Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994 – 2000
    Studied political science and economics, history and literature, University of Osnabrück, Germany; Universidad de Complutense, Madrid, Spain; and Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Poitiers, France

  • 1998
    Maîtrise en Gestion Internationale, Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Poitiers, France

  • 2000
    Magister Artium degree (MA) in European Studies (Magistra Rerum Europae), University of Osnabrück

  • 2000 – 2004
    Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne (MPIfG), doctoral student and postdoc in the project "'New Governance' and Social Europe: Theory and Practice of Minimum Harmonization and Soft Law in the Multilevel System"

  • 2003
    Dissertation, University of Osnabrück

  • 2003 – 2004
    International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland; Associate Expert in the department Safe Work / Social Protection

  • 2004 – 2007
    Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), Research associate in the area "Labour Market Policy and Employment"

  • 2008 – 2013
    Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), head of the independent Schumpeter junior research group "Position Formation in the EU Commission"

  • 2013
    Professor (W2) of Governance and Organisational Research, University of Bremen, Germany

  • 2014
    Professor of Multilevel Governance, Leipzig University, Germany

Selected publications

  • Which policy for Europe?: Power and conflict inside the European Commission. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014 [mit J. Metz & C. Rauh].

  • Enforcing Social Europe through Labour Inspectorates: Changes in Capacity and Cooperation across Europe. West European Politics, 2014 37/4

  • Politicization of the European Commission: When, how and with what impact?. In: M. W. Bauer & J. Trondal (Hrsg.), Handbook: The European Administrative System. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

  • Zugang und Einfluss von Expertise: Politikformulierung in der Europäischen Kommission. Der Moderne Staat, Sonderheft ‚Wissen und Expertise in Politik und Verwaltung’, Hrsg. S. Kropp & S. Kuhlmann, 2013 6/1:183-202 [mit J. Metz]

  • Politiken zum Thema Alter: Akteure, Instrumente und Wirkungen. Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, 2013 59/1: 35-59

  • Organising Exits from the Joint-Decision Trap? Cross-sectoral (Non-)Coordination in the European Union. In: G. Falkner (Hg.), The EU’s Joint-Decision Trap and its Exits. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011: 181-198

  • Much Ado about Money and How to Spend it! Analysing 40 Years of Annulment Cases against the EU Commission. European Journal for Political Research, 2010 49/2: 202-222 [mit M. W. Bauer]

  • Problems of Operationalisation and Data in EU Compliance Research. European Union Politics, 2009 10/2: 281-304 [mit G. Falkner]

  • When a Solution Becomes the Problem: The Causes for Policy Reversal on Early Exit from the Labour Force. Journal of European Social Policy, 2008 18/4: 366-379 [mit A. Kemmerling]

  • Complying with Europe: The Impact of EU Minimum Harmonisation and Soft Law in the Member States. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005 [mit G. Falkner, O. Treib & S. Leiber].


Selected projects

  • "Positionsbildung in der EU-Kommission" (Position Formation in the EU Commission): Independent junior research group at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), funded by a Schumpeter Fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation, 2008 – 2014

  • Associated partner, EU Framework Programme Seven GUSTO: 'Meeting the challenges of economic uncertainty and sustainability through employment, industrial relations, social and environmental policies in European countries', lead by C. Crouch, University of Warwick

  • New Governance and Social Europe: Theory and Practice of Minimum Harmonization and Soft Law in the Multilevel System [with G. Falkner, S. Leiber, O. Treib], 2000 – 2004

  • Policies of active aging in Europe: older, broader and more influential than the open methods of coordinating pensions

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Acting member of the scientific council of the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), Germany, since 2010

  • Member of the selection committee "Grants for young researchers" at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), 2009 – 2010

  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina & acatech working group "Opportunities and problems of an aging society", 2006 – 2009

  • Spokesperson for the doctoral students at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies Cologne, Germany, 2001 – 2002

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