Pr. Olivier Costa is Director of the Department of European Political and Governance Studies since 2013 and Professor at the College of Europe since 2000.

Courses offered:

Other professional affiliation:

  • Research Professor, CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), CEVIPOF, Sciences Po, Paris (France)
  • Collaborateur Scientifique, CEVIPOL, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels (Belgium)

Previous professional affiliations:

  • Sciences Po Bordeaux, Sciences Po Strasbourg, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Sciences Po Paris, University of Geneva, University LUISS-Guido Carli (Rome)
  • Invited Professor at: Washington State University (Pullman), Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto), University of Colorado (Boulder), University of Cologne.


  • “Habilitation à diriger les recherches”, Sciences Po Bordeaux (2013)
  • Ph.D., University of Paris 8 (1998)
  • MA, Sciences Po Strasbourg (1991)

Other professional activities:

  • Co-director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Aquitaine (Bordeaux/Bayonne, France)
  • Executive Editor of the Journal of European Integration
  • Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Legislative Studies and the RISP: Italian Political Science Review.

Research interests:
EU institutions; EU policy-making; European Parliament; Europeanization; representation.

Publications (selection):

  • Olivier Costa and Nathalie Brack, How the European Union really works, Routledge, 2018, 450 p.
  • Olivier Costa, « 60 ans de Parlement européen », Revue du Droit de l’Union européenne, 1/2018, p. 35-54.
  • Nathalie Brack, Olivier Costa and Amandine Crespy, “The “T-Dem” for democratizing the Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union – a critical appraisal”, European Papers, vol. 3/1, 2018.
  • Olivier Costa and Frédéric Mérand (ed.), Traité d’études européennes, coll : « Traités de science politique », Larcier-Bruylant, 2017, 655 p.
  • Nathalie Brack and Olivier Costa (ed.), Journal of Legislative Studies, special issue “The EP through the lens of legislative studies: recent debates and new perspectives”, vol. 24 n° 1, 2018, 1-178.
  • Olivier Costa, « Review Article, 'The coming of age of the European Parliament' », Journal of European Integration, 39.3, March 2017, 365-369.
  • Nathalie Brack and Olivier Costa, « Le Parlement européen : tension entre efficacité institutionnelle et démocratie », Hérodote, n° 164, 2017, 199-212.
  • Olivier Costa and Nathalie Brack, Le fonctionnement de l’Union européenne, Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles, 3ème ed., 2017, 464 p.
  • Nathalie Brack, Olivier Costa and Eric Kerrouche (ed.), « MPs between territories, assembly and party – Investigating parliamentary behaviour at the local level in France, Belgium and Germany », special issue of French Politics, 14.4, 2016.
  • Olivier Costa (ed.), Parliamentary Representation in France, London, Routledge, Library of Legislative Studies, 2014/2015, 176 p.
  • Olivier Costa, "Que peut le Parlement européen", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°149, 2014, p.77-89
  • Nathalie Brack and Olivier Costa (ed.), Diverging Views of Europe: Euroscepticism within the EU Institutions, London, Routledge, 2012/2014, 136 p.
  • Olivier Costa, Stelios Stavridis and Clarissa Dri (ed.), Parliaments, Regional Integrations and Globalization. The role of international parliamentary institutions, Palgrave, 2013, 288 p.
  • Sylvain Brouard, Olivier Costa and Thomas König (ed.), The Europeanization of domestic legislatures. The empirical implications of the Delors' Myth in nine countries, New York, Springer, 2012, 244 p.
  • Olivier Costa and Florent Saint Martin, Le Parlement européen, Paris, La Documentation Française, 2nd ed., 2011, 230 p.