Newcastle University
Information From The Jean Monnet Center


10/02/2016 Jude Kirton-Darling MEP to speak at Newcastle University Business School onWednesday 10th February on Business and Europe: TTIP, Trade, and Referendum

13/12/2015 The Jean Monnet Centre at Newcastle mourns the passing of Andrew Robinson, Honorary French Consul for the North East of England and Cumbria, who was a tireless advocate for strong bilateral relations.

29/04/2015 Talk by Dr Oliver Daddow on 'Could Britain leave the EU? The slow death of UK pro-Europeanisation'

This Talk will take place from 3.30-5.00pm in the Research Beehive, room 2.20.

17/02/2015 Jean Monnet Centre appoints its fourth Centre Associate, Dr Chaditsa Poulatova

After completing her doctorate examiningissue of child soldiering and how the existing UN machinery has dealt with it, Dr. Chaditsa Poulatova has been appointed Jean Monnet Centre Associate. In this role she will support the mission of the Centre to further knowledge about European Union identities and visual representations of the EU.

6/11/2014 Jean Monnet Centre lecture by Lord Roger Liddle on the theme of: 'Can Britain ever resolve its European dilemma?'

The lecture will be held in Law School lecture theatre from 3-5 pm. After the talk and questions, there will be drinks and snacks reception in the Law School student common room room (which is across from the lecture hall) from 5-6pm. Roger Liddle is a UK Labour member of the House of Lords and a member of Cumbria County Council; he currently chairs the think tank Policy Network. Liddle was special adviser on European affairs to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, from 1997 to 2004. From 2004-2007 he served in the European Commission, first in the Cabinet of the EU Trade Commissioner and then as economic adviser to the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. The Lecture is hosted by the Jean Monnet Centre of Newcastle University, the Law School, GPS and the Governance and Political Organisations Research Cluster.


23/09/2014 Call for papers: Conference on The effect of coalition on the 2015 general election - 22 April 2015 (Politics, Newcastle University)

At the 2010 general election, whilst many political observers predicted a hung parliament, they did not expect a coalition government of the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. This one day conference will bring together academics, policy-makers and politicians to examine the effect of coalition government on British politics ahead of the 2015 general election. Has coalition government changed the very nature of party competition in Britain? Is single-party government still a viable option in British politics?

Abstracts are invited for papers, addressing the following themes:
. Political parties and party competition since 2010
. The changing salience of issues since 2010
. Party ideology
. Political reform: elections and referendums
. Coalition politics and public attitudes
. Governance and political institutions

Please see further details here.


27/06/2014 Jean Monnet Centre appoints its third Centre Associate, Dr Russell Foster

After recently completing his doctorate examining the legacy of imperial imaginations in the European Union's visual symbols, Dr. Russell Foster has been appointed Jean Monnet Centre Associate. In this role he will support the mission of the Centre to further knowledge about European Union identities and visual representations of the EU.


04/12/2013 Head of European Commission delegation to the UK, Jacqueline Minor, discusses careers in the EU

Are you interested in working for the European Union? The European Union Institutions offer an international career to ambitious and capable graduates from all discipline, who want a challenging career in a dynamic environment. If you are a final year student or graduate, you can apply for entry-level positions in various fields, which are the starting point of an exciting and truly European career. The EU also regularly recruits graduates with work experience, administrative personnel and experienced professionals in a wide range of fields as well as translators and interpreters.

If you would like to find out more about the opportunities available, recruitment procedures and what it's like to work for the EU, then the Head of the European Commission delegation to the UK, Jacqueline Minor, will be visiting Newcastle to give a talk. Event organiser: Dr Joceyn Mawdsley (GPS).

Date: Wednesday 4 December 2013
Time: 2:15pm-3:15pm
Place: Bedson Teaching Centre B.32

10/04/2013 Lithuanian Ambassador to the UK discusses EU Presidency

Her Excellency Mrs Asta Skaisgiryte Liauskiene, Lithuanian Ambassador to the UK, provided a talk about the objectives for Lithuania's forthcoming presidency of the Council of the European Union with the title 'Quo Vadis? Lithuanian Presidency of the EU 2013', at Newcastle University from 17.30-18.30 on 10th April 2013. The event was chaired by Professor Ella Ritchie and further details can be sought from Melanie Reed (

09/04/2013 Jean Monnet Centre appoints its second Centre Associate, Dr Steven Robinson.

After recently completing his doctorate assessing the Europeanisation of contemporary Portuguese foreign and security policy, Dr Steven Robinson has been appointed Jean Monnet Centre Associate. In this role he will support the mission of the Centre to further Europe-wide exchange of knowledge and to improve the understanding of the politics and institutions of the European Union in his future research activities and teaching. His association with the Centre builds upon the inter-disciplinary links he established between Newcastle and Portugal, through his active involvement with the School of Modern Languages and the Instituto Camoes Centre for Portuguese Language at Newcastle, during his PhD research.


27/03/2012   Grant Success

Dr Jocelyn Mawdsley (Politics) was part of a joint bid that has been awarded £5000 by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) to convene a collaborative research network (CRN) looking at the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy and strategy. The CRN aims to critically assess the EU's role in security and defence, the term 'strategy' and what this implies analytically, the extent to which some form of strategy already exists or is feasible, and what the key elements of any future CSDP strategy and the connected military and civilian capabilities might be. The CRN will run from 2012 to 2015 and already has over forty participants, both academics and EU officials, from across Europe. Three workshops are planned in addition to panels at the UACES annual conferences. To find out more go to our website.

21/09/2011 Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability and the Environmental Regulation Research Group

A conference on 'A Sustainable Countryside? Regulating New Techologies for Food Farming and Ecology' will be held at Newcastle Law School, 21-24 Windsor Terrace on 21 September 2011with excellent keynote speakers and discussion panels, for further details and the programme see here. Please contact Dr Ole W Pedersen or Professor Chris Rodgers with any questions.

05/08/2011 Jean Monnet Centre appoints its first Centre Associate, Dr Felix Rösch.

After recently completing his doctorate examining the place of Hans J. Morgenthau in a Continental European intellectual context, Dr. Felix Rösch has been appointed Jean Monnet Centre Associate. In this role he will support the mission of the Centre to further knowledge about European ideas and activity.


17/01/2011 Politics Seminar Series for 2011 Announced

Politics has arranged a series of seminars for the second semester of 2010/11 which may be of interest to those following the actitivites of the Jean Monnet Centre. The following seminar relating to the Lisbon Treaty should be of particular interest:

     18th May, Professor Richard Whitman, University of Bath, "Promised you a miracle? The EU's global role in the afterglow of Lisbon", to take place at 3.30-5.30pm in Room 2.20 in the Research Beehive, followed by refreshments GPS Common Room .

3/09/2010 CURDS Seminar Series for 2010/11 Announced

The Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies has recently announced the schedule for upcoming seminars during Semester 1of 2010/11. The CURDS Annual Distinguished Lecture may be of particular interest and will be delivered by Prof. Philip McCann (Groningen University and Special Advisor to EU Commissioner Hahn) on 15 December. Details of all seminars can be found here.

24/05/2010 Seminar on the Lisbon Treaty on 24 May 2010

Aidan Stradling, who has had long-standing connection with the Newcastle Jean Monnet Centre, and his consultancy firm have organised a free seminar looking at the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the local region, with Jean Monnet Centre support. Further details here.

17/11/2009 Special Issue of the Journal of European Public Policy entitled 'Learning and Governance in the EU Policy-Making Process' now published

Anthony Zito has just published a Special Issue of the Journal of European Public Policy (Volume 16/8) entitled 'Learning and Governance in the EU Policy-Making Process'.
This volume takes stock of learning theories in the European Union (EU) integration literature and assesses what insights the concept of 'learning' has added to our understanding of the European integration processes. Contents list available here.

20/10/2009 EU Lifelong Learning Funding 2010 - new Jean Monnet call

There are opportunities to seek funding support for researchers specialising in European integration studies, further information can be found from the European Commission website, and specifically from this link - see pp.138 onwards for Jean Monnet calls. Very clear and helpful information on the Jean Monnet call is also available here:

21/10/2009 Research Seminar - Professor Simon Bulmer, University of Sheffield

Professor Bulmer will be providing a seminar entitled 'Learning to Live with Brussels? The Europeanisation of Whitehall'. This will take place at 4-6pm, Room 2.20 Research Beehive. A wine reception will also be provided afterwards at the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology.

15/08/2009 Website relaunch

The Jean Monnet Centre website has been relaunched and will be updated on a regular basis.