Professor Michelle Cini

Professor Michelle Cini

Professor Michelle Cini
Professor of European Politics and Head of School
Head of School

1.03, 11 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 928 8076

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

I am Head of the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) and Professor of European Politics in SPAIS. I have worked at the University of Bristol for over 25 years. I was initially appointed to the University of Bristol in 1991 as Jean Monnet Lecturer in European Community Studies. I became a Senior Lecturer in 2000, a Reader from 2006 and Professor of European Politics in 2008. During that time I have  held a number of visiting positions , including at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Grenoble, 1995;  the New York Consortium for European Studies (Columbia and NYU), 1998; the Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Florence, 1999-2000; the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Lille, 2002; the College of Europe, Bruges, 2003-04; Nanjing University, China, 2007; ULB, Brussels, 2011; and York University, Toronto, 2012. Most recently, I held the Pierre Keller Visiting Professorship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (Jan-June 2014). Between 2010 and 2017 I was co-editor of the leading interdisciplinary journal on the European Union, Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS). Since 2017 I have been Head of SPAIS.


My research has focused primarily on the internal politics of the European Union, and particularly on the European Commission. I have been especially interested in the politics of reform within the EU, and on issues of organisational and administrative culture. I have increasingly been drawn to research on issues of ethics and integrity. More specifically I have recently been working on a project that looks at how the EU institutions are embedding notions of good (ethical) governance within their structures and procedures during processes of reform. This is being done in order to counter some of the recent criticisms of corruption, mismanagement and fraud that have plagued the European institutions. I am now applying these insights (with Dr N. Perez-Solorzano) to the case of EU lobbying regulation. I have also conducted research on EU public policy, particularly on competition and state aid policy, and on environmental policy.


My teaching interests are primarily in the field of EU politics, the theory and practice of European integration, and comparative European politics. I have also taught research methods to undergraduates in the context of the final year undergraduate Dissertation (Politics). I have taught across all undergraduate levels, at MSc level, and have supervised 13 PhD students to completion. I am particularly interested in finding new ways of engaging students in the study of EU politics, and with Oxford University Press have published, since 1991, one of the leading and most high-profile edited text books on EU Politics.

Fields of interest

European integration; European Union Institutions and Institutional Change; Ethics and integrity; EU lobbying

Key publications

  1. Cini, M, 2007, ‘From Integration to Integrity: Administrative Ethics and Reform in the European Commission’. Manchester University Press
  2. Cini, M, 2006, ‘The Europeanization of British Competition Policy’. in: I Bache, A Jordan (eds) Britain in Europe and Europe in Britain: The Europeanization of British Politics?. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 216 - 230
  3. Cini, M, 2006, ‘European Union Politics’. Oxford University Press
  4. Cini, M & Suplata, M, 2017, ‘Policy leadership in the European Commission: the regulation of EU mobile roaming charges’. Journal of European Integration, vol 39., pp. 143-156
  5. Cini, M, 2014, ‘Institutional Change and Ethics Management in the EU's College of Commissioners’. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, vol 16., pp. 479?494

Latest publications

  1. Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N & Cini, M, 2019, ‘European Union Politics’. Oxford University Press
  2. Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N & Cini, M, 2019, ‘Brexit’. in: European Union Politics. Oxford University Press, pp. 406-424
  3. Cini, M, 2019, ‘Institutional change in the European Parliament: balancing legislative ethics and parliamentary independence’. Journal of Legislative Studies, vol 25., pp. 314-330
  4. Cini, M & Verdun, A, 2018, ‘Implications of Brexit for the future of Europe’. in: Ute Staiger, Benjamin Martill (eds) Brexit and Beyond: Rethinking the futures of Europe. London UCL Press, London, pp. 63
  5. Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N & Cini, M, 2018, ‘Brexit’. Oxford University Press

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