Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
The Aston Centre for Europe acts as a ‘hub’ for a range of Europe and EU-related research projects and stakeholder activities across the University. Reflecting the European strengths of Aston’s research culture including specialisms in individual states, ACE has since 2009 become a major centre for research in European politics and society and ensured the real-world applicability of that research through practitioner engagement. ACE promotes research on Europe and its constituent states and role in the world, and interfaces with stakeholders (e.g. policy makers, the public) and gives support to ACE’s researchers and students. One of its aims is to increase research income and the number of ACE-related projects; and to increase the number of high quality publications, with an emphasis on journal articles and monographs.
Aston Centre for Europe's aims:
To increase research income and the number of ACE-related projects
To increase the number of high quality publications, with an emphasis on journal articles and monographs
In its first eight years, ACE's fundamental achievement is not only to have created a lively and supportive environment for political and social research on Europe, but also to have been considered by REF 2014 as the 5th centre for research excellence in the UK for Area Studies. In 2016 ACE became a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and has developed its research strategy to reflect this. It is at the forefront of research on Europe and its states in the light of dramatic developments across the world: the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency, the consequences of Brexit, the migrant crisis, and the rise of populisms in several European states.