This year’s Paul Watzlawick Ring of Honor was awarded to Prof Ulrike Guérot. The jury, chaired by Erhard Busek, honored the political scientist’s achievements and for dedicating her work to a new European way of thinking and acting: "She is courageous, intellectually committed and has also changed, disrupted and exceeded the self-conception of her scientific discipline," the jury justified.
Ulrike Guérot is Professor of European Policy and Democracy Research heading the Department carrying the same name at Danube University Krems’ Faculty of Economics and Globalization. In 2016 published, her book "Why Europe must become a republic" delivered reasons for numerous discussions; "The New Civil War. The open Europe and its enemies" followed in 2017. In her most recent publication, "Wie hältst du's mit Europa" ("What do you think of Europe?") the political scientist examines the development of the EU within the thirty years between 1989 and 2019.
Megatrends Democracy Development and Regionalization
Ulrike Guérot focuses her current research on the megatrends democracy development regionalization. "Future in EU-ropa and Austria: Democracy and Regions - European Democracy Lab", is a research project in which regional parliaments and the future of European democracy are examined to ultimately transfer the development of democracy and regionalization into public political realities.
The German political scientist already dealt during her studies and as a research assistant of the former President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, intensively with the integration of Europe and a new identity for the EU. From 2007 to 2013 she was head of the Berlin office at the European Council on Foreign Relations. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute of European Democrats, a Council Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of the Institute for Media and Communication Policy in Cologne.