Jacques Delors Centre

Becoming a visitor

Visiting the Centre

The Jacques Delors Centre regularly hosts visiting researchers working on issues of European law and politics. The Centre welcomes visitors at all career stages, from PhD researchers over postdocs to tenured faculty. Additionally, the Jacques Delors Centre hosts the annual Michael Endres Visiting Professorship. During the academic year 2021/2022, the Endres professorship is held by Antoine Vauchez.

The Jacques Delors Centre provides its visitors with plenty of opportunities to immerse themselves in a vibrant, supportive, and diverse community of more than 30 researchers. Research interests at the Centre cut across disciplinary boundaries and encompass the law, politics, and political economy of European integration. Situated in the heart of Berlin and combining both academic research and policy work, the Jacques Delors Centre also strives to build a bridge into the practice of European politics. Visitors are expected to particpate and present their work in the Centre's weekly European Governance Colloquium .

We offer our visitors an individual workplace and access to the Hertie School’s library and research services. For PhD researchers, we additionally have a limited amount of travel funding available. Beyond that, the Centre expects visitors to bring their own funding.

Are you interested in visiting the Centre? Please send an outline of your research project, a CV, and a brief letter of motivation indicating the proposed dates of your visit to freudlsperger[at]delorscentre[dot]eu. Applications for the Fall term (September through January) should be submitted before 1 June. For the Spring term (February through August), we expect you to apply before 1 November.

 

Former and Current Visiting Researcher

Stefano Merlo - Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Stefano Merlo is a visiting researcher at the Jacques Delors centre in October and November 2021. He is a PhD candidate at the VU Amsterdam’s John Stuart Mill College. He writes about the EMU Fiscal Governance from a political economy and philosophical perspective. Specifically, he is applying republican political theory to the Eurozone to understand which principles of international justice should apply to a currency union. He has published on the issue of Independent Fiscal Institutions and post-crisi EMU democracy.

Sophie Dura, LL.M - University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Sophie Dura is a Visiting PhD Student at the Jacques Delors Centre in September and October 2021. She is a PhD Candidate at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, where she works on the European Pillar of Social Rights and its effects on social policy-making within the EU. During her research stay at the Centre, Sophie aims to explore how European social policy influences current policy debates in Germany and how German positions in the field influence the direction of EU-level policies. 

Dr. Cristina Ares - University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

  • Dr. Cristina Ares is a visiting researcher at the Jacques Delors Centre in August and September 2021. She ordinarily works as a senior lecturer in European Studies and Comparative Politics at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Her research activity focuses on the programmatic supply of parties regarding EU policies and its translation into policy outputs through the European Parliament, and the EU’s COVID-19 policy and its effects on European integration.

Susi Forderer, PhD - European University Institute, Florence, Italy

  • Susi Forderer is a PhD researcher at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. Her research deals with the equality of Member States in the EU. Susi obtained her LL.M. at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and studied law at the University of Hamburg. Before starting her PhD, Susi was an Academic Assistant at the College of Europe in Bruges and worked as an associate in an international law firm in Brussels.

Prof. Cecilia Emma Sottilotta - American University, Rome, Italy

  • Cecilia Emma Sottilotta is Assistant Professor of International Relations and Global Politics at the American University of Rome and Visiting Professor at the EU, International Relations and Diplomacy Studies Department of the College of Europe, Bruges. She is a specialist on political risk analysis. During her stay at the Delors Centre in July-August 2021 she focused on the politics of expertise in Europe in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. Frank Schimmelfennig - ETH Zürich, Switzerland

  • Frank Schimmelfennig, Professor of European Politics and a member of the Center for Comparative and International Studies at ETH Zurich held a Michael Endres Prize fellowship at the Jacques Delors Centre. During his research visit from September 2020 to June 2021, Schimmelfennig's research interest lie in the field of European integration as an interaction of internal and external bordering.

Prof. Jonathan White, PhD - London School of Economics, Great Britain

  • Jonathan White, Professor of Politics at the London School of Economics, held an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung fellowship at the Jacques Delors Centre. During his research visit from January until July 2020, White's research interest lie in the field of Ideology and the EU.

Prof. Kathleen Thelen - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

  • Kathleen Thelen, Ford Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) won the Michael Endres Prize 2019 and will be visiting Professor in 2021 (due to the Pandemic her visiting position was postponed). Her work focuses on the origins and evolution of political-economic institutions in the rich democracies. 

Prof. (emer.) Adrienne Héritier - European University Institute, Florence, Italy

  • Adrienne Héritier, Emeritus Professor of Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence joined as a visiting Professor as a winner of the Michael Endres Prize in autmumn 2019. Héritier’s research focuses on European policymaking, comparative public policy, European decision-making processes and theories of institutional change. 

Prof. Inken von Borzyskowski - Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA

  • Inken von Borzyskowski is a Assistant Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. Her research focuses on the domestic politics of international relations and their effect on domestic conflict and elections. During her research visit from May until August 2019, she focused on the "withdrawal from international organisations".

Dr. Christel Koop - King's College, London, Great Britain

  • Christel Koop is Senior Lecturer in Political Economy. Her research focuses on regulation and other areas of economic policy-making, both at the national and EU-level. As a DAAD Visiting Scholar from March until April 2019 she did research on arm’s length governance, politicisation and depolitisation, as well as on democratic accountability and legitimacy.