School of Transnational Governance

Wolfgang Wessels


Transnational Politics and Democracy Cluster



Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels is part-time Professor at the School of Transnational Governance (STG). He is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin and Director of the Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies (CETEUS) at the University of Cologne. Previously, he was Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik in Bonn and Head of the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. From 1994 to 2016, he held a Jean-Monnet-Chair at the University of Cologne; in 1999 he held the Chaire Européenne at Sciences Po Paris, and was Jean Monnet Visiting Professor at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence the following year. He was also a member of the high level group of the European Commission for the reform of the CFSP and for the revision of the Treaty of Maastricht.

Currently, he is the Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and Vice-President of the German consortium for the foundation of the Turkish-German University, Istanbul. Until 2016, he has been Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA, Brussels). Prof. Wessels is currently involved in several research and teaching networks such as EUCOPAS, VIADUCT and FEUTURE.

Prof. Wessels has received several prestigious awards, including the Jean Monnet medal in gold for lifelong learning; an Ad personam Jean Monnet Chair; the UACES Award for Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary European Studies; the “Universitätspreis Forschung“ by the University of Cologne, and the Vision for Europe Award of the Prague European Summit.

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