National Centre for Research on Europe


Welcome to the National Centre for Research on Europe

The National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) is New Zealand's only research centre devoted to the study of Europe and the European Union (EU). It fosters research on the EU that is regionally relevant, such as EU development policy in the Pacific, the EU's identity in the Asia-Pacific region and the external consequences of EU enlargement. The NCRE is firmly established as the focal point for the study of Europe in New Zealand, attracting visiting academics from all over the world.

NCRE European Union Studies Courses 2013 (234kb)
  Asia Pacific Perceptions Project
EU Perceptions in Asia-Pacific
Scholarships and Internships

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Affiliated Networks

NZ European Union Centres Network Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence Asia-Pacific European Union Studies Association - New Zealand
ISET London Metropolitan University

News and Features

Update August 2014

Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training: Face-to-Face NCRE Director Prof. Martin Holland and Deputy Director Assoc. Prof. Natalia Chaban (in conjunction with ASEF) led the first face-to-face training course of the Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative on 2nd-4th July in Geneva. To view news story please click here>>>

NCRE Success - Jean Monnet 2014 The NCRE’s decade long record of successful EU Jean Monnet grant applications has continued with the recent award of several new 3-year grants. Dr. Serena Kelly was awarded  €30,000 to support her teaching of the online EURA 101 course “Global EUrope”; the EU Studies Association of Asia-Pacific  - which is managed by the NCRE - received a €50,000 to support annual conferences (2015 in Seoul, 2016 Hong Kong and 2017 Tokyo); and the NCRE itself was recognised as an EU “ Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence” and has been awarded a €75,000 grant for the 2014-17 period. The designation of the NCRE as a Centre of Excellence reflects the two Jean Monnet chairs and numerous teaching and research that have been awarded since 2002. The NCRE is the only such Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in the Asia-Pacific. To view selection results please click here>>>

Roundtable Seminar to be given by HE Dr Anne-Marie Schleich - Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany. Ambassador Schleich is visiting the NCRE on Friday 1st August and will deliver the seminar "The European Union after the elections and 60 years of NZ-German Relationship" The seminar will be held at 2pm in Logie 104 "Solidarnosc" Room and all are welcome to attend.

EU Expands Public Diplomacy - Six EU Centres Established Across New Zealand and Australia This is the largest public outreach program for the EU in Australia and New Zealand and expands the existing network from four to six centres", said EU Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, Mr Sem Fabrizi.  "It shows the commitment of the EU to Australia and New Zealand and the reciprocal enthusiasm and engagement from the Universities and the broader community”. Click here>>> for more information

Asia in the Eyes of Europe, Europe in the Eyes of Asia - Roundtable Discussion Professor Martin Holland and Associate Professor Natalia Chaban are to present on the Asia-Europe Perception Project in Geneva on the 3rd July. This seminar is held in cooperations with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland and the Asia-Europe Foundation. Click here>>> for more information

NCRE Stafff and Alumni interviewed about situation in the Ukraine Associate Professor Natalia Chaban and NCRE graduate Nicholas Smith have both been interviewed by NZ national television channels about the escalating crisis in the Ukraine. Click here>>> for Dr Chaban's interview with Seven Sharp and here>>> for TV3's News story featuring Nicholas Smith.

National Centre for Research on Europe Relocated to Logie Building The NCRE has now relocated to our new permament home on Level Four of the Logie Building. Our postgraduate offices are on Level Three. Feel free to drop past and see us!

Communist Legacies Examined in New Book A new book by NCRE's Dr Milenko Petrovic challenges the dominant view that all communist systems were the same. Dr Petrovic said The Democratic Transition of Post-Communist Europe focused on the transition from communist to capitalist systems in East Central Europe and
the Balkans. Read More >>>

Jean Monnet Grant for NCRE Research NCRE researchers looking at the rights of vulnerable groups in Pacific disaster risk management have been awarded a grant of $47,000 by the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Programme.
“Mainstreaming, Methodology and Human Rights in Disaster Risk Management: EU and the Pacific” is a pilot project and is part of a larger umbrella
research programme on human rights in
the sphere of disasters and development. It
is headed by Dr Katharine Vadura and PhD
candidate Genevieve Taylor from the
NCRE. Read More >>>

EUCN Postgraduate Scholarships and Research Awards - Applications now open! The New Zealand European Union Centres Network invites applications for their scholarship round for the 2014 Academic year. Scholarships are open to post-graduate students at one of the EUCN Partner Universities and whose study focuses on the European Union. Read more and apply >>>

Annual NCRE Postgraduate Mini-Conference on Friday, 02 August at the UC Staff Club. Come along and support the hard work of our young researchers. Who is going to present? See our seminar section!

British MEP Mr Derek Vaughan visited the NCRE on Thursday, 25 July 2013 for a Special Roundtable Seminar.

Welcome back on campus for Semester 2! Packed with fascinating courses, special events, and high-profile visitors we guarantee you that it won't be boring. Just have a look at our upcoming seminars. Or if you have questions on any courses that we offer just contact us.

What can Primary and Secondary Schools in NZ learn from Europe? How can the EU help kiwi kids understand issues in a NZ context? On June 13 the first of a series of Teacher Development Workshops was held by the more here

Are you interested in current research on gender equality? Have a read of what Assoc Prof Annick Masselot thinks - Read more here

Come along to the last exciting seminars for this term! On Friday 24 May Jean-Francois Kaufeler from the Euroean Space Agency (ESA) will be talking about the ESA and the EU - for more information see out Seminar section

A new research project, Integration of Entitlements in Disaster-Development has recently been formed by NCRE academics Dr. Katharine Vadura and PhD. Candidate Genevieve Taylor. The project surrounds an interdisciplinary approach to disaster risk management (DRM) and development assistance, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups. The project aims to build effective partnerships between stakeholders involved in DRM and Development.
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Fancy going to Germany on exchange? The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest scholarship provider in the world - come and listen to Yannick's presentation on Wed 08 May 2013 in Kirkwood KA04, 11am
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National Centre for Research on Europe

University of Canterbury
National Centre for Research on Europe
Logie Building - Level Four, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
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