School of Social and Political Science

Chad Damro

Job Title

Professor of European Politics

Chad Damro

Room number

Room 2.02

Street (Address)

21 George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

EU external relations, European Union, International relations, International political economy, Comparative politics, Transatlantic relations, Regulatory politics

Chad's research falls within the fields of International Relations and International Political Economy, with particular emphases on international regulatory relations, transatlantic relations and the European Union in international politics. He is particularly interested in exploring both the international and domestic sources of International Relations and the causal interaction of material, institutional and ideational factors. Such issues appear prominently in his conceptualisation and research agenda on Market Power Europe. In other publications, he explores similar issues and questions, with the tools of comparative politics, public policy and foreign policy analysis. His research covers a number of policy areas, including regulation (broadly conceived), competition policy, industrial policy, higher education policy, trade policy and environmental policy. Visit Chad's research profile at

Topics interested in supervising

Chad is able to offer advanced research supervision on most topics related to European Union external relations, in particular IPE/IR studies of EU regulatory, trade, competition and environmental relations with other state and non-state actors (including international organisations and regions).

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Regional Dean - Europe

Co-Director of Europa Institute

Academic Convenor of the FUTURES Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence


  • BA (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
  • MA (Syracuse University)
  • Phd (University of Pittsburgh)

Biographical Statement

In addition to Professor of European Politics, Chad is Academic Convenor of the FUTURES Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. He is also Co-Director of the Europa Institute and Regional Dean - Europe at the University of Edinburgh. Chad has been Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium (2009-20), and has served as Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.  He has also served as Policy Analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC; Visiting Fellow at the University of Leuven's Institute for European and International Policy; Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence; Center Associate at the University of Pittsburgh's EU Center; Visiting Scholar at Texas A&M University and EU Fulbright Scholar at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Chad was awarded the Sir Bernard Crick prize (New Entrant) for excellence in teaching by the UK's Political Studies Association. His research has been funded by the Carnegie Trust and the European Union, including his role as Work Package leader in the Horizon 2020 project on 'Envisioning a New Governance Architecture for a Global Europe' (ENGAGE, 2021-24). He is a member of the 'EU Research and Education Network on Europe in the World' (EU-RENEW, 2023-26) and has held research positions in the FP7 MERCURY project on 'Multilateralism and the EU' and the TRANSWORLD project on 'Redefining the Transatlantic Relationship'. He has served as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of European Public Policy (2012-20) and editor of the Routledge-UACES Contemporary European Studies Book Series.

Selected publications

  • Opportunity, Presence and Entrepreneurship: Why the European Union Acts Externally on Higher Education,” Journal of Common Market Studies (2022) 60, 5: 1237-1254 (Carsten Gerards, Simon Schunz and Chad Damro).
  • European Futures: Challenges and Crossroads for the European Union of 2025, London: Routledge (2021) (co-edited with Elke Heins and Drew Scott).
  • The European Union as Market Power Europe,” in The External Action of the European Union: Concepts, Approaches and Theory, Sieglinde Gstohl and Simon Schunz, eds., 46-60 (2021), London: Macmillan International, Red Globe Press.
  • Expanding Actorness to Explain EU External Engagement in Originally Internal Policy Areas,” Journal of European Public Policy (2020) 27, 1: 122-140 (Simon Schunz and Chad Damro).
  • Market Power Europe and the Externalization of Higher Education,” Journal of Common Market Studies (2018) 56, 6: 1394-1410 (co-authored with Yoav Friedman).
  • The European Union's Evolving External Engagement, London: Routledge (2017) (co-edited with Sieglinde Gstohl and Simon Schunz).
  • European Competition Policy and Globalization, Basingstoke: Palgrave (2016)(co-authored with Terrence Guay).
  • Market Power Europe: Exploring A Dynamic Conceptual Framework,” Journal of European Public Policy 22, 9: 1336-1354 (2015).
  • New EU Trade Policies and Market Power Europe,” in Global Governance through Trade: EU Policies and Approaches, Jan Wouters, Axel Marx, Dylan Geraets and Bregt Natens, eds, 19-42 (2015), Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • "Market Power Europe," Journal of European Public Policy, Special Issue on Best Papers of 2011 EUSA Conference, 19, 5: 682-699 (2012).
  • "EU State Aid Policy and the Politics of External Trade Relations," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, 13, 1: 159-170 (2013).
  • "Transatlantic Merger Relations: The Pursuit of Cooperation and Convergence," Journal of European Integration 34, 6: 643-661 (2012) (co-authored with Terrence Guay).
  • "Regulators, Firms and Information: The Domestic Sources of Convergence in Transatlantic Merger Review," Review of International Political Economy 18, 4: 409-435 (2011).
  • "EU Delegation and Agency in International Trade Negotiations: A Cautionary Comparison," Journal of Common Market Studies, 45, 4: 881-901 (2007).
  • Cooperating on Competition in Transatlantic Economic Relations, Basingstoke: Palgrave (2006).
  • "Transatlantic Competition Policy: Domestic and International Sources of EU-US Cooperation," European Journal of International Relations 12, 2: 171-196 (2006).
  • "The New Trade Politics and EU Competition Policy: Shopping for Convergence and Cooperation," Journal of European Public Policy 13, 6: 867-886 (2006).

Current Research and Teaching

At the Honours level, Chad teaches courses on the EU as a global actor and also contributes lectures to various pre-honours courses on Politics and International Relations. At the postgraduate level, he teaches on the institutions and policies of the EU, the EU in international affairs, and globalisation and European integration.

In addition to the Europa Institute, Chad is a member of PIR's research groups on International Political Economy and International Relations.

Staff Hours and Guidance

Mondays, 2-4:00 (during term time)

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