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CEDoM stands for Canada - Europe Dialogue on Migration: Cross-Border Mobility and the European Union Refugee Crisis.

The European Union support for the production of publications does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflect the views only of the authors, and cannot be held responsi­ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

This project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Action of the European Union, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria and Borders in Globalization (BIG) project. CEDoM (2016-2018) brings together a multi-disciplinary expert group in the field of the governance of borders and migration. It promotes exchange between Canada and the EU in scholarly and broader public debates. A series of knowledge dissemination initiatives targets public policy stakeholders and civil society organizations with the aim to expand the knowledge of European integration through the lens of migration and border studies in Canada.


The current refugee crisis sheds light on some fundamental social and political challenges that are shared between Canada and the EU. In terms of advancing transatlantic dialogue and promoting EU Studies in Canada, the focus on borders and migration is timely and most promising with a view to its broad scholarly and societal resonance. The CEDoM project forms a multi-disciplinary research cluster on the governance of borders and migration and to instigate exchange between Canada and the EU in scholarly and broader public debates.

Our CEDoM project activities and services

  • Building on a core group of multidisciplinary researchers at the University of Victoria (UVic) and their leadership within larger networks, this project is in the process of creating a vibrant nation-wide scholarly network designed to address issues related to borders, migration and refugees in EU studies (developing new network strategies; special issue; interview series; events).
  • A series of knowledge dissemination initiatives and engagement strategies target public policy stakeholders and civil society organizations and allow promoting the knowledge of European integration through the lens of migration and border studies in Canada (media alerts; events; social media outreach; collaboration with high-schools; video clips).


Oliver Schmidtke
Team Lead
Director of the Center 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.


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 EUCAnet.ca project since 2004. She brought 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) focusing on 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).

Since 2004 she concentrates on developing networking and outreach strategies in the field of European Studies in Canada. Past projects developed and managed are the Young Researchers Network in Canada (2005-2007) , the DAAD German Studies network (2005-2008), and the EUCAnet outreach branch for the Canada Europe Transatlantic Dialogue Strategic Knowledge Cluster (2008-2016).

Since 20017 she is responsible for the development and management of the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet projects: Canada Europe Dialogue on Migration (CEDoM), the Communication and Media Strategies for EU Experts in Canada (MSEUCA) and Building capacity for Canada’s European Studies community: the European Community Studies Association Canada as a research and outreach hub (ECSACn).


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