Ben Crum (1970) is Professor of Political Science at VU Amsterdam and co-director of Access Europe, the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies. He studied political science at the University of Amsterdam and the London School of Economics, and holds a PhD from the European University Institute Florence.
Before joining VU Amsterdam in 2004, he worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, the University of Twente, the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy in The Hague, and policy consultancy firm Research voor Beleid in Leiden.
A political theorist by training, Crum’s main research interest concerns the way contemporary processes of internationalization (European integration in particular) affect our practices and understandings of democracy and solidarity. He is the author of Learning from the EU Constitutional Treaty (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of Practices of Inter-Parliamentary Coordination in International Politics: The European Union and Beyond (ECPR Press, 2013). He has published in prestigious international journals such as the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, European Union Politics, the European Review of Political Science, and the European Law Journal.
Crum was a work package co-leader in the EU Integrated Project ‘Reconstituting Democracy in Europe’ (RECON, 2007-11) and currently is co-director of the Erasmus Academic N etwork on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADEMIA). He regularly writes political commentaries, comments on political affairs in the media and has advised ministries, parliamentarians and political parties.