Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence
We bring together colleagues from our departments of Economics, Government,
History, Language and Linguistics, Law and Sociology
to support interdisciplinary research in European issues. This includes:
- Professor Han Dorussen, Department of Government - policy convergence in the European Union.
- Professor Emil Kirchner, Department of Government - European security policy, European integration and German politics.
- Mrs Susan Sydenham, Department of Government - Project Coordinator, EU-China Security Cooperation.
- Dr Caspar Pearson, School of Philosophy and Art History - art, architecture and urbanism of the Italian Renaissance.
Read publications by our Centre's members in our
If you're interested in undertaking
postgraduate research with us, please feel free to contact prospective
supervisors to discuss your ideas.
Funded under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (Jean Monnet Action Programme) this research
relates to two books:
Both book projects have been facilitated through the organisation of workshops, both in Europe and Asia.
EU-China security cooperation (EUSC)
This project examines a range of key aspects in the field of
EU-China security cooperation,
involving scholars from different disciplines and geographic regions. This has led to the
publication of online policy papers, a book and a dissemination conference in Brussels in June 2015.
Key concerns include:
- nuclear proliferation
- international terrorist threats
- human security
- issues of climate change
- energy resources
- immigration and migration
Professor Emil Kirchner is leading this work.
Analysis of civil security systems in Europe (ANVIL)
Essex was part of a twelve-member consortium on a project investigating and comparing the civil security and
civil protection systems of 22 European countries. This resulted in two publications:
Funding for this project was obtained from the Framework 7 Programme of the European Commission.
Handbook on EU-Asia relations
EU social policy
This project resulted in annual publications in The European Communities Encyclopedia and Directory, London, Europa Publications.
Professor Emil Kirchner led this work
European research centres at Essex
Essex is home to a number of European research centres:
The European Union's Jean Monnet Project co-finances universities for the establishment of
Jean Monnet Chairs, Jean Monnet permanent courses, Jean Monnet modules in European law, European
economy, political studies of European construction and the history of European integration.
The Jean Monnet project also supports the creation of Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence. You can
find out more about the Project from its website: