Dr. Daniela Heimpel | Researcher

The State, Political Norms and Political Conflicts
Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, D-10117 Berlin
Email: daniela.heimpel  ( at )  cmb.hu-berlin.de Tel: +49(0) 30 / 20 93 70700

Home Institution : Université de Montréal | Position : Research fellow | Disciplines : Political Science |


Daniela Heimpel is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre Marc Bloch, co-responsible for the research focus 1 "The State, Political Norms, and Political Conflicts". Previously, she has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Montreal Centre for International Studies (CÉRIUM) and as a research associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (project "Franco-German Forum for the Future"; direction: Patrizia Nanz). In 2020, she has defended a PhD in political theory on the idea of a European citizenship education and on EU education policies and discourses (Université de Montréal / Université de Nantes, 2020). In addition, she co-directed a collaborative research project on "challenges of pluralism" in contemporary liberal societies in Europe and North America ("Les défis du pluralisme", 2014-2018).

Her current research project focuses on citizen participation in Europe. In particular, she is interested in the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE; 2021-2022) and the "new generation" of European citizens' panels the European Commission is organizing from 2022 to 2023. She is also a member of the EUI Forum on Democratic Participation and the Future of Europe (EUI-STG Democracy Forum). In addition, she will develop a new research project on citizenship education in Italy, Germany and France. Her broader research interests include education, citizenship, citizen participation, democracy, demoi-cracy, pluralism, cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, European integration and EU education policies.

Areas of Expertise

  • European Union
  • European Citizenship
  • Citizenship Education
  • Transnational Democracy
  • Conference on the Future of Europe and Citizen Participation in Europe
  • Pluralism
  • EU Education Policies

Her publications include :

Scholarships and Distinctions (Selection)

  • 10/2019 - 03/2020: Ph.D. scholarship, FAZIT-Foundation
  • 04/2018: Jean-Monnet Award 2018 for research excellence in European Studies, Jean Monnet Center Montreal
  • 10/2016 - 09/2019: Ph.D. scholarship, Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.
  • 06/2016: Ostrom / Awan Civic Education Award, American Political Science Association, Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs (with Saaz Taher)
  • 09/2015 - 12/2015: Ph.D. writing grant, Montreal Centre for International Studies (CÉRIUM)
  • 09/2014: Ostrom / Awan Civic Education Award, American Political Science Association, Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs (with Saaz Taher)
  • 04/2019 - 09/2013: (merit-based) scholarship for the B.A. and the M.A., Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.

Languages: in particular, German (mother tongue), French (fluent), English (fluent), Italian (very good).

Contact: daniela.heimpel@cmb.hu-berlin.de

Twitter: @D_Heimpel


"Schooling Demoicrats? Education for Transnational Democracy in France, Germany, and Italy"

Title of thesis
"Teaching Europe? Challenges, Potential and Limitations of a European Citizenship Education" (in French: "Enseigner l'Europe ? Défis, potentiel et limites d'une éducation à la citoyenneté européenne", defended on August 28, 2020, graded "excellent" by all jury members). Jury: Laurie Beaudonnet, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Frédéric Mérand, Jean-Marc Ferry, Magdalena Dembinska, Arnauld Leclerc. Ph.D. Awarding Institutions: Université de Montréal / Université de Nantes. Supervisors: Magdalena Dembinska (Montréal), Jean-Marc Ferry (Nantes), Arnauld Leclerc (Nantes).

I) Own Research Projects (completed)

  1. 10/2016 - 08/2020: Ph.D. in Political Science / Political Theory, "Teaching Europe? Challenges, Potential and Limitations of a European Citizenship Education" (dissertation in French), Université de Montréal / Université de Nantes
    • project funded by Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and FAZIT-Foundation.
  2. 10/2014 - 10/2018: Co-direction, co-conception and co-organization of the international research project "Challenges of Pluralism" (Les défis du pluralisme) with Ph.D. candidate Saaz Taher.
    • Edited volume "Les défis du pluralisme : au-delà des frontières de l'altérité", Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2018.
    • Lecture series, six lectures (2014-2015), 22 colleagues from Canada, the US and Europe, University of Montreal.
    • Project partners: American Political Science Association (APSA); Centre d’études Benoît-Lacroix; Centre pour l'étude de la citoyenneté démocratique; Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité et la démocratie; Chaire de recherche en citoyenneté et gouvernance, Chaire de recherche du Canada en étude du pluralisme religieux, and Chaire de recherche sur les politiques et le développement social (University of Montreal); European Union Centre of Excellence (University of Montreal/McGill); Faculty of Arts and Sciences (University of Montreal); French Political Science Association (AFSP); German Consulate General in Montreal; Heinrich Böll Stiftung Northamerica; Institut d’études politiques de Paris (CEVIPOF); International Political Science Association; IRTG Diversity; Montreal Centre for International Studies (CÉRIUM); Political Science Department (University of Montreal); Postgraduate Student Association in Political Science (University of Montreal); Zonta Club of Montreal.
  3. 09/2009 - 07/2010: Funding from the Franco-German Youth Office (DFJW),  magazine in French on Franco-German topics (original title: “perspectivwechsel”), Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Halle-Wittenberg, 48 pages (project led with BA student Ina Litterst).

II) Research Assistance

  1. 01/2016 - 09/2016: Research Assistant / Coordinator, Jean Marc Ferry’s research chair in “Political Philosophy of the EU” (“Chaire de Philosophie de l’Europe”), University of Nantes.
  2. 09/2015 - 12/2015: Research assistant for Denis Saint Martin’s international research project on asset declarations by members of government and members of parliament, University of Montreal.

III) Research Interests: European Integration, Transnational Democracy, Demoi-cracy, Education, European Citizenship, Citizenship and its Transformations, Pluralism, Cosmopolitanism, Bi- and Plurilingual Education, EU Education Policies, Citizenship Education Policies.

Recent Presentations (Selection)

  • Centre Marc Bloch / Centre français de recherche en sciences sociales (Prague), research seminar "In the interstices of European citizenship. Intra-European migrants and national diaspora policies in the European Union", discussant for the panel "Intra-European migrants’ representations and practices of diaspora policies", June 15, 2022.
  • ECPR, Standing Group on the European Union, 11th conférence, presentation of the paper "Examining Legitimate Aims of Education on Europe: Should Education Serve to Foster a European Identity?", panel "What Should University Education on EU Be For?", Rome, June 8-10, 2022.
  • Berlin SPD, Committee on Europe ("Fachausschuss Europa"), panel speaker of the round table "Die Konferenz zur Zukunft Europas: Demokratieexperiment ohne Folgen?", Berlin / hybrid event, May 24, 2022.
  • European Union Studies Association, EUSA Seventeenth Biennial Conference, presentation of the paper "Beyond Ambiguities? EU Attempts to Foster European Citizenship Through Education", panel "EU Citizenship and Rights", Miami, United States, May 19-21, 2022.
  • Centre Marc Bloch / University of Nantes / University of Bordeaux Montaigne, presentation "Comment former le citoyen ? Vers un modèle d'éducation demoï-cratique", EduCivium seminar (interdisciplinary research seminar on citizenship in Europe), Berlin, April 29, 2022.
  • Centre Marc Bloch / University of Leipzig, moderation of the round table "Les affaires étrangères et européennes dans les campagnes électorales allemandes et françaises", Berlin, April 5, 2022.
  • Institut français de Berlin (in cooperation with the French Embassy in Berlin), presention and exchange on "Democracy and Citizenship in Europe: The Conference on the Future of Europe", Berlin, January 20, 2022.
  • Centre Marc Bloch, discussion of and with Kalypso Nicolaïdis and Liav Orgad, exchange on the question "What Does It Mean to Be a Citizen in Europe?" (with Tristan Coignard and Maiwenn Roudaut), opening lecture of the EduCivium seminar, Berlin, November 12, 2021.
  • Chaire TEN / Université de Nantes, France, research seminar, discussion of Jean-Marc Ferry’s book “Comment peut-on être européen?”, April 22, 2021.
  • École normale supérieure de Paris, presentation “Au-delà du paradigme national ? Limites et perspectives des politiques d’éducation à la citoyenneté européenne de l’UE”, lecture series “Histoire scolaire en Europe : un projet identitaire en crise ?”, January 13, 2021.
  • Jean Monnet Centre Montreal, Research luncheon, paper “Quelle éducation à la citoyenneté pour l’Europe transnationale?”, Montreal, Canada, December 10, 2020.
  • American Political Science Association, Annual Meeting, San Francisco (virtual meeting), September 10-13, 2020, paper “Europe Finally with Europeans? How the EU Tries to Raise Its Citizens”, September 10, 2020.

Organization of Activities (2021-2022)

  • April 26, 2022: co-organization of the round table "Élection présidentielle française de 2022 : quelles conséquences sur les scènes politiques nationales et internationales ?" (with Laurent Borzillo), Centre Marc Bloch / CCÉAE / CÉRIUM / Centre Jean Monnet de Montréal).
  • November 12, 2021: co-organization of the research seminar "What Does It Mean to Be a Citizen in Europe ?", invited speakers: Kalypso Nicolaïdis and Liav Orgad (with Tristan Coignard and Maiwenn Roudaut), opening lecture of the research seminar EduCivium deadling with citizenship in Europe.
  • November 4-5, 2021: co-organization of the bilingual conference "Allemagne et Europe après Merkel : défis et perspectives" / "Deutschland und Europa nach Merkel: Herausforderungen und Perspektiven" (with Laurent Borzillo), Centre Marc Bloch / Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes (partners: CÉRIUM, Centre Jean Monnet de Montréal, DAAD), University of Montreal (hybrid event).
  • September 27, 2021: co-organization of the round table "Quo vadis Allemagne ? Analyse des résultats des élections fédérales de 2021" (with Laurent Borzillo), online event, Centre Marc Bloch / Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes, University of Montreal.

Conference on the Future of Europe, European Citizens' Panels, and Education for Transnational Democracy


Edited Volumes (Peer-Reviewed Publications)

Chapters in Edited Volumes (Peer-Reviewed)

  • D. Heimpel, "Quelle éducation à la citoyenneté pour l'Europe transnationale ?", in T. Coignard and C. Spector (eds.), Europe philosophique et Europe politique. L'héritage des Lumières, Classiques Garnier, 2022, p. 53-73.
  • D. Heimpel and S. Taher, "Introduction : le pluralisme et les démocraties libérales", in D. Heimpel and S. Taher (eds.), Les défis du pluralisme : au-delà des frontières de l’altérité, Montréal, Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2018, p. 13-44.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Academic Journals

Articles in Other Journals

  • D. Heimpel, "Mehr Energie für Europa", Neue Gesellschaft / Frankfurter Hefte, vol. 12, 2011, p. 46-48.
  • D. Heimpel, "Mit Sicherheit unsicher. Die Generation flexibel auf dem Arbeitsmarkt", Neue Gesellschaft / Frankfurter Hefte, vol. 10, 2010, p. 60-62.
  • D. Heimpel, "Das Urheberrecht – am Aussterben?", Neue Gesellschaft / Frankfurter Hefte, vol. 6, 2010, p. 61-63.


  • Participation in writing the report "European Foreign Policy in 2027: Preparing for the unexpected", risk analysis, Institut français des relations internationales / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e. V., February 2018.