Aston Centre for Europe (ACE)

Organisational unit: Research Centre

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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: Europe@aston.ac.uk

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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