Research Projects

The projects listed below are third-party funded. For other research, see the full list of Research Fields.
Current Research Projects


SCRIPTS - Exzellenzcluster “Contestations of the Liberal Script“ - Analysis of Support and Resistance to the Liberal Script based on a survey (PALS)
Head: Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn, Prof. Dr. Heiko Giebler
Staff: Lukas Antoine, Rasmus Ollroge
Duration: ongoing since 2021
Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG) / WZB

SCRIPTS - Exzellenzcluster “Contestations of the Liberal Script“ - The Libaral Truth Regime
Head: Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn

SCRIPTS - Exzellenzcluster “Contestations of the Liberal Script“ - Rise of (Populist) Authoritarianism
Head: Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn

SCRIPTS - Exzellenzcluster “Contestations of the Liberal Script“ - Liberal SCRIPTS in ASIA (OUP)
Head: Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn, Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar

Global Governance and the European Union: Future Trends and Scenarios (GLOBE)
Staff: Prof. Dr. Michael ZürnDr. Alexandros Tokhiİrem Tuncer-Ebetürk, Ph.D.
Duration: 01.02.2020–31.01.2023
Funding: European Commission, Horizon 2020

SCRIPTS - Exzellenzcluster “Contestations of the Liberal Script“ - Towards a Typology of Contestations
Head: Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn, Prof. Dr. Stefan Gosepath
Staff: Nieves Fernández RodríguezLena RöllickeMaximilian Weckemann
Duration: 01.09.2019–14.10.2023
Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG)

SCRIPTS - Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script“ - Theory Network
Head: Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn, Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel
Staff: Dr. Johannes Gerschewski
Duration: 01.01.2019-31.12.2025
Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG)

Societal politicization of international institutions in longitudinal and cross-sectional perspective 
Staff: Prof. Dr. Michael ZürnDr. Christian Rauh
Duration: ongoing since 2012
Funding: WZB

International Authority Database
Staff: Prof. Dr. Michael ZürnDr. Martin BinderAutumn Lockwood Payton, Ph.D.Dr. Alexandros Tokhi
Duration: ongoing since 04.2012
Funding: Leibniz Association (SAW Senate Competition Committee; 04.2012−03.2016); WZB (since 04.2016)

The Politicization of European Integration
Staff: Prof. Dr. Michael ZürnProf. Dr. Pieter de WildeDr. Christian Rauh
Duration: ongoing since 2011
Funding: WZB

Duration: Ongoing since 2011
Funding: Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
Completed Research Projects

2003 -  2004
Initiator and Director of the CRC 597 "Transformations of the State" at the University of Bremen
Funding: German Research Association

2003 - 2006
Project A2 of the CRC 597 "The Juridification of Dispute Settlement in International Law "
Director together with Dr. Bernhard Zangl      

2003 - 2006
Project B4 of the CRC 597 "Regulation of the Internet"

Co-initiator and founding member of the Graduate School of Social Sciences at the University of Bremen
Director with Prof. Dr. Walter Heinz, Prof. Dr. Stephan Leibfried and Prof. Dr. Ansgar Weymann
Funding: VW Foundation      

2001 - 2004  
Project Partner for the establishment of PolitikON, an on-line project for political science education
Director: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Leidhold, University of Cologne
Funding: Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung)      

1997 - 2001  
Compliance in Modern Political Systems
Director with Prof. Dr. Christian Joerges (European University Institute)
Funding: German Research Association      

1997 - 2001  
Managing Editor of the Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen (German Journal of International Relations)
Funding: German Research Association     

1995 - 2004  
The Role of Culture in International Relations;

1995 -
Funding: State of Bremen
Co-Director together with Professor Dr. Dieter Senghaas (University of Bremen)      

1995 - 1996  
Summer Institute on The Political Economy of European Integration
Director together with Professor Barry Eichengreen (University of California, Berkeley)
Funding: German American Academic Council      

1994 - 2001
Societal Responses to Globalization
Funding: German Research Association     

Since 1993  
International Regimes Database

1993 -
Director together with Professor Marc Levy (CIESIN, New York) and Professor Oran Young (Dartmouth College)
Funding: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Vienna; National Science Foundation; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; German American Academic Council      

1986 - 1992  
The Relevance of 'International Regimes' as an Institution of Non-Violent East-West Conflict Management

1986 - 1992
Director: Professor Dr. Volker Rittberger
Funding: German Research Association