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Ulrike Guérot

Founder and Director of the European Democracy Lab at the European School of Governance
European Publicist


Politics & Economy





Ulrike Guérot is a European publicist with more than 20 years’ experience in German-French affairs, European relations at large, and transatlantic relations; she is committed to the idea of a “res publica europaea”. Starting and focal point of her publications and intellectual work are German-French relations as the heart and centre of European progress.

Ulrike B. Guérot studied political science, political philosophy, contemporary history and public law at the universities of Cologne and Bonn and the Institut de Sciences Politique in Paris from 1983 to 1989. In Bonn, she was a student of Karl-Dietrich Bracher and she also studied under Klaus Hildebrand and Hans-Peter Schwarz. In Paris, where Hélène Carrère d’Encausse and Alfred Grosser were her teachers, she focused on Eastern Europe and the Franco-German relations. She finished her PhD at the University of Münster in 1995 with a work about the European policy of the French socialists under the supervision of Professor Dr. Wichard Woyke.

From 1998 to 1999 Ulrike B. Guérot was assistant professor at the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies. Before this she already had several lectureships at multiple French universities amongst others the European Business School and the École des Ponts et des Chaussées in Paris. From 2000 to 2003, she had a lectureship at the Humboldt University in Berlin focusing on the history of European integration. In 2003, she was part of a European-Asian project by INSEAD Fontainebleau and INSEAD Singapore. In spring 2012, she visited the German House at the New York University in the context of a scholarship supported by the DAAD. During this time she especially worked on the American view on European integration and also published her cultural-political blog “The Alien Scholar”. Since autumn 2013, Ulrike B. Guérot teaches a class on European Democracy in the context of the Studium Generale at the Bucerius Law School. She also is Senior Associate for Germany at the Open Society Initiative for Europe in Berlin. She advises decision makers with regards to European policies with a particular strength in institution building and development as well as a joint European appearance in world politics and regularly writes comments for German and European newspapers like Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung or Financial Times and she also often comments on European topics in TV programmes of BBC, Deutsche Welle or Al Jazeera.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Guérot’s non-partisan European commitment allows her to combine different debates and perspectives while her broad knowledge of economics, democracy theory and institutions is often combined in her many publications and keynotes.


  • The future of democracy in Europe: between populism and nationalism
  • “Beyond politics”: living in a P2P (people to people) world - and how this impacts on modern democracy
  • Why Europe is a woman and why this matters?
  • What comes after the nation state? Politics between the local and the global
  • The European crisis as the new normal?
  • Digital democracy and the question of freedom