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Centre for European Union Studies

The Centre for European Union Studies is the intellectual hub of EU politics research at the University of Hull.

Director Prof Rudi Wurzel and Dr Elizabeth Monaghan

Centre for European Union Studies (CEUS) can be contacted via its Director Prof Rudi Wurzel or its Deputy Director Dr Elizabeth Monaghan.

The Challenge

CEUS has been a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in teaching and research since 1999. It hosts one Jean Monnet Chair of European Union Studies. CEUS researchers have undertaken many research projects which received external funding (e.g. by the British Academy, ESRC, EU and Leverhulme Trust) and produced a large number of high impact publications. Recent projects and publications have focused on, for example, the EU as a Leader in International Climate Change Politics, Multilevel Climate Governance and Structurally Disadvantaged Cities and Brexit. CEUS runs a seminar series, organises conferences and workshops, hosts the Jean Monnet lecture and the Hayward lecture.

The Approach

CEUS organises webinars, seminars, conferences and workshops as well as the Jean Monnet lecture and the Hayward lecture which cover a wide range of European Union and comparative European governance issues. It supports innovative interdisciplinary research and actively engages with practitioners.

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Aims

  • Facilitate and support innovative, interdisciplinary research on European Union and comparative European governance issues
  • Generate and disseminate impactful research findings
  • Engage with practitioners
  • Provide a forum for researchers and PhD students for presenting and discussing novel research findings
  • Publish innovative research findings in leading, high impact journals and with internationally renowned publishers
  • Promote academic excellence in research, publications and education on European Union-related issues and the wider Europe

The Impact

CEUS facilitates and supports impactful interdisciplinary research on a wide range of European Union and comparative European governance issues. In addition to publishing in leading high impact journals, CEUS researchers have regularly disseminated their research findings among practitioners and academics. Most CEUS webinars, seminars, conferences and workshops as well as the Jean Monnet lecture and the Hayward lecture are open to the general public. CEUS researchers have provided training for practitioners and organised workshops which are specifically aimed at practitioners.

Projects

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  • Members

    Prof Rudi Wurzel (Director of CEUS)

    Professor of Comparative European Politics and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Studies | R.K.Wurzel@hull.ac.uk

    Dr Elizabeth Monaghan (Deputy Director of CEUS)

    Lecturer/ Graduate Research Director | E.Monaghan@hull.ac.uk

    Prof Patrick Birkinshaw

    Prof James Connelly

    J.M.Connelly@associate.hull.ac.uk

    Prof Jo Carby-Hall

    Prof Mahrukh Doctor

    Professor of Comparative Political Economy | M.Doctor@hull.ac.uk

    Prof Noel O’Sullivan

    Dr Mike Varney

    Head of the Law School (Interim) | M.R.Varney@hull.ac.uk

     

    Former CEUS members

    Gianluca Andresani

    Prof Michael Burgess

    Prof Jack Hayward

    Prof Cristina Leston-Bandeira

    Prof Juliet Lodge

    Prof José Magone

    Dr Jeremy Moulton

    Dr Ludivine Petetin

  • Webinars and seminars in 2021

    Webinar on 28 September 2021 at 6.30 pm

    The outcome of the 2021 German elections: implications for Germany and its European neighbours

    Panel discussion with Prof Dan Hough (University of Sussex), Chantal Sullivan-Thomsett (University of Leeds) and Prof Rudi Wurzel (CEUS, University of Hull) 

    Webinar on Brexit - 28 April

    Prof Charlie Burns (University of Sheffield): Challenges of Brexit: Environmental regulation. What is Green Brexit anyway and are we likely to get one? and Prof Catherine Barnard (Cambridge University): Freeports

  • Past CEUS speakers
    • Maurzio Di Lullo (EU Council Secretariat): The EU as a global actor in international climate change negotiations. A learning process
    • Brexit Roundtable: Diana Wallis (Chair); Prof Jack Hayward: Introduction and France; Lord Norton of Louth: Constitutional and Parliamentary Implications; Dr Simon Lee: Economic Implications; Dr Matt Beech: Party Political Implications; Dr Elizabeth Monaghan: Commission and Council; Prof Rudi Wurzel: Germany
    • Dr Ian Klinke (Oxford University): Power, space and war: German geopolitics from a European perspective
    • Prof Ferdi De Ville (University of Ghent) and Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge (University of Manchester): TTIP-ping Point? The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the (Re)politicisation of Global Trade Politics
    • Dr Vesco Paskalev (Law School, University of Hull): Impact Assessments in the EU – A Chance for Discursive Representation?
    • Dr Jocelyn Mawdsley (University of Newcastle): Defence Dilemmas, the CSDP and Britain, France and Germany
    • Dr Mihalis Ragkousis (CEUS, University of Hull): EU loyalties and the participation of non-traditional stakeholders in policy-making
    • Dr Jonathan White (London School of Economics): Authority after Emergency Rule
    • Professor Helen Drake (University of Loughborough): What’s in a subject association? What the history of UACES can tell us about European Studies and Higher Education in the UK
    • Dr Martin Steven (University of Lancaster): Euro-realism in multi-level party politics: the case of the European Conservatives and Reformists
    • Professor Kenneth Dyson (University of Cardiff): Merkel and Europe: Before and After the Elections
    • Professor Rudi Wurzel (CEUS, University of Hull): What does the election result mean for Germany?
    • Professor Lucia Quaglia (University of York): The EU and global financial regulation
    • Professor Peter Wilson (Department of History, University of Hull): The Holy Roman Empire: A blueprint for the new Europe
    • Hayward lecture:
      • Prof Anand Menon (King’s College and Director of the UK in Changing Europe) gave the first Hayward lecture: ‘Brexit: What happened and where do we go from here’
    • Speakers for the Jean Monnet lecture include:
      • Allan Johnson, MP; Denis MacShane, MP; Prof Kenneth Dyson (University of Cardiff); Dr Richard Corbett, MEP; Charles Kennedy, MP; Sir Malcolm Rifkind, MP; Prof John Peterson (University of Glasgow); Lord Hurd of Westwell, Keith Vaz, (then) Minister for Europe; Lord Mandelson (former European Commissioner); Lord Jenkins of Hillhead (former President of the European Commission); and, Lord Brittan of Spennithorne (former Vice-President of the European Commission)
  • PhD students

    Current PhD students

    Michael Howcroft

    Identity: Hull UK City of Culture 2017 - Post-Brexit

    Supervisors with Prof David Atkinson, Prof Franco Bianchini and Prof Rudi Wurzel

    Former PhD students

    Flávia Guerra (2021), Sovereignty and Governance of Offshore Renewable Energy (Supervisors: Prof Richard Barnes and Prof Rudi Wurzel)

    Ioannis Zisis (2020) Reshaping Democracy or Branding Political Images? A Study on Online Political Participation and its Consequences for European Representation (Supervisors: Dr Elizabeth Monaghan)

    Achara Banjongprasert (2019), Advocacy NGOs, Advocacy strategies and new participatory spaces: The case on Thai advocacy NGOs and the Xayaburi dam project (Supervisors: Prof Rudi Wurzel and Prof James Connelly)

    Jeremy Moulton (2018), A tale of two cities: Ecological modernisation, climate action and political myth in the European Union (Supervisors: Prof Rudi Wurzel and Prof David Gibbs)

    Stephanie McLeod (2017), Why does the OECD exist? A qualitative study into the added value of the organisation (Supervisor: Dr Elizabeth Monaghan)

    Lars Borrass (2014), Implementing the Area Management and Species Protection Requirements of the Habitats Directive in Germany and the United Kingdom, a Comparative Analysis of Varying Implementation Practices and Processes (External joint supervisor: Rudi Wurzel)

    Mihalis Ragkousis (2013), The Open Method of Coordination on Social Inclusion: Analysing the Participation of British and Greek Stakeholders and its Impact on their Expectations, Political Activities and Loyalties (Supervisor: Prof Rudi Wurzel and Dr Elizabeth Monoghan)

    Sarah Hoffmann (2010), The Creation of the European Environment Agency and its Impact on National Administrations in Germany, France and Britain (Supervisor: Prof Rudi Wurzel)

  • Outputs and publications

    Recent books

    Recent journal articles

    Recent book chapters

    • Moulton, J. Osthorst, W., P. Deutz, P. Jonas, A. and Wurzel, R. (2021), ‘Overcoming structural disadvantages with local green economies? The case of two maritime cities’, in: J. Fairbrass and N. Vasilakos (eds), Transitioning to a Green Economy: The European Perspective, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.90-106.
    • Wurzel, R. (2021), ‘The Council, European Council and Member States’, in: A. Jordan and V. Gravey (eds) Environmental Policy in the European Union, London: Routledge.
    • Moore, B., Benson, D., Jordan, A., Wurzel, R. and Zito, A. (2021), ‘Governing with Multiple Policy Instruments’, in: Jordan and V. Gravey (eds) Environmental Policy in the European Union, London: Routledge.
    • R., Zito, A. and Jordan, A. (2019), ‘Smart (and not so smart) mixes of new environmental policy instruments’, in: van Erp, J., Faure, M., Nollkaemper, A. and Philipsen, N. (eds), Smart Mixes of Environmental Governance, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.68-92.
    • Liefferink, D. and Wurzel, R. (2018), ‘Leaders and Pioneers in Polycentric Climate Governance’, in: A. Jordan, D. Huitema, H. van Asselt and J. Forster (eds), Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.135-151.
    • Wurzel, R., Connelly, J. and Liefferink, D. (2017), ‘Introduction: European Union Climate Leadership’, in: R. Wurzel, J. Connelly and D. Liefferink (eds), The European Union in International Climate Change Politics. Still Taking A Lead?, London: Routledge, pp.3-19.
    • Wurzel, R., Connelly, J. and Monaghan, E. (2017), ‘Environmental NGOs: Pushing for Leadership’, in: R. Wurzel, J. Connelly and D. Liefferink (eds), The European Union in International Climate Change Politics. Still Taking A Lead?, London: Routledge, pp.221-236.
    • Wurzel, R., Connelly, J. and Liefferink, D. (2017), ‘Conclusion: European Union Leadership in International Climate Change Politics Re-assessed’, in: R. Wurzel, J. Connelly and D. Liefferink (eds), The European Union in International Climate Change Politics. Still Taking A Lead?, London: Routledge, pp.287-302.
  • Externally funded research projects

    Recent externally funded research projects in which CEUS researchers were actively involved

     

    • Leverhulme Trust funded Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures. Duration: 2020-26. Grant: £1.5m. CEUS researchers involved: Prof Rudi Wurzel.
    • ‘Lessons Learnt from European Offshore Wind Energy Deployment and Other Green Economy Developments’. Funders: Aura and QR; Duration: 14 January – 31 March 2020. Budget: £3,974.The project focused on offshore wind energy and other ‘green economy’ developments in Denmark (Esbjerg), Germany (Bremerhaven and Cuxhaven), the Netherlands (Delfzijl and Eemshaven) and the UK (Hull and Grimsby). Funder: Aura. Duration: 15.1.2019 – 31.11.2020. Grant: £17,672. Research team: Prof Rudi Wurzel (Principle Investigator) and Prof Andy Jonas (Geography, Hull University). External co-researchers: Dr Liefferink (Nijmegen University, Netherlands), Dr Nielsen (Aarhus University, Denmark), Prof Osthorst (Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Germany). Hasager Mette (Aarhus University, Denmark), Dr Jeremy Moulton (York University), Tilman Schwarze (St Andrews University) and Steyn Tielmans (Nijmegen University) acted as temporary research assistants.
    • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ((EPRCS) funded research project on ‘Engaging young people in the circular plastics economy’. Duration: 1.9.2019 – 31.11.2020. Grant: £48,200. Principle Investigator: Prof Kevin Burden (Education) CEUS researchers involved in the research team: Dr Elizabeth Monaghan and Prof Rudi Wurzel.
    • Creative Circular economy approaches to eliminate plastics waste’; Principle Investigator: Prof Redshaw (Chemistry, University of Hull). Funder: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ((EPRCS). Duration: 1.1.2019 – 1.11.2020. Grant: £1,143,129. CEUS researchers involved: Prof Rudi Wurzel.
    • Pioneers and Leaders in Polycentric Climate Governance (PiLePoC)’ workshop in Hull on 15-16 September 2016. Funder: EU COST and INOGOV (Innovations in Climate governance) programme. Duration: June 2016 – March 2017. Grant: £12,000. CEUS researchers involved: Prof Rudi Wurzel and Jeremy Moulton (PhD student). The workshop generated one special issue for Environmental Politics and two edited books.
    • Workshop (and book project) Still Taking the Lead? The European Union in International Climate Change Politics in Hull on 24-25 September 2015. Funder: EU Commission. Duration: August 2015 – March 2016. Grant: €3,000. CEUS researchers involved: Prof James Connelly, Dr Elizabeth Monoghan, Jeremy Moulton (PhD student) and Prof Rudi Wurzel (PI).
    • The Ecological Modernisation of Structurally Disadvantaged Coastal European Maritime Port Cities’. Funder: British Academy. Duration: 1.9.2013-15.8.2016. Grant: £10,000. CEUS researchers involved: Prof James Connelly, Dr Elizabeth Monaghan and Prof Rudi Wurzel (PI). Other Hull University based researchers involved: Dr Sally Eden (Geography), Prof Mike Elliott (Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies), Prof Andy Jonas (Geography).
    • Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors (Vectors)’. 37 research teams from 14 European countries. Lead research institute: Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Lead coordinator for the Hull based research team: Prof Mike Elliott (Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies). Duration: 2011-2015. Total grant for VECTORS: €16.33 million. Funding for Hull-based research team members: £394,000. CEUS researchers involved: Dr Rudi Wurzel. Other Hull University based research team members involved: Prof Jon Atkins (Business School), Dr Su Boyles (IECS), Prof Richard Barnes (Law), Dr Daryl Burdon (IECS).
    • The European Union as a Leader in International Climate Change Politics’ workshop in Hull. Funder: EU Commission. Duration: August 2008-May 2009. Grant: €13,100. CEUS researchers involved: Prof James Connelly, Dr Elizabeth Monaghan and Dr Rudi Wurzel (PI).
    • ‘The Role of the EU Presidency: Britain and Germany Compared’. Funder: Anglo-German Foundation. Duration: April 2007 - May 2009. Grant: £6,368. CEUS researchers involved: Dr Rudi Wurzel (PI).
    • ‘The Politics of Emission Trading. An Anglo-German Comparison’. Funder: Anglo-German Foundation. Duration: January 2005- October 2006. Grant: £4,000. CEUS researchers involved: Dr Rudi Wurzel (PI).
    • Innovation in Environmental Governance: A Comparative Analysis of New Environmental Policy Instruments (NEPIs)’. Funder: ESRC. Duration: May 2000 to March 2003. The project was graded ‘outstanding’ by the ESRC. Grant: £73,110. CEUS researchers involved: Dr Rudi Wurzel, Co-researchers from other universities: Dr Andrew Jordan (University of East Anglia) and Dr Anthony Zito (University of Newcastle).
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