Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Pollak

Current Position:

  • Director of Webster Vienna Private University
  • Professor of Political Science at Webster Vienna Private University
  • Head of Research Group “European Integration” at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna - currently on leave
  • Lecturer at the Universities of Salzburg and Vienna




Courses taught @ WVPU

  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Issues in International Relations: EU Integration
  • Research Methods and Perspectives
  • International Relations: Theory and Practice


  • Habilitation, University of Salzburg 2006
  • Dr.phil (University of Vienna, 1996)
  • Mag.phil. (University of Vienna, 1991)
  • MSc. in Political Theory (London School of Economics, 1997)
  • Postgraduate Studies (Austrian Institute for Advanced Studies, 1994)

Background and Facts

After studying political science and philosophy at the University of Vienna and the London School of Economics, Prof. Pollak joined the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for European Integration Research as a research fellow. He later became head of the Department of Political Science at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna. Prof. Pollak's current research mainly revolves around two topics: political representation in liberal democracies with a focus on parliamentarism in the European Union and European energy policy. With his research in the first area, which is based on the approach of the so-called Cambridge School of Historians around Q. Skinner, he wanted to build a bridge between integration studies and political theory. Dr. Pollak's second research focus deals with the protracted development of a European energy policy, which comprises the establishment of a single market for energy as well as questions of energy foreign policy. Having taught at Webster Vienna Private University since 2002, Prof. Pollak joined the university as Senior Research Professor in September 2009, and became Director in 2017.



  • Repräsentation ohne Demokratie. Kollidierende Modi der Repräsentation in der Europäischen Union, Wien/New York: Springer 2007.
  • Die Energiepolitik der EU, Wien: WUV/UTB 2010 (together with P. Slominski, S. Schubert)


  • ‘Liberalising the EU’s Energy Market: Hard and Soft Power Combined’, in G. Falkner (ed.), The EU’s Decision Traps: Comparing Policies, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010 (jointly with P. Slominski).
  • Representation and Accountability: Communicating tubes?, Special Issue of West European Politics ed. by Ioannis Papadopoulos, forthcoming2010(jointly with C. Lord).
  • Experimentalist but not Accountable Governance? The Role of Frontex in Managing the EU’s External Borders, West European Politics, 32(5), 904-924, 2009 (jointly with P. Slominski).
  • The EU’s Many Representative Modes: Colluding? Cohering?, Special Issue of the Journal of European Public Policy ed. by P. Mair and J. Thomassen, 17(1), 117-136, 2010(jointly with C. Lord).
  • European administration: Centralisation and fragmentation as means of polity-building?’, in: Special volume of West European Politics “Towards a European Administrative Space?”, ed. by D. Curtin/M. Egeberg 31(4) 2008, 771- 788 (jointly with S. Puntscher Riekmann)