Olivier Costa holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Paris 8.
Currently he is Research Professor at the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), Sciences Po Bordeaux.
He is also Director of Studies at the European Political and Governance Studies Department of the College of Europe (Bruges).
He is co-director of the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence of Aquitaine.
He is Associate Editor of the Journal of European Integration, and member of the editorial board of the the Journal of Legislative Studies and the RISP: Italian Political Science Review.