The themes for the 2018-20 cycle of Jean Monnet Projects are:

  • Professor Mark Copelovitch, The EU and the Global Economy
  • Faculty Associate Elizabeth Covington, Neighborhood and Social Cohesion Policy
  • Professor Linda Hogle will lead the project Blood, Meat and Upscaling Tissue Engineering: Promises, Anticipated Market and Performativity in the Biomedical and Agri-food Sectors researching issues related to the scale-up of human cell manufacturing for therapeutics. With collaborators at four UK universities, she will focus on the actual practices of regenerative medicine researchers and companies within EU regulatory and bioethics environments, including recently-changed EU data protection law. A working group of researchers and policymakers will convene to discuss developments and future directions.
  • Associate Professor Sabine Moedersheim will lead the project EU-US City-to-City Pairings on Sustainable Urban Development, involving the sister cities of Madison, WI and “Green City” Freiburg, Germany. Working with the Madison-Freiburg Sister City Committee and its counterpart in Freiburg as well as the Green City Freiburg office, the project will explore the impact of citizens’ involvement from the anti-nuclear protests in the 1970s to the energy transition (Energiewende), pioneering renewable energy, low emission neighborhoods, energy and housing coops, multimobility, environmental research and education, and sustainable entrepreneurship.
  • Associate Professor Sabine Moedersheim collaborated with the UniverCity Alliance Urban Futures Survey (University of Wisconsin-Madison), which unites a group of community practitioners and campus scholars to study social and policy engagement in urban areas—locally and globally. Moedersheim led the City of Madison-Freiburg Sister City group on this project, which demonstrated the nature of involvement in urban communities and particular nodes of interest going forward.
  • Professor Nils Ringe (Political Science) will lead a research project entitled A Politicized Union: The End of the “Permissive Consensus” and the Future of European Integration.
    • A first study, with Frank Häge (University of Limerick, Ireland) examines the selection process for so-called shadow rapporteurs in the European Parliament (EP), who work alongside the lead rapporteur in charge of drafting the official committee report on a piece of proposed legislation. It asks when and how parties choose to assign shadows who both monitor and collaborate rapporteurs, paying particular attention to relational considerations: how do the attributes of the member selected as rapporteur affect who is subsequently selected as shadow? Professor Ringe and Professor Häge presented their project “Shadow Rapporteur Assignment in the EP: Relational and Strategic Considerations” at the 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Political Science Association (APSA).
    • A second project, with Steven L. Wilson (University of Nevada-Reno) centers on career paths of members of the EP, offering important insights into the institutionalization of EU politics since political careers in institutional arenas tend to be marked by continuity rather than change. The research focuses, in particular, on the selection of MEPs into leadership positions in both party and committee. It contributes to our understanding of legislative decision-making dynamics, formal and informal hierarchies, and career trajectories, in the EP and beyond.

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