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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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It is a very efficient way of learning, you get to think more outside of the box’ (Julia Bale)

It was pretty cool and really helpful’ (Matteo Baratta)

It really helps people learn something about TTIP’ (Nick Lawley)


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

Simulations are some of the most interesting and newer techniques used in University teaching. Generally speaking, they are a form of active learning which involves students through active participation, enabling students to take the learning into their own hands.

The aim of simulations 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. They support students immersing in a topic rather than just memorizing facts, thereby moving from ‘surface learning’ to ‘deep learning’. In so doing, simulations greatly increase students’ ability to understand a topic and remember the subject in the future – an experience very much shared by the participating students: ‘It is a very efficient way of learning, you get to think more outside of the box’ (Julia Bale). Overall, students thought ‘it was pretty cool and really helpful’ (Matteo Baratta).

In this course, the simulation aimed at helping students to actively experience the complexities of European politics. The workings of the European Union (EU) have become increasingly complex, and a simulation can allow for the complexities and varying nuances of the European political system to be better understood. In a broader context where the EU is sometimes seen as an unattractive and disenchanting topic, a simulation can show how the EU can be a fascinating topic of study, and can help changing how students perceive of and understand the EU.

The present simulation, which formed part of the Political Representation in the EU module led by Dr Sandra Kröger, engaged with the negotiations around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), one of the presently most disputed policy processes of the EU. Students were assigned to different delegations (from five different Member States, the European institutions, civil society as well as the press) and researched the real position of the respective actors towards TTIP. They thereby gained an in-depth insight into the position specific actors take on TTIP, ‘It really helps people learn something about TTIP’ (Nick Lawley).

Over a two-week period, they then engaged in negotiation processes between the involved actors and thereby experienced how much the EU political system is based on consensus-seeking and compromise: ‘You can understand why it takes so long – there are so many barriers to overcome’ (Daniel Tiernan). As one student pointed out, it is in fact ‘important to have different strategies in the EU’ (Cristina Brinceanu). After initial substantial disagreements, between the different national delegations, but also with the European Parliament delegation, over the basic features of the future TTIP, students reached a much applauded compromise which satisfied both the more critical national delegations as well as that of the UK which was the most positive towards TTIP – what more can we hope for?

During the simulation some students acted as representatives from the press.  The following are examples of press releass they drafted following the simulation.

TTIP blocked by EP as UK Walks Out

TTIP Will Make Governments Work for Corporations Rather than Citizens

Support for TTIP is relatively prevalent across the European Union

Date: 10 February 2015

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