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Christoph Niessen


Dr. C.R. Niessen
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Christoph Niessen is a researcher in comparative politics.

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Christoph Niessen is a researcher in comparative politics. His research deals with multi-level governance and deliberative citizen participation. More specifically, he has studied the determinants of evolving sub-state autonomy demands and statutes in Western Europe, and researched how deliberative democratic innovations are received by traditional decision-making actors. His work has appeared in Public Opinion Quarterly, the International Political Science Review, Sociological Methods & Research, Regional Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, Politics & Society, Policy Sciences, Publius: the Journal of Federalism and Comparative European Politics.

Christoph holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the Universities of Louvain-la-Neuve and Namur in Belgium, and an MA in Political Science from Central European University Budapest. Previously, he has been a postdoctoral Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and visiting researcher at the University of Edinburgh and Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona. After joining the institute in 2022, he is currently an FWO research fellow at Antwerp University.

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  • Parliament of the German-speaking Community in Belgium Providing counciling to the Parliament's Permanent Citizens' Dialogue
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