Centre for EU Studies

logo EU-studies

The Centre for EU Studies (CEUS) was established in 2005. Research at CEUS focuses on the conceptual debates about the EU's role in the world, as well as the EU’s external action, particularly in the areas of external trade, development and humanitarian aid, social and environmental policies, and democracy and human rights promotion. Significant attention goes to the internal-external nexus and to decision-making processes on external action. While being grounded in the disciplines of political science and international relations, the CEUS is also open to interdisciplinary research, for instance, through cooperation with colleagues from departments for European law, history and economics.

Since 2005, more than 40 PhD dissertations and other research projects have been completed at the Centre. The CEUS is currently engaged in some fifteen PhD and postdoc research projects. These include analyses of the migration-development nexus in the EU and EU member states; post-development approaches to Europe’s global role; the role of civil society in EU external relations, e.g. human rights promotion in the Eastern Neighbourhoud and Central Asia; external forest governance and trade agreements; EU democracy promotion in Sub-Sahara Africa; EU-Russia competition in the ‘shared neighbourhood.

The CEUS also constitutes the driving force behind the (mostly Dutch-language) Master's programme in EU Studies at Ghent University. It offers elective and specialized courses on EU Trade Politics, EU Development Policy, and EU Neighbourhood Policies.

For more information, follow CEUS on Facebook or Twitter.