Academic Research by Think Tank EUROPA

Summary Think Tank EUROPA contributes to the field of European studies through academic publications with leading international publishers and participation in European-wide research projects and conferences.

Our long-term ambition is to develop this activity through research grants and participation in Danish and international research networks.

Think Tank EUROPA runs a network of leading Danish EU-researchers. The network meets regularly at the think tank to discuss trends and new research ideas. Think tank EUROPA has also established an economist panel that works independently from the think tank.

Read more about our research profile and on-going projects here, and find links to selected publications.


Head of Research, Catharina Sørensen, holds a PhD in political science from the University of Copenhagen (2007). Her research focus is on euroscepticism and dynamics in public opinion towards the European integration process. She was among the first researchers to provide a multifacted conceptualisation of euroscepticism and specialises in the study of scepticism types, -patterns and -developments. Between 2009 and 2014, Sorensen worked as a civil servant in Copenhagen and Brussels. Contact information.

Senior Researcher, Maja Kluger Dionigi, holds a PhD in political science frem London School of Economics. Contact information.

Karsten Tingleff Vestergaard, Business Ph.D. Contact information

Ongoing projects:

Explaining Euroscepticism - A new multidimensional approach to understanding and theorizing longitudinal developments across the EU countries

The national populations supprt of the EU is of great importance for future cooperation. Therefore, it is interesting to investigate what is decisive for the level and nature of Europeans' EU skepticism. The project focuses on how important the differences and developments in structural conditions (GDP, inequality, growth etc.) and individual conditions (education, urbanization, income etc.) are and include data from all member states. The research project is a business PhD project which is made in a collaboration between Think Tank EUROPA, the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Innovation Fund.

Horizon2020 project on cross-border crisis management

The project examines the European Parliament's ability to exercise democratic control in EU financial and economic crisis management. The project is a collaboration between the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Crisisplan, Utrecht University, Stockholm University, Catania University, Central European University (CEU), Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and Think Tank EUROPA. Read more at

The use of national parliaments and strategies in political dialogue with the European Commission

We examine the reasons why national parliaments engage in political dialogue and what they want to get out of the dialogue.

Towards a Citizens' Union (2CU) enhancing participatory and representative democracy through the EPIN network

The project fosters dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers and to build bridges between different communities. It is geared towards enhancing the knowledge and debate about the European integration project and the role of citizens. Through research and debate within and beyond the EPIN network, the partners in the project intend to strengthen their mutual cooperation in EPIN, advance a broader understanding of the challenges and opportunities to enhance participatory and representative democracy and accountability in the EU, and contribute to the quest for a stronger citizens’ union “Towards a Citizens’ Union” (2CU). The defined target group captures a wide cross-section of interlocutors, e.g. other think tankers, academics, politicians, national and EU-level policy-makers, representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs), and journalists. The project is co-funded by Erasmus+ programme (Jean Monnet Networks - policy debate with the academic world). See more on EPINs hompage

Selected academic work and publications:

- Sørensen, Catharina: What the Danish experience tells us about the British referendum. History & Policy, 2016 (link)
- Sørensen, Catharina: Krise, hvilken krise? Futuriblerne, vol. 41, no. 1-2, 2013

- Sørensen, Catharina: Love me, love me not... A typology of public euroscepticism. Sussex European Institute/EPERN working paper, 2008 (link)

- Sørensen, Catharina: Danish and British euroscepticism compared. DIIS, 2004 (link)

- Dionigi, Maja Kluger: The politics of lobbying in the European Parliament. I: Doris Dialer and Margarethe Richter (eds.) Lobbying in the European Union: Successful Strategies and Techniques, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 (link)

- Rasmussen, Maja Kluger: Lobbying in the European Parliament – The Battle for influence in the European Parliament. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, in print, 2016 (link)

- Rasmussen, Maja Kluger: Heavy fog in the Channel. Continent cut off? British diplomatic relations in Brussels after 2010, Journal of Common Market Studies, 1-16, 2015 (link)

- Rasmussen, Maja Kluger: The Battle for Influence: The Politics of Business Lobbying in the European Parliament, Journal of Common Market Studies, 53 (2), 365-382, 2015 (link)

- Rasmussen, Maja Kluger: Europa-Parlamentet - NGO’ernes højborg?, Økonomi og Politik, maj 2014, no. 2, 30-44, 2014 (link)

- Rasmussen, Maja Kluger: Is the European Parliament still a policy entrepreneur for environmental interests?, Interest Groups & Advocacy, 1 (2), 239-259, 2014 (link)

- Rasmussen, Maja Kluger: The empowerment of parliaments in EU integration: victims or victors? I: Jack Hayward and Rudi Wurzel (eds.) European Disunion: The Multidimensional Power Struggles, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 99-114, 2012 (link)

- Rasmussen, Maja Kluger: Another side of the story – a qualitative case study of how MEPs vote, Politics, 28 (1), 11-18, 2008 (link)

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