Achim Hurrelmann (Dipl.-Pol. University of Hamburg, 2000; Dr. rer. pol. University of Bremen, 2004) is Associate Professor of the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies.  He is Co-Director (with Joan DeBardeleben) of the Centre for European Studies (CES), a Carleton University Research Centre focused on European affairs, and holds the Jean Monnet Chair “Democracy in the European Union”. Between 2014 and 2018, he served as Director of the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS).

Achim Hurrelmann ended his tenure as EURUS director on an extremely productive note!  Along with our own Crina Viju and two British colleagues, he published a knowledge synthesis report on Canada-UK trade after Brexit and also co-edited, with Crina Viju and Joan DeBardeleben a textbook on EU politics that appeared in March. The textbook was included on the Hill Times’ list of the “100 Best Political, History, Public Policy Books in 2018.”

In addition, he has written two monographs, six edited volumes, and nineteen scholarly articles, which have appeared in some of the leading journals in the field (including European Journal of Political ResearchPolitical StudiesEuropean Political Science ReviewWest European PoliticsJournal of European Public PolicyEuropean Law Journal, and Politische Vierteljahresschrift).

Achim has held three research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) as well as a transatlantic cooperation grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In addition, he was applicant or co-applicant on various successful grant applications to support the Centre for European Studies (CES), most recently as academic coordinator of a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2016-2019).

In recent years, his research has focused on questions of politicization, legitimation and democratization in EU multilevel governance. He is currently completing a five-year project, funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant, that examines how the Eurozone financial crisis has contributed to an increased politicization of EU affairs in the European population, and what implications this has had on democratic institutions and practices in EU multilevel governance. In addition, he is working on a SSHRC-funded knowledge synthesis project on “Political Contestation about International Economic Agreements: Lessons for the Canada-UK Trade Relationship after Brexit”, as well as on various publication projects about questions of democratic legitimacy in the EU.

The main fields of Achim’s teaching are EU politics, comparative politics (with a focus on Europe), as well as democratic and state theory. He has also taught introductory courses in the fields of Political Science and European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. In 2011, he was awarded the Faculty of Public Affairs Teaching Award.

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