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NEXTEUK - Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

Centre for European Research (CER), Queen Mary University of London
Upcoming Event 

Virtual PhD Summer School: 
'Researching post-Brexit and (post-Covid) EU-UK relations: What impact on Policies, Methods and Theories?'

5-9 July 2021
The NEXTEUK Virtual PhD Summer School, organised in partnership with the Jean Monnet Centre of Montreal, is planned from July 5th to 9th. 

It offers an intensive, multidisciplinary (political science, international relations, law, business and management etc.) and participatory programme at an advanced academic level, in which PhD students and early career researchers interested in the Brexit process and the EU-UK relationship will be provided a stimulating environment for intellectual exchange and academic training.

Interested PhD students and early career researchers can apply until 5 April.

Journal of European Integration (JEI) Special Issue: 'Pandemic Politics and European Union responses' 

Sarah Wolff, main investigator of the NEXTEUK project, and Stella Ladi, member of the NEXTEUK steering committee, have coordinated a Journal of European Integration Special Issue on 'Pandemic Politics and European Union responses.' 

The special issue  explores some of the key challenges that the EU has faced in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The JEI special issue comes at a time when the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has become increasingly challenging for the EU, and for its Member States. The special issue features timely contributions from leading scholars in the field of European politics and EU health policy. The contributions to the JEI special issue on Pandemic Politics and European responses examine the implications of the EU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic for EU economic governance, free movement in Europe, EU cybersecurity policy, and EU climate policy development.

'Pandemic Politics and European Union responses'

Past Events

(Virtual) Coffee and Politics: Brexit and the State of British Democracy 

On 2 February, the NEXTEUK project organised its first (Virtual) Coffee and Politics on 'Brexit and the State of British Democracy.' This original format offered QMUL students a unique opportunity to engage and discuss with leading experts. 

Attendees had the opportunity to listen and engage with Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis (Oxford University) and Dr Robert Saunders (QMUL) on the current state of British democracy.
(Virtual) Coffee and Politics: Brexit and the State of British Democracy

EU and UK health and vaccination strategies in times of Covid-19: (mis)trust and politics

On 1 March, the NEXTEUK project held a webinar on 'EU and UK health and vaccination strategies in times of Covid-19: (mis)trust and politics.'

Covid-19 is the first major test for EU-UK relations. The vaccination race and ensuing competition for contracts and jabs had led to a first major row between the UK and its ex-EU partners. Following the announcement of the delivery of less vaccines by AstraZeneca, the Commission made the mistake to announce a control of EU exports of vaccines therefore suspending de facto the Northern Ireland protocol. Correcting immediately its mistake, after raising the eyebrows of Germany and France, this diplomatic row highlights the role that the health and vaccination strategies can have on the future of the EU-UK relations. The panellists included: 
  • Louise van Schaik  Head of Unit EU & Global Affairs, Netherlands Institute for International Relations
  • Remco van de Pas, Public health specialist and global health scholar, Maastricht Centre for Global Health
  • Anna Holzscheiter, Chair of Political Science TU Dresden and head of the 'Governance for Global Health' research group at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
  • Valsamis Mitsilegas Professor of European Criminal Law and Global Security, chair of the IHSS Covid-19 working group, Queen Mary University of London (Discussant)
  • Sarah Wolff, Reader in European Politics and International Relations, PI NEXTEUK Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, member of the IHSS Covid-19 Working Group, Queen Mary University of London (Chair)
New Blog Posts 
Contributions have been made to the NEXTEUK and Europe Matters blogs. 

Tinahy Andriamasomanana (PhD candidate, QMUL) wrote a blog entitled 'The impact of the US Elections on Europe and the Future EU-UK Relationship.'

Davor Jancic (Senior Lecturer, QMUL School of Law) wrote a blog entitled 'The UK-EU Trade Deal: Five Important Implications for the UK Parliament.'

The Centre for European Research regularly publishes blogs on a range of issues. They can be found on the NEXTEUK website and the Europe Matters blog page.
NEXTEUK Working Paper Series 
Issue 2 of the NEXTEUK Working Paper Series has been released.

The paper is entitled 'Towards more “E-volved” Democracy: An exploration of digital governance in Estonia and the lessons it holds for strengthening democracy in the United States.' It has been written by Jonathan Diaz, the recipient of the 2020 'Best Dissertation Prize' in the field of European Studies from CER, and recent graduate from the MA international Relations programme.

This paper examines Estonia’s road to digitalisation, it construct the “Estonian Model” of digital governance, and shows how pillars of the Estonian Model can reinforce modern democracy. It also considers the case of the US and examines if, and how, the US can apply key lessons from the Estonian Model.
NEXTEUK Team Publications 

Members of the NEXTEUK Team have recently published new articles and blog posts. They have also made contributions to the media.

Sarah Wolff has written a new piece with William Kutz entitled 'Urban Geopolitics and the Decentring of Migration Diplomacy in EU-Moroccan Affairs' in Geopolitics. 

She has also co-authored an article entitled 'Framing immobility: Schengen governance in times of pandemics' with Ariadna Ripoll Servent and Agathe Piquet for the JEI Special Issue on Pandemic Politics and European Union responses.
Stijn van Kessel has written an article entitled 'The welfare agenda of the populist radical right in Europe: Combining chauvinism, producerism, and populism’ with Koen Abts, Emmanuel Dalle Mulle, and Elie Michel for Swiss Political Science Review.
Violeta Moreno-Lax has started a Fernand Braudel Senior Research Fellowship at the EUI (January to July 2021) to research the matter of "humanitarian smuggling" and the criminalisation of NGOs engaged in search and rescue operations of seaborne refugees in the Mediterranean. 

As part of the MAPS Jean Monnet Network (2018-21) that she co-leads, she has convened a conference with Dr Niovi Vavoula on "Conflicting Responses to Refugees and Migrants in Covid-19 Europe" on 11 December 2020, attracting over 200 participants. 

She has been commissioned by the European Parliament to lead a study on "The EU Approach on Migration in the Mediterranean", leading a multi-disciplinary, international team of experts to deliver recommendations to the LIBE Committee in preparation for the negotiations of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum package. 

Her latest op-ed "A New Common European Approach to Search and Rescue? Entrenching Proactive Containment" has been published in the EU Migration Law Blog of the ODYSSEUS academic network on 3 February.

Her latest and forthcoming academic publications are: 
Tim Bale has written a new piece for UK in a Changing Europe entitled 'Great expectations: the challenges ahead for the Conservative Party.' 

He has also contributed to podcasts for the QMUL Mile End Institute. He has also been interviewed for a podcast for the The Times entitled 'Universal Credit, Free School Meals and a history of Tory welfar‪e.' 

Stella Ladi is leading a project on  'Global Government Approaches to Evidence in Combatting Covid-19' (Research England Quality-related Research Strategic Priorities Fund).

She has also published a working paper entitled 'Capitalising on External Constraint: Six Things you Should Know about Eurozone Bailouts' with Catherine Moury, Daniel Cardoso, and Angie Gago.
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