Senior Labour MP to give speech at new EU research centre

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3 October 2017

  • Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury Anneliese Dodds MP to give speech on financial stability and social justice post-Brexit
  • Aston Centre for Europe (ACE) to launch its Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence programme at event
  • ACE one of few institutions to be awarded Jean Monnet status by the European Commission
  • Journalists welcome to attend – please email

Can we achieve financial stability and social justice in these challenging times? What are the options for managing our economy post-Brexit?

These are the questions Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury Anneliese Dodds MP will tackle in her keynote speech at the launch of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for EU studies at Aston University on Thursday 12 October.

The recently elected MP for Oxford East, also Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Aston University, will consider how the 2008 financial crisis highlighted how interconnected the British economy is with other economies across the world.

Anneliese will also explore how both the Brexit negotiations and current economic developments – such as the high rate of consumer debt – are now challenging British financial stability.

The speech will precede a roundtable discussion titled ‘Between integration and chaos? Rethinking the future of the European Union’ involving leading academics and a senior figure from the European Central Bank.

Aston Centre for Europe (ACE), based at Aston University, is one of a small number of institutions to be awarded Jean Monnet status. These centres are described as focal points of competence and knowledge on EU subjects, bringing together high-level experts to create links between disciplines and resources in European studies and to form links with academic institutions in other counties.

The Centres play a key role in engaging students with current issues in the European Union issues as well as to policy makers, civil servants, organised civil society, and the general public at large.

Dr Helena Farrand Carrapico, event organiser and Senior Lecturer at Aston University, said: “ACE has, since its launch, focused on offering relevant research into a wide range of European questions, forging strong collaboration between scholars, policy-makers and the wider community. We are honoured to have been designated a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence by the European Commission – in this part of our work, we will focus on the topic of European integration and disintegration. The centre will host cutting-edge research but will also be a forum for debate between academics, students, policy-makers and wider civil society in a wide range of policy areas.”

For a full programme for the evening, see below:



Dr Helena Farrand Carrapico (Senior Lecturer, Aston University)


Keynote speech by Dr Anneliese Dodds MP, Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury – ‘Financial and economic governance post-Brexit: achieving stability and social justice in challenging times’

Introduction by Dr Andrew Glencross (Senior Lecturer, Aston University)


Roundtable – ‘Between integration and chaos? Rethinking the future of the European Union’

Dr Tim Haughton, Reader in European Politics, University of Birmingham

Professor Dora Kostakopoulou, Professor of EU Law, European Integration and Public Policy, University of Warwick

Dr Johannes Lindner, Head of Division, EU Institutions and Fora Division, European Central Bank

Professor Mike Smith, Professor in European Politics, University of Warwick

Dr Anneliese Dodds, MP, Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Chair: Dr Helena Farrand Carrapico


Wine reception and photo exhibition – ‘Borders, Europe, Crisis: a visual journey through migrant routes in Greece and Serbia’

Presented by Dr Amanda Russell Beattie, Dr Gemma Bird, Dr Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik and Dr Patrycja Rozbicka


Notes to the editor

About Aston Centre for Europe

  • 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.

About Aston University

  • Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston University has always been a force for change. For 50 years the University has been transforming lives through pioneering research, innovative teaching and graduate employability success. True to Aston’s Coat of Arms which bears the word ‘Forward’, in 2016 Aston held a year-long anniversary celebration to recognise its heritage and achievements, but with a focus to drive forward the next stage in the University’s exciting journey.


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