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Dr Eva Thomann to act as external advisor on a new project to be funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation

Project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation under their Healthy Nutrition and Sustainable Food Production programme

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New Research Fellow at CEG

Welcome to Dr. Jörn Ege, new visiting scholar at CEG

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Professor Alison Harcourt running a conference on 15th Nov at the Houses of Parliament, Portcullis House

Alison Harcourt is organising an ESRC- funded stakeholder workshop in London for her internet professional fora project.

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Sandra Kröger co-chairing at this year’s ECPR general conference

Dr Kröger is co-chairing a section on a ‘problem-driven approach to political representation’ at this year’s ECPR general conference

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Generations come together to discuss Brexit and the UK’s future in Europe

On Thursday 29 June, an event which brought together retired/semi-retired citizens as well as secondary school aged children, ‘Brexit: A discussion of the UK’s future in Europe’, took place.

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Brexit Divisions III: Business and Trade after Brexit

Professor Alison Harcourt is taking part in an afternoon of debate and discussion, 'Brexit Divisions III: Business and Trade after Brexit' at the UCL European Institute

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Alison Harcourt ran a large conference at the House of Commons.

This was the first of two conferences covering the Digital Single Market.

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University of Exeter academic appointed to prestigious project ahead of EU referendum

A University of Exeter researcher has been appointed to be part of a group of leading academics who will provide expert analysis ahead of the forthcoming EU referendum.

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Setting the agenda for the right to know

A human rights conference held at the Italian Parliament at the end of July heard from Professor Claudio Radaelli, head of the Centre for European Governance, and Laura Harth, a PhD student at Exeter

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New project to lift the lid on internet governance at the international level

Alison Harcourt has been awarded £462,921 by the ESRC for a new project on International professional fora: a study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance

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Briefing regulators and decision-makers in Italy

Professor Claudio Radaelli, director of the Centre for European Governance, last week provided a briefing session at the Italian think tank ASTRID, where participants included members of the Italian government.

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West Meets East in Policy Innovation

Politics Associate Professor Claire Dunlop recently helped organise the Social Innovation Research Conference (SIRC) at Fudan University in Shanghai.

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Doctoral student, Jonathan Kamkhaji, has worked on a WB assignment in Botswana concerning regulatory reform and business climate.

The Centre has developed links with the World Bank over the years and produced scientific papers for their regulatory reform programmes – as evidenced by our REF-2014 submission.

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Engaging the Public in Busting Euro-Myths

This public engagement event brought together Elisabeth Sweeney of the European Parliament’s Information Office and members of Exeter’s University of the 3rd Age (U3A) to explore situations where we wrongly believe that the European Union (EU) is responsible for initiatives that come from other places

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Exeter academics win grant to lead public policy workshops in Kazakhstan

Politics academics from the University of Exeter were involved in leading a three day political science workshop in partnership with Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Politics undergraduates involved in a simulation on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

The aim of the simulation is to work with real-life situations and to provide an opportunity for students to engage with and directly apply the materials they have learnt.

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Study uncovers the reason behind health and safety myths

New research from the University of Exeter reveals some of the complex reasons why health and safety regulations are used incorrectly and blamed for over-the-top decisions. 

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Engaging the public in busting Health and Safety myths

Dr Claire Dunlop hosted a public engagement event which brought together civil servants from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and members of Exeter’s University of the 3rd Age (U3A) to explore the roots of health and safety myths.

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Professor of political science presents to Portuguese Parliament

Professor Claudio Radaelli will travel to Portugal to present a major report on lawmaking and smart regulation.

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Researcher Links Workshop in Kazakhstan organised by Centre for European Governance.

20 October 2014
Call for participants will follow soon. Grants available for early career researchers.

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Culture Secretary holds personal Question Time session with students

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport and Exeter graduate, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, returned to campus to discuss the top political issues with current students. 

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Bulgarian elections given a platform in Exeter thanks to student involvement

A University of Exeter student enabled citizens and students from Bulgaria living in the South West to vote in the recent Bulgarian General Elections by creating a voting station in Exeter. 

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New grant to support the development of new research trends in the area of media and communications policy

11 February 2014
Politics doctoral student, Veronique Wavre, has been awarded a "Rapid Response Grant" by the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) with the support of the Media Program of the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

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EC Should Encourage Transparency and Co-ordination, not Duplication & Liberalisation

9 January 2014
Professor Harcourt argues that the European Commission should encourage transparency and Co-ordination in media ownership on LSE's media blog

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Pavel Kondov

Bulgarian elections given a platform in Exeter thanks to student involvement

A University of Exeter student enabled citizens and students from Bulgaria living in the South West to vote in the recent Bulgarian General Elections by creating a voting station in Exeter. Pavel Kondov, a Bulgarian national in his second year studying International Relations brought together a group of Social Science students to help run the vote.

For a voting station to be opened abroad (outside of Bulgaria) a minimum of 40 people need to submit a registration form expressing their wish to vote elsewhere. Pavel and his team mobilised Bulgarians, both citizens and students, living in Devon and Cornwall to participate and secured 70 applications. This enabled a voting station to be opened in Devon.

As the local co-ordinator Pavel liaised with the Bulgarian Embassy in London in order to secure a venue and find people willing to be members of the electoral committee. Five people were recruited, four of whom were University of Exeter students (Chair: Pavel Kondov, Vice Chair: Doroteya Kodzhanova, Secretary: Mila Cherneva and Emil Sokolov) and an Embassy official who travelled to Exeter from London. The electoral committee’s role was to ensure that the voting process went according to all legal regulations. Voting took place on the 5th of October in a hotel conference room in the centre of Exeter.

Pavel Kondov explained:“On voting day, we had an impressive turnout of 177 voters, a result we are delighted with as we thought even optimistically we might get around 95 people. In addition to the majority of the students who go to the University of Exeter, we had a large number of voters who work in Exeter and the region. A lot of them shared with us how happy they were that they had the opportunity to vote in the elections. Many thanked us for the initiative. Despite the common disillusionment with the political realities in Bulgaria, the election day was a celebration.”

This is the first time that a Bulgarian voting station has been opened in Exeter and therefore a historic moment.  The initiative leaves a legacy - since more than 100 people voted, a voting station will be opened automatically for all national elections in the following 5 years.

Professor Andrew Massey, Head of Politics at the University of Exeter said:"I am both impressed and delighted with the initiative shown by Pavel Kondov and his colleagues at the University of Exeter. For those of us born and raised in the United Kingdom, scepticism with politics and politicians can all too often slide into cynicism. It is important to remember that genuine democracy is often hard to win and even harder to nurture.”

He added:“The commitment and effective organisation of Pavel has contributed to that process of nurturing and helped ensure the deepening of democracy and civil society within our common European inheritance."

This initiative was created as part of the Students as Change Agents project, a University wide initiative which supports students who want to run projects which change the student experience.  It is the first Students as Change Agents project to be completed this year.

Will Page, Student Engagement Officer at the University of Exeter said:“This is another fantastic example of our students identifying a solution to a problem and having a positive impact on the University and the community. The skills displayed by Pavel, along with his fellow students, demonstrate imagination, leadership, active global citizenship and are exactly what the Students as Change Agents initiative looks to support.”


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Date: 16 October 2014

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