Master of Philosophy in Political Science Torbjørg Jevnaker at University of Oslo and the Department of Political science will be defending her dissertation: "With a Little help from My Friends? Organising the External Relations of European Union Agencies". 

Tme and place: September 28, 2023 10:15 – 16:00, Georg Sverdrups Hus: Auditorium 1, Moltke Moes vei 39

Trial Lecture 
Place: Georg Sverdrups Hus: Auditorium 1

Time: 10:15 - 11:00 

Title: "The EU stakeholder consultation regime: an overview"


Public Defence 
Place: Georg Sverdrups Hus: Auditorium 1

Time: 13:15-16:00 


Adjudication Committee

  • Professor Christel Koop, King’s College London
  • Professor Adriana Bunea, University of Bergen
  • Professor Kristoffer Kolltveit, University of Oslo

Chair of Defense 

  • Professor Elin Lerum Boasson, University of Oslo


  • Pro-Rector Åse Gornitzka, University of Oslo
  • Professor Jarle Trondal, University of Agder


The thesis contributes to the argument that EU agencies support the Commission. EU agencies potentially strengthen the Commission. Moreover, the thesis finds that EU agencies navigate principal control, their own bureaucratic preferences and the normative expectations from their respective organisational fields when establishing and designing advisory committees. Despite agencies’ gatekeeper role regarding who is granted access to their advisory committees, the thesis shows that the composition of EU agencies’ advisory committees does not fully account for participation patterns in practice. Studying EU agencies’ functioning, particularly the organisation of their wider relations, can shed light on the autonomy and external control of EU agencies, which is one of the several factors relevant for enabling a more political role of the Commission.