Bauer is vice chairman of MEIA Research. In addition to that, he works as an independent consultant on political developments in the Middle East and North Africa
and is an evaluation specialist on international cooperation and capacity-building programs.
Previously he has led the Middle East Programme of the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) and coordinated the International European Studies Programs of Munich
Ludwig Maximilian University (2008-2016). For the humanitarian relief organization Orienthelfer e.V. he implemented programs on education, medical support and direct aid
in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq (2016-2017).
In addition to numerous research trips to the Middle East, Michael Bauer was a non-resident lecturer at Chulalongkorn University Bangkok (2011-2015). In 2012 he was a visiting scholar
at the Center for International Relations of the Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil.