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  • Universitetsvej 1, 14.1

    DK-4000 Roskilde



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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.


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.


I am currently the head of studies for the bachelor programmes in social sciences. There are two programmes, the Danish programme called SAB and the English programme called SIB. They are collectively known as Sambach. As head of studies, I work towards strengthening the quality of teaching and the student environment, this entails working with the different teaching groups, other head of studies and with the students. Together, I believe we can create a good and inspiring learning environment for all sambach students.

I currently do not teach, but I have previously taught on the following programmes: the International BA programme in Social Science (SIB), BA International Studies and our graduate programme International Public Administration and Politics (IPAP). Additionally, I give individual lectures on various courses in public administration (forvaltning).


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

Research Output

Kandidatreformen er en gylden mulighed for at gøre RUC til et Bologna-universitet

Blomhøj, M., Carney, S., Dyrhauge, H., Nielsen, N. M. & Sønderstrup-Andersen, H. H. K., 28 May 2020, In : RUC Paper.

Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Comment/debate

Energy Governance in Denmark

Dyrhauge, H., Nov 2019, Handbook of Energy Governance in Europe. Knodt, M. & Kemmerzell, J. (eds.). Springer, 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

EU and European environmental policies from national to the global level and in time of crisis

Dyrhauge, H., 2 Dec 2019, In : Journal of European Integration. 41, 8, p. 1089-1094 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview

Denmark: a wind powered forerunner

Dyrhauge, H., 30 Jun 2017, A Guide to EU Renewable Energy Policy: Comparing Europeanization and Domestic Policy Change in EU Member States . Solorio, I. & Jörgens, H. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 85

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


  • 9 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 6 Organisation and participation in conference
  • 6 Lecture and oral contribution

Sustainability in Contemporary Europe – a changing Agenda Definitions, assumptions and impact

Helene Dyrhauge (Participant)

16 Jul 201817 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

ECPR general conference

Helene Dyrhauge (Speaker)

23 Aug 201825 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

UACES 47th general conference

Helene Dyrhauge (Participant)

4 Sep 20176 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference

UACES 46th annual conference

Helene Dyrhauge (Participant)

7 Sep 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference

EU institutioner og Demokrati

Helene Dyrhauge (Lecturer)

6 May 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Press / Media

Vejpakken er tæt på målet

Helene Dyrhauge


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Klimaloven giver fornyet magt til klimarådet

Helene Dyrhauge


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media