Prof. Dr. Thomas Diez

Thomas Diez is Professor of Political Science and International Relations. He joined the University of Tübingen in 2009. From 1995 to 1997, he was research fellow at the Mannheimer Center for European Social Research. In 1997, he spent six months at the Sussex European Institute as a Chevening-Scholar, before joining the European Security project group at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI). Thomas was then appointed lecturer in International Relations Theory at the University of Birmingham in 2000, and eventually promoted to Professor in 2005. From 2005 to 2008, he acted as Head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies. In 2008/2009, he was guest professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, from where he then came to Tübingen. In September 2009, Diez was awarded the Anna-Lindh Award by three major European foundations for his outstanding contribution to the analysis of European foreign policy.

From 2000 up to 2004, Thomas was a member of the Executive Committees of the British International Studies Association (BISA). Since 2004, he has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR) of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

Main research interests

  • problems at the intersection of European and international politics
  • discourses about the future of European governance
  • impact of European integration on the transformation of border conflicts
  • relations between the EU and Turkey
  • the Cyprus conflict
  • the role of the EU as an actor in world politics
  • the interaction of human rights and civil society stakeholders in conflict transformation

Contact details

Prof. Dr. Thomas Diez

Professor of Political Science and International Relations


Melanchthonstr. 36
72074 Tübingen


Room 106

Phone: +49 7071 29-78389

Telefax: +49 7071 29-2417



Office hours

During summer break: 1 August, 8 August, 15 August, 5 September, 19 September, 4 October (Wednesday), 10 October, always 09-11 am.


From 16 October during the winter semester: every Tuesday 09-11 am.

Curriculum Vitae and publications

Curriculum Vitae