Professor Rüdiger Wurzel

Professor Rudi Wurzel

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

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • Department of Politics

Qualifications

  • MA
  • MA (University of Hull)
  • PhD (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Summary

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

He received his PhD from the University of London, where he studied at the London School of Economics (Department of International Relations), for a thesis entitled ‘Britain, Germany and the European Union: Environmental Policy-making from 1972-97’. Rudi was awarded an MA in European integration (with distinction) from the University of Hull and an MA in Politics (main subject), Law and German Literature from the University of Augsburg (Germany). He studied at the Universities of Würzburg, Augsburg, Hull and London. He received German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarships and research grants from the University of London and ESRC for his postgraduate studies.

Rudi's main research areas include environmental policy, European Union, comparative European politics, German politics, new modes of governance and public policies.

Rudi joined the University of 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). Rudi has successfully completed a large number of projects for which he received grants from funding bodies such as the British Academy, EU, Nuffield Foundation, Leverhulme Trust and Anglo-German Foundation.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate

- Germany in the New Europe

- Understanding the European Union

- The Politics of the Environment

- Paths of Research

- Contemporary Political Issues

- Dissertation supervision

Postgraduate

- Power and the State

- Challenges in International Politics

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Climate pioneership and leadership in structurally disadvantaged maritime port cities

Wurzel, R. K., Moulton, J. F., Osthorst, W., Mederake, L., Deutz, P., & Jonas, A. E. (2019). Climate pioneership and leadership in structurally disadvantaged maritime port cities. Environmental Politics, 28(1), 146-166. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2019.1522039

Leadership and lesson-drawing in the European Union’s multilevel climate governance system

Jänicke, M., & Wurzel, R. K. (2019). Leadership and lesson-drawing in the European Union’s multilevel climate governance system. Environmental Politics, 28(1), 22-42. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2019.1522019

Pioneers, leaders and followers in multilevel and polycentric climate governance

Wurzel, R., Liefferink, D., & Torney, D. (2019). Pioneers, leaders and followers in multilevel and polycentric climate governance. Environmental Politics, 28(1), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2019.1522033

Germany and Brexit: How to preserve European integration while achieving a post-Brexit deal with the United Kingdom

Wurzel, R. (2018). Germany and Brexit: How to preserve European integration while achieving a post-Brexit deal with the United Kingdom. Marmara Journal of European Studies, 26(1), 171-193

The European Council, the Council and the Member States: changing environmental leadership dynamics in the European Union

Wurzel, R. K., Liefferink, D., & Di Lullo, M. (2019). The European Council, the Council and the Member States: changing environmental leadership dynamics in the European Union. Environmental Politics, 28(2), 248-270. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2019.1549783

Research interests

Environmental policy, comparative European politics, European Union, German politics, new modes of governance, public polices, multilevel and polycentric governance

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome applications in any area related to my main research areas which include environmental policy, comparative European politics, European Union, German politics, new modes of governance, public polices, multilevel and polycentric governance as well as on topics which are related to my main research expertise.

Completed PhDs

Achara Banjongprasert (2019), Advocacy NGOs, Advocacy strategies and new participatory spaces: The case on Thai advocacy NGOs and the Xayaburi dam project.

Jeremy Moulton (2018), A tale of two cities: Ecological modernisation, climate action and political myth in the European Union.

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 (external joint supervisor)

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 students:

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)

Conference presentation

Can Structurally Disadvantaged Cities Draw Lessons from Each Other About Green Economy Developments ?’, keynote presentation at the INTERREG funded Action for Energy Efficiency in Baltic Cities workshop in Sønderborg (Denmark) on 1 October 2019

2019

British Academic project end-of-award presentation on 'The Ecological Modernisation of Structural Disadvantaged Cities' presentation jointly with Prof Andy Jonas (Geography, Hull University) at the Climate City Office in Bremerhaven on 7 February 2017. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNoi_zZ_b_8

2017

Journal editorial role

Editorial board member for the Journal of European Public Policy

2004

Editorial board member for Environmental Politics

2012

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Political Studies Association

1993

University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

1993

International Association for the Study of German Politics (IASGP)

1998

National/International learned society/body role

Co-convenor of the Political Studies Association’s (PSA) German Politics Specialist Group (GPSG)

2015

Other

Visiting lecturer at the University of Nijmegen (Netherlands)

2011

Visiting lecturer at the Environmental Policy Research Unit (FFU) at the Free University of Berlin, February

2000