Background and activities

Dr Tobias Etzold is a Political Scientist and Lecturer in the European Studies Master and Bachelor Programmes at NTNU. At NTNU, he teaches MA and BA courses such as The Political Economy in European Integration History and Differentiated Integration.

Tobias received a Master degree in Political Science from the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands) in 2000 and his PhD in European Studies from Manchester Metropolitan University (United Kingdom) in 2010 where he has also been working as research and teaching assistant (courses on European integration and the EU). He has a wide study and research background in European integration and the European Union, international relations, cooperation and security, international organisations and governance, theories of international relations as well as regional policies in Northern Europe. In his PhD thesis, he examined whether and how international organisations are able to adapt to new external conditions and to endure in new circumstances and applied his theoretical findings to regional organisations across Northern Europe.

Between 2011 and 2018, Tobias worked as a research associate and head of the project Research Centre Norden at the thinktank German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik - SWP) in Berlin. In this project he focussed in research and political consulting on EU and foreign policies of the Nordic countries in the light of wider European and international developments, Nordic-German relations, regional policies and regional cooperation (Nordic, Baltic Sea and the Arctic), Nordic security policies as well as domestic political developments including right-wing populism and Euroscepticism in the Nordic countries. At SWP, he became a leading expert in the German academic arena on aforementioned issues. He has also research interests in the Baltic countries, political developments across Germany including German EU and foreign policies and right-wing populism, as well as EU foreign policies. 

He has published extensively on most of the aforementioned issues and has appeared mainly in German but also in Nordic media on topical political developments in the Nordic area as well as Germany on a regular basis. Previous other more policy-oriented and administrative working experiences include those in the Department for European Affairs in the Ministry of Justice, Europe and Consumer Protection of the State of Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel, the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in Stockholm and the Representation of the European Commission to Germany in Berlin.       

To his latest publications belong:

‘Influence through cooperation? Nordic, German and EU interests in the Arctic’, in: Perspectives, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2020,

‘The Nordic Council of Ministers: Aspirations for More Political Relevance’, in Politics and Governance: Rediscovering Nordic cooperation, Vol 8, No 4 (2020),

(with Christian Opitz) ‘Greenland- Presence and Future of Sustainability’ in Torsten Graap, Auður H. Ingólfsdóttir, Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær (eds.) The Future of the North – Sustainability in Nordic Countries. Analysis and Critical Comparison, Weimar: Metropolis, 2020.

Reflection Paper on the Vilnius Declaration: A Vision for the Baltic Sea Region by 2020, Council of the Baltic Sea States, 2020, (with Zaneta Ozolina),

‚Perspektiven auf Europa: die baltischen Länder und die europäische und die transnationale Zusammenarbeit‘, in: Karsten Brüggemann, Ralph Tuchtenhagen, Anja Wilhelmi (eds.) Das Baltikum. Geschichte einer europäischen Region Band 3: Die Staaten Estland, Lettland und Litauen, Hiersemann Verlag, 2020.

‘Germany and the Baltic Sea region: political and security interests’, BSR Policy Briefing 6/2019 Centrum Balticum, Turku 2019,

The Future of Schengen. Internal Border Controls as a Growing Challenge to the EU and the Nordics, SWP-Comment 2018/C44, October 2018, (with Raphael Bossong)

‘Structures and Modes of Regional Cooperation’ in Bernd Henningsen, Tobias Etzold, Krister Hanne (eds.) The Baltic Sea Region: A Comprehensive Guide – History, Politics, Culture and Economy of a European Role Model, Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2017, pp. 169-203.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Etzold, Tobias. (2021) Estland/Estonia. Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2021.
  • Etzold, Tobias. (2021) Litauen/Lithuania. Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2021.
  • Etzold, Tobias. (2021) Schweden/Sweden. Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2021.
  • Etzold, Tobias. (2020) Estland/Estonia. Jahrbuch der Europäische Integration 2020.
  • Etzold, Tobias. (2020) Lithuania/Litauen. Jahrbuch der Europäische Integration 2020.
  • Etzold, Tobias. (2020) Schweden/Sweden. Jahrbuch der Europäische Integration 2020.


  • Etzold, Tobias. (2020) The Arctic is not for sale Influence through cooperation? Nordic, German and EU interests in the Arctic. 2020. ISBN 978-3-96250-646-9.