Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Announcing the Recipients of the ECSA-C Best Paper on EU Governance



During the 9th Biennial Conference of the European Community Studies Association – Canada (ECSA-C), University of Illinois Political Science Research Assistant Professor Kostas Kourtikakis and HEC Montreal International Business Assistant Professor Ekaterina Turkina received the “Best Paper on EU Governance” prize for their conference submission “Inter-Organizational Networks in the EU’s External Relations with the Mediterranean and Post-Soviet States.”

Dr. Turkina represented Dr. Kourtikakis and herself at the conference, held in Ottawa, Canada, April 27-28, 2012. Their paper was given as part of a panel on the European Neighbourhood Polcy – East and South. Every two years, the ECSA-C organizing committee selects three conference papers for prizes.

Dr. Kourtikakis’ and Dr. Turkina’s paper stemmed from research funded by the University of Illinois European Union Center’s European Union Center of Excellence grant, which is administered by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Dr. Kourtikakis’ and Dr. Turkina’s project is entitled “Network Governance in the European Union: The Role of Administrative and Foreign Policy Networks.” Along with their project research, which will continue next year, Kourtikakis and the European Union Center will host an international symposium on EU Administrative and Foreign Policy networks. Kourtikakis’ and Turkina’s research also overlaps with the EU Center’s EU-funded Jean Monnet course module on the EU and the Mediterranean. Dr. Kourtikakis is both a faculty affiliate for this program, as well as the 2012 course leader.

For more information about Dr. Kourtikakis’ recent contributions on EU-related topics to the EU Center and larger University of Illinois community, search the EU Center’s blog here.

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