The François Duchêne travel bursaries

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The first François Duchêne travel bursaries were awarded in May 2008

A second group of awards was made a year later and reports came from the initial holders


The François Duchêne Bursaries

The Bursaries set up in memory of François Duchêne aim to provide a contribution to travel and research expenses for Research Students of the University of Sussex in any discipline to:

blue_spot.gif (971 bytes)   Pursue field work in continental Europe connected with their thesis on issues of European Integration broadly construed or,
blue_spot.gif (971 bytes)   Contribute to a collaborative project in another European country and connected to their research.

This bursary has been set up with funding from Sussex European Institute, friends of François Duchêne and from members of the Sussex branch of the European Movement.  It is administered by the Sussex European Institute.

François Duchêne 1927-2005 François Duchêne who died in 2005 was an administrator, a policy analyst, an academic, a published poet, a keen musician and an enthusiast for a united Europe. He was present at the birth of modern integrated Europe as an assistant to Jean Monnet when he was setting up the European Coal and Steel Community, a precursor to and an inspiration for the European Union as we know it today.
He was director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, professor and Director of the Centre for European Studies and finally emeritus professor in the University of Sussex.

He was author of a hugely admired and influential biography of Jean Monnet
. He was an enthusiastic member of the European Movement and the Sussex branch in particular.

Jean Monnet - The First Statesman of Interdependence
   W W Norton & Co, New York 1995   ISBN: 0393034976

Fuller accounts of François Duchêne's life:
The Independent      The Guardian

The 2009 awards

John Fitzgibbon
University of Sussex - Sussex European Institute, Department of Contemporary European Studies
Graduate, Limerick University - History and Politics; MSc Sussex - Social Research Methods

Research area:
investigation of protest movements against the EU project in Ireland, UK, Estonia and Denmark; why opponents of the EU project tend to by-pass the established party political system

Bursary to undertake fieldwork and interviews in Denmark

Ariadna Ripoli-Servent
University of Sussex - Sussex European Institute, Department of Contemporary European Studies
Graduate Barcelona University - Political and Administrative Sciences; Diplomas Sciences Po Paris; Masters College of Europe Bruges

Research area: respective roles of the European Council and the European Parliament, with particular focus on the balance between security and civil liberties, in the policy decisions of the EU’s Justice and Home Affairs committee

Bursary to undertake interviews of relevant players in Brussels, including MEPs both pre- and post the 2009 EP elections.

Giuseppe De Marco
University of Sussex – Chemistry Division, Sussex School of Life Sciences
Graduate, MA Naples University - Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Research area: theoretical chemistry – establishing new techniques, with important applications, at the boundary of molecular biology and nanotechnology

Bursary to access specialist facilities in spectroscopy, unavailable in Sussex, at a prominent French research laboratory (ICSN).

Reports on the 2008 awards

At the European Movement (Sussex branch) seminar held on Europe Day, 9 May 2009, Professor Jim Rollo opened by explaining that the François Duchêne bursaries remembered the work of a great European. The bursaries were not restricted to European Studies, but also to allow other disciplines to develop intra-European co-operation. He pointed out that the past year’s bursaries had covered a wide range of interests and helped postgraduates of three different nationalities.

Each of the three bursary holders from the past years gave a short account of the work they had been able to undertake.

John Crossland was working for a professional doctorate in social work. It had become obvious during the past year that the current financial crisis made it difficult to anticipate what future social work policies could be affordable. His own work focused on case management (which had been renamed “care management” in the United States). He had undertaken fieldwork in Berlin, observing how the Federal government had launched proposals for revised social care.
His François Duchêne travel bursary had allowed for three visits to Germany and this had helped to establish a network of contacts. From this it should be possible to assess what the UK could learn from other welfare state policies. His work would shortly be published in the European Journal of Social Work.
Ezel Tabur had focused on policy-making in the context of the EU European Neighbourhood Policy. She had set out to assess how EU institutions influence the policy, which was largely oriented towards eastern neighbour states.
Individual states had given differing emphasis to the neighbourhood policy. For instance, France had taken initiatives focussed on the Mediterranean, while Poland had led the drive towards eastern European neighbours.  Her research had mainly been looking at migration related to the expanded borders of the EU.
The travel bursary had allowed interviews with EU agencies in Brussels – the External Relations directorate, the Justice, Freedom and Security directorate and the representations in Brussels of several states. Her interviews had set out to assess the way ‘coalitions’ worked between the various directorates, often starting from an informal consensus.
Malgorzata Sulimierska has been working towards a doctorate in economics. Her PhD topic focussed on the impact of state productivity policies at the level of the individual firm. One interest has been in the converted command economies of the states which joined the EU in 2004. The travel bursary had allowed her to visit Belgium to get access to a large database for analysis, and had also provided the opportunity to build a network of contacts in the same area of research. Amadeus is a comprehensive, pan-European database containing invaluable financial information on over 11 million public and private companies in 41 European countries.


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