A Jean Monnet Chair, in a nutshell, is a teaching post for university professors with a specialisation in European Studies for the period of three consecutive years. In addition to a significant amount of EU-related course offering by the grant-holder, the Chair must carry out several additional activities in both research as well as innovative teaching and outreach.

Cutting-edge research and teaching in the field of European integration and governance have a long tradition at our university. Together with local government/public policy, it informs one of the two core research strands of the Department of Political Science and Management. It offers excellence in both research and teaching, and prides itself of a half-year specialization program in European Integration and Governance (including the European Integration Summer School), one of UiA’s flagship programs.

The Jean Monnet Chair in European Governance (JMCEG) pursues several objectives. First, the chair will help develop – together with several colleagues – a new course for the department’s executive-level MA program with a strong element of knowledge co-creation as participants come from regional and municipal administrations, together with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues. The course ‘Cities, regions and the European Union’ will be designed according to the needs of municipal and regional administrators embracing aspects of relations between the EU and cities. Second, the JMCEG will establish – together with the UACES Collaborate Research Network – a platform for research on ‘Differentiated integration in Europe after Brexit’ (https://differentiated-integration.eu/) co-funded by the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES). Third, the JMCEG will also promote engagement with other UiA study programs, policy-makers and high school teachers in the region.

The chair is committed to research on ‘how the EU governs’ at the highest level and to the further enhancement of Norway’s focus and relations with third countries in the immediate vicinity, for instance, the Nordic and Baltic Sea regions. Ultimately, these initiatives will contribute to further develop European Studies at UiA with significant national and international appeal, as well as inform the development of a joint MA program on Nordic and European Governance involving partners from Estonia, Finland, Germany, and Sweden which is currently being prepared at the department.

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