The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Carleton University provides a focal point for research, teaching and policy outreach activities in European Union Studies in Ottawa/Canada.

The Centre promotes EU-related research in three fields: (1) policy cooperation between the EU and Canada in a changing transatlantic context; (2) economic and business relationships between the EU and Canada in implementing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA); and (3) the populist challenge to democratic governance in the EU. The research activities of the Centre aim at enhancing synergies between EU scholars at Ottawa universities (Carleton University and University of Ottawa), producing high-quality scholarly publications, creating transatlantic connections between EU researchers in Canada and Europe and promoting research by emerging scholars.

In the area of teaching/learning, the Centre seeks to deepen and diversify course offerings in Carleton University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in European Studies. It supports teaching by visiting scholars from Europe at Carleton University, EU-related research by Carleton graduate students (especially field research in Europe) and experiential learning opportunities.

The Centre is also designed to reach out to the policy and diplomatic community as well as to civil society in Ottawa; it hosts policy-oriented events and produces publications that appeal to non-academic audiences. By providing forums for public communication about EU topics, the Centre seeks to contribute to a more informed public discourse about European integration in Canada.

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence is funded in part by a grant from the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport.