Professor of French and European Studies
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Location: Manzoni Building
My first degree was in Linguistic and International Studies (French and German) from Surrey University, and my MSc was in European Management from Cranfield Institute of Technology. My PhD, in European Studies, is from Aston University. This academic background has led me to conduct my teaching and research from a multi-disciplinary perspective. In 2010 I was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government for services to French culture and language, and since September 2012, I am Chair of the UK’s leading academic association for European Studies, UACES. I was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European integration by the European Commission in September 2013 and am using this to support my teaching at Loughborough.
The study of France in its international context remains central to my research activity. I am currently working solo on a monograph (Palgrave) on France’s relationship with the European Union, and in November 2015 I delivered my inaugural lecture at Loughborough by asking whether Europe has ‘unmade’ France.
In addition, I have recently collaborated with different colleagues on varied questions about France. Publications here include my work with Saskia Huc-Hepher on the contemporary French population in London; and with Aidan McGarry on the security discourse still stigmatising the Roma population in France. Questions of EU governance also continue to drive my research interest and I have recently launched a research project based on the transfer of 50 years’ worth of UACES archives to the Historical Archives of the European Union (European University Institute, Florence).
I have supervised students across a broad range of subject areas relating to the study of the EU, particularly in its international dimension. The most recent examples include theses on: EU diplomatic actorness in its immediate neighbourhood in the East (Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine); the governance of European funds in new European member states (the absorption performance of Bulgaria and Romania, and their management and implementation of European Structural Funds during 2007-2013); the political and bureaucratic origins of the European External Action Service (EEAS); a critical discourse analysis of the EU’s counter-terrorism policy; the institutional response of the Czech state to EU membership; the socialisation of Polish members of the European Parliament; Johannes Althusius and the sui generis European Union; EU consumer policy: a critique (an examination of consumers’ economic rights across borders).
My most recent teaching at undergraduate level has been supported by the EU’s funding of my Jean Monnet Chair in European integration (2013-2017). Most recently I organised a visiting speaker programme onto my final year undergraduate module Britain and the European Union, and closed that course with a class debate (‘This House believes that the UK should leave the EU’).
On 10 May 2016 I chaired a campus-wide student debate to prepare for the UK referendum on the EU; the legacy of that event (The EU and YOU) can be found here. In previous years I incorporated alumni presentations into my Introduction to the European Union core module and invited practitioner visiting speakers to work with final year students on my optional course on (Im)migration, Migration and the UK today.
- (2013) The Discourses and Politics of Migration in Europe (New York, Palgrave Macmillan), with U. Korkut, G. Bucken-Knapp, A. McGarry and J. Hinnfors (eds.)
- (2011) Contemporary France (Palgrave)
Most recent articles and book chapters
- (2013) ‘Everywhere and Nowhere: Europe and the World in the French 2012 Elections’ Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 66: 124-141 (doi:10.1093/pa/gss068). Full (free) text access here.
- (2013) ‘France and the European Union since 2007: Towards a Sixth Republic?’ in Developments in French Politics 5 (Palgrave). See
- (2013 ) (with Saskia Huc-Hepher), ‘From the 16ième to South Ken? A Study of the contemporary French population in London’, in M. Cornick and D. Kelly (eds.), The History of the French in London (Institute of Historical Research). See
- (2013 ) ‘The Europeanization of the Fifth French Republic, Past, Present and Future’ in C. Bretherton and M. Manin (eds.), The Europeanization of European Politics (Palgrave).
- (2013) ‘The Politicization of Roma as Ethnic ‘Other’: Security Discourse in France and the Politics of Belonging’ (with A. McGarry), in U. Korkut, G. Bucken-Knapp, A. McGarry and J. Hinnfors and H. Drake, The Discourses and Politics of Migration in Europe (New York, Palgrave Macmillan).
- (2012) ‘France’, European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook 2012, Vol. 51, issue 1, pp. 103-116.
- (2011) ‘France’, European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook 2011, Vol. 50, issue 7-8, December: 970-79.
- (2008, with Sue Collard) 'A Case Study of Intra-EU Migration. 20 years of the "Brits" in the Pays d'Auge, Normandy, France', French Politics, 6,3.
- (2008) 'The European Fifth Republic', Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, vol. 12, no 2, pp. 193-201.
Commentary and online
(2014) ‘Country Focus: France’, Political Insight 5, 3: 22-25. DOI: 10.1111/2041-9066.12071(December).
(2014) ‘The 2014 Israel-Palestine crisis has uncovered deep divisions within French society’ (LSE Blog EUROPP, European Politics and Policy, 15 October).