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Welcome to the Centre for European Research
I am very pleased to introduce the first newsletter of the Centre for European Research (CER), based at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. As the newly appointed Director, I am delighted to continue the work of my predecessor Dr. Paul Copeland and to engage in the reinvigoration of this outstanding Centre. The CER has a long-established tradition in providing an interdisciplinary forum for the promotion of research and teaching on Europe.

At this crucial time of Brexit negotiations, research on European studies could not matter more. The CER intends to provide a home for the many different facets of Europe. Our expertise covers European integration, Comparative European politics, including British politics and European Union studies, both on internal and external policies.

The CER team has worked enthusiastically over the past few months to build our social media presence (check out our new Facebook and Twitter pages) and on our new website. We are also  planning a programme with exciting activities and opportunities for the new academic year. We believe that this very first issue of our newsletter will give you a glimpse of the Centre’s new features as well as some of our plans for the next couple of weeks. We welcome your feedback on our activities and research, and hope to welcome you at one of our events and as one of our future fellows or partners.  

Sarah Wolff

CER Inaugural Lecture
Negotiating the BREXIT - An Insider View by Sir Jonathan Faull KCMG

Monday, 30 October, 18.30
Queen Mary University of London

CER Research Seminar Series

Secular Power Europe and Islam: A Study of EU’s Ontological Security Narrative and Foreign Policy Practices
31 October 2017

Europeanization and de-Europeanization: A Research Agenda
14 November 2017

The Populist Politics of Euroscepticism in Times of Crisis
28 November 2017

The EU’s search for Actorness at the United Nations
12 December 2017

The full programme for the academic year 2017/2018 is available here.
CER Experts News
Research in the Spotlight
Catherine Charrett's project 'Performing Technologies in EU, Israeli and Palestinian Security Cooperation' explores the networks that form around state security technologies in the EU's engagement with Israel and Palestine. Learn more here.
The '28+ Perspectives on Brexit' project including Stijn van Kessel as a co-investigator is concerned with the question of what the governments and peoples of the 'EU27' think and feel about Brexit. Learn more about the project here.
CER Experts in the Media
Emmanuel Macron Tries to Rebrand - The Atlantic (Rainbow Murray)
Brexit: A Clean Break is Not So Easy - WNYC (Paul Copeland)
French Voters May Be Souring on Macron, But He’s All They’ve Got - Bloomberg (Rainbow Murray)
Will the Splintering of France's National Front Help or Harm It? - The Atlantic (Rainbow Murray)
No Push for a Domino Effect: Brexit Doesn’t Loom Large in Populist Radical Right Parties’ Campaigns – The UK in a Changing Europe (Stijn Van Kessel)
The Tory temperament means a U-turn on Europe is always possible – Financial Times (Tim Bale)
EU Hopes for Clarity on Brexit Payments – EUobserver (Tim Bale)
New at CER
David Gazsi joined CER in September as a Research Assistant to contribute to our research and communication activities. David is currently a PhD Candidate at the School of Politics and IR.
Gaia Taffoni has joined us as visiting PhD Fellow for the next three months to finalise the methodology and research design of her thesis and prepare for fieldwork.
CER Journal Highlights
Get involved!

We welcome applications from graduate students (see below) and post-doctoral candidates who wish to study and research aspects of European politics and policy.

We are also delighted to receive applications from external junior and senior scholars who wish to become visiting fellows at CER. 

In addition, applications from non-academic professionals engaged in aspects of European politics and policy who wish to spend time in a scholarly environment are also welcome. 

For any applications or enquiry please contact directly the Director of CER, Dr. Sarah Wolff

Interested in doing a PhD with us?
We offer fully funded PhD studentships for prospective students who wish to do research on European integration, Comparative European politics and European Union studies.
The CER offers expertise and supervision to students interested in British politics, Comparative European politics, EU internal and external policies with a special focus on the relations between ‘Europe’ and the Mediterranean as well as the Western Balkans, EU migration policies, EU Justice and Home Affairs, EU environmental policies, EU economic and social policies, EU-Islam, Euroscepticism and populism, as well as the Brexit.  

There are two upcoming deadlines for fully funded prospective PhDs:  

Fully funded ESRC studentships via the prestigious London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) 1+3 and +3 Open studentship competition with a submission deadline on 19 November 2017. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and run jointly by QMUL, King’s College and Imperial College, London, this partnership provides generous funding as well as research training and seminar programmes. Information on the application process is available here.

 -       Fully funded QMUL Principal’s Studentship scheme with an application deadline on 31st January 2018. Information regarding the application process is available here.

We also welcome applications from students receiving external funding.

If you are interested in doing a PhD at CER, please contact Dr. Sarah Wolff or any other relevant CER member and attach your CV and a draft research proposal.

-- Come to our PhD Open Evening taking place at the Mile End Campus of Queen Mary on 8 November, 4:30pm - 7:00pm. Click here to register. --
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