RCx-EU Student Research Hub Year 1 “Social Media and Public Diplomacy: The EU-NZ perspectives” (2018-2019)
The Student Research Hub in Year 1 brings together under- and post-graduate students enrolled in the JM Chair’s courses — advanced and motivated students of European Integration — with the Jean Monnet Chair, NCRE early career researchers and the EU leading experts.
In Year 1, this cross-generational Research Hub undertakes pilot research project “Social Media and Public Diplomacy: The EU-NZ perspectives” testing novel methods and innovative theoretical synergiesin the case-study focused on the digital diplomacy and its potential to public diplomacy between the EU and NZ. In 2018-2019, the Hub has monitored social media communications of NZ Embassies to the EU and EU member states (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.). Monitoring followed discussions and signing of the EU-NZ FTA, visits of EU high-profile politicians to NZ (Commissioner Malmstrom, and HR Federica Morgherini) as well as NZ PM Jacinda Arden’s visit to Europe in 2018.
Eleni Gibbs, Adam Griffith (in 2018), Finlay Palmer, Sree Nair, Rhiannon Jones, Regan Harding
Rebecca Frankum, Natalija Petrovic, Megan Wakefield, Adam Griffith (in 2019)
Dr Serena Keely
Prof Natalia Chaban
Hub Activities (Year 1, 2018-2019):
- Research work in cross-level small groups
- Regular research meeting of the Hub
- Work on the Working Paper collection (co-edited by post graduate students Rebecca Frankum and Natalija Petrovic with Prof Chaban and Dr Kelly)
- Attending presentation by a NZ-EU Expert Group member Prof Richard Whitman at the interdisciplinary panel “The future of EU foreign policy studies” (17 January 2019)
- Interview by Adam Griffith and Sree Nair, members of the Student Research Hub 1, of Prof Richard Whitman, member of the RCx-EU NZ-EU Expert Group
- Report of the Hub findings at the NCRE Post-Graduate Conference 2019
Interview with Prof Richard Whitman, member of the RCx-EU NZ-EU Expert Group (January 2019).
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