The Limits of EUrope: Challenging the Crisis of European Integration

A UACES Research Network since 2019.

Based on the success of our October 2018 conference in Carlton House, our new funding grant helps cement this international, interdisciplinary, and extra-disciplinary group which combines views and voices from across the political spectrum. The network grew from our initial concern that there is an urgent but under-recognised need for collaborative research into what "Europe" is, and should be, in a time of rapid and potentially traumatic change across the entire continent. Frustrated with the fragmentation of academic approaches to "Europe", by the weak dialogue between academic and non-academic sectors, and especially by dwindling opportunities for people with different normative perspectives on "Europe" and the EU to talk to each other in a civil forum, this group was created. We believe that there is an increasing, and urgent, need for critical dialogue between different disciplines in EU studies, between academia and the "real world", and most importantly, between Europhiles and Eurosceptics. We hope that our network will provide a forum for fostering much-needed dialogue between different nations, different career stages, between academics and non-academics, and perhaps most importantly, between different normative visions of what "Europe" is - and what it should be.

The Carlton House Network’s first publication is available for free access until March 31st 2019. Entitled “The Limits of EUrope”, this special edition of the journal Global Discourse brings together specialists from academia, civil advocacy, journalism, commerce and industry, charities, think-tanks, and policymakers, to address the urgencies facing the EU. Significantly, the network and this special edition bring together different normative perspectives of the EU from passionate Europhiles to passionate Eurosceptics.

The key objective of our new network is providing events and publication opportunities which allow an exchange of diverse opinions and views on the EU and its policies, but, of course, membership in the Network is not a commitment to any specific research activity. The network combines academics at different levels of their academic career, as well as members from beyond academia. These members are drawn from policymaking, political advocacy, commerce and industry, civil society, and journalism. Russell Foster (King’s College London) and Jan Grzymski (the Centre of Migration Research at the University of Warsaw, Poland) are the Network Coordinators. The network offers regional balance (initially combining researchers from ten countries across the EU), gender balance, and a combination of leading renowned scholars in the field (emeritus professors, Chairs, and senior academics) with younger scholars (early career lecturers, postdoctoral fellows, and PhD students).

If you would like to know more about the network or join, please email or

Network Coordinators:

Dr Russell Foster

Dr Jan Grzymski

Monika Brusenbauch Meislová


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