The activities of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Carleton University in the 2019-23 funding period are focused on three thematic priority areas:

  1. Policy cooperation between the EU and Canada in a changing transatlantic context: This module examines the diverse policy challenges that the EU is confronted with – from climate change to migration/refugees, from Brexit to relations with Russia – and discusses their implications for Canada. Module leaders: Joan DeBardeleben and Achim Hurrelmann.
  2. Economic and business relations between the EU and Canada in implementing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement: This module focuses on the impact of EU policy and EU-Canada economic relations on Canadian business. Particular attention will be devoted to the implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, which entered into force (on a provisional basis) in September 2017. Module leaders: Patrick Leblond, Meredith Lilly and Crina Viju-Miljusevic.
  3. The populist challenge to democratic governance in the EU: This module examines the historical roots, empirical manifestations, and political implications of populist mobilization in the EU and its member states. Activities in this module are designed to move beyond a simple stock-taking of populist political successes (or failures) toward a more fine-grained discussion of how populism is affecting the operation of the EU’s political system, societal cohesion, and collective identities. Module leaders: James Casteel and Jennifer Evans.

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.