Seminar Archive 2007 Term 1 - NCRE - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Details of Past Seminars

20010 - Semester One

Friday 4th June 2010, 2:00pm NCRE Interns Ashley Wijnants and Ellen Derks present summaries of their internship projects

(Virtual Europe)

Friday 28th May 2010, 2:00pm Marina Rago on “Analysing Interest Groups in Europe: a Methodological Critique”.

Studies show that interest groups constitute a very complex cognitive subject in political science, characterised by theoretical disagreements, controversial themes, conceptual ambiguities, multiple research designs and measurement difficulties. As a consequence, to capture the influence of interest groups on governance is a deeply problematic operation. This work proposes an innovative methodological approach to investigate interest groups: to construct a large set of reliable indicators for a complete and updatable map of organised interests that play a decisive role in policy-making process in the EU.

(Virtual Europe)

Friday 21th May, 2010, 2:00pm Alberto Montagnoli (Topic to be confirmed)

(Virtual Europe)

Friday 14 May 2010, 2:00pm The National Centre for Research on Europe is delighted to announce the upcoming seminar by HE George Fergusson, British High Commissioner to New Zealand.

The seminar, entitled "Climate Change - the European Union in the Right Place at the Right Time", will be held in Virtual Europe (Commerce 402) on Friday May 14th. In the interests of reducing the Centre's carbon footprint, this seminar will be video linked with the High Commissioner in Wellington.

All are welcome; please arrive at 2pm to be seated.

Please click here for a short fact sheet about the HE George Fergusson, as well as the publicity flier for this event.

Friday 7th May, 2010, 2:00pm Desmond Brennan on “The role of religion in relations between Poland and its eastern neighbours”.

"Religion has long played a large role in relations between Poland and its eastern neighbours. Stereotypically, Poland is seen as a monolithic defiantly Roman Catholic nation, while its eastern Slavic neighbours are seen as being dominated by the Moscow branch of the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith, itself controlled by Russia. The picture on the ground is, of course, more nuanced, and the role of religion and religious identity on the local, regional and national levels in East-Central Europe is rather more complex. Religion has a major role in deciding the allegiance and group identity of individuals and communities. The impact and salience of this role varies considerably over time. All of the countries of East-Central Europe have religious minorities, whose membership often correlates or overlaps with ethnic identities."

Desmond is a PhD candidate at the National Centre for Research on Europe. He is nearing completion of his thesis “The EU's Impact on Poland's Relations with its Eastern Neighbours”. You can find out more about his work by viewing his online bio here.

(Virtual Europe)

Friday 30th April, 2010, 2:00pm Russell Taylor on the “Development of a Pacific Island Nation” – EU-funded development in Tonga.

(Virtual Europe)

Friday 19 March 2010, 2:00pm Richard Campbell on The EU through the eyes of the Asia-Pacific: a longitudinal study canvassing the perception of the European Union in the Asia-Pacific region. This study focussed in particular on New Zealanders’ perceptions of European Union topics.


Gabriel Weibl on Export Education in New Zealand: International students of European origin represent about 10% of the overall foreign student population in New Zealand with a growing trend. Export education is an industry worth 2 billion dollars to New Zealand annually. This project analysed experiences of 180 EU postgraduate students who studied at NZ universities in 2009.

Please note this seminar will take place from 2pm-4pm. There will be a short break at the mid-point, with tea and biscuits.

(Virtual Europe)

Friday 12 March 2010, 2:00pm Nararat Vachiramanaporn on "The EU as an Environmental Actor: how a Third Country views this Role"

The EU, a unique entity, claims to be the world leading environmental actor, but is this self-definition reflected in third countries’ perceptions? How do Thai people perceive EU environmental role in Thailand? Is there any gap between the reality and perception?


Marine Lecuret on "Research Centres and Sustainability: Carbon Footprinting the National Centre for Research on Europe"

As a nationally and internationally renowned organisation, the National Centre for Research on Europe strives to improve its social and environmental responsibility. To this end, the Centre is now beginning a process of environmental foot-printing to promote its own sustainability and encourage sustainable behaviour in its counterparts. You are invited to hear a description of the work plan and add your questions/comments.

(Virtual Europe)

Friday 5 March 2010, 2:00pm Professor Toshiro Tanaka (Keio University, Japan) on "Elites and citizens in European integration". Professor Toshiro Tanaka teaches Politics of European Integration, and is Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, at Keio University.

Professor Tanaka frequently presents at conferences both within Japan and abroad.

(Virtual Europe)

Wednesday, 24th February 2010, 1-2:00pm Mr Mauro Petriccione, Director of the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission.“Where Are We Now? EU Trade in the World”, in which he will discuss European Union trade policy and its successes and challenges; the impact of the Lisbon Treaty; and new investment powers to the Commission. As usual, questions and discussion will follow. Please see attached flier for more information.

Please note the time and date for the event varies from our usual Roundtable Seminars: 1-2:30pm Wednesday, 24th February 2010 (There will be no seminar on Friday 26th February.)

(Virtual Europe)

Friday, 19th February at 2:10pm "The EU as a Global Player in the Promotion and Protection of Democracy" with Dr. Richard Burchill, Director of McCoubrey Centre for International Law at the University of Hull.

Dr Burchill has been a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies in Germany and is a member of the editorial committee of the New Zealand Yearbook of International Law. His research interests deal with legal developments concerning the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights in the context of global governance, with a particular focus on regional international organisations.  Dr Burchill’s academic background is in political science/international relations, which plays a major part in his work.  He is visiting NCRE for six weeks to complete a book project The European Union and the Promotion and Protection of Democracy in International Law (Hart Publishing). 
You can find his online bio/CV here.

(Virtual Europe)

Current seminars

  • National Centre for Research on Europe logo
  • National Centre for Research on Europe
    University of Canterbury
    Logie Building - Level Four,
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand
  • Phone +64 3 364 2348
  • Contacts page
  • Follow us
    FacebookYoutubetwitterLinked In