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Jean Monnet Chair

The Jean Monnet Chair is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus + programme and is held for a duration of three years.

About the project

with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union logo

The focus of the project is to “mainstream” gender approaches to the study of EU politics and policies. 

It has two main objectives:

  • To mainstream gender in the teaching of EU politics and European integration at large and to ensure gender is included as a frame of analysis in current research about European politics at times of crisis.
  • The project includes a range of learning and teaching, public engagement and research activities.




Gender and Brexit – day school for secondary school pupils

This included two “deliberative forums” looking at the following question: “What role does equality play in the context of Brexit”.

Civil Society forum

This included a roundtable of civil society organisations at Europe House to discuss Opportunities and Strategies for mainstreaming gender in the context of Brexit. This roundtable incorporated representative from the academy, as well as the Women’s Budget Group, NAWO, the Fawcett Society and the Women’s Library.

Summer school 

Gendering European Politics and Law (PDF) – A five day summer school on the gendered politics of Brexit.

Public engagement

“Strategic silences in the EU Referendum Campaign”, ESRC Workshop, House of Commons, Westminster.

“Gender, Euroscepticism and Voting in the EU Referendum” University of Bamberg.

Engagement with practitioners

Professor Guerrina presented her work on “Feminist Power Europe” at the European External Action Service.

Professor Guerrina led sessions on the EU’s implementation of the EU’s women peace and security agenda as part of the EIPA training programme.



Summer school and sandpit

Feminist Power Europe (PDF) – three-day summer school on Feminist Power Europe, followed by a two-day sandpit with practitioners.

Engagement with practitioners

Professor Guerrina contributed to the European External Action Services High Level Conference on Women, Peace and Security (June 2019).

Professor Guerrina led sessions at the ERA training session on gender equality law. The focus of her session was the impact of Brexit on gender equality policies in the UK (December 2018).



Gender PhD workshop

This one-day workshop enabled students to gain valuable feedback on their PhD gender research.

Online gender summer school

'Equality and diversity in European foreign and security policies (PDF)' – The programme included workshops and masterclasses on different themes including gender mainstreaming, unconscious bias, intersectionality and feminist methodology as well as on several areas within European foreign policy such as the European Neighbourhood Policy, European security, a postcolonial critique of feminist foreign policy, and EU enlargement.


Jean Monnet Chair

Laura Chappell

Dr Laura Chappell (2019 - present)

Dr Laura Chappell took over the Jean Monnet Chair in 2019. Laura's research focuses on the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), including defence capability development and military operations, as well as Polish security and defence policy. More recently she has been using a gender perspective to explore CSDP and the European External Action Service. She teaches a range of modules including engendering world politics, security and diplomacy in Europe, international security and defence and key issues in international politics.

Prof Roberta Guerrina (2017 - 2019)

Roberta Guerrina

Professor Roberta Guerrina was awarded the Jean Monnet Chair in 2017. She has published widely on gender politics of the European Union, the unintended gender consequences of mainstream EU policies, such as the CSDP, and gendering Brexit. She teaches modules on European integration and disintegration, and engendering world politics. In 2019 she moved to the University of Bristol as Professor of Politics and Director of the Gender Research Centre.