Institute of Political Science

Alexander Kobusch, M.A.

Junior Lecturer & Research Assistant

Alexander Kobusch studied Political Science, Contemporary History and Economics at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. He obtained his M.A. in 2008. Since 2014 he is junior lecturer and research assistant at the Institute of Political Science. In his Ph.D. project he deals with networking by the European Food Safety Authority in the area of European regulation.


 Eberhard Karls University
     Institute of Political Science
     Melanchthonstraße 36
     72074 Tübingen
     Room 07


 +49 (0) 7071 29 78 365


Office Hours

Wednesday, 10-12 am or by appointment.

Please Note

During the summer break, I do not offer office hours but only skype-calls by appointment.



Research Interests

  • Regulatory politics in the EU (especially food safety)
  • European and national agencies
  • European integration and integration theories
  • Governance and network theories

Since 2014
Junior Lecturer & Research Assistant

Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen

2009 - 2013
Graduate Assistant

Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen

2009 - 2013
Ph.D. Sholarship by the Foundation of German Business

Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft - sdw

M.A. in Political Science with distinction

Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen

2004 - 2005
Erasmus Student

Science Po, Lyon, France

2001 - 2008
Studies at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen

Political Science, Contemporary History, Economics

German High School Diploma

Engelbert Kämpfer Gymnasium, Lemgo/NRW

1997 - 1998
"Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange"

High School in Auburn/Indiana, USA. Scholarship by the German Bundestag and the American Congress

Awards & Prizes

Teaching Award of the University of Tübingen 2018, jointly with Dr. Thomas Nielebock and Natalie Pawlowski for two cross-side classes on "Threats to Peace in Europe?" (summer term 2017) and "The Security-Migration-Development Nexus" (summer term 2018).

Award for the best Master's thesis in 2009 by the Friends of the Institute "POLIS e.v"

Teaching and Vocational Training


Winter Term 2018/2019

Summer Term 2018

Summer Term 2017

Summer Term 2016

Winter Term 2015/2016

Summer Term 2015

Winter Term 2014/2015

Summer Term 2014

Winter Term 2013/2014

Winter Term 2012/2013

Winter Term 2010/2011

Vocational Training

Baden-Württemberg Certificate in university teaching, Tübingen, ongoing modulare classes, since 2015.

POLNET Summer School on Network Analysis for Political Science and Public Administration, Konstanz, June 20-25, 2010.

First European Food and Feed Law (EFFL) Academy at the Masseria Chiancone Torricella, Apulia/Italy, July 20-24, 2009.


Articles in Books

"Mehrebenensystem EU: Risikobewertung im Europäischen Verwaltungsraum”; in: Europäisches Zentrum für Föderalismusforschung (Hg.) 2015: Jahrbuch des Föderalismus 2015. Föderalismus, Subsidiarität und Regionen in Europa, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 445-457.

“Regulation of Food Safety in the EU: Explaining Organizational Diversity Among Member States”; In: Havinga, Tetty/van Waarden, Frans/Casey, Donal (Hg.) 2015: The Changing Landscape of Food Governance. Public and Private Encounters. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 39-56 (jointly with Gabriele Abels; blind peer review).

“Scientific Regulatory Cooperation within the EU: On the Relationship between EFSA and National Food Authorities”; In: Alemanno, Alberto/Gabbi, Simone (Hg.) 2014: Foundations of EU Food Law and Policy. Ten Years of the European Food Safety Authority. Farnham: Ashgate, 73-92 (jointly with Gabriele Abels and Jennifer Träsch; blind peer review).

Beiträge „Airbus“, „Ariane“, „Arte“ und „EADS“ in: Große Hüttmann, Martin/Wehling, Hans-Georg (Hg.) 2009: Das Europalexikon, Bonn: Dietz.

Conference Papers

"The Production of Knowledge for Regulation and the Regulation of Knowledge Production by EFSA as a Networking Agency”. Paper presented at the ECPR General Conference, Glagow, September 3-6, 2014.

“Regulation of Food Safety in the EU: Changing Patterns of Multi‐level Governance”. Paper presented at the Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance, University College Dublin, June 17‐19, 2010, (jointly with Gabriele Abels).

“Linking the Levels: Independence and Influence in the European Two‐tiered Network of Food Safety Agencies”. Paper presented at the Third Biennial Conference “Regulation in the Age of Crises” of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance, University College Dublin, June 17‐19, 2010.

“Expertise in Crisis: Networking as Governance Mechanism in the European Two‐tiered Regulatory System of Food Safety”. Paper presented at the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops. Workshop on Network Governance and the Governance of Networks: Social Network Analysis in Political Science, Münster, March 22-27, 2010.

“Expertise in Crisis: Networking as Governance Mechanism in the European Two‐tiered Regulatory System of Food Safety”. Paper presented at the UCD Postgraduate Legal Research Workshop 2009: Transnational Regulation of Food Safety and Quality – Issues of Harmonisation, Diversity and Legitimacy, University College Dublin, December 4-5, 2009.

Memberships & Reviewer


Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft DVPW (German Political Science Association)

European Consortium of Political Research ECPR

Reviewer for Journals

Public Policy and Administration