UACES awards a prize annually for the PhD thesis that has made an original and promising contribution to research in the area of contemporary European Studies in the previous year.

Scroll down for competition rules, eligibility and how to enter the 2016 prize.

The winner of the UACES Best PhD Thesis Prize 2015 will be announced at UACES 45th Annual Conference in Bilbao 7-9 September 2015.

2014 Winner

UACES Best Book and Best PhD prizewinners 2014

Sonja Kittelsen (left) with Claudia Schrag Sternberg

Awarded to Sonja Kittelsen for her thesis The EU and the Securitization of Pandemic Influenza.

Whilst the securitization of pandemic influenza has been the subject of considerable debate, these debates have tended to focus on political processes in the United States and countries like China, with comparatively little attention paid to the EU. This is in spite of the fact that the EU plays an important role in this area. Kittelsen’s thesis represents the first systematic study of the securitization of pandemic influenza in the European Union.

The jury praised Kittelsen’s thesis for being ‘meticulously researched’ and for ‘breaking new ground in terms of understanding human security and the role of the EU in this area.’ As one jury member commented, ‘it makes an important contribution to the study of the EU as an actor in health policy.’

Previous Winners
Year Winner Thesis Title Institution
2014 Sonja Kittelsen The EU and the Securitization of Pandemic Influenza Aberystwyth University
2013 Ania Zbyszewska Gendering the European Working-Time Regimes - The Universe of Political Discourse, Working-Time Regulation, and Gender Equality in the Wider European Union and in Poland University of Victoria
2012 Alison Johnston European Monetary Union and Institutional Change: The Perverse Effects of Supranational Macroeconomic Regimes on Wage Inflation London School of Economics & Political Science
2011 Heike Klüver Lobbying in the European Union: Interest Group Influence on Policy Formulation University of Mannheim
2010 Ronan McCrea Religion and the Public Order of the European Union London School of Economics & Political Science
2009 Frank Häge Decision-Making in the Council of the European Union: The Role of Committees Universiteit Leiden
2008 Mihalis Kritikos Institutions and Science in the Authorization of GMO Releases in the EU (1990-2007): The False Promise of Proceduralism London School of Economics & Political Science
2007 Thomas Larue Agents in Brussels: Delegations and Democracy in the European Union Umeå Universitet
2006 Sara Hobolt Europe in Question: The Role of Political Information in Referendums on European Integration University of Cambridge
2006 Maria Strömvik To Act as a Union: Explaining the development of the EU's collective foreign policy Lunds Universitet
2005 Dermot Hodson Economic Governance and the Dual Outcome in Euro Area Fiscal Policy 1999-2002 London School of Economics & Political Science

Nominate for 2016 Best PhD Thesis Prize

The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2016.

To be eligible for the award, the PhD thesis must:

  • have been written in English;
  • have been examined in the previous calendar year (i.e. up to 31 December 2015);
  • be authored by an Individual or Student member of UACES.

Nominations should be sent to the UACES office and must be made by the PhD supervisor in conjunction with the external examiner and must include:

  • two printed copies of the thesis (i.e. we mean hard-copies, which should be bound, although we do not expect expensive binding);
  • an electronic copy of the thesis (PDF sent to;
  • a copy of the completed nomination form.

The prize is 100 GBP and the winning scholar will be invited to attend our Annual Conference as our guest and to collect the prize.

Competition Rules

  • The jury's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into;
  • No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries;
  • UACES does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt;
  • UACES reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion;
  • It is not always possible to return submissions;
  • Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.

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