Christiansen, T


Thomas Christiansen holds a Chair in European Institutional Politics in the Department of Political Science at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. He is Executive Editor (with Simon Duke) of the Journal of European Integration, co-editor (with Sophie Vanhoonacker) of the ‘European Administration Governance' book series at Palgrave Macmillan and member of the board of the Research Committee on European Unification of  IPSA. He has published widely on different aspects of European integration.


Career History

Since  09/10  Professor of European Institutional Politics at Maastricht University (full-time)

09/15 - 08/17  Professor (part-time) at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Since    10/08  Professor of European Institutional Politics, Maastricht University (part-time, 0.6 FTE)

11/08 - 08/10   Associate Professor, European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht (part-time, 0.4 FTE)

10/03 - 10/08   Senior Lecturer, European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht, The Netherlands

05/97 - 09/03   Jean Monnet Lecturer and Director of European Studies at the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom.

05/95 - 04/97    Research Fellow, Department of Government, University of Essex, Colchester, UK.

10/95 - 06/96    Teaching Fellow (part-time), Department of Government, University of Essex.

01/95 - 02/95    Research Fellow, Centre for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, University of Wales College, Cardiff, United Kingdom

09/94 - 12/94    Researcher (Stagaire), Regional Policy Division, Directorate-General for Research, European Parliament, Luxembourg.

11/93 - 07/94    Research Associate, Project "Germany's Role in the New Europe", Professor Roger Morgan, European University Institute.

11/93 - 05/94    Research Associate, Project "Regional and National Identities in the 19th and 20th Century", Professor Renaud Dehousse, European University Institute.

10/91 – 04/95    PhD Researcher, Department of Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Education and Professional Qualifications

PhD (Political Science), Department of Political Science, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands (February 2008)

M.Sc. (Econ) West European Politics, Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK (September 1991)

B.Sc.(Economics) International Relations Department of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK (June 1990)

Intermediate Diploma ("Vordiplom"), Department of Economics, Hamburg University, Germany (June 1988)

A-Levels Equivalent ("Abitur"), Segeberg County Economics High School, Norderstedt, Germany (June 1984)


Research Profile

Honorary Awards and Research Grants

2010 Award of a Research Grant under the Open Research Area in Social Sciences programme of the NWO, ESRC, DFG and ARF to study the role of national parliaments in the European Union (€250.000,-)
2010 Award of the title of a Jean Monnet Chair by the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme (€45.000,-)
2004 European Institute for Public Administration, Maastricht, Funded In-house Research (Political Agency in the Constitutional Politics of the European Union), €24.000,-
2002 Education and Learning Wales, National Assembly, Cardiff (establishment of a research centre ‘Wales in a Regional Europe’), £350.000,- (with R.W.Jones and R.Scully, UWA)
2002 University of Wales, Aberystwyth Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching, £1,000.-
2001 EU 5th Research Framework Programme, European Commission, Brussels (organisation of research workshop and book project), £60,000,- (with S.Piattoni, University of Trento, Italy)
2001 Teaching Innovation Fund, C-SAP, Birmingham (development of EU simulation module), £1,950,-
1999 Jean Monnet Programme, European Commission, Brussels (establishment of a centre for European Studies in Aberystwyth), £42,000.-
1998 EU-Canada Programme, European Commission, Brussels (transatlantic student exchange), £80,000.-
1996 Academic Research Collaboration Programme, British Council in Germany, Cologne (organisation of research workshop and book project), £4,000.-
1995 Research Fellowship, EU Human Capital and Mobility Programme, European Commission, Brussels (2-year postdoctoral research fellowship).
1994 Robert Schuman Research Scholarship, European Parliament, Luxembourg (research).
1991 DAAD Doctoral Scholarship at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.


Director of Studies of the Research Master European Studies at Maastricht University 2010-2011.

Additional roles & tasks

Professor of European Institutional Politics, Dept of Political Science

Director, PhD Programme for Professionals, UM Campus Brussels

Co-Director, Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM)