Welcome to the National Centre for Research on Europe

National Centre for Research on Europe logoThe 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

NCRE European Union Studies Courses

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EU Perceptions in Asia-Pacific

EU Perceptions in Asia-Pacific

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Scholarships and Internships

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‘The NCRE is one of the best institutions in New Zealand for studies on Europe...’

Adam Hollander Studying towards a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in European Studies
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News and features

Call for Papers: European Culture Conference in Romania!

The European Studies Institute of the University of Piura (Peru) and Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (Romania) invite you to the 13th Conference «European Culture», which will take place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania between the 29th and the 31th of October 2015, at the Faculty of European Studies (Babeş-Bolyai University). 

The International Conference “European Culture” does not have a unique theme, since it is chiefly defined by its broad range of topics, which enable various disciplines to come together.
Thematic sections:

  • Culture theory, cultural identity
  • Multiculturalism / interculturality / migrations / encounters between cultures
  • Contemporary women’s culture
  • European identity / the idea of Europe
  • Europe: culture, economics and law
  • Communication
  • Education

Registration is to be conducted online, using the form available at http://euro.ubbcluj.ro/europeanculture/

Publishing Opportunities
The dialogue between academics, experienced lecturers and young researchers lies at the core of the Conference structure. Therefore, in line with the previous editions of the Conference, you are invited to enrich its contents with your paper, which will be included in the Modelling New Europe Journal (indexed in EBSCO, ProQuest, CEEOL, DOAJ, Scipio, DRJI, Index Copernicus, Ulrich) and in the online Conference Proceedings.

The Conference fee is €150, including Conference materials and Publication, lunch and dinner (for conference days, according to the official programme), coffee breaks and the Cultural Programme (except the cultural trip to Alba-Iulia, which costs an additional €35).
Early Bird Fee: For Payments made before the 31st of January 2015, the participation fee will be of €75.
The payment of the fee is to be made by bank transfer. More details on the conference website: http://euro.ubbcluj.ro/europeanculture/

In some cases, reductions are provided for:

  • Jean Monnet Chairs
  • Students
  • Participants in the previous Conference

For further information, please contact the Conference Organising Committee, at eva.papp@euro.ubbcluj.ro

Visit from HE Mr Sem Fabrizi, Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Australia and New Zealand!

HE Mr Sem Fabrizi visited the NCRE on 26 November. As part of his visit, he gave a talk on " The EU: Moving beyond crisis with new leadership". You can watch it here.

Jean Monnet Chair - Newsletter 2013/14

The 2013/14 Jean Monnet Chair newsletter from Dr. Natalia Chaban is now available for downlad here.

International Conference : A Quarter Century of Post-Communism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives - Registrations now open!

The Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies, the Australian and New Zealand Slavists' Association and the Ukranian Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, in association with the National Centre for Research on Europe invite registratons for the international conference A Quarter Century of Post-Communism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. The conference will be held at the University of Canterbury on the 2-3rd February 2015 and examines developments in the countries of post-Communist Europe and post-Soviet region from a broad range of disciplines. For more information and to register please visit the conference website here

Model-EU event - Ukraine: An EU future?

On Thursday 4th and Friday 5th of September more than 150 senior High School students from 21 South Island High Schools attended the Model EU training and simulation event on campus. This is the third, highly successful event hosted by the National Centre for Research on Europe. The theme for this year’s event was Ukraine: An EU future? The crisis in the Ukraine has been in the headlines for over six months, and it is apparent that no end is in sight. This crisis is of major concern for the EU, particular as the Ukraine seeks membership of the EU. High School students took on the role of a party member from the seven main parties of the European Parliament, and also incorporated a country aspect into their roles as they balanced their party views with “their own nation”. Five committee sessions were held with Delegates being assigned to one of them (Human Rights, Energy and Resources, Trade and Finance, EU Membership and Military Involvement). The event was organized in conjunction with UN Youth and NCRE staff and postgraduate students.

Have a look at some photos here. You can also read a short article about the experiences of some home schoolers here.

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.

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. View selection results 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”. Read more.

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.

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. Dr Chaban's interview with Seven Sharp and 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.


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