My research focuses on European Integration and European Politics. I am especially interested in the following topics:

  • EU enlargement
  • EU politics in Southeast Europe (Western Balkans)
  • Europeanisation of political systems
  • Peaceful settlement of conflicts
  • Compliance with fundamental norms
  • External relations of the EU
  • Parliaments in EU multi-level governance

Downloads & data

Online Appendices for the article “Two steps forward one step back: what shapes the process of EU enlargement in South-Eastern Europe?” published by the Journal of European Integration. Volume 38, 2016 - Issue 7, DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2016.1203309.

The practice of legitimacy

Between 2012 and 2014, I led the junior research group "The challenge of legitimacy. Society and governance under changed conditions" at the University of Duisburg-Essen together with Kristina Weissenbach. During this time, young scholars from different disciplines came together to discuss and debate matters of legimitacy. The activities were funded by the the main research area "Transformation of contemporary societies". In 2016, the collected volume "The practice of legitimacy. Perspectives from Political Science and Sociology" has been published by Springer VS.

20 years of European citizenship

Between 2013 and 2014, I led the teaching research project "20 years of European citizenship: Progress and challenges". During this time, students conducted more than 460 interviews with Duisburg citizens and organised public events in cooperation with the Europe Direct Information Centre of Duisburg. The project was funded by Stiftung Mercator.