My current research project on budgeting in international organisations is part of a larger DFG Research Unit studying International Public Administrations (IPAs). I have been teaching a Summer School on European Studies here in Munich for the past two years, and as a feminist I am also one of the deputy women’s officers of my faculty. In November 2015, I joined the academic journal West European Politics as a social media editor (see for example the @WEPsocial on Twitter).
When I started this blog in 2010 in the midst of writing this doctoral thesis, I called it Polscieu.
Nobody knows how to pronounce it, but it’s actually quite easy: just say the three syllables Pol[itical]-Sci[ence]-EU.
The blog has been following my trajectory inside and outside academia since 2010 covering many things I have come across, from ongoing research to discussions in the EU’s online public sphere. The idea was, and still is, to bridge between research and practice in EU matters. Over time, I’ve added in some activism, in particular arguing for EU transparency and gender equality.
Speaking of activism:
Before rejoining the academic world I worked in Brussels for the EU Office of Transparency International focussing on EU integrity issues (lobbying, freedom of information, party financing, EU budget transparency etc.) from July 2012 to May 2014, issues that I still follow from afar. Among other things, I have been a project manager and co-author of the 1st “European Union Integrity System“ study (April 2014), which analyses the integrity, transparency and accountability of all core EU institutions as well as a number of relevant other EU bodies.
I was also one of the co-editors of the now defunct platform Bloggingportal.eu that for several years organised the EU-focused blogosphere which I was part of since 2008.
If you’d like to contact me, go for ronny dot patz [at] gsi dot uni minus muenchen dot de or address me on Twitter @ronpatz.