Jan Völkel

Dr. Jan Völkel

Project Researcher


Jan Claudius Völkel is Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow for a research project on “The role of national parliaments in the Arab transformation processes”. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and had teaching/research appointments at the Universities of Freiburg, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Duhok (Iraqi Kurdistan), Al-Quds (Abu Dis), the Royal Scientific Society Amman and the European University Institute Florence. From February 2013 until January 2017, he was DAAD longterm lecturer for Euro-Mediterranean Studies at Cairo University. He spent visiting research stays at the Universities of Montréal, Dundee, and Bahçeşehir (Istanbul) and is member of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (www.agya.info).


As Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, I analyse the role of the national parliaments in the transformation processes of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. With very few exceptions, parliaments had hardly any relevance across the Arab world until 2011. However, the uprisings the fundamentally shook the political fundaments of many Arab countries also brought new hope for increased parliamentary activities in the Middle East and North Africa. To find out to what extent this has become reality is one of the main aims of this research project.