Contemporary European Studies

A project by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), managed by their chair, Prof Helen Drake.

UACES is the academic association for contemporary European Studies.  It is a membership organisation for academics, students and practitioners who are interested in all aspects of Europe and the European Union. In 2017 UACES is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The James Madison Charitable Trust has been generously funding UACES since 2016 to enable the Association to consolidate its existing work and move forward with new initiatives. The funding from JMCT is supporting:

Plenary Sessions at the UACES Annual Conferences in Krakow (2017) and Bath (2018)

In 2017 the session focuses on ‘Construction or Deconstruction of the European Project’ and features Prof Brigid Laffan (EUI), Prof Dora Kostakopoulou (University of Warwick), Prof Claudio Radaelli (University of Exeter) and Prof Zdzislaw Mach (Jagiellonian University).


8 PhD student fieldwork scholarships

The first 4 recipients of these scholarships are: Paul Anderson (Canterbury Christ Church University), Dimitrios Argyroulis (University of Sheffield), Mechthild Herzog (University of Luxembourg) and Judith Sijstermans (University of Edinburgh)


The launch of the Luke Foster Prize for best article in the Journal of Contemporary European Research

The winner of the inaugural prize is Matthijs van Wolferen for his article The Limits to the CJEU’s Interpretation of Locus Standi, a Theoretical Framework published in 12(4) of JCER.

The runners up were Anna Lito Michala, Iraklis Lazakis & Osman Turan for their article The European Commission’s role in marine materials, equipment and components certification mutualisation


Vincenzo Emanuele, Nicola Maggini & Bruno Marino for their article Gaining Votes in Europe against Europe? How National Contexts Shaped the Results of Eurosceptic Parties in the 2014 European Parliament Elections

Both runner-up articles were published in JCER 12(3).


A birthday celebration for UACES at the British Academy in London – 8 December 2017

The celebration will include talks from prominent UACES members and key figures in the discipline of European Studies.






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