- Ingmar Versolmann
- Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0) 778 774 4004
- Research Interests
- European Union, EU Energy Policy, New Institutionalism, EU external relations, European Intergration, Energy politics, Energy security
Three Energy Packages & Decision 994/2012 – Paving the way for a European Energy Union
My research analyses the driving factors of European energy policy towards a European Energy Union and a deeper level of integration. Utilising a Historical Institutionalist approach this research project will answer the question under what conditions does integration occur in the field of energy?
Energy is of vital importance to the economy of the European Union, safeguarding stability and prosperity for its Member States and citizens. Energy policy was enshrined as a cornerstone in the EU's founding treaties, through the European Coal and Steel Community and the Euratom Treaty. However, although bestowed with substantial importance by its founding fathers, energy policy has suffered from limited and shallow integration since then, with the first measures to integrate the policy area implemented 40 years after the foundation of the EU. Legal provisions deploying a comprehensive approach have not yet become reality, rendering weak coherence of the acquis communautaire visible. Whether inefficiencies of policy measures to complete the internal market, or gas disputes between third country suppliers jeopardising the security of supply, the EU faces a multitude of challenges regarding energy policy. Within this context, the Commission took an ambitious stance and proposed an umbrella institution to embrace the various dimensions of energy policy: the European Energy Union. My thesis aims to assess the factors and mechanisms that lead to integration in the field of energy including both internal and external dimensions. It looks at the way initial steps might have led to subsequent integration and how the rationale underpinning the ultimate goal to form a common Energy Union might have shaped developments in this policy area.
2018; PhD in Politics, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2013; MSc in International Relations, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2011; Bakk. phil. (B.A.) in Communication Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Teaching & Research Activities
EU as Global Actor, University of Edinburgh
International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond, University of Edinburgh
Comparative Politics in a Globalised World, University of Edinburgh
Introduction to Politics & International Relations, University of Edinburgh
Study skills, University of Edinburgh
09/2016; Decision 994/2012 and Beyond: Assessing the Driving Factors of Integration in the field of External Energy Policy, 46th annual UACES conference, 5—7 September 2016, Queen Mary University of London.
forthcoming: The Energy Union – an inevitable outcome or political predicament?
Relevant Work Experience
2010-2012; Journalist & Writer, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF)
- Indepth-research; creation, investigation, development of features;
- Interviewing on and off camera; filming & post production;
- Writing scripts, articles and maintaining OTS press releases; policy briefs
- Public engagement; social media and online strategies
Member of UACES, Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies
Member of the Europa Institute, University of Edinburgh
International Relations Research Group, University of Edinburgh
Europa Research Group, University of Edinburgh