Biography

Hussein Kassim joined UEA as Professor of Politics in 2007. A scholar of comparative politics, public administration and public policy, his research investigates EU institutions, the relationship between the EU and the member states, competition policy, and aviation policy. He has been awarded research grants by the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, and the ESRC.

Professor Kassim is principal investigator on major research projects on the EU administration, including ‘The European Commission: Where now? Where next?’ and ‘Understanding the EU Civil Service: the General Secretariat of the Council’ with Professor Sara Connolly, UEA. 

In June 2019, Professor Kassim was awarded a three-year ESRC Senior Fellowship as part of the ESRC’s ‘UK in Changing Europe’ programme (http://ukandeu.ac.uk). His project, ‘Negotiating the UK’s Future’, researches the UK-EU negotiations as the UK seeks re-positions itself in Europe and the wider world. With Simon Usherwood, University of Surrey, he leads the ESRC-funded project, ‘Negotiating Brexit’, a cross-national observatory which brings together experts from across Europe to monitor and explain the approaches to the Article 50 negotiations. He is co-convenor with Adriaan Schout, Clingendael of ‘National European Union narratives’. 

Professor Kassim researches aspects of EU competition policy, including the ECN, and was co-investigator on the EU Horizon 2020-funded project, ‘EMU Choices’, which examines responses to the financial and economic crisis.

Professor Kassim read PPE at New College, Oxford. He studied for an MPhil, then DPhil at Nuffield College, Oxford. His career began as a college lecturer at New College, Balliol College, and Worcester College in the University of Oxford, where he taught. After a lectureship at the University of Nottingham, he moved to the Department of Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck, University of London, where he remained for thirteen years. Professor Kassim has held visiting positions at the European University Institute, University of Oslo, Columbia University, New York University, Harvard University, and Sciences Po. Paris. He is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, EGPP Programme Associate at the European University Institute, and Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London.

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