Hussein KASSIM

Current position

Professor in European Public Policy and Administration and ESRC Senior Fellow ‘The UK in a Changing Europe

Course offered

KASSIM H. - The UK and the EU: From Awkward Member State to Difficult Neighbour ? (8h)

Previous professional affiliations

Permanent positions: University of East Anglia (2007-2023); Birkbeck, University of London (1994-2007); University of Nottingham (1993-94)
Temporary positions: New College, Oxford; Balliol College, Oxford; Worcester College, Oxford
Visiting positions: Columbia University, Ecole normale supérieure, the Minda da Gunzberg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, New York University, Paris I- Panthéon-La Sorbonne, Sciences Po Paris, ARENA at the University of Oslo, and the European University Institute


BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, New College, Oxford
MPhil in Politics, Nuffield College, Oxford
DPhil in Politics, Nuffield College, Oxford

Other professional activities

  • Programme Associate of The European Governance and Politics Programme, European University Institute
  • Editorial Board: Policy Studies, West European Politics, Public Policy and Administration
  • ECPR Standing Group on Regulation, Member of the Executive

Research interests

The relationship between the EU and the member states, including Brexit - PI of the ESRC-funded project,Living with the Neighbours’,Negotiating the future: the UK’s re-positioning in Europe’ and ‘Negotiating Brexit: national governments, EU institutions and the UK’; EU institutions especially the European Commission and the European administration - PI, ‘The European Commission: Where now? Where next?’ and ‘Understanding the EU Civil Service: the General Secretariat of the Council’; and EU policy in aviation and competition

Recent publications

  • Hussein Kassim and Adriaan Schout (eds) (forthcoming) National government narratives of the EU: ‘official stories’ of collective belonging, Palgrave
  • Hussein Kassim (2023) ‘The European Commission and the Brexit negotiations’ in John Erik Fossum and Chris Lord (eds) Handbook on the European Union and Brexit, Edward Elgar, pp. 192-215
  • Hussein Kassim (2022) ‘The von der Leyen Commission: a preliminary assessment’ in O. Costa and S. van Hecke (eds) The Union at a Turning Point? Palgrave
  • Hussein Kassim (2021) ‘The European Commission: From Collegiality to Presidential Leadership’ in Dermot Hodson, Sabine Saurugger and Uwe Puetter (eds) The Institutions of the European Union, Oxford, pp. 106-127
  • Benny Geys, Sara Connolly, Hussein Kassim & Zuzana Murdoch (2023)Staff reallocations and employee attitudes towards organizational aims: evidence using longitudinal data from the European Commission,’ Public Management Review, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2023.2222139
  • Hussein Kassim (2023) ‘The European Commission and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Pluri-Institutional Approach’, Journal of European Public Policy,, special issue edited by Amy Verdun and Lucia Quaglia, ‘The COVID-19 Pandemic and the European Union’
  • Hussein Kassim (2020) ‘The European Commission’, Oxford Research Encyclopaedia in Politics, 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.181
  • Hussein Kassim and Vanessa Buth (2020) ‘Europeanization and Member State Institutions’ in S. Bulmer and C. Lequesne (eds) The Member States of the European Union, Oxford University Press, 3rd edition