The FUTURES Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence engages and enriches analysis of European futures at a crucial crossroad in its history. The unprecedented challenges facing the European Union (EU) – including but not limited to the rise of populism, Brexit, relations with neighbours, crises in euro governance, refugees and rule of law – require multidisciplinary approaches and solutions. With its renowned expertise in EU politics, law and public policy, the University of Edinburgh is the ideal location to develop new and multidisciplinary ways to understand challenges and exploit opportunities in European futures, for the benefit of stakeholders engaging Europe from the local to international levels of governance and policymaking. The new Centre aims to bring forward-looking, positive andlong-lasting effects by broadening the range of EU-related activities inEdinburgh and to disseminate new ideas about European futures to a wideaudience in and beyond Scotland.
Housed at the Europa Institute, Dr Chad Damro (Politics & IR) serves as the new JMCE's Academic Coordinator, alongside Dr Elke Heins (Social Policy) and Dr Arianna Andreangeli (Law) serving as Co-Coordinators.
The Centre’s members come from various disciplines within the School of Social and Political Sciences and the School of Law working on diverse EU-related subjects as well as postgraduate research students from several university subject areas. In operational and planning terms, the Centre draws primarily from three disciplines – Politics and International Relations, Social/Public Policy and Law – in these two schools. In addition to its Coordinators, the JMCE is supported by a multidisciplinary group of Edinburgh scholars who serve as key members of the Centre. This internationally renowned group includes