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Professor of Politics, Political, Social and International Studies, University of East Anglia

Hussein Kassim joined UEA as Professor of Politics in 2007, and has been affiliated with the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) since 2005.

Professor Kassim read PPE at New College, Oxford, before completing an MPhil, then DPhil at Nuffield College, Oxford. He began his career as a college lecturer in the University of Oxford, teaching at New College, Balliol, and Worcester. After a lectureship at the University of Nottingham, he moved to the Department of Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck, University of London, where he remained for thirteen years. Professor Kassim has held visiting positions at the University of Oslo, Columbia University, New York University, Harvard University, and Sciences Po. Paris. He has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges since 2015, and is Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London.

Professor Kassim is a scholar of comparative politics, public administration and public policy. In his research, he investigates EU institutions, the relationship between the EU and the member states and EU policy in competition and aviation, on which topics he has published widely. British politics, administration and policy have been a strong strand of interest throughout his career. He has been awarded grants by the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, and the ESRC.

Professor Kassim is currently principal investigator on two projects, 'European Commission: Facing the Future' and ‘Understanding the EU Civil Service: the General Secretariat of the Council’ with Professor Sara Connolly, UEA. He is co-leading a third on ‘National narratives and the European Union’ with Adriaan Schout, Clingendael and is co-investigator on a fourth, ‘EMU Choices’, funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and led by Professor Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann, University of Salzburg, which examines the responses of member states and EU institutions to the financial and economic crisis. He continues to research aspects of EU competition policy, including the ECN, national competition authorities and the institutionalisation of DG IV.

With Simon Usherwood, University of Surrey, Professor Kassim is leading ‘Negotiating Brexit’, a cross-national observatory which brings together experts from across Europe to monitor and explain the approaches of EU member states, EU institutions and Norway as the largest member of EFTA to the Article 50 negotiations. Formerly a Senior Fellow, he is currently an Associate Fellow of the ESRC’s ‘UK in Changing Europe’ initiative (, a source of independent analysis on the relationship between the UK and the EU.


  • –present
    Professor of Politics, Political, Social and International Studies, University of East Anglia