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Michelle Pace

PhD, Professor with Special Responsibilities

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Personal profile


Danish Lead Partner on SIRIUS EU H2020 project (Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets. 2018 -  2020)

Middle East Studies Forum (MESF) Associate Member, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

Principal Investigator on large DAPP/FACE grant project on Syrian refugee minors in Denmark and Lebanon (successfully completed November 2017) 

Principal Investigator on Carlsberg Foundation project on "State-less"- society relations in the West Bank (successfully completed December 2017) 

Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham, School of Government and Society, College of Social Sciences 

Co-editor of the peer reviewed journal Mediterranean Politics

Winner of the 2015 and 2016 Golden Coffee Cup Roskilde University award for best supervisor.

Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Arab Transitions project: .

External advisor/evaluator for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark (on Palestine, Danish-Arab Dialogue)

Member of an assessment committee: Fund for Academic Cooperation and Exchange (FACE) which supports academic cooperation between Denmark and the Middle East and North African region 

Academic Fellow, European Policy Centre (EPC, Brussels) 

Expert: European Commission H2020 experts portal


See my personal video presentation on my main research areas: European-Middle East and North African relations; democracy and de-democratisation studies, human rights, liminality, emotions in international relations, performativity, migration studies, celebrity politicians, memory studies, interdisciplinarity.

Michelle Pace is Professor MSO within The External Relations of the European Union with special emphasis on the relations with the Middle East. She is also Honorary Professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham in the UK. She has been PI on a Carlsberg Foundation funded project on "The Struggle of State-Building in Palestine: Exploring "State-less"-Society  Relations in the West Bank" and also a PI on a large FACE/DAPP/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark funded project entitled "Change in exile: Re-invigorating principles of reform and social stability amongst young Syrian refugees in Denmark and Lebanon" ( She is currently the Danish partner lead on an H2020 EU project SIRIUS (Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets, 2018-2020) as well as the EUMENIA Jean Monnet network and a Wellcome Trust project on power, violence and health in Gaza (with Prof Haim Yacobi of University College London).  

Her research areas of interest include: migration/refugee studies, liminality, ethnographic research, memory studies, emotions in IR, human rights, identity politics, perceptions of democratisation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the development of the public sphere in the MENA region since the Arab “Uprisings”, de-democratisation, governance and pluralism in the Middle East, Egypt, Palestine. Projects she was PI on while she was at Birmingham University include a British Academy funded project on A ‘Modern’ Islamist Democracy? Perceptions of democratization in the Arab-Mediterranean world and an ESRC funded project on Paradoxes and Contradictions in EU democracy promotion efforts in the Middle East. She has supervised a study of the Danish Arab Partnership Programme and was the academic evaluator on the Danish engagement in Palestine.

She has been a co-editor of the peer reviewed journal Mediterranean Politics and is now an active member of its editorial board. She was founder and convener of the British International Studies Association Working Group on International Mediterranean Studies (until 2013) and of the research group on the EU and democracy promotion efforts in the Middle East (2008 – to date). She is a member of the Global Political Sociology research group at ISE, Roskilde University.


External positions

External Examiner, University of Malta

1 Sep 201330 Apr 2018

External Examiner, University of Warwick

1 Sep 201330 Sep 2018

External Examiner, London School of Economics and Political Science

1 Sep 20121 Sep 2015


  • Philosophy, History of ideas, Religion. Theology
  • memory studies
  • celebrity politicians
  • Middle East
  • North Africa
  • European External Action Service
  • European Foreign Policy
  • Mediterranean
  • liminality
  • refugee studies
  • migration studies
  • Regionalism
  • emotions in international relations
  • Trust
  • trauma
  • identity politics
  • Identity and everyday life
  • life worlds
  • European Union
  • forced migration
  • unaccompanied refugee minors
  • Lebanon
  • Egypt
  • Palestine
  • Israel
  • Colonialism
  • Post-colonialism
  • health in conflict zones
  • Gaza
  • life in conflict zones
  • death in conflict zones

Publication network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2004 2019

The Governance Deficit in the Middle East Region

Pace, M., 2019, Routledge Handbook on Middle East Security. Jägerskog, A., Schulz, M. & Swain, A. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 276-285 10 p.

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

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank: The Theatrics of Woeful Statecraft

Pace, M. & Sen, S., 2019, Oxon: Routledge. 100 p. (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government).

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank: The Theatrics of Woeful Statecraft. Jadaliyya interview with authors Pace and Sen: NEW TEXTS OUT NOW

Pace, M. & Sen, S., 22 Jul 2019, 1 p. ASI (Arab Studies Institute) : Jadaliyya.

Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationResearchpeer-review

Open Access

The politics of integration: Adjusting to new lives in host societies

Pace, M. & Simsek, D., 2019, Glasgow: SIRIUS, p. 1-14, 14 p.

Research output: Working paperResearchpeer-review

Open Access

A Deadly Deal: The European Union, Turkey, and Syria’s Refugees

Pace, M., 7 Apr 2018, Birmingham UK : EA Worldview.

Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Projects 2016 2021

Gaza: Gaza: The spatio-politics of health, death and life

Pace, M. & Yacobi, H.


Project: Research

EUMENIA: EU Middle East Network In Action

Pace, M., Bouris, D., Isleyen, B., Matthies-Boon, V., Sen, S., Huber, D. & Barghouti, K.


Project: Research

Activities 2012 2019

Anis Nacrour

Michelle Pace (Host)
1 Feb 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor


Michelle Pace (Speaker)
3 Jun 20194 Jun 2019

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

Research Workshop - Decentring Europe: Critical Approaches to European Foreign Policy

Michelle Pace (Speaker)
7 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Ali Bilgic

Michelle Pace (Host)
9 Jan 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

Press / Media

Special feature on Jamal Khashoggi

Michelle Pace


1 Media contribution

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Vesten vil ikke gå hårdt til Saudi-Arabien

Michelle Pace


1 item of Media coverage

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The last phase of the Khashoggi crisis is on its way / Sidste fase i Khashoggi-krisen er på vej

Michelle Pace


6 items of Media coverage

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Will Mohammed bin Salman be replaced?

Michelle Pace


1 Media contribution

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Den Gyldne Kaffekande 2016 - the Golden Coffee Cup Award for Best Supervisor - 2016

Michelle Pace (Recipient), 16 Sep 2016

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Den Gyldne Kaffekande - the Golden Coffee Cup Award for best supervision

Michelle Pace (Recipient), 18 Sep 2015

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Honorary Professor

Michelle Pace (Recipient), 2 Dec 2016

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions