Project Lead:

Oliver Schmidtke, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria 

Oliver Schmidtke is director of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. He is a UVic European Studies Scholar and a former Jean Monnet   Chair in European History and Politics in the Departments of History and Political Science at the University of Victoria. He received his PhD from the European University Institute (EUI, Florence) in 1995. He then worked at Humboldt University Berlin (1995-1998) and held a J.F. Kennedy post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Since 1999 he has been at the University of Victoria. During this time he was a research fellow at the University of Bonn, a Fernand Braudel Senior Scholar at the EUI (2007) and Marie Curie Fellow at Hamburg University (2011).

Oliver Schmidtke is author or editor of fourteen books and has published over 80 articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes. Over the last 10 years he has been a driving force in promoting European and EU Studies at UVic and in Canada: From 2005 to 2008 he was the Director of European Studies at UVic and from 2004-2006 he served as the president of the European Community Studies Association Canada. In addition, he was the Domain Leader for Metropolis BC (2008-2012) and the leader of the Canada-wide research group for the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue project (2007-2013) organizing comparative transatlantic research in the fields of migration and citizenship studies.  

Project co-ordinators:

Emmanuel Brunet- Jailly

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly is Director of the UVic-JM Centre of Excellence, and a former Jean Monnet Professor in European Urban and Border Region Policy, Professor at the School of Public Administration, Co-director of the Local Government Institute, and Co-Director of the European Studies Program, Chief Editor of Journal of Borderland Studies until 2008. He was the conference chair (2006 & 20008) and then president (2008-2012) of the European Union Studies Association-Canada

Key research areas are comparative urban governance, and the governance of cross-border regions, with a specific focus on comparative decentralization, horizontal and vertical governance, and the theorization of cross-border regions. In the last 10 years his research work has appeared /forthcoming in 7 books and guest edited scholarly journals, and over 90 articles and book chapters in refereed journals and presses. His book, Borderlands – comparing border security in North America and Europe, won the Association of Borderlands Studies, Silver Award, 2008. His most recent work is a three-volume encyclopaedia of border disputes Border Disputes (2015) ABC-Clio/Praeger

Charlotte Schallié

Charlotte Schallié is the Co-Director of the European Studies Program and Associate Professor at the University of Victoria. She received her PhD in 2004 from the University of British Columbia. Her teaching and research interests include post-1945 diasporic and transcultural writing/filmmaking, theories of spatiality, Jewish identity in contemporary cultural discourse, and Holocaust education. In 2015 she was instrumental in organizing the highly successful cross-disciplinary conference “Global Connections: Critical Holocaust Education in a Time of Transition” at Uvic with emerging and established scholars, together with poets, creative writers, students, Holocaust survivors and community leaders from Canada and around the globe. In a second phase of this initiative Dr. Schallié focuses on patterns of social inclusion and exclusion in particular with regards to marginalized migrant communities. This line of research will be an enriching component to the 

Beate Schmidtke

Beate Schmidtke is the project manager and communication officer for the project since 2004. She brings to the EUCAnet project experience of several projects that she managed with the funds of the European Commission (yearly up to 1.5 million Euros). Beate has a Diploma in Cultural Science from the University Hildesheim and MA in International Cultural Affairs from the Robert Bosch Foundation in Germany. From 1996-2001 she worked with the International Media and Book Agency in Berlin focusing on the implementation of the New Media in the field of culture and education in close collaboration with the Council of Europe and European wide networks (Germany, Italy, Poland, Netherlands) especially in the field of higher education and the book industry.

In 2002, she started working for the University of Victoria at the European Studies Program as a conference organizer. In 2004, she was responsible for the development and management of the EUCAnet project. Since 2006, she developed and managed the European Commission projects for the Young Researchers Network in Canada and the DAAD project In 2007 she was invited to lead the activities of the project in collaboration with the Canadian SSHRC funded Canada Europe Transatlantic Dialogue project CETD and was responsible for the development of the expanded and revised version of the online Experts Database, the dissemination activities such as regular media tips on current European issues of interest to the Canadian audience. In 2009, she has been crucial in establishing the YouTube channel and its productions of short video clips on the expertise of European scholars in Canada. Since 2013, she is also responsible for the social media strategies of the projects