Thomas Winzen

Thomas Winzen

Political Scientist

University of Essex

About Me

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of Essex and External Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research. Before coming to Essex, I worked at the University of Mannheim (2017-2018) and the European Politics group of ETH Zurich (2010-2016). I spent Fall 2015 as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.

My research focuses on challenges to legitimate and democratic governance in the times of European integration, globalization, and technological change. Recent projects address the following research questions:

  • What explains variation in national parliamentary oversight institutions in the EU?
  • What explains differentiation in European integration?
  • What explains the spread of parliamentary institutions in international organizations?
  • Who participates in multistakeholder internet governance?


  • Parliaments
  • European Union
  • Internet and Technology Governance


  • PhD in Political Science, 2013

    ETH Zurich

  • MA in Political Science, 2010

    ETH Zurich

  • MA in Research Methods in Politics, 2008

    University of Sheffield

  • BA in European Studies, 2007

    Maastricht University

Research Interests

Parliaments Beyond the State

Can parliaments contribute to democratic and legitimate governance in the European Union and international organizations? When and why can we expect political actors to realize the democratic potential that parliaments might have? If they do, what are the political consequences?

European Integration

What explains institutional continuity and change in the EU? Can and should the EU be reformed to engage effectively and legitimately with the interests and capacities of the member states, neighbouring countries, and the multiple policy challenges Europe faces?

Internet Governance

This line of research examines the implications of technological change and, specifically, the Internet. Does the Internet empower new actors and arenas, such as companies, experts, regulatory organizations, or multistakeholder governance?