Sebastian Diessner is a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, and a Visiting Fellow at the LSE European Institute, UK. He holds a research stipend from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and completed his doctorate at the LSE with a thesis on the political economy of central banking in Europe and Japan. His research on central bank independence and accountability has been published in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Common Market Studies and Socio-Economic Review. He co-authored a recent policy report on the accountability of the ECB towards the European Parliament, titled From Dialogue to Scrutiny, which was presented to the Parliament in 2019.