Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence

Part of Department of Government

We support interdisciplinary research in European issues.

We bring together colleagues from our departments of Economics, Government, History, Language and Linguistics, Law and Sociology.

Our work

  • we support and promote the PhD colloquium and the Journal of European Integration
  • we promote the Essex European Studies degrees
  • we raise the profile of two positions established by the Jean Monnet programme - the Readership in European Community Law and the Chair in European Political Integration 
  • we complement the services of our University's European Documentation Centre
  • we support postgraduate recruitment, collaborative teaching programmes and studying abroad
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Read our research

Read publications by our Centre's members in our Research Repository.

Visit the repository

EU-China relations

Funded under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (Jean Monnet Action Programme) this research relates to two books:

  • EU-China Relations (forthcoming, Routledge; co-authored by Thomas Christiansen, Emil Kirchner and Uwe Wissenbach)
  • EU-China Security Cooperation (EUSC)

Both book projects have been facilitated through the organisation of workshops, both in Europe and Asia.

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

Professor Emil Kirchner worked on the Palgrave Handbook on EU-Asia Relations, published in 2013 by Palgrave (co-editors Thomas Christiansen and Philomena Murray).

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

External resources

EU Jean Monnet Project

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:

  • Lifelong Learning Programme - includes details of the current round of applications, thematic groups, links and searchable databases
  • Jean Monnet project database
Get in touch
Get in touch
Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872749
Department of Government University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872759