Cutting edge research from leading experts in European studies

Building on our track record of cutting edge research in European Union affairs, our members currently participate in international networks and research groups and use innovative concepts to evaluate key subjects and inform topical debate.

We organise and participate in conferences and workshops related to our research projects in venues around Europe and the world. Our workshops allow our participants to present their initial research data and allow for input from the rest of the project team and other invited participants. Our research outcomes are presented at conferences, invited presentations and public events. Our members regularly present papers at international conferences and by invitation at government and academic institutions, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the European External Action Service. 

Discover more about the notable publications, research projects, conferences, presentations, workshops and highlights of research from the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence:

Highlights of our research

Press

Our expertise is frequently called upon for trusted academic commentary in the wider press. Below are some of their most notable appearances.

Books

Our research outcomes are published in a steady stream of book chapters and edited volumes, which are frequently quoted and utilised by organisations and institutions. A selection of their work is included below.

Journal articles

Our members regularly act as referees, editors, authors and contributors to leading journals in the fields of European and international relations. We have worked with journals such asEuropean SecurityEuropean Foreign Affairs ReviewEuropean Journal of Political ResearchEuropean Law Review, International Organization and the Journal of European Public Policy.

Some of our most prestigious articles are highlighted below:

Some of our most notable roles are highlighted below:

Ongoing and forthcoming publications

Our members are working continuously on a number of forthcoming publications. Below is a brief description of some of their upcoming output:

  • Professor Theodore Konstadinides is currently working on a new monograph on constitutional law and UK foreign policy which will be published by Oxford University Press. The aim of the book is to explore the constitutional limits to executive power in the conduct of foreign policy.
  • Dr Diana Bullen Presciutti is working on two publications that look comparatively at Italy and the Low Countries: Art and Architecture of Foundling Hospitals and Orphanages for the online Routledge Encyclopedia of the Renaissance World; and Signs of Belonging: Identifying Foundlings and Orphans in Early Modern Europe.

Conferences, presentations and workshops

EAST Project: Workshops and conferences

Two conferences took place for participants in both the trade and security projects, in Berlin and Singapore in 2019. Distinguished guests presented their views of current challenges and the future outlook for EU-Asia relations. A workshop for authors of the security volume followed later in 2019 in Rome. Book launch events are now under way for the volume on The European Union’s Security Relations with Asian Partners.

A PhD Colloquium, a final dissemination conference and a student essay competition are planned under the auspices of the EAST project. For more information, see the EAST project website

EU-Japan Security Cooperation in Context: A public round table event

A public round table event entitled: EU-Japan Security Cooperation in Context was hosted at the University of Essex in June 2018.

Presentation of research findings on EU-Japan Security Cooperation

Professor Han Dorussen presented research findings on EU-Japan Security Cooperation at Waseda University, Tokyo on 11 July 2019.

The same findings were also presented at the European Union in International Affairs (EUIA) conference in Brussels on 17 May 2018 and at the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) 48th annual conference in Bath on 3-5 September 2019.

EU-China Relations and Brexit: A series of talks

Professor Emil Kirchner gave a talk on EU-China Relations and Brexit at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on 15 May 2019, and at the People’s University of Beijing on 9 July 2019. 

The Jean Monnet Method and its Relevance for Northeast Asia Regional Cooperation: A keynote address

In November 2019 Professor Emil Kirchner was invited to South Korea to give a keynote address at the conference of the Asia Economic Community Forum in Seoul. The address was entitled: The Jean Monnet Method and its Relevance for Northeast Asia Regional Cooperation.

A presentation on Leon Battista Alberti

Dr Caspar Pearson gave a presentation on Leon Battista Alberti at prestigious institutes in Florence, Italy in March 2018. He also gave presentations at the University of Oxford in June 2017 and February 2019.

The EU’s Strategy Connecting Europe to Asia and the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative: A presentation

Professor Emil Kirchner was invited to give a presentation at Korea University entitled: The EU’s Strategy Connecting Europe to Asia and the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative: Partners or Rivals? in November 2019. 

EU-China Relations in a Changing Global Context: A series of talks

On 13 May 2019, Professor Emil Kirchner gave a talk entitled: EU-China Relations in a Changing Global Context, at the College of Europe in Brussels, at the international conference on EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation. Later that day he delivered the same talk at a seminar entitled: Prospects for EU-US Relations: Opportunities and Challenges, hosted at the European External Action Service in Brussels. In October 2019 he was invited to give a presentation on the same topic at the Technical University Berlin.

Professor Emil Kirchner gave a presentation entitled The Changing Context of EU-China Relations at the webinar “The European Union as a Global Player” on 10 May 2021 hosted by Iscte – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal.  

Professor Emil Kirchner gave a presentation Will the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment significantly alter the pattern of EU-China Relations? at the conference “East meets West: Reviewing Post-Covid Economic, Business, Innovation and Politics, Centre for Britain and Europe”, organised by the University of Surrey in March 2021.

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