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Professor with Special Responsibilities, Roskilde University

Michelle Pace is Professor with Special Responsibilities at the University of Roskilde’s Department of Society and Globalisation. Her main areas of research include the External Relations of the European Union with special emphasis on relations with the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. She is also Honorary Professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham in the UK.

Her research interests cover identity politics, perceptions of democratisation in the MENA, the development of the public sphere in this region since the Arab “Uprisings”, de-democratisation, governance and pluralism in the Middle East, Egypt, Palestine. Recent projects she was principal investigator on 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 is the academic evaluator for the Danish policy towards Palestine.

She is co-editor of the peer reviewed journal Mediterranean Politics. 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).


  • –present
    Chair in Politics and International Studies, University of Birmingham