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ECSA-Cn stands for the project “Building capacity for Canada’s European Studies community: the European Community Studies Association Canada (ECSA-C) as a research and outreach hub”.

Its main goal is to enhance the networking capacity of the European studies community in Canada. In this respect ECSA-Cn will provide public visibility to the EU as a key economic and political partner of Canada and thus allow ECSA-C to play a more effective role in promoting research, teaching and outreach initiatives in the field of EU and European Studies.

For this purpose, this joint initiative between ECSA-C and the EUCAnet project (European Studies Network in Canada, allows for innovative knowledge mobilization initiatives while engaging researchers, the policy community, media and the public at large.

We focus on key EU-related subjects, which so far have had limited exposure in public debate but, given significant changes in the political environment such as the launch of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), have a considerable potential for a fruitful transatlantic exchange and dialogue.

Our ECSA-Cn project’s activities and services:

  • ECSA-Cn expert database (specific service for ECSA-C members)
  • Promotion of research groups (interviews; media alerts)
  • Promotion of innovation in teaching and research (award; interviews)
  • Fostering engagement of young academics (junior EU scholar interviews; policy memos)
  • Dissemination of research outcomes and innovation in teaching (media alerts; video clips; FB)

 This project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Action of the European Union and the European Community Studies Association ECSA-C

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.

What is ECSA-C?

Founded in 1995, the European Community Studies Association – Canada (Association d’Etudes sur la Communauté européenne – Canada) is the leading professional association for the study of European integration studies in Canada. ECSA-C seeks to promote the study and understanding of the European Union and European affairs. This multidisciplinary Association seeks to encourage the study and teaching of the EU in Canada through the promotion of networks between academics in Canada and abroad, the exchange of information and research findings, as well as help and encouragement for the expansion and development of EU related teaching and research activities. Through supporting and organising international conferences and seminars ECSA-C seeks to draw broad attention to Canadian research on the EU and to encourage international exchange. Currently ECSA-C has about 100 active members and 100 former members. The main activity of this association is the organization of its Biennial conferences (...2014 in Montreal, 2016 in Halifax and 2018 in Toronto)


Ruben Zaiotti

Ruben Zaiotti is the former president of the European Community Studies Association in Canada (2016-2018) and the director of the European Union Centre for Excellence at the Dalhousie University. Professor Zaiotti is the Editorial Board Member of the journal “European Studies: History, Society, Culture” and he is the former editor in chief of the Journal of International Law and International Relations. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2008. He then was a Post-Doctoral Fellow (2008-2010) at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) at the University of Toronto, working on the project: “Europe, North America and Transatlantic Homeland Security”. In 2010, he has been faculty at the Department of Political Science at the Dalhausie University. Ruben Zaiotti’s research focuses on the European Union’s Justice and Home affairs policy domain, with particular emphasis on issues of security, border control and migration. He is currently working on two research projects. The first examines the ongoing cooperation between the European Union, the Unites states and Canada over issues of justice and home affairs and its impact on the diffusion of policies and practices across the Atlantic. The second looks at the European Union attempts to establish a common foreign policy and its implications for the EU’s quest to become a coherent and autonomous actor in world affairs. Ruben Zaiotti is also engaged in innovative methods of knowledge dissemination and is leading his blog about Europe and border control ‘Schengenalia’ and can be found on Twitter @schengenizer. 


         Oliver Schmidtke

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.

Frédéric Merand

Frédéric Merand is Director of CÉRIUM, the Montréal Centre for International Studies and Associate Professor at the Département de science politique, Université de Montréal. He received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a policy advisor in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and a Research Fellow at the San Diego-based Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. Mérand has published on the European Security and Defence Policy, EU-NATO relations, transatlantic relations, Canadian foreign policy, and the sociology of international relations. Media Experience: Dr. Merand has a great deal of experience responding to TV, Radio and Print Media inquiries. 

Joan DeBardeleben

Joan DeBardeleben is Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) at Carleton University, where she also holds Jean Monnet Chair in the EU’s Eastern Neighborhood Relations. She is also Director of the Centre for European Studies (Carleton’s European Union Centre of Excellence) and Director of the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue, a major Canada-Europe research network funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979 and taught at Colorado State University and at McGill University prior to coming to Carleton University in 1991. She is the author of numerous books and articles dealing with Russian politics, including attention to public opinion, labour relations and privatization, environmental politics, federalism, and elections. Her recent research work also deals with EU-Russian relations and the EU’s policy toward its eastern neighbors, as well as with political participation in the European Union. Recently DeBardeleben has been working on a research project entitled, “Interests, and Governance Structures in EU-Russian Relations: Constructing issues and framing interests,” funded by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant. DeBardeleben is President of the European Community Studies Association-Canada (ECSA-C), a former President of the Canadian Association of Slavists, and an active member of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She has been a Visiting Researcher at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (Mannheim, Germany) and in at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin.

Beate Schmidtke

Beate Schmidtke is the project manager and communication officer for the 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).

Pablo Ouziel

Pablo Ouziel is the current ECSA-C Young Researchers Network president. He holds currently Post-Doctoral Fellowships with the Centre for Global Studies, the Borders in Globalization Project (BIG) and the Political Science  at the University of Victoria, working on a project titled “Towards democratic responses to the crisis of democracy in Spain: Forms of Participatory and Representative Civic Engagement”. Pablo’s research interests include public philosophy, collective presences, horizontality, nonviolence and civic democracy. By standing within the tradition of public philosophy, the core of his work is centered on excavating networks of individuals governing themselves in numerous ways that supersede our current structures of representative government.



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