Jean Monnet Chair

The Jean Monnet Chair is a European Union specialised teaching post, funded by the Erasmus+ programme. It is held for a duration of three years.

Holders of the post

Laura Chappell


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.

Roberta Guerrina


Prof 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.

Project background

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.
  • 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.



  • Summer school and sandpit
    Three-day summer school on feminist power Europe, followed by a two-day sandpit with practitioners (July 2018). Download a summer school programme (PDF).
  • Gender and Brexit
    A 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?' (2017). 
  • 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 (2017).
  • Summer school
    A five-day summer school on the gendered politics of Brexit (2017). Download a summer school programme (PDF).

Practitioner engagement

  • Prof Guerrina contributed to the European External Action Services High Level Conference on Women, Peace and Security (June 2019).
  • Prof Guerrina led sessions at the Equal Rights Amendment (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).
  • Prof Guerrina presented her work on feminist power Europe at the European External Action Service (2018).
  • Prof Guerrina led sessions on the EU’s implementation of the EU’s women peace and security agenda as part of the EIPA training programme (2017).

Public engagement

  • Strategic silences in the EU Referendum Campaign, ESRC Workshop, House of Commons, Westminster (2017).
  • Gender, Euroscepticism and voting in the EU referendum, University of Bamberg (2017).


Chappell L. (2020). Understanding the Gender Regime in the European External Action Service. Cooperation and Conflict.

Holmes, G., Wright, K., Basu, S., Hurley, M., de Almagro, M. and Cheng, C. (2019). Feminist Experiences of ‘Studying Up’: Encounters with International Institutions. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 47(2), pp. 210­-230

Exadaktylos, T. and Massetti, E. (2019). Sailing Through Troubled Waters and Towards Someplace Else. Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review, 57(S1).

Haastrup, T. and Wright, K. (2019). Brexit: Gender Implications for Equality in the UK. European Journal of Politics and Gender, 2(2), pp. 311-312.

Haastrup, T. and Wright, K. (2019). Bringing Gender In? EU Foreign and Security Policy After Brexit. Politics and Governance, 7(3), pp. 62-71.

Exadaktylos, T. and Guerra, S. (2018). Gender Frames in the EU Referendum Campaign and Women’s Political Engagement in Brexit. European Journal of Politics and Gender, 1(3).

Cavanangh, R., Haastrup, T., MacRae, H., Masselot, A., Wright, K. (2018). Does EU Studies Have a Gender Problem? International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2(2), pp. 252-257.

Exadaktylos, T. and Massetti, E. (2018). Editorial 2017 Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review, 56(S1).

Chappell L., and Wright, K. (2018). Transforming CSDP: Where are the feminist triangles? Journal of Common Market Studies, 56(5), pp. 1036-1052.

Masselot, A. (2018). Walking in the Shadow of EU Law. Social Policy and Society, 17(2) pp. 319-30.

Guerrina, R. (2019). Hyper-Masculinity of Brexit is Stopping Us from Finding Another Way Forward. i, [online]. Available at:

Guerrina, R. (2018). Hundred Years of Votes for Women: How Far We’ve Come and How Far There is Left to Go. The Conversation, [online]. Available at:

Exadaktylos, T., Guerra, S. (2017). Post-Referendum Britain: Hopeful or Uncertain? The Policy Space, [online]. Available at:

Exadaktylos, T., Guerra, S. (2017). Public Euroscepticism after the British Referendum. EPERN blog, [online]. Available at:

Guerrina, r. (2017). Exiting the EU? Opportunities and Pitfalls of Gender Mainstreaming. UK in a Changing Europe Analysis, [online]. Available at:

Taylor, R. (2017). ‘Legsit’ is No Joke. It’s Symptomatic of a Reactionary Brexit Political Culture. LSE Brexit blog, [online]. Available at:

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