University of Bremen 

Bremen, Germany

Partner 14 (UniHB)

The University of Bremen is the science center of North West Germany with its nearly 1,500 full-time scientists and 19,000 students.

The Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies (CEuS) at the University of Bremen is an inderdisciplinary centre for research on European integration and Europeanisation, with competence in the areas of comparative political and sociological research, including gender politics. The Centre’s international networks of cooperation and exchange include a range of international universities. CEuS contributes to the PhD programme and doctoral training at the Graduate School for Social Sciences of UniHB.

It also cooperates with the Centre for European Law and Politics (ZERP) at the University of Bremen. ZERP is a centre for interdisciplinary research in the field of European integration with a combined focus on law and politics. It has taken part in the EU’s Marie Curie Research Training Network and Transfer of Knowledge-programs, and it is part of a well-established European and international research network.


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Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies (CEuS) 

Prof. Ulrike Liebert 

Ulrike Liebert is co-leader of RECON's WP 5 - Civil Society and Public Sphere. She is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies at the University of Bremen. Among her previous teaching and research appointments are the Universities of Cornell, Koblenz-Landau, Heidelberg and Mannheim, and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Since 1985, Prof. Liebert has directed and participated in 15 international research projects. At present, she directs the comparative research project ‘Citizenship and constitutionalization: transforming the public sphere in East-West European integration’ (ConstEPS, 2005-8), funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Her research focus is on problems of democracy and integration in the new Europe, European political sociology and comparative democratisation.

RECON participation: WP 5 (co-leader) and WP 8

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Tatjana Evas

Tatjana Evas is PhD candidate at Hanse Law School at the University of Bremen. She has an LL.M degree in International and European Law from RGSL and has held a Public Interest Law Fellowship at Columbia Law School, New York. She has experience from the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, New York, as legal advisor for the Estonian Refugee Council and from the Directorate General for Legal Affairs at the Council of Europe. In 2003-4 she was involved in the RAXEN_CC project on minority education of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, as leading expert and co-ordinator of the Estonia National Focal Point. Evas’ PhD dissertation studies the impact of the EU constitutionalisation and Union citizenship on integration of the multicultural societies in Estonia and Latvia..

RECON participation: WP 2, WP 3 and WP 5

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Dr. Alexander Gattig 

Alexander Gattig is lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the University of Bremen, in the area of quantitative social science methods. He was research fellow at the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studie at UniHB until April 2008, and continues to cooperate closely with the RECON project. Gattig holds a PhD in sociology from the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) in Groningen, the Netherlands. His research experience includes three international projects: ‘Household Dynamics and Social Inequality’, ‘Integration and Social Structure’, and ‘Citizenship and Constitutionalization’ (ConstEPS). Dr. Gattig’s research interests are social stratification, political sociology and rational choice theory.

RECON participation: WP 5

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Dr. Sandra Kröger

Sandra Kröger holds degrees in social sciences and Interdisciplinary France studies. She received her doctorate at the University of Göttingen, with a dissertation on the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) in anti-poverty policies in France and Germany. Prior to joining CEuS in October 2008, she has worked with Beate Kohler-Koch (CONNEX) on the consultation regime of the European Commission as well as with the Institute of European Integration Research in Vienna. Her current research focuses on democratic representation in the EU, which she empirically investigates with regard to organised civil society.

RECON participation: WP 5

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Sönke Maatsch

Sönke Maatsch is PhD fellow at Economic Mechanisms and Dynamics within the European Area (MEDEE) at the University of Lille I, France, and the Centre for Social Policy Research (CeS) at the University of Bremen, holding a Master in Economics and a Bachelor in Political Science. He has been working as a research assistant and as a freelancer for different research institutes in economics and political science, including MEDEE and the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies at the University of Bremen, where he participated in the project ‘Citizenship and Constitutionalization’ (ConstEPS). In his dissertation, he analyses the potential impact of European enlargement on the financing of social policy in the old and new member states.

RECON participation: WP 5

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Aleksandra Maatsch

Aleksandra Maatsch (formerly Wyrozumska) is PhD research fellow at the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies at UniHB. She holds an MA in Sociology from the University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland) and an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University, Budapest. Wyrozumska participates in the project ‘Citizenship and Constitutionalisation: Transformations of the Public Sphere in East-West European Integration’ (ConstEPS). In her PhD dissertation, she analyzes reforms of national citizenship laws in Germany, Hungary and Poland, drawing on legal acts’ and parliamentary debates’ analysis.

RECON participation: WP 5

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Kathrin Packham

Kathrin Packham joined WP 5 in November 2008 as a researcher at the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany. She recently submitted her PhD Thesis entitled “Explaining Political Party Performance in European Communication. A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Party Political Cueing in domestic EU Treaty Ratification”. Within WP 5 she is responsible for preparing the Bremen contribution to the study of euroscepticism. Her main focus is on the preparation and implementation of a cross-national comparative study on the democratic discourses in the media coverage on the European Elections 2009 in six old and new EU member states. Her research interests as a comparative political scientist include European integration, media and political communication, political parties and civil society.

RECON participation: WP 5

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Ewelina Pawlak

Ewelina Pawlak is research assistant at the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies and holds an MA in Political Science. Before joining the RECON WP 5 team in October 2008, she assisted the project 'Citizenship and Constitutionalization: Transformations of the Public Sphere in East-West European Integration' (ConstEPS). Her field of research is European citizens' political participation in European politics, with qualitative and quantitative comparative methods of individual attitudinal and behavioural analysis.

RECON participation: WP 5

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Centre for European Law and Politics (ZERP)


Prof. Christian Joerges

Christian Joerges is research professor at the Collaborative Research Center' Transformations of the State' and the Centre for European Law and Politics (ZERP) at the University of Bremen. He was previously professor of European economic law at the EUI and  co-director of ZERP until 1998. Prof. Joerges has been affiliated to the University of Frankfurt, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, Columbia University Law School, Birkbeck College Law School, University of London, New York University Law School and the Law Faculty of the University of Toronto. His main research areas are the Europeanization of economic and private law, transnational risk regulation at European and international levels, compliance and legitimacy problems of transnational governance and anti-liberal traditions of legal thought in Europe. In recent years his studies on the constitutionalisation of new forms of governance in Europe include with growing intensity phenomena of transnational governance.

RECON participation: WP 1, WP 2 and WP 9 (co-leader)

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Olga Batura

Olga Batura is research assistant at the Collaborative Research Center 597 at the University of Bremen, for the Project A1 ‘Trade Liberalisation and Social Regulation in Transnational Constellations’. In October 2008, she joined the RECON team at the Centre for European Law and Politics (ZERP). Batura has studied international and European law at the European Humanities University in Minsk, the University of Bremen and University of Hamburg. She is currently writing her PhD thesis on the liberalisation of telecommunications services in the EC and in the WTO.

RECON participation: WP 9

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Kolja Möller

Kolja Möller is research assistant at the Centre for European Law and Politics and the Collaborative Research Center  ’Transformations of the State’ at the University of Bremen. He has an MA in Political Science from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, holding a grant from the German National Academic Foundation. Möller is currently writing a PhD thesis on global constitutionalism and transnational democracy. His current research interests are the transformation of statehood, new modes of governance (from a post-structuralist perspective), international political economy and constitutionalism beyond the state

RECON participation: WP 9

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Tommi Ralli

Tommi Ralli is research assistant at the Centre of European Law and Politics at the University of Bremen. He obtained his PhD at the European University Institute (Florence) on a thesis titled 'Justice through Legal Dispute' (2009). He has written on Aristotle and law, the ethics of legal dispute resolution, and law and social justice. His current research interests include intuitive and analytical aspects of legal decision, justice and rationality in law, and global poverty.

RECON participation: WP 9

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Dr. Florian Rödl

Florian Rödl leads a research group at the research cluster Formation of Normative Orders at Goethe University Frankfurt. The research group's focus is on changes in transnational and economic labour law. Rödl has been research assistant at the University of Bremen’s Centre for European Law and Politics (ZERP). He holds a Master of Philosophy from Free University Berlin, has passed the two German state exams in Law and has experience as a labour lawyer in an international law firm. Rödl obtained his PhD at the European University Institute Florence with a doctoral thesis on the changing function of private international law in the European internal market. Current research interests are the European labour law, democratic constitutionalism beyond the state and theory of private law.

RECON participation: WP 7

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