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EU funding backs Canterbury researchers

Research by three University of Canterbury academics has been recognised by the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Action Programme in its latest funding round, it was announced on 21 October.

Natalia Chaban of the National Centre for Research on Europe has been awarded a Jean Monnet chair. Chaban is the second researcher in New Zealand and the fifth in Australasia to hold a Jean Monnet chair.

The chairs are three-year teaching posts with a focus on European integration studies. Chaban, whose award included €45,000, will deliver a programme called “The EU, its Cultures and Identities: The Meanings of Europe Inside and Outside its Borders”.

The award will also support an annual workshop, “Multicultural EU and Its Dialogue with the World: Asia-Pacific and NZ Reflections”.

Annick Masselot, accounting and information systems, has received a €21,000 teaching grant. Masselot will receive the grant over five years and will use it to run an honours course on European business law through the College of Business and Economics.

Martin Holland, also of the National Centre for Research on Europe, was awarded a €40,000 research grant for an international conference.

Holland’s conference, “EU’s unknown Asia: New Horizons and New Beginnings: European Integration and the Asia Pacific in the 21st Century”, will be held in Singapore in June 2012.

He received the grant on behalf of the European Union Studies Association Asia Pacific, of which he is secretary.