to that of average citizens. This paper probes into the contribution of the Internet in this quest of connecting Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) with citizens and here specifically, we exami...
Book
This document is an extended summary of a study carried out throughout 2006 to assess the impacts achieved by eGovernment activities funded under the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) for Research and Technological Development. Fifty-six projects in this domain were funded during FP5, and for the purposes of this impact analysis, the main division of...
Article
This article focuses on the European perspective of the Internet's development. In the first section, a brief description of the characteristics and early impact of the Internet in the global context is outlined, describing the somewhat reluctant approach that the European Community (subsequently the EU) took towards the development of the protocol...
Conference Paper
The objective of this study – the first of its kind – was to validate and further analyze the specific e-Government research challenges and opportunities for the enlarged European Union that had been identified in previous research. The study reveals some important indications for future EU organisation and coordination of e-Government research act...
Chapter
The European Union (EU) has been one of the leading lights concerning Internet use in dealing with other public administrations and citizens. This article will argue that e-government has meant that the European Commission has been able to promote a virtual arena for pan-European activity, which has promoted action at the national and local levels...
Conference Paper
This paper shows that the European Commission is active in developing e-government initiatives at the EU level. The fact that the European Union does not have a specific government where such initiatives can be adapted, use of the Internet by the Commission in direct relations with citizens makes for a very interesting discussion. It can potentiall...
Article
Full-text available
Issues of European governance are currently at the fore of the debate on Europe’sfuture. Deliberations on the White Paper, which has recently been released (July 25,2001), have been encouraging and have reaffirmed the status of governance at theEuropean level to be a worthwhile subject of discussion. European politicaldevelopments, in the widest an...
Chapter
The description and epithets we apply to Europe tend to be affected by what we want Europe eventually to be, and such ideas of Europe can have tangible effects on what actually transpires. Similarly, aspirations and ideas are in turn stimulated by events. Europe’s entry into the digitized information age marks such a shift. The beginning of the 199...
Chapter
In the decade which has elapsed since the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, Europe has been witness to many changes. Now that the dawn of the millennium itself stands between us and that historic moment, we are in a position to reassess what has happened to Europe since that night in November 1989, and indeed to look forward into the future of Europe...

Questions

Question (1)
Question
We are currently carrying out a study that considers the role of different disciplines in ICT-related EU-funded research, specifically the role of Digital Social Sciences and Humanities. More information can be found at [1].
I am looking to have a discussion on insights into research activities that 'could' (or 'should') involve multiple disciplines, with a focus on privacy-related issues: essentially looking at how we can maximise the effect of disciplines working together in transnational ICT-related projects.
So far, we have discovered (unsurprisingly) that both the individuals and the structures of the projects can provide barriers and opportunities for new solutions to complex problems. You can help us out by filling in the survey if you have 10-15 minutes [2]!
For us, a 'bridge researcher' is someone who crosses disciplines through their research activities. Such individuals can help bring together multiple disciplines to deal with one research question. This can be someone who is a new entrant to an academic field, someone who sits outside of 'traditional' academia, or someone is so well established that they do not need to worry about achieving high-level publications in mono-disciplinary journals (etc.). They appear to be necessary for multidisciplinary projects to work.
Do you consider yourself a Bridge Researcher, or do you work with anyone who is? What qualities does/should this person possess?
I will gladly share our literature review (draft!) with anyone interested for comments.
Useful links:
[1] (Brief) Information about our study http://bit.ly/md_study.
[2] link to our survey http://bit.ly/multidisciplines.

Network

Cited By

Projects

Projects (2)