Benjamin Leruth

Benjamin Leruth

Assistant Professor (UD1) in Politics and Society

University of Groningen

About me

Welcome to my website. I am an Assistant Professor (UD1, equivalent to Senior Lecturer) in Politics and Society at the University of Groningen specializing in comparative welfare policy and politics, political long-termism, democratic innovations, transnational governance and differentiation.

At the University of Groningen, I held several administrative responsibilities. I acted as Programme Coordinator for the BA in European Languages and Cultures, and as Theme Director on Democracy and Governance within the transdisciplinary Research School for Sustainable Development. I am also an active member of the Young Academy Groningenwhich I chaired during the 2022-23 academic year.

I am also co-Editor-in-Chief of Acta Politica.

I am deputy scientific coordinator and Work Package leader within the Horizon Europe-funded project entitled “Rebuilding Governance and Resilience out of the Pandemic” (REGROUP), in which we (among others) conduct mini-publics on trust and disinformation across the European Union. You can read more about this in my Methodological Brief, which elaborates on the multi-level deliberative design we seek to implement.

I recently published work focusing on:

  1. How differentiation serves as a vehicle for the long-term sustainability and institutional robustness of the EU;
  2. How innovative task environments might stimulate citizens' political efficacy;
  3. How citizens think of and support welfare policies in the long term.

You can find more information about my current projects and publications below.


  • Comparative welfare policy and politics
  • The politics of long-termism
  • Transnational governance
  • European integration
  • Democratic innovations


  • PhD in Political Science, 2014

    University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

  • LL.M. in European Law, 2011

    University of Kent (United Kingdom)

  • BA in Political Science, 2010

    University of Namur (Belgium)



Assistant Professor in Politics and Society

University of Groningen

Sep 2019 – Present Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Editor of Acta Politica (since 2021)
  • Member of the Young Academy Groningen (since 2021)
  • Coordinator of the university-wide Democracy and Governance Research Network (since 2021)
  • Programme coordinator, BA European Languages and Cultures (since 2020)
  • Programme committee member, BA European Languages and Cultures (2019-20)
  • Affiliated to the Research Centre for the Study of Democratic Cultures and Politics

Assistant Professor in Public Administration

University of Canberra

Jun 2017 – Aug 2019 Canberra, Australia
  • Director of the Master of Public Administration (2017-19)
  • Affiliated to the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance & the Centre for Change Governance

Research Associate

University of Kent

Feb 2015 – May 2017 Canterbury, United Kingdom

Teaching Fellow in French and European Politics

University of Bath

Sep 2014 – Jan 2015 Bath, United Kingdom
Fixed-term teaching position


Over the past ten years, I have been designing introductory and specialised courses on a wide range of topics and aimed at different audiences, from first-year undergraduate students to senior Australian and Indonesian public servants.

I am also a regular contributor to the University of Agder’s European Integration Summer School. I was invited to give guest lectures on comparative welfare policy, Euroscepticism and differentiation at several universities, including Auckland (New Zealand), Oslo (Norway), Minho (Portugal) and the Free University of Brussels (Belgium).

In my teaching, I always seek to promote the work of female and early-career colleagues. The following syllabus (which I developed for a BA2 research seminar on “Crises and Euroscepticism”) may be of interest to colleagues seeking to offer a gender-balanced reading list.

Most recent courses taught (reading lists can be sent on demand):

P&S 1: European (Dis)Integration (LEU053P05)

P&S 2: Applied Research Methods (LEU054P05)

P&S 5: Research Seminar: Differentiation and Transnational Governance (LEU051B05)

P&S 7: Theorizing European and Global Politics 2 (LEU115B05)

P&S LS 1: French Politics and Society (LEU064B05)

Master Seminar: Democratic Innovations (LYX017M10)


I regularly comment on contemporary political events, such as domestic and European elections. I worked with several media outlets such as the BBC, STV, The Scotsman, Heart Radio, Vers l’Avenir and Radio France Internationale. In 2016, I offered live comments and analyses on the Brexit referendum for the Belgian francophone television (RTBF). I also contributed to a BBC World Service radio broadcast entitled “Why do we need the State?” with Timothy Snyder and Adrian Wooldridge.

Here are some of my recent contributions to the public debate:

I am available to provide comments (in English or French) related to my field of expertise (contemporary politics and elections, Euroscepticism, welfare policy, and democratic innovations).