Rudiger Wurzel UOH_1242

Professor Rudiger Wurzel

Professor of Comparative European Politics and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Studies.

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

School of Law and Politics

r.k.wurzel@hull.ac.uk

01482 466081

Rudi Wurzel is Professor of Comparative European Politics and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Studies.

His main research areas include environmental policy and politics, EU governance, comparative European politics, German politics and new modes of governance.

Rudi joined Hull as a lecturer in 1993. He was promoted to senior lecturer (2003) and reader (2005) before being awarded a chair.

He is the Director of the Centre for European Union Studies (CEUS). He has successfully completed a large number of projects for which he received grants from funding bodies such as the British Academy, EU, Nuffield Foundation and Leverhulme Trust.

Research

Research Interests

  • Environmental policy and politics

  • Comparative European politics

  • European Union

  • German politics

  • New modes of governance

  • Comparative public policies

Research groups

Rudi has cooperated on joint research projects and joint publications with a wide range of leading researchers from across the world. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of European Public Policy since 2004 and Environmental Politics since 2012.

Rudi has been a co-convenor of the Political Studies Association's German Politics Specialist Group since 2015. He is a member of the Political Studies Association's Environmental Politics Specialist Group and its Comparative European Politics Specialist Group.

Publications

Liefferink, D. and Wurzel, R. (2017), ‘Environmental Pioneers and Leaders: Agents of Change?’, Journal of European Public Policy, vol.24, no.7, pp.951-968.

Wurzel, R., Connelly, J. and Liefferink, D. (eds), (2017), The European Union in International Climate Change Politics. Still Taking A Lead?, London: Routledge, URL: https://www.routledge.com/The-European-Union-in-International-Climate-Change-Politics-Still-Taking/Wurzel-Connelly-Liefferink/p/book/9781138647183

Wurzel, R., Zito, A. and Jordan, A. (2013), Environmental Governance in Europe: A Comparative Analysis of the New Environmental Policy Instruments, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. URL: https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/environmental-governance-in-europe?___website=uk_warehouse

Hayward, J. and Wurzel, R. (eds) (2012), European Disunion. Between Sovereignty and Solidarity, Basingstoke: Palgrave, URL: http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9780230367739#otherversion=9781349349692

Jordan, A., Wurzel, R. and Zito, A. (2005), ‘The Rise of New Environmental Policy Instruments (NEPIs) in Comparative Perspective. Has Governance Eclipsed Government?’, Political Studies, vol. 53, no.3, pp.477-96.

Wurzel, R. (2002), Environmental Policy-Making in Britain, Germany and the European Union. The Europeanisation of Air and Water Pollution Control, Manchester: Manchester University Press, paperback edition, URL: http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9780719073342/

Full list

Teaching

Programmes taught on

Modules list

Undergraduate

  • The Reunified Germany in the New Europe
  • Paths of Research
  • Understanding the European Union
  • The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment
Postgraduate
  • The EU: Political Integration and Policy Analysis
  • The EU: National and International Perspectives

Research PhDs

I welcome applications in any area related to my main research areas which include environmental policy and politics, the EU, comparative European politics, German politics, new modes of governance and comparative public policies.

Completed PhDs

Lars Borrass (2014), Implementing the Area Management and Species Protection Requirements of the Habitats Directive in Germany and the United Kingdom, a Comparative Analysis of Varying Implementation Practices and Processes (joint supervisor with Prof Georg Winkel)

Mihalis Ragkousis (2013), The Open Method of Coordination on Social Inclusion: Analysing the Participation of British and Greek Stakeholders and its Impact on their Expectations, Political Activities and Loyalties

Sarah Hoffmann (2010), The Creation of the European Environment Agency and its Impact on National Administrations in Germany, France and Britain

Current PhD supervisors 

Achara Banjongprasert, Advocacy Strategies of NGOs and the Xayabury Dam Project

Jeremy Moulton, A Tale of Two Cities: Could Ecological Modernisation be Europe’s Solution to Both Climate Change and Stalled Integration

Flávia Guerra, Sovereignty and Governance of Offshore Renewable Energy (joint supervisor with Prof Richard Barnes (first supervisor))

Michael Howcroft, Identity: Hull UK City of Culture 2017 - Post-Brexit (joint supervisor with Prof Franco Bianchini (first supervisor) and Prof David Atkinson)

Teaching awards and accolades

Rudi has more than 25 years of teaching experience in higher education.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • MA in Politics, Law and German Literature (University of Augsburg, Germany)

  • MA in European Integration and Co-opertion (University of Hull, UK)

  • PhD (University London, London School of Economics, UK)

External roles

Rudi has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of European Public Policy since 2004 and Environmental Politics since 2012.

He has been a co-convenor of the Political Studies Association's German Politics Specialist Group since 2015. He has acted as external examiner at Birkbeck College and SOAS as well as an external PhD examiner at a wide range of Universities.

He has acted as a referee for more than 20 different international journals as well as a reviewer for a wide range of national and international grant funding bodies and publishers.

Rudi has collaborated on a large number of grant funded research projects with leading researchers from across the world. A significant number of his publications are joint publications with researchers from other universities.

Awards and accolades

Externally-funded research projects

Joint grant (with Duncan Liefferink, Nijmegen University) for a workshop on ‘Pioneers and Leaders in Polycentric Climate Governance (PiLePoC)’ in Hull on 15-16 September. 2016.

Workshop co-organiser together with D. Liefferink. Funder: EU COST and INOGOV (Innovations in Climate governance) programme. Duration: June 2016 – March 2017. Grant: €15,000.

Research team member for ‘ECOREST - More effective Ecosystem Restoration in the EU’ project. 17 research teams from 11 European countries, five agencies, four nature conservation trusts and industry/conservation groups. Funder: EU Horizon 2020. Duration: March 2016 to August 2018. Total funding: €6,884,835. Funding for Hull-based research team: €1,100,883.

Principle Investigator for European Commission co-funded international workshop and book project Still Taking the Lead? The European Union in International Climate Change Politics. The workshop took place in Hull on 24-25 September 2015. Duration: August 2015 – March 2016. Grant: €3,000.

Joint grant (with Duncan Liefferink and James Connelly) for University of Nijmegen (co-funded international workshop and edited book on The European Union in International Climate Change Politics. Still Taking A Lead? The workshop took place in Hull on 24-25 September 2015. Duration: August 2015 –December 2016. Grant: €2,200.

Principle Investigator for British Academy funded project ‘The Ecological Modernisation of Structurally Disadvantaged Coastal European Maritime Port Cities’. Co-researchers: James Connelly (Politics), Sally Eden (Geography), Mike Elliott (Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies), Andy Jonas (Geography) and Elizabeth Monaghan (Politics). Duration: 1.9.2013-15.8.2016. Grant: £10,000.

Research team member for EU FP7 funded research project entitled ‘Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors (Vectors)’. Interdisciplinary research project carried out by 37 research teams from 14 European countries. Research lead: Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Lead coordinator for the interdisciplinary Hull University based research team: Mike Elliott. Duration: 2011- 2015. Overall grant for VECTORS: €16.33 million. Funding for the Hull-based research team: £394,000.

Principle Investigator for EU Commission funded workshop and book project on ‘The European Union as a Leader in International Climate Change Politics’. Duration: August 2008-May 2009. Grant: €13,100.

Principle Investigator for British Academy grant for ‘The Role of the EU Presidency: Britain and Germany Compared’. Duration: April 2007 - May 2009. Grant: £6,368.

Principle Investigator for Anglo-German Foundation (AGF) grant for ‘The Politics of Emission Trading. An Anglo-German Comparison’. Duration: January 2005- October 2006. Grant: £4,000.

Principle Investigator for an ESRC funded project on ‘Innovation in Environmental Governance: A Comparative Analysis of New Environmental Policy Instruments (NEPIs)’. Co-researchers: Andrew Jordan (University of East Anglia) and Anthony Zito (University of Newcastle). Duration: May 2000 to March 2003. The project was graded ‘outstanding’ by the ESRC. Grant: £73,110.

Principle Investigator for Anglo-German Foundation grant for ‘The EU Presidency in the Environmental, Agricultural and Transport Fields. An Anglo-German Comparison Across Time and Different Policy Areas’. January 1998-March 2000. Grant: £4,999.

Principle Investigator for Anglo-German Foundation grant for ‘Parliamentary Scrutiny Committees and Governmental Advisory Committees. An Anglo-German Comparison’. Grant: £4,000.

Principle Investigator for Nuffield Foundation grant for ‘Environmental Issues and the Alpine and Northern European Union Enlargement’. Principal investigator. Co-researcher: Dr Helene Sjursen (University of Oslo). Grant: £5,000.

Principle Investigator for Anglo-German Foundation grant for ‘Britain and Germany and the Role of the EC Presidency in the Environmental Field’. Grant: £3,990.

ESRC grant to present the findings of a research project on ‘new’ environmental policy instruments (NEPIs) and the Future Governance Programme in April 2003. Grant: £690.

University of London grant to undertake fieldwork in Brussels, Bonn and Berlin for six months. Duration: 1991-1992. Grant: £2,000.

Joint ESRC grant for setting up the ‘Interdisciplinary Research Network on the Environment and Society’ (IRNES) of which I was a founding member. Duration: 1990-1992. Grant: two grants of £2,000.

Internal University of Hull grants above £1,000

Principle Investigator for Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) funded international workshop on ‘Still Taking the Lead? The European Union in International Climate Change Politics’, Duration: 10 May 2015 - 31 October 2015. Grant: £2,000.

Joint Principle Investigator for Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) funded workshop on ‘The Ecological Modernisation of Structurally Disadvantaged Coastal Maritime Cities: Hull and Bremerhaven Compared’, CO-PIs: James Connelly and Elizabeth Monaghan. Duration: January – October 2014. Grant: £6,000.

Principle Investigator for University of Hull funded project on ‘Environmental NGOs and Businesses in European Climate Change Governance: Towards the Ecological Modernisation of the EU, Member States, Cities and Societies’. Co-researchers James Connelly (Politics), Sally Eden (Geography), David Gibbs (Geography), Andy Jonas (Geography) and Elizabeth Monaghan (Politics). Duration: March – June 2012. Grant: £4,000.

Principle Investigator for Hull Environmental Research Institute (HERI) seed-corn funding to set up an EU water framework directive research group. (2014) Grant: £5,000

Principle Investigator for University of Hull Faculty Strategic Research Fund to research and explore follow-up projects on ‘new’ environmental policy instruments. Grant: £1,900

Professional highlights

End-of-award (British Academy) presentation with Prof Andrew Jonas (University of Hull) on ‘The Ecological Modernisation of Structurally Disadvantaged Maritime Port Cities: Bremerhaven and Hull Compared’ for the Climate City Office (Klimastadtbüro) in Bremerhaven on 2 February 2017. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNoi_zZ_b_8 and http://klimastadt-bremerhaven.de/download/wurzel-jonas-bremerhaven-final.pdf

Seminar presentation ‘Explaining the EU’s approach to climate change’ for European External Action Service (EEAS) staff and officials from other EU institutions and member states in Brussels on 18 September 2013.

Seminar presentations on ‘Explaining the EU’s approach to climate change’ and ‘The EU and the Member States: the Europeanisation of national policies?’ at the ‘Global Challenges’ seminar for European External Action Service (EEAS) staff and officials from other EU institutions and member states in Brussels, 19-20 September 2012.

Visiting lecturer at the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) in 2011.

Visiting lecturer at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik - FFU) at the Free University of Berlin, February – September 2000.