Centre for European and International Studies Research
An interdisciplinary centre for research in humanities and social sciences across the globe.
What we offer
A vibrant Centre
Bringing together more than 60 researchers and 20 postgraduates from across the University, the Centre offers a vibrant, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment within which to pursue research. It was ranked first for research power in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, making us the largest interdisciplinary research centre for European studies in the UK. Our activities have been funded by major UK and European research councils, including the AHRC, ESF, ESRC, EU, UNESCO, the British Academy and various NGOs.
We welcome linguists, historians, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists and specialists in area studies, as they undertake interdisciplinary research in disciplines across the humanities, social sciences and arts. Under the CEISR umbrella, researchers are grouped into research clusters. A regular programme of events helps to promote research interests within the Centre and nurtures a vibrant research culture. CEISR also hosts a number of strategic research projects, on topics such as EU language policy, Transnational European Union, the History of the Jewish Press in Central Europe, Port Towns and Francophone Africa in a comparative and transnational context.
We are affiliated with a number of external stakeholders and research organisations on issues of mutual interest, including SELP and Chatham House.
Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
2013: The University has been awarded Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence status, held by only some 150 universities across the globe. We also have two Jean Monnet professors and a Jean Monnet European Studies module.
Susanne Marten-Finnis has been awarded one of three visiting fellowships at the Heidelberg University Centre for Transcultural Studies. Karl Bell's second book, The Legend of Spring-heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures, has won the 2013 Katharine Briggs Award, presented annually by the Folklore Society to work that 'in the opinion of the judges, has made the most distinguished contribution to folklore in the year in question'.