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Dear Subscriber,

As we are approaching the end of the current academic year, we look back proudly to what we think have been some very eventful and indeed successful months here at CER. We have already started working on our programme for the next year, and as it is slowly shaping up, we are glad to see that we will be able to offer you an even wider selection of activities and events and provide you with even more expert insight about Europe-related matters. This will involve the continuation of our research seminar series – in a new format and new location –, the organisation of conferences, high-profile events, performances and workshops – based on our expanding inter-institutional and international cooperation –, the publication of articles and policy papers, and much more. We will keep you posted.
This is our Centre’s new promotional video, we hope you like it!
Before we break for the summer, let us share some information with you about our activities of the past 2-3 months. We hope to see you in the autumn!

P.S.: Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be up-to-date with our work.
Dr Sarah Wolff
 Director, CER 
CER Annual Report for the academic year 2017/2018
The Centre's annual report for the academic year 2017-2018 is now available to download. It gives an overview of CER's research, teaching and outreach activities and achievements, as well as its events organised in the past 8 months.
Event Highlights
Challenging EU Migration Policies in the Mediterranean
In cooperation with the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), Dr Sarah Wolff (Director, CER) held a lecture on 1 February 2018 examining the 'refugee crisis' and the responding EU migration policies. The lecture took place in Paris and united both of ULIP's major seminar series, Challenging Europe and Dis-placing Politics. It can now be watched online.

Critical Perspectives on Democracy Promotion in the Mediterranean
On 17-18 May 2018, CER and the Institute for European Studies of the University of Malta co-hosted a workshop to discuss similarities between and differences in Mediterranean mobilisations and how the EU as well as other external democracy promoters have responded to it in the post-Arab uprisings period. Speakers included Dr Sarah Wolff (Director, CER), Professor Roderick Pace (University of Malta), Professor Richard Youngs (Carnegie Europe and University of Warwick), Professor Dominic Fenech (University of Malta), Professor Bulent Aras (Sabanci University), Dr Sylvia Bergh (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Dr Anna Khakee (University of Malta), Professor Imad Salamey (Lebanese American University), Dr Isabelle Calleja (University of Malta), Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas (University of Birmingham), Dr Myriam Catusse (Aix-Marseille Université) and Dr Mark Harwood (University of Malta). The event took place in San Gilian, Malta.

Best Men for the Job? What it Really Takes to be a Representative
The Inaugural Lecture of Professor Rainbow Murray engaged with questions such as What has been the impact of gender quotas? Why do men still dominate politics? How do we get the best people for the job? And what does it *really* take to be a representative? The event that took place on 8 March 2018 can now be re-watched online.
Europe Matters blog
The CER blog offers analyses of significant events and pressing developments in Europe. Our latest blog posts include:
CER Experts' News
Research in the Spotlight

The challenges of researching the European social dimension

CER Member Dr Paul Copeland shares some insights into his on-going research ahead of the release of his new monograph next year
CER Experts in the Media
Lost on the Road to Brexit – Party Games Podcast (Professor Tim Bale)
'No escape' European Court of Justice rule will DIRECTLY impact Britain AFTER Brexit – Express (Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas)
Where have all the women gone? The Tories have a serious gender problem – The Conversation (Professor Tim Bale, Dr Monica Poletti)
Why the Real Conservative Membership Figure Matters to the Whole Country – Not Just the Party – Conservative Home (Professor Tim Bale)
Why is Westminster Still A Rich Man's World? – Political Insight (Professor Rainbow Murray)
Exilés, migrants, réfugiés : à Calais, la soupe de Macron a du mal à passer – Jeune Afrique (Dr Sarah Wolff)
When Thatcher Got Punked – The One Show on 25 April 2018 [starts at 20:35mins] (Professor Tim Bale)
On anti-Semitism, new and old Labour members are moving in the same direction – New Statesmen (Professor Tim Bale)
Lawyers pin blame for deaths of 20 migrants at sea on Italy – Aljazeera (Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax)
U.K. Conservatives Hold Ground in Local Elections – The Wall Street Journal (Professor Tim Bale)
A Labour party that couldn’t even smash the locals should be worried – City A.M (Professor Tim Bale)
Grammar schools are indefensible. I should know – I went to one – The Guardian (Professor Tim Bale)
La génération « Windrush » : un dommage collatéral de la politique britannique de dissuasion migratoire – The Conversation (Dr Sarah Wolff)
Why Italy wouldn’t accept a boat carrying 600 migrants – but Spain will – iNews (Dr Sarah Wolff)
Professor Tim bale discusses political work experience on Daily Politics – BBC (Professor Tim Bale)
Britain Decides: The First European Referendum – BBC History Magazine (Dr Robert Saunders)
Brexit Amendments: Why the ‘Meaningful Vote’ is So Important – iNews (Professor Tim Bale)
The long march of Corbyn's Labour – BBC (Professor Tim Bale, Dr Monica Poletti)
Dr Sarah Wolff's interview about the Brexit White Paper in L'heure du Monde – Radio Canada (Dr Sarah Wolff)
New at CER
A warm welcome to our new member, Dr Matthieu Burnay. Matthieu is a Lecturer in Global Law at the School of Law. His main research interests are in global law and governance; the study of the political and legal aspects of EU-China relations in global governance; as well as the comparative study of the rule of law in Europe and Asia. We are looking forward to having Matthieu as one of the speakers in the CER Research Seminar series in the next academic year.
CER Journal Highlights
The latest issue (23:2) includes articles, i.a., on the French foreign policy U-turn in the Arab Spring, the EU and the international socialization of gender equality in Tunisia, and the water scarcity conflict in Cyprus
The latest issue (34:2) focuses, i.a., on attitudes to secret surveillance in Eastern Europe, Russian authoritarian diffusion in Armenia, post-war voting patterns in Croatia, and the consolidation of Latvia's post-Soviet democratic system
Get involved!

We welcome applications from graduate students and post-doctoral candidates who wish to study and research aspects of European politics and policy (find more info in the below box).

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 warmly welcome. 

For any applications or enquiry please contact our Director, Dr. Sarah Wolff

Interested in doing a PhD or a post-doc fellowship with us?
The School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) encourages applications for PhD projects in European Politics and Policy.
The CER, based in the School of Politics and Inernational Relations, can offer expertise and supervision to students interested in Comparative European politics, British politics, EU internal and external policies with a special focus on 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 relations, Euroscepticism and populism.
If you are interested in doing a PhD with us, you can contact our Director, Dr Sarah Wolff ( ) or any other relevant member of CER’s staff. Please make sure to attach your CV and a draft research proposal to your email.

Funding: for information on funding opportunities please consult our  ‘Research Studentships’ site at the following link: Please note that admission for studentships for 2018/2019 entry is now closed. We also welcome applications with external funding.

Postdoctoral fellowships
The London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) is offering at least four ESRC-funded postdoctoral fellowships to commence from 1st October 2018. The fellowships are available for one year full-time or two years part-time to be held at King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, or Imperial College London. The aim of these fellowships is to provide funding to those who are within 12 months of completing their PhD, to support them in consolidating their PhD research, and prepare them for the next stage of their career. Proposals must be based at least 50% within the social sciences and must fall within the remit of one of LISS DTP’s Thematic Pathways:
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