Aston Centre for Europe (ACE)

Organisational unit: Research Centre

Contact information

Aston University, Aston Street
Main Building
B4 7ET
United Kingdom

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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:

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.
  1. Innovations in Teaching Politics (Group) Award 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  2. James B. Christoph Prize

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  3. CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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  1. “Narrating a Deportation Hearing”

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

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

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

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