About the Centre for EU Studies

logo EU-studiesThe 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 about 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.

The CEUS staff members aim to highlight the broader societal relevance of their academic research and to be actively involved in the public debate about the EU. You can find all planned activities, as well as relevant news articles, on the home page of the CEUS. For past events, you can consult the activities' and news archives.

Since 2005, more than 20 PhD dissertations and other research projects have been completed at the Centre. The CEUS is currently engaged in some fifteen PhD research projects and three long term research projects, mainly financed by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), the Special Research Fund of Ghent University (BOF), Basileus and Erasmus Mundus.

The CEUS also constitutes the driving force behind the (mostly Dutch-language) Master's programme in EU Studies at Ghent University.