Future Trends in interdisciplinary research

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Co-funded by the European Union
“Future Trends in interdisciplinary research”
Research Workshop – UCLan Cyprus

On Thursday 30 June 2016, the Jean Monnet Module running at the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus in the field of the Law of EU Economic and Financial Governance (FECoGov) held at the University’s premises, yet another successful event, this time addressed to PhD scholars coming from several European countries including Cyprus, the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands, to attend an interdisciplinary Research Workshop with a panel of international experts. Dr. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, Associate Professor at the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus and Jean Monnet Module Leader and Academic Coordinator welcomed the international experts and the PhD scholars to the Workshop.

PhD scholars in Europe working in the field of the financial and/or euro crisis in any social sciences discipline were invited to actively participate to the Research Workshop and to reflect on the extent to which their research relates to fundamental issues in interdisciplinary research, such as, but not limited to, the Rule of Law, Democracy, Fundamental Rights, Federalism, Globalisation, Governance or Integration. The purpose of the Research Workshop was to encourage a small group of active young researchers, in an interactive setting, to go beyond their respective areas of expertise related to the financial and/or euro crisis and reflect on future trends in interdisciplinary research, in an effort to transit to the post-PhD/completed-research stage and consolidate their research.

Selected participants were requested to present at the Workshop before a panel of international experts from different disciplines, their ongoing research and some reflections on the extent to which it relates to fundamental issues in interdisciplinary research. The experts present gave them extensive feedback and also encouraged them to develop plans for future collaborative research in an interdisciplinary environment, in preparation in particular for a conference to be organised by the Jean Monnet Module FEcoGov in June 2017. Experts such as Dr. Michalis Sarris, former World Bank Department Director and former Minister of Finance, Republic of Cyprus; Dr. Tim Potier, Associate Professor and Head of School of Law, UCLan Cyprus; and Mr. George Arestis, former Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union (2004-2014) and Teaching Fellow, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus, all gave insights of future trends in research from the perspective of their own discipline.

The main expert, Prof. Carlos Closa, Spanish National Research Council and Faculty Member, European University Institute, Global Governance Programme, Florence, Italy as well as the organiser of the JMM Research Workshop, Dr. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, also offered a detailed account of their current research of relevance to the theme of the Workshop and how these address fundamental issues and/or future trends in interdisciplinary research. The Workshop concluded with a collaborative research and networking session where PhD scholars benefited from the mentoring of Dr. Loucas Glyptis, Assistant Professor in Accounting, School of Business, UCLan Cyprus.

The JMM is a programme co-funded by the EU for three years and is hosted at the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus. It consists of teaching, research and debating activities in the field of EU financial and economic governance in times of crisis. It is run to the immediate benefit of the LLM and research students at the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus and in the rest of Europe, but also in the interest of the wider society including professionals through its various activities and its online platform open to the public. Events, research and debating activities primarily take place in Cyprus and include to date lectures by eminent guests from the academic world and the legal profession in Europe, round tables with expert academics and policy-makers in the field and presentations by research scholars within the framework of the Module (including at seminars with public authorities), a research workshop and the Jean Monnet Module Working Paper Series freely available online. Forthcoming activities include further publications and a closing conference.

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