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Department of Politics and International Studies
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Dr Christopher Bickerton

Christopher Bickerton is a Reader in Modern European Politics at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge, and an Official Fellow of Queens’ College, Cambridge. He is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.

He was educated at Oxford, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Somerville College. He did his Masters in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and returned to St Johns College, Oxford, for his doctoral work under the supervision of Jan Zielonka. He taught at the universities of Amsterdam and Sciences Po, Paris, before taking up his position in Cambridge in 2013. 

His research is on contemporary European politics, including the European Union and national politics across the EU’s member states. He has published widely, including monographs on EU foreign policy, state transformation in Europe and most recently on the rise of technopopulism as a new political logic of democratic politics (co-authored with Carlo Invernizzi Accetti). In 2016, he published the best-selling The European Union: A Citizen’s Guide.  His next book project is a history of Europe since 1989, to be published with Allen Lane.

He is currently working on a joint research project with Nathalie Brack, Ramona Coman,  Amandine Crespy and Julia Rone on conflicts of sovereignty in Europe (SovEU). This two-year collaboration between Cambridge University and ULB is financed by the Weiner Anspach Foundation.