Institute of Political Science

Prof. Dr. Thomas Diez

Thomas Diez is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Tübingen.

He received his PhD from the University of Mannheim in 1999. From 1997 to 2000, he was Research Fellow at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute and subsequently, from 2000 to 2009, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and then Professor of International Relations and Head of Department at the University of Birmingham. He joined Tübingen in April 2009. Diez has also taught in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Munich and Victoria (BC).

Among his publications are The EU, Promoting Regional Integration, and Conflict Resolution (co-editor, Palgrave, 2017), The Securitisation of Climate Change (co-author, Routledge, 2016), A Different Kind of Power? The EU’s Role in International Politics (editor, IDebate Press, 2014), Key Concepts in International Relations (co-author, Sage 2011), An Introduction to International Relations Theory: Perspectives and Themes (co-author, third edition Pearson 2010), European Integration Theory (co-editor, second edition Oxford UP 2009) and Cyprus: A Conflict at the Crossroads (co-editor, Manchester UP 2009). In September 2009, he received the Anna Lindh Award for his contribution to the field of European Foreign and Security Policy Studies. Thomas was President of the European International Studies Association (EISA) 2015-7.

Main research interests

  • Problems at the intersection of European and international politics
  • Discourses about the future of European governance
  • Impact of European integration on the transformation of border conflicts
  • Relations between the EU and Turkey
  • The Cyprus conflict
  • The role of the EU as an actor in world politics
  • The interaction of human rights and civil society stakeholders in conflict transformation