Centre for Research on the European Matrix (CRonEM)


Current events

Current events can be found on the Department of Politics events page.

Past events

Summer School 2015

Jean Monnet@CRonEM Summer School 2015

Europe Between Integration and Disintegration


Monday 29 June 2015 to Friday 3 July 2015


University of Surrey, Room 19AD04

Open to:

Public, Students


Please see below.

Admission price:

Summer school fee: £300

With the support of the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union

Several years into the financial crisis, the European integration process is more than ever challenged by different dynamics that are producing political and social fragmentation. By consequence, old methodological and theoretical paradigms elaborated in EU studies prove to be limited when it comes to the interpretation of new developments that seem to be leading towards a disintegration of the European public space rather than to a further integration. The Summer School addresses this discussion by taking into account different key debates that become relevant in this context.


Prof Kennet Lynggaard (Roskilde University)
Prof Gill Allwood (Nottingham Trent University)
Dr Simona Guerra (University of Leicester)
Prof Susannah Verney (University of Athens)

Summer School fee: £300.00

The school fee includes tuition, a registration pack, light dinner and reception on Monday 29 June, lunch (Tuesday-Friday), dinner (Tuesday-Friday) and refreshments. The school fee does not include accommodation.

Main contact: Dr Cristiano Bee (c.bee@surrey.ac.uk

Summer School administrator: Mrs Katharine Wright (k.wright@surrey.ac.uk)
Deadline for applications: 1 May 2015


Short interviews with speakers and students from Summer School 2014 can be viewed here

Annual Conference 2014

Sex, Gender and Europe


Monday 30 June 2014 to Tuesday 1 July 2014


University of Surrey, School of Management Building

Open to:

Public, Staff, Students, Alumni


Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, Lancaster University, UK; Professor Carl Stychin, City University, UK

Admission price:

Full rate: £120; Daily rate: £70; Student rate: £60; Dinner: £35; Campus accommodation (B&B): £55 per night. Registration will open on 1 May 2014.

In collaboration with the ESRC Gender Network.

Has European integration improved the lives of the majority of European citizens, i.e. those who do not identify as heterosexual males? The EU and ECHR have made landmark rulings on matters such as gender equality in the workplace and the decriminalisation of same-sex relationships. But have EU policies and law, together with the human rights provisions of the ECHR, brought Europe closer to true equality, regardless of gender and sexual orientation? Or have such measures had unintended consequences, either failing to change national gender regimes or even stoking Euroscepticism from anti-LGBTQI perspectives and actors? Is the contribution of European integration to gender and sexual orientation equalities justifiably ignored, as in Jeffrey Weeks' 'The World We have Won'? Do certain gender/sexual orientation communities have more of a reason to be grateful for European integration than others? And what can account most persuasively for this state of affairs?

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, Lancaster University, UK 
  • Professor Carl Stychin, City University, UK

Registration page


Registration deadline for presenters 30 May 2014.

Getting to the University

For travel directions and maps, please visit the following page


For administrative matters, please contact Ms Mirela Dumic

Summer School 2014

Jean Monnet@CRonEM Summer School

Resistance, protest and social change in the EU


Monday 23 June 2014, 16:30 to Saturday 28 June 2014, 14:00


Room 19AD04, (AD Building), University of Surrey

Open to:



See Programme.

Admission price:

School fee £ 300.00; Registration deadline: 31 May 2014

Deadline for submissions extended to 10 May 2015

With the support of the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union 

About the Summer School

The Summer School aims to foster a dialogue on the present and future state of European Integration and to enhance the quality of teaching on this particular issue by focusing on the social and political implications of the current euro-crisis. The Summer School introduces students to key debates in EU studies and provides a range of opportunities to engage with the development of four key issues in current EU politics:

  • The European social dimension, with a particular emphasis on equality, gender and anti-discrimination;  
  • Euro-scepticism; 
  • Europeanisation; 
  • Civil Society and public sphere in the EU.

The Summer School involves experts and researchers coming from different European countries and from a rich mix of scientific backgrounds, including political sociology, social policy, political science, and policy studies. The Summer School builds on existing exchanges in the field of social sciences shaped by the CRonEM research centre. CRonEM, the Centre for Research on the European Matrix, explores the everyday impact of European integration on citizens’ lives, evaluating how the EU and the other continental organisations shape the way we live. See www.surrey.ac.uk/cronem

Themes and Format

In particular, the Summer School will focus on Resistance, protest and social change in the EU, though a triple format:

  • Masterclass lectures delivered by key note speakers in the morning (3 hour session)
  • Afternoon sessions with the CRonEM academic staff and the key note speakers (2 hour session). The scope of the seminar activities will be to reflect upon current methodological challenges in order to study the process of European Integration in the context of the euro-crisis.
  •  Evening sessions aimed at the drafting of a poster and a research paper by the students on one of the summer school’s thematic areas (1 hour session)

The Summer School is structured into four days for a total duration of 24 hours of teaching and seminar work. Each student will be offered the possibility to produce a poster to be presented during the CRonEM Conference and to publish a Jean Monnet Working Paper on a topic related to the themes of the Summer School.

The Summer School is organised as part the Jean Monnet Module ‘Current Trends in European Integration Studies: Beyond the Eurocrisis’ coordinated by Dr. Cristiano Bee.


Dr Oliver Daddow, University of Leicester
Prof  Paul Statham, University of Sussex
Dr  Johanna Kantola, University of Helsinki
Dr Amandine Crespy, Free University of Brussels

Scientific Committee
Dr Cristiano Bee (module coordinator)
Dr Theofanis Exadaktylos
Dr Roberta Guerrina
Dr Simon Usherwood
Prof Alex Warleigh Lack


Main organiser: Dr Cristiano Bee 

For administrative matters, please contact Ms Mirela Dumic

Hustings: European Elections 2014


Tuesday 6 May 2014, 18:00 to 20:00


Lecture Theatre G

Open to:

Alumni, Public, Staff, Students

Admission price:

Please register for your free place on the below link

In preparation of the European Elections 2014, The Centre for Research on the European Matrix (CRonEM) at the School of Politics, University of Surrey is organising a public Hustings event with candidates that will stand for elections in the South East of England.

Confirmed candidates that will join the event are (in alphabetical order):

Chaterine Beader (Liberal Democrats)
Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
Nirj Deva (Conservative Party) 

Julian James (YOURvoice)
Alan Stevens (UK Independence Party -UKIP)
Keith Taylor (Green Party)
Steve Uncles (English Democrats)
Paul Weston (Liberty GB)

 Chair of the event: Prof Alex Warleigh-Lack


With the support of the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union (Jean Monnet Module coordinated by Dr Cristiano Bee and Jean Monnet Chair coordinated by Prof Alex Warleigh-Lack) 

Surrey EuroForum

CRonEM: Towards a Sustainable Surrey

Greening the Economy in Our County


Friday 21 February 2014, 17:30 to 19:00


AP 1 (Austin Pearce Building)

Open to:

Alumni, Public, Staff, Students


Keith Taylor MEP (Green Party, South East Region) Councillor Jonathan Essex (Green Party, Surrey County Council and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council) Professor Alex Warleigh-Lack (CRonEM, School of Politics, University of Surrey)

Admission price:

This is a FREE event, but registration is required. See below.

Surrey EuroForum

Round Table

Talk of sustainable development has been widespread for years, and the broader environmental crisis is deepening, yet progress towards a green(er) economy and way of life is still slow. It's a cliche that environmental problems cross borders and require countries to act together if they are to be solved, but sustainability also requires us to focus on the local level as much as possible. How can this circle be squared? This expert round table will explore what we in the county of Surrey can do to become sustainable, with a core focus on economics. The speakers come from both higher education and the world of politics, and ensure that the event can discuss not only concepts and principles, but also practical policy proposals.

The panellists are:
Keith Taylor MEP (Green Party, South East Region)
Councillor Jonathan Essex (Green Party, Surrey County Council and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council)
Professor Alex Warleigh-Lack (CRonEM, School of Politics, University of Surrey)

Chair: Professor Roland Clift, Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey

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Conference: Croatia - Making a Success of EU Membership


Monday 25 November 2013, 09:00 to 17:00


University of Surrey, Wates House (Treetops Room)

Open to:

Alumni, Public, Staff, Students


Please see Programme.

The Centre for Research on the European Matrix (CRonEM) and the Croatian Embassy in London organised a joint one-day conference – “CROATIA – Making a Success of EU Membership”. 

The aim of the conference was to investigate how Croatia can make the most of the opportunities it now enjoys as a Member State of the EU while addressing the challenges membership provides. As a newly sovereign state joining the EU at a time of economic crisis and ‘enlargement fatigue’, the participants  explored how and what Croatia can learn from previous rounds of enlargement, how Croatia can manage the challenge of being a euro ‘pre-in’ at a time of deepening economic integration, and how Croatian nationals can best use and adapt to their new status as EU citizens. The event brought together policy-makers, experts and academics from Croatia, the UK and other EU members.

Keynote address: 

HE Dr Ivan Grdešić, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the UK

Panels and available slide presentations:

Making a Success of EU Membership: The EU-level Politics

PDF icon John OBrennan.pdf

Making a Success of EU Membership: Citizens and Civil Society

PDF icon Simona Guerra.pdf

Making a Success of EU Membership: The Economics 

PDF icon Peter Sanfey.pdf

Making a Success of EU Membership: The EU as fitness trainer

PDF icon Alex Warleigh Lack.pdf

From left: Prof Nenad Zakošek (University of Zagreb, Croatia), Prof Alex Warleigh-Lack (CRonEM), Dr Simona Guerra (University of Leicester), HE Dr Ivan Grdešić (Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the UK) and Dr John O’Brennan (National University of Ireland Maynooth)

This event was also kindly supported by the British-Croatian Society.

Annual Conference 2013


Tuesday 2 July 2013, 09:30 to Wednesday 3 July 2013, 17:00


University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Open to:

Public, Staff, Students

Plenary theme:

Researching European Integration: Beyond Methodological Nationalism and Disciplinary Silos

The CRonEM conference provides a workshop venue to established study networks and to those seeking to establish a network via an initial workshop, as well as more conventional conference panels.

Confirmed keynote

Prof Michelle Cini, University of Bristol, Editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies

Researching the EU: Challenges of Interdisciplinarity


Studying Euroscepticism
The workshop is part of the UACES Research network on Euroscepticism. Organised by Dr Nathalie Brack, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and Dr Simona Guerra, Leicester University, UK


(Re)integrating gender in European integration research
Organised by Dr Roberta Guerrina, School of Politics, University of Surrey

Workshop panel: Mainstreaming

The unintended consequences of mainstreaming gender in EU research policies 
Dr Emanuela Lombardo, Madrid Computense University, Spain and Dr Lut Mergaert, Yellow Window Management Consultants, Belgium  

PDF icon E Lombardo.pdf

Gender mainstreaming and cross-sectoral policy-making: Policy coherence for development and the global approach to migration | Slides
Dr Gill Allwood, Nottingham Trent University, UK

PDF icon G Allwood.pdf

Workshop panel: Enduring challenges for gender research in European studies

Pregnancy, maternity and parental rights in Europe: Between gaps and good practices 
Assoc. Prof Annick Masselot, University of Canterbury, New Zealand 

PDF icon Annick Masselot.pdf


Evaluating the impact of Euroscepticism 
Convenor: Dr Sofia Vasilopoulou, University of York, UK

EU integration inside out: The external dimension of EU policies. Empirical evidence and methodological innovations.
Convenor: Dr Eleni Xiarchogiannopoulou, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

The economic crisis, rising China and the EU
Convenor: Dr Maria Garcia, University of Nottingham, UK

Awkward partners in regional integration
Convenor: Dr Hana Umezawa, UNU-CRIS, Belgium

Governance of public health nutrition policies: The case of harmonisation of food policies at EU level
Co-convenors: Dr Lada Timotijevic and Prof Monique Raats, Food Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, University of Surrey

 Making the EU work 
Convenor: Prof Alex Warleigh-Lack, CRonEM, University of Surrey

Conference programme 

PDF icon CRONEM conference 2013 Brochure.pdf