Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of a Transnational Europe


Our projects focus on transnational Europe: processes and practices of political, societal and cultural “transnationalisation” which are in part induced by the European Union and in part driven by societal actors like business groups and public interest groups.

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of Transnational Europe (CESTE) builds on the previous success of the Transnational Europe cluster within CEISR, which has made a major contribution to the University of Portsmouth’s submission in Area Studies to the 2013 Research Excellence Framework research evaluation. CESTE extends the trajectory of innovative research and teaching on Transnational Europe into the future, with projects in three cross-disciplinary streams.

Experts and expertise in policy-making in the EU

The first stream is devoted to the role of experts and expertise in policy-making in the EU. Building on initial work by Karen Heard-Lauréote, Wolfram Kaiser and Carine Germond, an EU Marie Curie fellow from Maastricht, the activities in this stream will seek to explore the changing role of experts in policy-making processes and the changing nature of their expertise.

Transnational dimensions of the EU’s external relations

The second stream, led by Paul Flenley, addresses transnational dimensions of the EU’s external relations such as the role of civil society organisations in strengthening EU relations with Eastern partner and ENP countries and incipient democratic structures there. A particular focus is on the case of Russia. Here, CEISR has been the external advisory partner since 2012 of the EU Centre, University of Kazan. This project explores the problems of EU engagement with civil society in the fact of conflicting social, economic and governmental elite attitudes to EU norm diffusion.

Transnational negotiation of narratives and memory in the EU

The third stream, finally, will focus on the transnational negotiation of narratives and memory in Europe. Led by Wolfram Kaiser this stream explores different dimensions of the transnational negotiation of memory, which European institutions and societal actors like the European Cultural Foundation now see as a key prerequisite for a stronger European civilization and political EU identity among citizens. In particular, research concentrates on different actors in these discourses, from EU institutions to foundations and societal groups, for example. Research will also focus on particular projects such as the EP’s House of European History. This stream’s main activity will be a major workshop in year 2 on “Negotiating Narratives and Memories in Europe”.

Additional projects

We intend, within the theme of transnationalism, to progress relevant local and regional activities as part of our current mission similar to already established activities, such as the university's membership of the Brussels-based Southern England Local Partnership (SELP). This local/regional dimension is led by Mike Mannin.

This together with the development of a CESTE EU Portal and a free publically accessible module EU in Practice led by Dr Syngellakis form the public regional and local face of CESTE.

CESTE experts

A panel of experts from CESTE may be found here: Network of Experts, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of Transnational Europe (CESTE).