Institut für Politikwissenschaft

Cecilia Bruzelius

Junior Professor of European Public Policy

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Institute of Political Science
Research Unit Comparative Public Policy
Melanchthonstraße 36, 72074 Tübingen

Room 018


Office hours: by appointment


Cecilia joined the Tübingen Institute of Political Science in 2017. She studied Political Science at Uppsala University (BSc), London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc) and received her doctorate in Social Policy from the University of Oxford in 2018.

Research Interests

Comparative social policy; comparative politics; socio-legal studies; social rights; citizenship; migration; European integration; freedom of movement; European social policy


Cecilia teaches seminars on comparative public policy, social policy, migration and citizenship, at undergraduate and graduate levels. She also offers a research seminar for doctoral students and advanced graduate students.

Guest Appearences

In the online course “European citizenship", Cecilia explains some of limits to EU citizens’ social rights in a class on Equality in EU citizenship? Pensioners and Healthcare (minute 8:30 onwards).

In Episode 9 of the TRANSFORMATIVE PODCAST, organised by the RECET Research Centre at the University of Vienna, Cecilia discusses the politics of free movement. Listen directly 

Selected Publications

Bruzelius, C and Shutes, I (2022) 'Towards an understanding of mobility in social policy research', Global Social Policy

Bruzelius, C and Seeleib-Kaiser, M (2020) 'Social citizenship in federations: free movement and social assistance rights in the EU and beyond', West European Politics

Bruzelius, C (2020) 'Taking emigration seriously: a new agenda for research on free movement and welfare', Journal of European Public Policy

Bruzelius, C (2020) ‘EU juridification and constitutional social rights’, Journal of Common Market Studies,

Bruzelius, C (2020) ‘Local government responses to EU citizens’ integration needs’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies,

Bruzelius, C (2019) 'Non-for-profits and EU citizens’ cross-border social rights in different welfare states’, Journal of Social Policy

Bruzelius, C (2019) 'Freedom of movement, social rights and residence-based conditionality in the European Union', Journal of European Social Policy, 29(1), pp. 70-83

Bruzelius C, Jacqueson C and Seeleib-Kaiser M (2018) (Dis)united in Diversity? Social Policy and Social Rights in the EU. In: Pennings F and Seeleib-Kaiser M (eds) European Citizenship and Social Rights: Entitlements and Impediments to Accessing Welfare. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 51-75.

Bruzelius C, Reinprecht C and Seeleib-Kaiser (2017) Stratified Social Rights Limiting EU Citizenship. Journal of Common Market Studies, 55(6), pp. 1239–1253

Bruzelius C and Seeleib-Kaiser M (2017) European citizenship and social rights. In: Kennett P and Lendvai N (eds) A handbook of European social policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 155-167.

Bruzelius C, Chase E and Seeleib-Kaiser M (2016) Social Rights of EU Migrant Citizens: Britain and Germany Compared. Social Policy and Society, 15(3), pp. 403-416.

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