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Professor Michael Shackleton

Michael Shackleton


Special Professor in European Institutions

University of Maastricht

Michael Shackleton is Special Professor in European Institutions at the University of Maastricht and Former Head of the European Parliament Information Office in the UK.

Professor Shackleton received his first degree in Politics and Philosophy in 1972 at Worcester College, Oxford. He obtained an MA in International Relations from the University of Sussex in 1973, and was awarded his Ph.D. in International Studies at the University of Warwick in 1985. He gained his first experience of the European Communities as an in-service trainee in the Information Directorate-General of the Commission between 1973 and 1974. From 1974 to 1980 he worked at the Open University in Great Britain, initially as a course assistant and subsequently  as a lecturer in Government in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Professor Shackleton joined the Secretariat of the European Parliament in 1981. From 1985 to 1992 he was on the secretariat of the Committee on Budgets; from 1992 to 1995 he worked within the division responsible for relations between the European Parliament and national parliaments; during 1996 he was Head of the Secretariat of the first parliamentary Committee of Inquiry, which examined the Community transit system; from 1997 to 2004 he was Head of the Service responsible for conciliations under the codecision procedure between the Council and the Parliament; from  2005 to 2009, he was responsible for the establishment of a European Parliament web TV channel, known as europarltv, which was launched in September 2008.  Since October 2009 he has been head of the UK Information Office of the Parliament in London.

During 1990 and 1991 he was a Visiting European Community Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley; in May 1994 he was the Sir Edward Heath Visiting Fellow at the Europa Institute of the University of Edinburgh; and from 1994 to 1999 he was a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, teaching a course entitled "The European Parliament and its Role within the Union".  Since 1999 he has been a Visiting Practitioner Fellow at Sussex University, in May 2004 he was a Visiting Professor at the Institut des Etudes Politiques in Paris and since the summer of 2008 he has been a Special Professor in European Institutions at the University of Maastricht.  In September 2009 he was elected to be a member of the Academy of Social Sciences.