Natasha Wunsch

Assistant Professor

Sciences Po, CEE & ETH Zurich

Natasha Wunsch is Assistant Professor in Political Science/European Integration at Sciences Po, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE). She is also an Associate Fellow with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and a member of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group. Prior to joining the CEE, Natasha was an ETH Postdoctoral Fellow with the European Politics Group at ETH Zurich (2017-2019) and an Ernst Mach Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for South-East European Studies at the University of Graz (2016-2017). She holds a PhD in Political Science from University College London.

Natasha’s research lies at the intersection between European Politics and Comparative Democratisation. She is interested in how EU integration shapes the political transformation process of aspiring member states and how, in turn, democratic backsliding and the rise of illiberal trends among member states affects cooperation at the EU level. Since 2018, Natasha has been a member of the executive committee of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on the European Union.

Recent publications

Richter, Solveig and Natasha Wunsch (2019): Money, Power, Glory: Linkages between EU conditionality and state capture in the Western Balkans, Journal of European Public Policy.

Wunsch, Natasha (2018). EU Enlargement and Civil Society in the Western Balkans: From Mobilisation to Empowerment, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics).

Wunsch, Natasha (2018). Transnational learning and civil society empowerment in the EU enlargement process, Journal of Common Market Studies.

Fagan, Adam and Natasha Wunsch (2018). Fostering institutionalisation? The impact of the EU accession process on state-civil society relations in Serbia, Acta Politica.

Research Topics

European integration, EU enlargement, comparative democratisation, Western Balkans

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