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

Scroll down for competition rules, eligibility and how to enter the 2015 prize.

2013 Winner

Ania Zbyszewska, winner of the UACES Best PhD Prize 2013Awarded to Ania Zbyszewska, for her thesis 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 submitted to the University of Victoria.

In her thesis, Ania seeks to explore whether the Working Time Directive has advanced gender equality in Poland. The approach is inter-disciplinary, drawing on socio-legal studies, but integrating concepts from feminist political economy, gender theory, comparative institutionalism, policy studies, sociology, political science and labour law.

The judges described the thesis as 'original' and 'timely' and praised Ania for her 'rich and well-developed scholarship.' It was unanimously agreed that this was an 'outstanding thesis' and well-deserving of this year's prize.

Previous Winners
Year Winner Thesis Title Institution
2014   The winner will be announced in September  
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 2015 Best PhD Thesis Prize

The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2015.

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 2014);
  • 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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