Prof. Dr. Michael Kaeding is Professor for European Integration and European Union Politics at the Department of Political Science of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany (since 2012). He holds an ad personam Jean Monnet chair. Furthermore, he is a Visiting Fellow at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht and a Member of the Flying Faculty at the College of Europe in Bruges. Moreover, he is the Chairman of TEPSA (Trans European Policy Accosiation) and Deputy Dean at the Department of Social Science of the University of Duisburg-Essen. His academic research covers books and articles on non-voters at elections in multilevel-governance-structures, European elections, the micromanagement of European Institutions, transposition of EU legislation, norms and values in Member States, forms of classic and alternative forms of EU decision-making (delegated acts and comitology) and the Europeanisation of political systems.
As from 1 January 2018, his Duisburg-Essen team and him will lead SEnECA in cooperation with Katrin Böttger from the IEP in Berlin. The EU relations to Central Asia are an important element of the changing geopolitical setting the EU is facing currently. Within the next two years, the project will strengthen and energise EU-Central Asia relations by establishing a sustainable, transdisciplinary SEnECA Reserach & Stakeholders Network of the EU-Central Asia relations. Therefore, Prof. Dr. Kaeding wants to contribute to a better understanding – both critical and constructive – of the process of European integration, EU policy-making and its relations with Central Asia following a “blended research” approach and demand-driven policy advice. This work will be based on an inclusive approach to EU policy-makers and stakeholders active in EU-Central Asia relations.