Hundreds of people from the Ottawa indian community took part in the India Canada Association: Unity Picnic at Saunders Farm in Munster, July 27, 2014. (Chris Roussakis/Ottawa Citizen)

Achim Hurrelmann – Associate Professor of Political Science; Jean Monnet Chair

Achim Hurrelmann (Dipl.-Pol. University of Hamburg, 2000; Dr. rer. pol. University of Bremen, 2004) is Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University, where he has taught since 2007. He was awarded the Jean Monnet Chair “Democracy in the European Union” in 2015. He is Co-Director of Carleton’s Centre for European Studies (CES), a Carleton University Research Centre focusing on European affairs. Between 2014 and 2018, he served as Director of Carleton’s Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS), an interdisciplinary unit that offers undergraduate and graduate programs focusing on European affairs.

Achim is one of the leading Canadian scholars of European integration. With Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and Amy Verdun, he has recently published European Union Governance and Policy Making: A Canadian Perspective (University of Toronto Press 2018), the first textbook on EU politics focused explicitly on a Canadian readership. 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 Research, Political Studies, European Political Science Review, West European Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, European 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.

Achim has taught university courses on European integration, for undergraduate and graduate students, since 2007. Other topics of his teaching include an introduction to political science, as well as introductory and advanced courses on various issues of comparative politics. In 2011, he was awarded the Faculty of Public Affairs Teaching Award.

His full CV, including a list of publications, can be found here.