Natalia Chaban - People - NCRE - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Professor Natalia Chaban

  • Jean Monnet Chair in European Identity and Culture
  • President, Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia and NZ
  • Co-editor of the “Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies”
  •  University of Canterbury Teaching Award Recipient



Deputy Director NCRE
Head of Department
Post Graduate Coordinator


  • BA (Germanic Languages and Literature, Cherkasy State University, Ukraine)
  • MA (Media Studies and Higher Education Administration, New York University, USA)
  • PhD (Linguistics, Kyiv State Linguistic University, Ukraine)


Logi Building Room 404

Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext 4912
Fax: +64 3 364 2634

Postal address:
National Centre for Research on Europe
Room 404 Logi Building
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand


A native of Ukraine, Professor Natalia Chaban earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1997 (focus on political and media discourse analysis). She has held research and teaching positions at Cherkasy State University (Ukraine), Lund University (Sweden), and at the University of Maryland at College Park (USA). Her interdisciplinary expertise has been engaged in designing cross-cultural learning activities for the US Peace Corps, Ukraine.

Professor Natalia Chaban joined the NCRE in March 2002. At present she is Deputy Director at the Centre. In addition to her position at the NCRE, she is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Study of European Politics and Society, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel.

Natalia is actively pursuing her research interests in the fields of cognitive and semiotic aspects of political and mass media discourses, image studies and EU Identity outside the EU. She is currently directing a multi-national research project “The EU in the Eyes of Asia Pacific” which involves 20 locations in Asia-Pacific since 2004 and is widely published on this subject (including three co-authored books and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals). Natalia is also a co-leader of a ‘mirror’ perceptions project – “Asia in the Eyes of Europe”. Her other research interests include studies of primary and return migration to and from the EU in cross-cultural and public diplomacy contexts and independent Ukraine as a new fledgling democracy in Europe. Natalia is a co-editor of a newly established peer-reviewed journal “Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies”.

Natalia teaches at both under-graduate and post-graduate level and supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students. In 2006, she was awarded a University of Canterbury Teaching Award. She has significant experience in analysing EU Identity outside the EU, markedly advancing methodological training in this regard. She has designed and facilitated 30 extensive research workshops in various locations training international researchers (both young and experienced, from Asia-Pacific and Europe). As a Member of the NCRE Internal Advisory Board (since 2002) and NZ EU Centers Network Advisory Board (since 2005), Natalia contributes to the development of the EU Studies in New Zealand.




Natalia initiated, developed and won the UCTL Teaching Development Grant for 2007 (5,000 NZD). The grant aims to reconfigure the teaching portfolio of the EURO programme at the NCRE to improve both undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum and bring it to the level of the best international practices in the field of EU studies.

Current Research

In 2002-2010, Dr Chaban designed, developed, coordinated, led and implemented several trans-national comparative research projects, which form a major area of the NCRE research specialization “External Images and Perceptions of the European Union” . All research projects listed below successfully attracted external grants:

  • “After Lisbon: The EU as an Exporter of Values and Norms through ASEM” (2011-12): Media, Public and Elite Views in Japan, South Korea, China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Russia”

Sponsored by the European Commission, DG Education and Culture and Asia Europe Foundation

  • “The European Union in the Eyes of Asia: Studies of Media Imagery and Public and Elite Opinion in Japan, South Korea, India, mainland China, SAR Hong Kong, SAR Macau, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines” (2006-on going).

Sponsored by the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF)

  • ‘“Asia in the Eyes of Europe: Studies of Media Imagery and Public and Elite Opinion in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Romania, Austria”

Sponsored by ASEF, NCRE, Konrad Adenuer Stiftung Foundation and Tsinghua University, China

  • “The Visibility of the European Union as a Development Actor in the South Africa, South East Asia and the Pacific: an analysis of media representations, public opinion and policy-makers attitudes” (2006-2008).

Sponsored by the European Commission, DG Education and Culture and NZ EU Centers Network

  • Public, Elite and Media Perceptions of the EU in Asia Pacific Region: Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand: a comparative study” (2004-2005).

Sponsored by the European Commission, DG Education and Culture

  • Rediscovering Europe: New Zealand  Public, Media, and Elite Perceptions of the EU” (1950s - nowadays).

Sponsored by the European Commission, DG Education and Culture, University of Canterbury, and the NZ EU Centres Network.

Since 2008, Natalia also leads a new pilot research project on NZ return migration from the EU, involving NCRE research students and EU-based academics. The NCRE was commissioned and coordinated by the London-based Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) to lead the case study on NZ return migration from the UK (for more information see. Independently of this, the NCRE also undertook a study of returnees from continental Europe (for more information)

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