The FUTURES Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence engages and enriches analysis of European futures at a crucial crossroad in its history.

About the JMCE

The unprecedented challenges facing the European Union (EU) – including but not limited to the rise of populism, Brexit, relations with neighbours, crises in euro governance, refugees and rule of law – require multidisciplinary approaches and solutions.

With its renowned expertise in EU politics, law and public policy, the University of Edinburgh is the ideal location to develop new and multidisciplinary ways to understand challenges and exploit opportunities in European futures, for the benefit of stakeholders engaging Europe from the local to international levels of governance and policy-making.

The new Centre aims to bring forward-looking, positive and long-lasting effects by broadening the range of EU-related activities in Edinburgh and to disseminate new ideas about European futures to a wide audience in and beyond Scotland.

Dr Chad DamroPolitics and International RelationsAcademic CoordinatorProfile
Dr Elke HeinsSocial PolicyCo-CoordinatorProfile
Dr Arianna Andreangeli LawCo-CoordinatorProfile

The Centre’s members come from various disciplines within the School of Social and Political Sciences and the School of Law working on diverse EU-related subjects as well as postgraduate research students from several university subject areas. In operational and planning terms, the Centre draws primarily from three disciplines – Politics and International Relations, Social/Public Policy and Law – in these two schools.

In addition to its Coordinators, the JMCE is supported by a multidisciplinary group of Edinburgh scholars who serve as key members of the Centre. This internationally renowned group includes

Professor Jo ShawLawProfile
Professor Niamh Nic ShuibhneLawProfile
Dr Carmen GebhardPolitics and International RelationsProfile
Professor Jochen ClasenSocial PolicyProfile
Dr Sotiria GrekSocial PolicyProfile

Lucy Ewing serves as the JMCE Administrator.

Open Educational Resources

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence provides an Open Education Resources Platform available to students and to the public to support online learning. This initiative contributes to a global movement to encourage sustainable educational development as well as greater accessibility. Intrinsic to the ethos of the Centre, these resources are designed to disseminate knowledge and information to a wide and varied audience, while building a culture of international collaboration.

All resources are published using a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY).

Open Educational Resources can be found at the following pages:

Visiting Scholars and Practitioners

Francesca Batzella Lecturer In Politics & International RelationsUniversity of Hertfordshire
Sebastian DiessnerAssistant ProfessorLeiden University
Michael DouganProfessor of European LawUniversity of Liverpool
Helen Drake Professor of French and European StudiesLoughborough University London
Edith DrieskensAssociate ProfessorKU Leuven
Theofanis ExadaktylosProfessor in European PoliticsUniversity of Surrey
Sir Jonathan Faull KCMGMontague Burton Professor of International Relations
Visiting Professor
University of Edinburgh
College of Europe, Bruges
William HannaFormer Irish & European diplomatEuropean Commission
Paul Johnston UK RepresentativeEuropean Union Political and Security Committee
Brigid LaffanEmeritus Professor The Robert Schuman CentreEUI
Koen Lenaerts PresidentEuropean Court of Justice
Helen MountfieldPrincipalMansfield College, Oxford
Willem NoeEuropean Semester OfficerEuropean Commission, Representation in Ireland
Bruno PalierCNRS Research DirectorSciences Po, Paris
Claudio RadaelliDirector of Public PolicyUCL European Institute
Nicolas RennuySenior LecturerUniversity of York
Gabriella Saputelli Researcher, Institute for the Study of Regionalism, Federalism & Self-Government (ISSiRFA)National Research Council (CNR), Rome
Orlando ScarcelloInstitute for European LawKU Leuven
Michael H. SmithEmeritus Professor
Honorary Professor
University of Loughborough
University of Warwick
Bart VanherckeDirectorEuropean Social Observatory (OSE)
Rebecca Zahn Senior Lecturer in LawLaw School, University of Strathclyde