Aston Centre for Europe (ACE)

  • Aston University, Aston Street, Main Building

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

Aston Centre for Europe (ACE) was established in 2009 and is a leading academic and research centre.  ACE acts as a ‘hub’ for a range of Europe and EU-related research and teaching activities across the University.  Reflecting the ‘European’ strengths of Aston’s research culture, the Centre engages in a programme of rigorous, policy relevant research on Western and Eastern Europe.

Aston Centre for Europe hosts high-profile speakers on Europe, through a series of major academic conferences and lectures.

Aston Centre for Europe is Co-directed by Professor Simon Green, Professor John Gaffney and Dr Nathaniel Copsey.

The Aston Centre for Europe (ACE) is a cutting-edge research facility - bringing together the University's well-established strengths in the study of Europe.  

  • Our staff are leading experts in their fields, and offer supervision to a number of PhD students. The centre offers masterclasses to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, in addition to providing a number of PhD stipends
  • As well as being a leading academic and research centre, ACE also works with the Aston Business School to train the next generation of civil servants from new and aspirant EU member states.

If you would like to meet/discuss any activity with the Co-Directors then please email to:

Key research themes

Research within Aston Centre for Europe is categorised by the following themes:

  1. Economic and Social transformation in Europe - to incorporate political economy, immigration, identity, citizenship, religion, work and welfare)
  2. Nations and Europe & Europe and the World - focuses on the UK’s often tense relationship with the EU, as well as Europe in the international system
  3. The challenge of security, freedom and justice - to incorporate issues such as energy and responses to radicalism across Europe
  4. Leadership and governance - covering political institutions, civil society and political cultures.

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EU Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences
governance Social Sciences
international relations Social Sciences
France Social Sciences
economics Social Sciences
organized crime Social Sciences
National Front Social Sciences

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Research Output 1999 2020

South Tyrol
political stability
political change
political system

The Ukrainian National Church, Religious Diplomacy and the Conflict in Donbas

Leustean, L. N. & Samokhvalov, V., 11 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies. 2, 2, p. 199-224

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Eastern Orthodoxy

A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle. By Julian Jackson

Gaffney, J., 1 Oct 2019, In : French Studies. 73, 4, p. 656-657

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review


Innovations in Teaching Politics (Group) Award 2018

Patrycja Rozbicka (Recipient) & Helena Carrapiço (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

teaching politics

James B. Christoph Prize

Judi Atkins (Recipient), Jun 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

political science
international relations

Activities 1999 2019

U PTalk title: Rethinking Refugee Support: Responding to the Crisis in South East Europe

Amanda Beattie (Speaker)
31 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

“Narrating a Deportation Hearing”

Amanda Beattie (Recipient)
9 May 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk

Co-Convenor, Emotions Working Group, British International Studies Association

Amanda Beattie (Recipient)
1 Jun 20181 Jun 2021

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Press / Media

Analitzem el panorama polític al Regne Unit amb el Brexit

Patricia Correa


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Refugee journeys through the Balkan Route: A crisis no more?

Patrycja Rozbicka, Gemma Bird & Amanda R Beattie


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research