Thi Minh Thuy Vu (Thuy) holds a double Bachelor’s degree in political science and law from Leuphana University Lüneburg and Université Paris-Est Créteil. Having spent two Erasmus semesters in Paris within the framework of this double degree program, she felt that she would like to experience a similar binational study experience during her Master studies. Therefore, she started pursuing the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies Master’s program in Ghent and Vienna, with an emphasis on international relations and the regions of East and Southeast Asia in particular. During her studies, the research evolved around the maritime conflicts in the Indo-Pacific region and legitimation patterns of governments regarding the South China Sea dispute and during the Vietnam War.
Before joining the European Institute for Asian Studies, she gained experience at the initiative “Diversitry” in close cooperation with the German Federal Office in order to advocate for more diversity throughout the German ministries and federal administration. She has also completed a traineeship in the Directorate-General for Security and Safety of the European Parliament in Brussels. At the European Institute for Asian Studies, her research focuses on the strengthening of EU relations with Southeast Asia and ASEAN as a key economic player in this region.