Fields of interest:
- European integration studies and theories
- Multi-level and new modes of governance
- Policy co-ordination
- Environmental, employment and socio-economic policies
- EU constitutionalisation and institutionalisation
- EU enlargement
Gaby Umbach is Director of “GlobalStat – Database on Developments in a Globalised World” and co-directs the research projects “Global Governance by Indicators” and “On the Political Economy of Measuring State Capacity and Governance”.
She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cologne, where she was Senior Research Associate of the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science and the Seminar for Social Policy from 2000 to 2014. In both positions she analysed and taught European integration issues with a focus on employment, social and environmental policies as well as on EU institutions. In 2009 her dissertation on the European Employment Strategy was awarded the Stiftung Demokratie prize for outstanding research on democratic decision-making within the EU.
In 2010 she joined the GGP for a Jean Monnet Fellowship on “Global policy crises and institutional responses of the early 21stcentury”. Since 2011 she is part of the GGP faculty. Since July 2015 she also serves as Book Review Editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) and in October 2015 she became member of the EUI’s Ethics Committee. During the Winter terms 2015/16 and 2016/17 she is Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne.
Over the past 15 years, she has been engaged in numerous international research projects. Her fields of expertise include European integration studies and theories; Europeanisation; multi-level and new modes of governance; policy co-ordination; environmental, employment and socio-economic policies; EU constitutionalisation and institutionalisation; EU enlargement; and curriculum development in EU studies. Through her research at the GGP she extended her academic focus towards global governance; sustainable development and global governance by indicators.