Jean Monnet Chair: Dr Milenko Petrovic

Jean Monnet Chair Team


Jean Monnet Chair Dr Milenko Petrovic is an internationally respected expert in the fields of EU studies, Comparative politics and Post-communist democratisation and economic transition. During his three decade long academic career, Dr Petrovic has developed an extensive body of research work and has created, taught and coordinated several undergraduate and honours courses, including two Jean Monnet modules closely related to his research interests and academic expertise. Together with the NCRE Director Professor Holland and other NCRE staff members he has created and led several EU-funded multinational research projects over the last decade. His publications include several authored and co-authored books and numerous journal articles and other shorter contributions. The findings of his work have also been presented at international and national conferences, workshops, media interviews and at invited lectures. He is currently the Vice President of the Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies and the executive member of the EU Studies Association of New Zealand and EU Studies Association of the Asia-Pacific.

Professor Martin Holland, holds NZ’s only Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, is Director of the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury and of the EU Centres Network New Zealand. He has taught at the Canterbury since 1984 and in 2000 established the NCRE, NZ’s only EU tertiary level centre. He is internationally recognised for his work on EU Development policy, CFSP and Perceptions of the EU. He leads the “EU External Perceptions Project” which was recognized by DG EAC as one of the top 20 “Jean Monnet Success Stories” and has supervised projects on perceptions of the EU in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. He has held a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam since 2008 and is the author of over one hundred articles and chapters and twenty-one books, the most recent being “Development Policy of the EU” (with M. Doidge, Palgrave, 2012) and Communicating Europe in the Times of Crisis: External Perceptions of the European Union (with N. Chaban, Palgrave-McMillan, 2014).

Associate Professor Dr Nikolaos Tzifakis is at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Peloponnese and Research Associate at the Centre for European Studies in Brussels. His research interests include contemporary Balkan politics, EU external relations, and international relations theory. His recent publications include articles in Cambridge Review of International Affairs, European Foreign Affairs Review, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Problems of Post-Communism, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies and Southeast European Politics. He has also published three monographs and three co-edited volumes and has authored several book chapters and conference papers.

Dr Iana Sabatovych has recently completed and successfully defended (in March 2019) her PhD thesis at the NCRE, University of Canterbury. Her thesis investigates the patterns of Ukraine’s post-communist transition and limitations of Europeanisation with an emphasis on Europeanisation beyond Europe and in an absence of EU membership. Iana has published several journal articles on the topics related to her research interests, including Iana Sabatovych, ‘Conceptualising the Role of International Financial Organizations in Post-Communist Economic Transformations’, American Journal of Economics, 2016, 6(1): 86-91 and Iana Sabatovych, ‘Does nationalism promote democracy? Comparative analysis of Ukraine’s “Euromaidan” revolution and Poland’s “Solidarity” mass mobilisation’, Contemporary Politics, 2018, 24(2): 131-152.

Dr Nicholas Ross Smith is Assistant Professor at the School of International Studies at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo Campus. He has published extensively on topics which have concerned post-Soviet Eastern Europe and South Caucasus, with specific focus on democratisation and relations with the EU. He is the author of ‘EU-Russian Relations and the Ukraine Crisis’ (Edward Elgar, 2016) and numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as International Relations, European Security and European Foreign Affairs Review.

Professor Božo Drašković is on the full-time faculty at the Institute of Economic Sciences in Belgrade where he has worked on and published a number of academic and commercial research projects in the field of enterprise restructuring, market research, capital assessment and foreign direct investment. He teches Microeconomics at the Faculty for Banking, Insurance and Finance, University UNION in Belgrade and Ecology Economics at the Faculty for Applied Ecology Futura, University Singidunum, Belgrade.

Associate Professor Dr Maja Kovacevic is at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade. Dr Kovacevic teaches courses on European Integration, EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, Justice and Home Affairs and the European Union as a Global Actor. Her research fields include EU enlargement policy, State Aid and EU Competition Policy. In 2005 Dr Kovacevic was part of the evaluation team for the European Agency for Reconstruction since 2015 she has been a trainer for the TEMPUS programme DEPOCEI specialising in free movements of persons, asylum and immigration.

Dr Mihajlo Djukic is Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Centre for Strategic Cooperation at the Institute of Economic Sciences (IES), Belgrade, Serbia. His research focuses on economic policy, finance and local development. He has participated in several projects commissioned by the state institutions at the national and local level, as well as by international organizations (SDC, GIZ, European Commission), which have dealt with the issues related to drafting and evaluation of strategic documents and policy analyses.

Daviti Mtchedlishvili is a PhD candidate at the NCRE, University of Canterbury. His thesis looks at Foreign Policy of the European Union towards the South Caucasus. His research work has been supported through a number of competitive scholarships and grants, including Erasmus Mundus+, Erasmus Mundus Traineeship scholarship and the NCRE PhD Scholarship. Daviti has already published a monography Europeanization Process in Georgia during the period from 2003 to 2014 (LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2016 97 pp).

Xiwen Wang is a Ph.D. student at the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury. Her thesis focusses on EU – China relations in the context of the 16+1 cooperation framework. For the presentation of her initial findings at the European Union Studies Association Asia Pacific (EUSAAP) conference held in Taiwan on 28-29 June 2018 she was awarded a “Student Best Paper Presentation” award. 



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