Helene Dyrhauge

Associate Professor

Universitetsvej 1

Building: 25.2

DK-4000 Roskilde


Phone: 4674-3206

Mobile: 5338-9997

Research areas

  • Public administration Environmental Policy in the European Union EU Governance New Institutionalism, Renewable energy transport and environment Transport Policy

Research areas

Analytically, my research focuses on EU governance, decision-making and institutions. This policy analysis is informed by new institutionalism, particular how ideas and actors are able to influence policy outcome.

Empirical the overarching theme in my research is transport politics, mobility and sustainability. This empirical research has three streams.

1) My research in transport politics has looked at EU market opening most notably EU railway policy, and the role of the Commission in developing a market based regulation and its relationship to the legislative actors (European Parliament and Council) in policy development. This research is informed by Historical institutionalism (especially development of national transport policies) and rational choice institutionalism (the legislative process).

2) Transport is one of the main polluter and is central in the climate change agenda. The research on mobility and sustainability is particularly interested in the role of ideas in influencing the political agenda. This research is informed by discourse institutionalism and the concept of sustainable development, especially the discussion about social equity and environmental protection versus economic growth.

3) Renewable energies, energy efficiency and climate change targets have an impact on transport, which is almost dependent on oil and other fossils fuels. This research brings together the quest for alternative fuels for transport and wider issues of energy security and climate change, especially in terms of Europeanisation.

My blog "the EU on what Track?" analyses some of the some of the key issues in the climate change debate, renewable energies and  transport politics, especially from a sustainable mobility perspective. The analyses are based on current affairs and my research. http://eutrack.ideasoneurope.eu/author/eutrack/


I gained my PhD titled "EU Railway Policy-Making:  on Track?" from University of Leeds, where I have also worked as a teaching assistant. Additionally I have worked as a research assistant at University of York on a project looking at Europeanisation of the Financial Sector and capitalist models. Moreover, I have been editorial assistant on Democratization.

In addition to my academic work I have extensive policy experience both from the UK and the EU, where I have worked in a number of transport associations as a policy adviser.

Research and education information

I mainly teach on the International BA programme in Social Science (SIB), BA International Studies and our new graduate programme International Public Administration and Politics (IPAP). Additionally, I give individual lectures on various courses in public administration (forvaltning).

My main teaching responsibilities are:

SIB programme - first year courses:
Political Science
Qualitative Methods

BA International Studies programme:
EU Governance

International Public Administration and Politics (IPAP) - MA level:
Europeanisation of Politics and Public Policy
Institutions and Actors in International Public Administration and Politics

I am happy to supervise projects in the fields of EU governance and decision-making, environmental policy, transport policy and renewable energies.



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