News from the IES

Prof. Florian Trauner was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair for the project ‘EXPAND: Explaining Resilience in EU Justice and Home Affairs’. Jean Monnet Chairs are funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme and aim at achieving research-led excellence in teaching and learning. The objective of the Chair ‘EXPAND’ is to contribute to the understanding of the changing nature of the European integration policies in and beyond the EU with regard to Justice and Home Affairs Policies. 

Established in 2018, the Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM) is recognized as the VUB’s Interdisciplinary Centre of Expertise on Migration and Minorities. Over 100 VUB researchers from 11 disciplines participate in it. The coordination is hosted at the IES’ MDJ research cluster, and directed by Prof. Ilke Adam and Prof. Florian Trauner. On 1 September Hannah Vermaut started as the new BIRMM coordinator. She will be assisted by PhD researcher Omar N. Cham. The new coordination team is set to boost BIRMM’s communication and activities.

With two new H2020 projects on migration and immigrant integration, one FWO postdoctoral project on immigration policies, and a European research project on the BLM movement, the IES’ Migration, Diversity and Justice (MDJ) research cluster has had a particularly successful year with respect to research grants. 

In September 2020, Prof. Dr. Kristin Henrard joined the Institute for European Studies as Senior Researcher in its Migration, Diversity and Justice (MDJ) team. Kristin Henrard was also appointed at Vesalius College as a Professor of International Law and Programme Director of its BA in International and European Law. She has more than 160 publications, a substantial part of which pertain to the areas of human rights and minorities, ranging from educational rights, linguistic rights, to the prohibition of (racial) discrimination (the various dimensions of the right to equal treatment), socio-economic and political participation and religious fundamental rights.

The GOVTRAN project partners are delighted to share the latest Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL)  special issue on Assessing the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework. The Special issue and the 10 articles, all of them open access publications until the end of November, is a result of a GOVTRAN workshop that was organised in Helsinki in the summer of 2019.

For many years, the Institute for European Studies has built a solid reputation in teaching and learning innovation. Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, blended and online learning was part of its educational portfolio. Now, with the establishment of an Office for Teaching and Learning Innovation (OTLI) in the Spring of 2020, the Institute has taken the next step in this essential development towards the ‘education of the future’.

On 18 and 19 June several representatives from the Institute for European Studies and Vesalius College participated in the 4th European Conference on Teaching and Learning Politics, International Relations and European Studies – EuroTLC.

Matilda Axelson from the IES participated in the organization and execution of a workshop by RENEW-Industry - the Research Network on Industrial Decarbonisation on June 17th 2020. RENEW-Industry co-organized the workshop "How to jump start industry decarbonisation in the wake of the Corona crisis?" together with eceee, Prof. Dr. Stefan Lechtenböhmer and Dr. Marlene Arens.

Leading experts of Green Public Procurement (GPP) from different countries, organisations and the European Commission met on 16-17 June in a virtual expert workshop organised by HILMI project. The aim of the Workshop was to obtain insights into concrete examples and experiences to further develop the legislation and the measurement of the greening of public procurement. These insights will feed into the policy advice that the HILMI Project, led by Professor Harri Kalimo, will be providing the Finnish government by the end of the year. 

Invitation to the book launch, Emerging Security Technologies and EU Governance. Actors, Practices and Processes, published in the Routledge Studies in Conflict, Security and Technology Series and co-edited by Antonio Calcara, Raluca Csernatoni, and Chantal Lavallée.

This interactive event, co-organised by the IES and the three editors, will take place online on Wednesday, 9 September 2020, from 15:00 to 18:00. It will feature three moderated panel discussions with renowned scholars on:

1) European Security and Defence Research

2) Surveillance, Dual-Use Technologies, Drones, Artificial Intelligence

3) Cyberspace and Technoscience