Chair: Comparative Politics and European Integration

The Chair "Comparative Politics and European Integration" is committed to teaching political science analysis in the study of comparative politics in industrialized states and the European Union as well as beyond the classical 'western' states. We are also dedicated to including innovative methods and practical relevance in our teaching. Our research focuses on governance in the European multi-level system, European foregin policy, climate and energy governance, perceptions of European governance, external democracy promotion of the EU as well as interest intermediation.

The chair for “Comparative politics and European Integration” at the Institute for Political Science at TU Darmstadt is led by Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt since 2005.

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In research, the Research Group includes a large number of international interdisciplinary consortia and single projects financed by diverse third-part funds such as the German Research Found (DFG), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), EU Funds, German Foreign Ministry, VolkswagenStiftung, Compagnia die San Palolo, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and Regional Government of Hesse.

It focuses among others on governance of the EU multi-level system, energy- and climate policy (at European, national, regional and local level), participatory governance, external EU foreign policy, EU perceptions, EU as a mediator in conflict, emergency governance in cities, critical infrastructure, EU external democracy promotion and interest intermediation.

In addition the Research Group consults for various Institutions such as UNDP, the EU, national and local ministries as well as cities.

Find out more about the current research projects at the research group

Teaching within the Research Group encompasses lectures and seminars on the topics of comparative politics and governance in the EU multilevel system in various policy fields. Comparative politics covers old and new member states of the EU and beyond especially the new neighbourhood of the EU.

The Research Groups puts special emphasis on innovative teaching and practical relevance of its teaching, such as simulations, empirical research in the field, guest lectures in seminars, excursions to institutions such as the EU or academic conferences.

The Research Group was awarded ones with the TU Athene Award for excellent teaching as well as twice with the Faculty Athene Award for excellent teaching.

  Name Working area(s) Contact
Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt
Chair | Project Leader
Comparative Politics and European Integration
+49 6151 16-57353
S4|23 205
Nils Bruch M.A.
Research Associate
Comparative Politics and European Integration, Models of Housing and Energy Policy
+49 6151 16-57292
S4|22 202
Dipl.-Kffr. Christine Chemnitz M.A.
Research Associate
Comparative Politics and European Integration
+49 6151 16-57443
S4|22 310
Lucas Flath M.A.
Research Associate
Comparative Politics and European Integration
+49 6151 16-57338
S4|22 210
Jannis Kachel M. A.
Research Associate
Comparative Politics and European Integration
S4|23 215
Dr. Jörg Kemmerzell
Project consultant PAEGIE
Institut for Political Science, Comparative Politics and European Integration
+49 6151 16-57422
S4|22 310
Katharina Kleinschnitger M.A.
Research Associate | Doctoral Candidate | Project consultant PaEGIE | Program Area Coordinator emergenCITY | Managing Director AEI e.V.
Comparative Politics and European Integration
+49 6151 16-57361
S4|23 215
Dr. Alice Engel (geb. Knauf)
Research Associate (in maternity leave)
Comparative Politics and European Integration
S4|23 215
Marie Lortz M.A.
Research Associate
Comparative Politics and European Integration
+49 6151 16-57201
S4|23 215
Rainer Müller M.A.
Research Associate
Comparative Politics and European Integration
+49 6151 16-57431
S4|22 308
Eva Platzer
Research Training Group KRITIS / Doctoral Candidate
Comparative Politics and European Integration
+49 6151 16-57577
S4|24 110
Dr. Christine Quittkat
Research Associate
Comparative Politics and European Integration
+49 6151 16-57443
S4|22 310
Tom Sauer M.A.
Research Associate
Comparative Politics and European Integration, Comparative Politics and German Government
S4|22 210
PD Dr. Jared Sonnicksen
Research Associate
Methodology in Political Science and Philosophy of Science, Transnational Governance, Comparative Politics and European Integration
+49 6151 16-57345
S4|23 202
Anna Stöckl M.A.
Research Associate
Comparative Politics and European Integration
+49 6151 16-57401
S4|23 215
Nicole Ungermann
Admin. Assistance Prof. Knodt / Prof. Stecker
Comparative Politics and European Integration, Political System of Germany and Comparative Government
+49 6151 16-57354
S4|23 206
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Franziska Krauß
in parental leave
Comparative Politics and European Integration