From Croatia to Georgia via Wolverhampton, Professor Martin Dangerfield's expertise on European issues has been in demand at a range of significant events over recent months.
The third international event of the project BET ON EU, gathering 18 partner organisations, was held in Subotica (Serbia) from 31 August – 02 September 2015. The conference brought together participants from 12 countries from the Western Balkans and EU.
Professor Dangerfield took a leading role in the afternoon session along with Silvia Ceccarelli from Ravenna (Italy), presenting their activities and experiences from local events organised within the project.
In December last year the Professor delivered a Plenary talk at the First International Event of the EU funded project BET on EU.
The project has 12 partners, from both EU and non-EU countries. One of these is Wolverhampton Borough Council who he was representing along with the University.
The BET on EU project aims to promote knowledge and understanding of the EU and European Integration amongst citizens.
The Professor was an invited speaker at a prestigious European Commission/Jean Monnet Seminar in Tblisi, Georgia which took place in late June. The Seminar, on "A Changing Neighbourhood", was a very high profile, two-day event involving the European Commission and External Action Service of the EU. It was part of a process of wholesale review of the EU's European Neighbourhood Policy in the context of war in Ukraine and middle east chaos.
Professor Dangerfield, who is a Jean Monnet Chair, delivered his talk on "Dilemmas of Post-enlargement Europe: Building an 'Insecurity Community'?"
A Jean Monnet Chair is a teaching and research post with a specialisation in European Union studies for university professors. Awarded by the European Commission, this title recognises the high quality of teaching in European integration studies in the host University.
Closer to home, in June the Professor represented the University at Wolverhampton Rotary Club. He was invited to speak on the EU in a general way in the context of the referendum. This was an important contribution to the debate and the process of enabling citizens in Wolverhampton to make a more informed choice.
Feedback from this event was very positive. Several members said how much they enjoyed the talk and regretted that there was not more time for discussion. A return visit is likely nearer the referendum.
To find out more about the Professor, including his publications, research interests and more, read his staff profile.