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.

2015 Award winner Rikke Wagner

Rikke Wagner

2015 Winner

Awarded to Rikke Wagner for her thesis Exit as Voice: Transnational Citizenship Practices in Response to Denmark’s Family Unification Policy.

Modern western understandings of citizenship are closely tied to the nation state. This is the political community where members are expected to exercise their freedoms and practice solidarity. When individuals claim rights across borders and move in and out of different polities the state-centric citizenship model is disturbed. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in the European Union where borders are transformed by transnational migration and internal mobility. Wagner develops an agonistic conception of citizenship and cross-border movement through a heuristic empirical case study of transnational immigration and EU mobility in the Danish family unification dispute.

The jury praised Wagner’s thesis for its 'high quality of argument’ and for its ‘genuinely original and interesting contribution to the literature.’ As one jury member commented, ‘it's an interesting piece of ethnography and adds a great deal to more abstract studies of EU citizenship.’

Previous Winners
Year Winner Thesis Title Institution
2015 Rikke Wagner Exit as Voice: Transnational Citizenship Practices in Response to Denmark’s Family Unification Policy London School of Economics and Politics Science
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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