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Ingmar Versolmann

Ingmar Versolmann
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

PhD Title

Three Energy Packages & Decision 994/2012 – Paving the way for a European Energy Union


Professor Chad Damro & Dr Carmen Gebhard

Research Project

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

Conference papers

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


German (native)

English (fluent)


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