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Serena Kelly


Post-doctoral Research and Teaching Fellow

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  • Lecturer
  • Lead Researcher for the project European Union Outreach and Dialogue with New Zealand ( /eu-outreach/).
  • Team leader for Post-Brexit erceptions pilot project.
  • Lead academic for New Zealand Model EU simulation (in collaboration with UN Youth).
  • Book review editor for the Australia New Zealand Journal of European Studies.
  • 2011 NCRE graduate and undergraduate coordinator.


Dr Serena Kelly is an early career academic who is passionate about both teaching and researching the politics and external relations of the European Union. Dr Kelly has published extensively on EU external relations both individually and with colleagues in international peer reviewed journals.  Dr Kelly’s PhD was the first in-depth study to explore the potential impact of the EU’s post-Lisbon European External Action Service and the thesis was well received. This research interest has informed her post-doctoral research activities. Since completing her PhD, Dr Kelly has worked on a number of interdisciplinary and international projects, most notably making a key contribution to the NCRE’s flagship Perceptions of the EU project in 10 ASEM countries. In this project she was coordinator, trainer and mentor for approximately 12 postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers as well as their local supervisors. Dr Kelly regularly travels to Europe and Asia to engage with colleagues, conduct fieldwork and present her work at conferences. In addition to her extensive research activity, Dr Kelly has designed and co-taught 9 courses on the politics and policies of the EU since 2008 and enjoys supervising students at all levels.

Dr Kelly’s Research Expertise includes: European diplomacy, international political communication and Europe’s relations, presence, impact in and, with the Asia Pacific, especially Australia and New Zealand.

A list of recent publications can be found here.


  • PhD, European Studies, National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury
  • BA with First Class Honours, Political Science and Sociology with European Studies, University of Canterbury




Course coordinator and lecturer in EURO 101: Global EUrope. This course is also offered to high school students as a UC Arts STAR and distance course, and recieved prestigious Jean Monnet funding. See

EURO102: The European Union in our Region
EURO201: European Union Identity and Culture
LAWS338/EURO333: European Public Law
EURO318: The EU in the Asia-Pacific

Summer School:

EURA 234: Special Topic: European Foreign and Security Policy in the 21st Century (Jean Monnet Module)


EURO401: The Idea of Europe

EURO402: The EU in Europe and in the World: The EU's external Identities

EURO456/ ACCT656 European Business Law

EURO458: EU Development Policy

EUCN Weekend school

Awards and Recognition

  • EU Jean Monnet grant of €30,000 to support teaching of the EURA234 European Union Foreign Policy in the 21st Century
  • Jean Monnet Chair exchange, Kent University, Canterbury, England. Value: Approximately $NZ10 000 (2016)
  • Guest speaker, ‘New Zealand perceptions on the EU: from Enlargement to the UK referendum’ under the EU’s Commission Project ‘EU Policy and Outreach Partnership’, Auckland (2016).
  • Radio interviews with BBC, RNZ and Radio One.
  • Invited to speak to fellow lecturers on my innovative online teaching practices at Teach Week, University of Canterbury (2014)

  • EU Jean Monnet grant of €30,000 to support teaching of the EURA 101 course “Global EUrope” (a campus, STAR and Distance course.)
  • EUCN Staff Research Exchange to Freie Universitaet, Berlin (2014)
  • KEENZ-IRSES Knowledge and Expertise Exchange Europe-New Zealand Award (2013) to London School of Economics
  • NCRE and EUCN PhD study scholarships (2005 – 2009)
  • Conference travel award from New Zealand Federation of Post Graduate Women (2009)
  • Travel scholarship from New Zealand Postgraduate Study Abroad Award to undertake research in Asia (2007)
  • EUCN Conference, best student presentation (2007)
  • Jean Monnet mobility award to undertake research in Britain, Brussels and Berlin (2006)
  • EUCN Conference, highly commended student presentation (2006)
  • NCRE honours degree study scholarship (2004)
  • New Zealand Post, American Field Services scholarship to study in Germany for one year (1998)


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