GovInn’s director Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti and junior researcher Kirsty Agnew participated in a three day workshop in Brussels as part of an ongoing project on the external perceptions of the European Union (EU). The project is funded by the EU as part of their expanding public diplomacy initiatives. The project is coordinated by the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) at the University of Canterbury, the NFG Research Group from the Freie Universitat Berlin and the Public Policy Management Institute (PPMI) located in Lithuania. Research is also being conducted by nine other research groups located in the EU’s strategic partner nations around the world. Prof. Fioramonti and Kirsty are conducting research into South Africa’s perception of the EU with an aim to provide innovative growth to the relationship between EU governance structures and South Africa. The workshop in Brussels was to present data from the first stage of the research process.
The prevalence of national and global interactions notwithstanding, regions have established themselves as a crucial space in international relations. In addition, regions are also emerging as actors in their own right. Projects to build regions are particularly active in the four Atlantic regions (Latin America, Africa, Europe and North America) and some of them even transcend the continental divisions. This Atlantic Future webinar will investigate the logics of regional projects, the driving actors and the capacities of regional organisations. The participants will assess the different models and trajectories of regionalism on the four shores of the Atlantic space. Elizabeth Tedsen at Ecologic Institute will moderate the webinar and Laia Tarragona at CIDOB will present the Atlantic Future project.
Time: 16:00 CET
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Dr Frank Mattheis is Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria. He joined GovInn in 2014 and is currently carrying out his research on comparative regionalism, interregionalism and maritime security through a postdoc fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Prior to GovInn, Frank Mattheis was senior research fellow at the Centre for Area Studies of the University of Leipzig from 2011 to 2014. He is trained in Global Studies with a M.A. from the Universities of Leipzig and Vienna and a Dr. phil. from the University of Leipzig.
Dr Andrés Malamud is Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisboa and Associate Researcher at IPRI. His work has been published in many internationally renowned academic journals. He served four year in the executive committee of the Latin American Political Science Association.