EUCN Research Areas

Overview of the three main EUCN Research Areas


The strength of the 8-university consortium is that it combines EU multi-disciplinary expertise. There are clear areas of differentiation in expertise between partners which collectively provides an unparalled depth of EU knowledge and experience. Lead partners take responsibility for specific research elements subject to the oversight of the EUCN Director, Advisory Board and Steering Group. The project has identified three substantive research themes that reflect existing multi-disciplinary capabilities and involve multiple partners drawn from across the consortium. These themes are:

1. Normative Power Europe
2. Comparative trans-national Integration
3. EU Monetary and Financial Integration

More detailed information on the respective Research Areas can be found under their respective categories. Below is a short overview only.


Normative Power Europe (NPE)

The main objectives of this project is to undertake sustainable interdisciplinary cutting-edge collaboratve research to advance a research agenda on the EU's ability to influence norms, values and ideas beyond its borders.  Resarch is focused on three themes:

  1.  EU Development POlicy and Humanitariansim
  2. THe EI and Global DIscourses on Fundamental Values and Equality
  3. Normative Power Europe and EU External Outreach

This Area will be led by the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) at the University of Canterbury (UC).

Comparative trans-national Integration (CIAR)

This Research Area seeks to compare processes of trans-national integration that are historical and contemporary. Among these, it is interested in both those processes which scholars have labelled ('top-down') regionalism as well as ('bottom-up') regionalization. It considers these processes in two broad and overlapping geographic regions: Europe (including outside the EU and extending across the North Atlantic) and the Asia Pacific (including North and South America). Finally, it encompasses macro-regional processes, such as the EU, NATO, ARF, EAS and APEC, as well as micro- or sub-regional processes, including for example ECSC, EEC, EFTA, ASEAN, CER or CIS. It also includes informal or regionlization processes at macro and micro-regional levels.  

This Area will be lead by Victoria University of Wellington in co-operation with the University of Waikato.

EU Monetary and Financial Integration (MFI)

This Research Area considers the likely impact of the changes in the EU on monetary and financial stability, fiscal sustainability and society at large. By following a deliberately muIti-disciplinary approach it seeks to offer practical advice on the development of a banking union and other steps in the deeper monetary and financial integration of the EU over the future and also an understanding of the impact of the strains that this process imposes on society so that these can be ameliorated to help in achieving a more harmonious approach than is revealed in the current divisions. It will draw on the lessons that can be learnt from the joint experience of Austrlia and New Zealand in integrating in the same field. 

This Area will be lead by Auckland University.