Staff Profile: Professor Martin Dangerfield


Faculty of Social Sciences


Department of History, Politics and War Studies, School of Social, Historical and Political Studies


Professor Martin Dangerfield


Professor of European Integration and Jean Monnet Chair in the European Integration of Central and East Europe.

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 322730



University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
Mary Seacole Building
Nursery  Street


Professor Martin Dangerfield joined Wolverhampton Polytechnic in January 1985 as a Lecturer in Contemporary European Studies in the School of Languages and European Studies. He became a Professor at the University of Wolverhampton in September 2005 and was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair by the European Commission in the same year.

At the present time, Professor Dangerfield teaches mainly European Union studies at the University of Wolverhampton, contributing mainly to the Politics and War Studies undergraduate awards.

He regularly carries out consultancy work for the European Union,  including the European Commission and also the Committee of the Regions.

He has worked on a wide range of EU funded academic cooperation projects in Central and Eastern Europe, including TEMPUS, LEONARDO and SOCRATES/ERASMUS.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD
  • PGCE
  • MSc International Studies
  • BA (Hons) Economics

Teaching interests 

  • European Union Studies
  • European Politics

Professional body membership and roles

Member of:

  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)
  • European Union Studies Association (EUSA)
  • European Community Studies Association – Canada (ECSA-C)

Research interests

Current research focuses on EU-Russia Relations, the European Neighbourhood Policy/Eastern Partnership, EU Macro-Regional Strategies, the Visegrad Group, Subregional cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe and links to the European Union enlargement process.

Earlier work focused on the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) and aspects of the Czech transformation process and the external economic relations of post-socialist states.

He has published widely on these topics and regularly presents papers on them at leading international conferences.

External examiner roles

  • External Examiner for BA International Relations at University of Lincoln.
  • Various external PhD examinations (University of Cambridge, University of Leeds, University of Helsinki, University of Staffordshire, University of West of England).

Selected publications

Journal articles

‘V4: A new brand for Europe? Ten years of post-accession regional cooperation in Central Europe’ Poznań University of Economics Review,Vol. 14, No.4 (2014)

‘Visegrad Group Cooperation and Russia’, Journal of Common Market Studies , Vol.50, No.6 (2012)

‘Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine: In or Out of European Regional International Society, Journal of European Integration, (Special Issue: ‘Europe after Enlargement’, edited by M. Webber and I Stivachtis), Vol. 33, No. 2. 2011)

'The Contribution of the Visegrad Group to the European Union's 'Eastern' Policy: Rhetoric or Reality?' Europe-Asia Studies, Volume 61, Number 10, December (2009)

‘The Visegrád Group in the Expanded European Union: From Pre-accession to Post-accession Cooperation’, East European Politics and Society, Vol.22, No.3 (2008)

'The European Union and Post-communist Europe: One Approach or Several?' Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Vol.23, No.4 (2007)

'Subregional Integration and EU Enlargement: Where Next for CEFTA?', Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 44, No.2 (2006). 'CEFTA: Between the CMEA and the EU', Journal of European Integration, Vol. 26, No.3 (2004).

'Regional Cooperation in the Western Balkans: Stabilisation Device or Integration Policy?', Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Vol.5, No.2. (2004).

Book chapters  

‘The Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia’ in M. David, J.Gower and H. Haukkala eds., National Perspectives on Russia: European Foreign Policy in the Making, London: Routledge (2013).  

‘Visegrad Group Cooperation and ‘Europeanisation’ of New EU Member States’ in M. Gŏra and K. Zielińska, eds., Democracy, State and Society. European Integration in Central and Eastern Europe, Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press.  (2011)

‘New EU Member States and the Challenge of the Eastern Neighbourhood: The Role of the Visegrad Group’ in Proceedings  of the 9Th International Conference;  Challenges of Europe: Growth and Competitiveness reversing the Trends, Split: Faculty of Economics of University of Split. (2011)

‘The European Union and sub-regional cooperation’ in J-U Wunderlich and D. Bailey, eds. The European Union and Global Governance – A Handbook, London/New York: Routledge (2011)

'Perestrokia and the CMEA: New Direction or Dead End?’, in  Markku Kangaspuro, ed., Perestroika: Process and Consequences, Helsinki; SKS Kirjat (2010)

'Searching for ‘Central Europe’: Region-Building Processes after the End of the Cold War and the role of European Integration' in W. Petritsch and C. Solioz, eds., Conflict and Memory: Bridging Past and Future in (South East) Europe Baden Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft (2010)

'Sozialistische Ökonomische Integration: der Rat für gegenseitige Wirtschaftshilfe (RGW) in B. Greiner, C. Müller, C. Weber,  eds., Ökonomieim Kalten Kreig, Hamburg: Hamburger Edition. (2010)  

‘“Euro? What Euro?” The Financial Crisis and ‘Business as Usual’ UK Attitudes to Economic and Monetary Union’, Proceedings  of the 8Th International Conference;  Challenges of Europe: Financial Crisis and Climate Change, Split: Faculty of Economics of University of Split (2009)

 ‘The Impact of European Union Membership on Central European Subregional Cooperation’ in W. Petritsch and C. Solioz, eds., (2008)

Regional Cooperation in South East Europe and Beyond. Challenges and Prospects, Baden Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft (2008)

 ‘EU Integration Capacity And Europeanisation Prospects For ‘Excluded’ States’,   in Z. Reic, ed., Enterprise in Transition, Split: University of Split (2007)

‘Central European Subregional Cooperation and EU Membership: A Channel for the Assertion of Elite Preferences?’, in L. Gatnar and D. Lane, eds., Popular Opposition and Support for Different Types of EU Integration,  Prague:  Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, (2007)

'Subregional Cooperation and European Integration: Impact of the 5th EU Enlargement' in Z. Reic, ed., Enterprise in Transition, (Split: University of Split, 2005).

Important Non-REF Publications

Bringing eastern neighbours closer to the European Union: a way to achieve speedier and more effective integration’ JEAN MONNET REFLECTION GROUP ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE 2020-2030 LED BY FELIPE GONZALES , Call for Input, Theme 8: Europe’s Role in the World. Brussels: European Commission.  (2010)

Macro-Regions as a Concept’, Proceedings of the Forum at the Committee of the Regions on ‘Europe’s macro-regions: Integration through territorial co-operation’, Brussels, 13 April 2010. (2010)

Contribution - Macro-regions: a case of multilevel governance?’,  Proceedings of the Committee of the Regions 6th Atelier “EU Macro-Regional Strategies and European Governance”Brussels, 26 November 2009. (2009)