Research projects

The Centre for EU Studies (CEUS) is the political science pillar of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Ghent University. Established in 2005, the CEUS has attracted a growing number of students and researchers. It has developed a distinctive expertise in the study of the EU's external relations, notably the EU's bilateral relations with third countries, its enlargement and neighbourhood policies, and its functioning in multilateral institutions. Research at the CEUS focuses on the conceptual debates around the EU's role in the world as well as the 'soft' dimension of EU external action, such as external trade, development, social and environmental policies, and democracy promotion. Significant attention goes to the internal-external nexus and to decision-making processes on external action. While being grounded into the disciplines of political science and international relations, the CEUS is also open to interdisciplinary research, mostly in cooperation with colleagues from European law and economics. Members of the CEUS aim to highlight the broader societal relevance of their academic research and to be actively involved in the public debate about the EU. The CEUS also constitutes the driving force behind the one-year Master's programme in EU Studies at Ghent University. Unique in Flanders, the Master's programme familiarises students with the workings of the EU institutions and the major EU policy domains.

Since 2005, more than 25 PhD dissertations have been successfully completed at the Centre. The Centre of EU Studies is currently engaged in some fifteen PhD research projects financed by the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders and the Special Fund for Research – Ghent University.

Current Research Projects and cooperation programmes

  • EUTRACU: a joint research project of Ghent University and Dokuz Eylül University (Turkey) on the impact of the EU-Turkish customs union, financed by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and the Scientific and Technological Research Foundation of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)
  • EU-ASEAN: a new focus on the bilateral level • Marjolein Derous • November 2013 - October 2019.
  • Climate mainstreaming in EU development policies • FWO mandate: Frederik De Roeck • October 2014 - September 2018.
  • The EU’s role in global health governance • VLIR-UOS mandate: Lies Steurs • October 2014 - September 2018.
  • The great recession and EU trade policy • BOF mandate: Yelter Bollen • February 2014 - February 2018.
  • EU-China cooperation on global climate policies • China Scholarship Council (CSC): Yunhan Zhang • September 2013 - August 2017.
  • The relations between the EU and the Western Balkan countries • Basileus: Krenar Gashi • September 2014 - June 2017.
  • EU Democracy Promotion in Ukraine: Effectiveness of Functional Cooperation • Euroeast project: Dmytro Panchuk • August 2013 - June 2016.
  • Social norms in EU bilateral trade agreements • FWO mandate: Lore Van den Putte • October 2012 - September 2016.
  • International diffusion: social issues in the EU-China relations and the world • Lotus project: Hang Yuan • October 2012 - August 2015.
  • The influence of the Council Presidency in the EU's policies towards its Eastern neighbourhood • FWO mandate: Bruno Vandecasteele • October 2011 - September 2015.
  • The European Union’s role in international development cooperation: the role and impact of the EU in the OECD-DAC • BOF mandate: Joren Verschaeve • October 2011 - September 2015.
  • The European Union in the world: Between Bilateralism, Inter-regionalism and Multilateralism • Francis Baert.
  • The possible integration of the Southern Caucasus to the European Union structures: a case study of oil-rich Azerbaijan • Ramin Shafagatov.
  • De dynamieken achter de totstandkoming van een Europees sportbeleid • BOF mandate: Annelore Ost.
  • The integration from the Western Balkan in the EU: stability in the region • Bekim Collaku.
  • To what extent do the EU its member states depend on the imports of natural gas from Russia? • Mustafa Atala.
  • Regional integration and the perception of the EU in Asia • David Hoeflaak.
  • The EU relations with the eastern neighbourhood • Victoriya Khasson.

Completed Research Projects

  • Regio's in de Europese Unie. Naar een model om hun identiteit te meten • Hendrik Vos, promotor: Prof. dr. Helmut Gaus • 1998.
  • De trends in het Europese milieubeleid en opportuniteiten voor Vlaanderen met het oog op het Belgische voorzitterschap van de E.U. in 2001 • project voor de Vlaamse Overheid (AMINAL), promotor: prof. dr. Hendrik Vos • December 1999 – December 2000.
  • Het Europese besluitvormingsproces in geregionaliseerde staten. Een vergelijkende studie en gevolgtrekkingen voor het federale België • FWO-project, promotoren: prof. dr. Rik Coolsaet en prof. dr. Hendrik Vos • January 2000 - December 2002.
  • Voorbereiding colloquium over de functies van constitutionele regio’s • project voor de Vlaamse Overheid (Administratie Buitenlands Beleid), promotor: prof. dr. Hendrik Vos • September 2000 - January 2001.
  • Coördinatie van niet-economische waarden op het gebied van milieu-, ontwikkelings- en arbeidsstandaards met het WTO-systeem • BOF mandate: Elisabeth Dezutter, promotor: prof. dr. Hendrik Vos • 2004.
  • De transportagenda tijdens het Belgische Voorzitterschap van de EU in 2001 • project voor de Vlaamse Overheid (LIN), promotor: prof. dr. Hendrik Vos • 2001.
  • Rio +10 en de kwestie van mondiaal milieubeheer • project voor de Vlaamse Overheid (AMINAL), promotor: prof. dr. Hendrik Vos • January 2001 – December 2001.
  • Verbetering van het huidige instrumentarium voor de beheersing van gewestgrensoverschrijdende leefmilieuconflicten op het terrein • project voor de Vlaamse Overheid (AMINAL), promotoren: prof. dr. Hendrik Vos en prof. dr. Carl Devos • March 2001 – August 2001.
  • Het EU-voorzitterschap: de huidige betekenis (opportuniteiten, beperkingen, functies) • BOF project, promotor: prof. dr. Hendrik Vos • August 2001 – August 2005.
  • Politiek-wetenschappelijke analyse van het externe beleid van de E.U. in het kader van de zogenaamde eerste pijler • FWO mandate: Jan Orbie, promotor: prof. dr. Hendrik Vos • October 2001 – September 2005.
  • Voorbereiding Vlaamse overheid op IGC 2004 • project voor de Vlaamse Overheid (Administratie Buitenlands Beleid), promotoren: prof. dr. Koen Lenaerts, prof. dr. Frank Delmartino, prof. dr. Inge Govaere en prof. dr. Hendrik Vos • December 2001 – April 2003.
  • Onderzoek naar de Vlaamse participatie aan het supra- en internationaal milieugebeuren • project voor de Vlaamse Overheid (AMINAL), promotor: prof. dr. Hendrik Vos • March 2003 – February 2005.
  • E-government: de impact van Europa op Vlaamse e-government- initiatieven • IBBT project • November 2004 – January 2006.
  • Polen en de Europese Unie: de europeanisering van de policy, politics en policies. Een politiek-wetenschappelijke analyse van het toetredingsproces van Polen tot de Europese Unie • FWO mandate: An Schrijvers, promotor: Prof. dr. Hendrik Vos • Oktober 2003 - September 2007.
  • The Role of the Civil Society in the EU Member States and Candidate Countries: Where does Turkey Stand in the General Picture? • European Commission (Marie Curie-actie): Levent Kirval • March 2006 – March 2008.
  • De EU in de VN, case humanitaire hulp • BOF-mandaat: Helen Versluys • October 2004 – September 2008.
  • De Europeanisering van Centraal-en Oost-Europa (casus Polen) na de toetreding (2004-2010): een illustratie van de Europese Unie als civiele macht? • BOF postdoctoral mandate: Dr. An Schrijvers • October 2007 - September 2010.
  • Europees ontwikkelingsbeleid en gender • BOF - mandaat: Petra Debusscher • October 2006 - September 2010.
  • The influence of the European Union on democratic consolidation in Central Europe: the Czech and Slovak republic compared • FWO mandate: Eline De Ridder • October 2005 – September 2010.
  • The Dynamics behind the Policy of Regional Cooperation in the South Caucasus • BOF mandate: Syuzanna Vasilyan • October 2006 - September 2010.
  • Integratie van milieuoverwegingen in de besluitvorming van de Europese instellingen in andere beleidssectoren • AAP: Liesbeth Taverniers • October 2003 - September 2010.
  • De rol van de Europese Unie in internationale milieupolitiek • AAP: Edith Vandenbrande • October 2005 – September 2011.
  • De Europese Unie en de informatiekloof - een politiek-wetenschappelijke analyse van de werking van Directoraat-Generaal Communicatie bij de Europese Commissie • BOF mandate: Petra Huyst • October 2007- September 2011.
  • Padafhankelijkheid of discontinuïteit? Een politicologisch-historisch onderzoek naar de determinanten van Europa’s handelspolitiek tegenover ontwikkelingslanden sinds 1970 • BOF mandate: Lotte Drieghe • September 2007 - September 2011.
  • The EU as an actor of state-building in Kosovo • Basileus project: Labinot Greiçevci • October 2008 - September 2011.
  • Rol van Vlaanderen in de internationale handelspolitiek • Ferdi De Ville • September 2007 - September 2011.
  • Human rights and EU development policy. The reasons for sanctioning ACP countries • FWO mandate: Karen Del Biondo • October 2008 - September 2012.
  • Everybody needs good neighbours. De drijfveren achter het Europees Nabuurschapsbeleid ten aanzien van de Mediterrane regio • BOF mandate: Vicky Reynaert • October 2008 - September 2012.
  • Is EU Conditionality Working? Migration in the Pre-Accession Strategies of the European Union, with special reference to EU – Albania Relations • Sokol Dedja • 2012.
  • … in the name of human rights…. The Problematics of EU Ethical Foreign policy in Sub Saharan Africa and Elsewhere • Olivia Rutazibwa • 2013.
  • How development friendly are the Economic Partnership Agreements? Perception of East and South African stakeholders • VLIR-UOS mandate: Sarah Delputte • October 2009 - September 2013.
  • The relations between the EU, G7/G8 and G20 • Peter Debaere (Ghent Institute for International Studies 2014.
  • De Europese publieke sfeer vanuit top-down benadering: het spanningsveld tussen intenties en praktijk van het communicatiebeleid van de EU • BOF mandate: Annelies Van Brussel • October 2010 - September 2014.
  • A post structuralist account of international missions. The case of Kosovo • Basileus project: Vjosa Musliu • October 2011 - August 2014.
  • A global social Europe? The position and impact of 'the' European Union in the International Labour Organization • FWO mandate: Bregt Saenen • October 2010 - September 2014.
  • The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area: A new legal instrument for EU integration without membership? BOF mandate: Guillaume Van der Loo • October 2010 - September 2014 (Law Faculty, co-promotor Prof. Dr. Jan Orbie).