Michelle Pace

Associate Fellow, Europe Programme

Michelle Pace


Michelle provides analysis on the EU and its southern neighbourhood, European approaches to the Middle East and North Africa/Mediterranean, as well as migration issues.

She is professor in global studies at the Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University in Denmark, and associate member at the Middle East Studies Forum, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship & Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia.

Michelle is currently the Danish lead partner on the Rethinking and Reshaping the EU’s Democracy Support in its Eastern and Southern Neighbourhoods (SHAPEDEM-EU) Horizon Europe project and is finalizing her monograph entitled Un-Welcome To Denmark: The Paradigm Shift and Refugee Integration (funded by a Carlsberg Foundation Monograph Fellowship).

She has previously been the Danish lead partner on the EU-Middle East Jean Monnet Network in Action (EUMENIA) and on the H2020 SIRIUS project on skills and integration of migrants, refugees and asylum applicants in European labour markets.

She has also been a principal investigator on an Economic and Social Research Council project on paradoxes and contradictions in EU democracy promotion efforts in the Middle East, as well as a British Academy-funded project on A ‘Modern’ Islamist Democracy? Perceptions of democratization in the Arab-Mediterranean world.

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Areas of expertise

  • External relations of the EU especially relations with the Middle East and North African (MENA) region
  • Integration of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Europe
  • EU and its southern neighbourhood
  • EU foreign policy
  • EU strategies on Israel-Palestine

Past experience

2014 - presentProfessor in Global Studies, Roskilde University
2003-14Professor in Politics and International Studies, University of Birmingham
2001-02Visiting Lecturer, International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies, SOAS, University of London