Meet the team

All members of the European Studies team are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR).  CEISR is a major interdisciplinary centre for research on Europe and the wider world: examining human cultures, conflicts, diasporas and inter-relations, past and present.

Professor Wolfram Kaiser (Professor of European Studies)

wolframWolfram Kaiser’s main research interests are in contemporary European history and politics, especially the process of European integration since 1945. He is particularly interested in the linked processes of supranational integration and transnational society formation. His most recent book Christian Democracy and the Origins of European Union (CUP 2007) addresses the role of transnational party elite networks in European integration in long-term historical perspective. Wolfram Kaiser also has broader interests in the processes of Europeanisation and globalisation in historical perspective and the history of international relations, esp. the political culture of internationalisation in the second half of the 19th century as a first phase of globalisation. He has authored and edited many books and articles for journals including Comparative, British History, Contemporary European History, Geschichte in Wissenschaft und Unterricht, Historical Journal, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Contemporary History, Journal of European Integration History, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Modern History, and Revue d’histoire diplomatique. Email:


Dr. Karen Heard-Lauréote (Jean Monnet Chair)

karen_hlDr. Karen Heard-Lauréote is Reader in European Politics. Her main expertise lies in transnational networks and their role in and impact on regional integration. She is Chair of the British Association of Centres of European Studies (BACES) and Deputy Director of the University’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR). As Chair of BACES, Karen is involved in the promotion of the European Studies field in higher education, with a primary focus on the United Kingdom. As CEISR Deputy Director, Karen is primarily occupied with the encouragement, support and promotion of high-quality research to enable the Research Centre to maintain its leading position in interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences. In order to do this Karen works with other research leaders to consolidate and improve its position as a hub for high-quality high-impact research at a regional, national and international level. Email:


Mr. Mike Mannin (Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam)

SONY DSCMike Mannin’s research interests lie in EU politics which has developed from earlier teaching, research and publications in Italian, French and British politics. Mike is the Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies.  He teaches on both MA and  BA programmes in the field of EU, Comparative and British Politics. He has published in each of these areas and has recently completed a monograph: British Government and Politics: Balancing Europeanization and Independence. His current research interests are in Europeanization and  EU Regional Policy. Email:




Dr. Carine Germond (Marie Curie Fellow)

SONY DSCCarine Germond is a Marie Curie Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Maastricht University (the Netherlands) where she has been teaching in the BA and MA European Studies Programmes since 2009. Carine’s main research and teaching interests lie in the field of Contemporary/Modern History and European Studies. Her core research areas are comparative and transnational history of the 20th century and European (integration) History. Her research project focuses on the role and influence of organized farm interests to explore and explain the striking lack of reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) prior to 1992. Email:



Dr. Anna Syngellakis (Jean Monnet Chair 1999-2012)

anna_slDr. Anna Syngellakis was appointed in 1990 under the Jean Monnet Initiative of the European Commission to promote teaching on European Integration. Her teaching interests are therefore focused on the evolution, institutions, policies and law of the European Union. She also offers a final year optional unit on Protecting the Environment in Europe. She has been involved in the administration of the European Studies degree since its inception as admissions tutor, course leader and co-ordinator. Her research interests are in international and European Community environmental law and policy. Email:




Dr. Paul Flenley

SONY DSCDr. Paul Flenley is Principal Lecturer in Politics and Subject Area Leader for Politics and International Relations. His main research interests are in the areas of Russian Foreign Policy – particularly Russia-EU relations; Russian nationalism and national identity, the Russian Revolution and early development of the Soviet state. He has published a range of articles and book chapters on Russian labour history, Russia and the West, the Russian media, Russia and NATO. Paul’s most recent publications have centred on Russia-EU relations and the EU, Russia and cooperation in the Black Sea area. He regularly contributes reviews to a wide range of journals on the above topics and is an editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies. Email:



Mr. Christopher Huggins

christopher.huggins.122.148Christopher Huggins is a PhD candidate at the Centre for European and International Studies Research. His research investigates the role of local government transnational networking in Europe. He also teaches on various politics units at the university and is editor of the European Studies Hub and Blog. Email: