Jacques Delors Centre

Visiting Researchers

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.

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 participate and present their work in the Centre's weekly European Governance Colloquium.

We offer our visitors a workspace in one of our shared offices 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 organise 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 dawson[at]hertie-school[dot]org. Applications for the Fall term (September through January) should be submitted before 1 April. For the Spring term (February through August), apply before 1 September.

Current Visiting Researchers

Marco Dani - University of Trento

  • Marco Dani is associate professor of comparative public law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Trento. He is the author of Il diritto pubblico europeo nella prospettiva dei conflitti (Cedam, 2013), of Costituzionalismo europeo. Per una ricostruzione demistificatoria del processo di integrazione europea (ESI, 2022, with A. J. Menéndez) and of several articles in top legal journals. He was Visiting Fellow of the Jean Monnet centre of the NYU School of Law and Marie Curie Fellow of the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science. During his research visit at the Jacques Delors Centre at the Hertie School in Berlin from February to May 2024, Dani’s research focused on the changing paradigms of central banking in Europe since the end of World War II.


Jarle Trondal - University of Oslo & University of Agder, Norway

  • Jarle Trondal is a Professor in political science at the University of Agder, Department of Political Science and Management, and a Professor at University of Oslo, ARENA Centre for European studies. He is also a Senior Fellow at University of California, Berkeley, Institute of European Studies. He earned his PhD from University of Oslo in 2001. He was a Honorary Professor at University of Copenhagen from 2010 to 2015 and was elected to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 2023. His main fields of research are in public policy and administration, turbulence and crisis, organization theory, international bureaucracy, and multilevel administrative governance.

    In the Academic Year 2023-2024 Jarle Trondal was awarded the Michael Endres Prize, a research and teaching award, bestowed annually since 2017 on a distinguished scholar working on topics related to the Hertie School’s research and teaching agenda. During his time at the Jacques Delors Centre in Berlin his work focused on questions of robust governance, international bureaucracies, and multilevel administrative systems.

Former Visiting Researchers

Sven Schreurs - European University Institute

  • Sven Schreurs is a PhD researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. His dissertation examines the role of actors, ideas and institutions in the evolution of 'social Europe' from the 1990s to the present. During his stay at the Jacques Delors Centre from August to December 2023, he worked on developments in EU social policy and legislation in the early to mid-2000s and their long-term ramifications, while also exploring the changing position of German political and economic actors in debates on the social dimension of European integration.


Robin Huguenot-Noël - European University Institute

  • Robin Huguenot-Noël is a researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence where his dissertation focuses onemployment growth strategies in the EU. He has published several reports for the European Commission, the Council and the Parliament on the EU budget, cohesion policy, and welfare reforms in the EU. He is the co-author of the book Resilient Welfare States in the European Union, written with Anton Hemerijck.


Irene Pollini - University of Trento

  • Irene Pollini is a PhD candidate in European and Comparative Legal Studies at the University of Trento. Her research field is European Union law and Comparative Constitutional law, while her PhD project specifically concentrates on the issue of sex work, socio-economic constraints, and freedom of choice. Irene obtained her master’s degree from the University of Trento, with a thesis on the law and policies of the European Union on narcotic substances. She spent a research period at the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in Lisbon. She is admitted to the Italian Bar (Brescia).


Gabriele Beretta - Scuola Normale Superiore

  • Gabriele Beretta is a Ph.D. researcher at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence. His fields of interest are European political economy, EMU macroeconomic governance, and the politics of macroeconomic policies. During his stay as a visiting researcher at the Jacques Delors Centre in March and April 2023, he will conduct research on the transformations in German economic policy-making brought about by the COVID-19 crisis and the return of inflation.


Laura Elina Pöntinen - London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Laura Elina Pöntinen is a Visiting PhD Student at the Jacques Delors Centre in January-March 2023. She is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Social Policy in the London School of Economics and Political Science, focusing on immigrant integration in Southeast Europe. During her stay at the Jacques Delors Centre, she is looking into how EU migration governance and the associated policies may shape immigrant integration outcomes both in the EU member states and EU candidate countries in the region.


Davor Petrić – University of Zagreb, Croatia

  • Davor Petrić is a visiting researcher at the Jacques Delors Centre in November 2022. He has been working at the Department of European Public Law at the University of Zagreb since 2016. His research focuses on the interpretation of EU law by national courts in the preliminary reference procedure.


Antoine Vauchez – CNRS Research Professor at the Université Paris 1-Sorbonne

  • Antoine Vauchez held a Michael Endres Prize fellowship at the Jacques Delors Centre. During his research visit from September 2021 to June 2022, Vauchez’s research focused on Europe’s independent expert bodies and their challenges of technocracy and populism. He also taught a course on contemporary challenges to the rule of law and democracy in Europe.


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 Jacques Delors Centre in July and 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 was a visiting professor in 2021 (postponed due to the pandemic). 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 the winner of the Michael Endres Prize in autmumn 2019. Her 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.