Research activities

The academic staff of European Studies MA is deeply engaged into researching a large variety of topics. Frequently, this research materializes in books. Prof. Dr. Charlotte Gaitanides, Prof. Dr. Stephan Panther and Prof. Dr. Hauke Brunkhorst are the series' editors and through their coordination and effort 3 books have been issued. 

The first book - "Europe at a crossroad" was edited by Prof. Brunkhorst, prof. Gaitanides, prof. Grözinger (below an excerpt):

"Europe at a Crossroad. From currency Union to Political and Economic Governance" discusses the actual challenges of the European Union. The collection is based upon an international conference at Europa-Universität Flensburg. Contributions from the sociological, economical, philosophical and legal disciplines deliberate about how to deal with the crisis in the Euro zone. Consequently, the literature is not just reaping the benefits of the multitude of disciplines but also accessing a broad spectrum of possible paths that could be taken, thereby presenting a wealth of multi-disciplinarian perspectives. Situated  amongst the crisis-ridden developments in the economical, sociological and political spheres, but also Europe's stability and flexibility, this collection incorporates in its evaluation the multiplicity of facets within Europe.

Second in the series is the book with the title "The Role and Relevance of Higher Education Policy in EU External Relations", written by Dr. Sophie Wulk. 

Measures of Education policy with aims relating to the external affairs that are taken by the EU and not by nation states have been barely considered in academia although their number and financial scope have been growing steadily. These measures, as well as those from other areas, are part of each trade agreement of the EU and serve the purpose of influencing third countries. However, the dynamic inherent to the educational sector differs crucially from he one of other areas. By levering out the mechanisms of unilateral transfer of norms this cooperation facilitates - though contrary to its original purpose of the expansion of the EU's influence, the creation of transnational spaces in the long run.

The third book (in process of printing) represents the doctoral thesis of Dr. Laura Asarite.

Finally, the fourth book "Diversity in Europe"

As Europeanisation flourishes, the importance of diverse perspectives, attitudes, and approaches becomes increasingly pertinent. This book explores the interdisciplinary nature of diversity in Europe. IN order to truly understand the complexities of the diversity phenomenon, it is necessary to explore this concept under the scope of many different disciplines. Thus, the concept of diversity is examined through four main section. The first part of the book covers the notion of "otherness" and surrounds different topics of minority issues in Europe. The second section examines the intercultural debate in both a theoretical sense and its affect on the innovation process. The third section explores different levels of cooperation, such as transnational organizations and through Europeanisation. The fourth and final section covers different co-financed cultural cooperation projects in the EU, specifically in regard to territorial issues. 

The European Studies Master programme places a lot of emphasis on academic research and much of the coursework is executed through thorough research. At the same time, students now have the chance to make their works public through EUS Vox Research Initiative - a platform which publicizes both courseworks and articles on various topics related to the EU.