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Research Student Achievements

In the last few years, five PhD students of the European Institute have received major awards for the best thesis in that year:


Alison Johnston’s
thesis on ‘European Monetary Union and Institutional Change: The Perverse Effects of Supranational Macroeconomic Regimes on Wage Inflation’ won the UACES best thesis award 2012. Dr Waltraud Schelkle wrote about Alison’s thesis
‘Alison's thesis analyses the wage dynamics that could be observed in some EMU member states since the late 1990s. She finds a strong rise of wages in the public or sheltered sectors and moderate wage increases in the sectors exposed to trade competition. The explanation is sought in the removal of the monetary policy constraint under the EMS and the weakening of the conditionality of the Maastricht process. Her findings are highly relevant in that they can help us to understand why inflation rates started to diverge after the onset of EMU, one of the unanticipated phenomena that can help to explain the crisis through which we live now. The jury praised her innovative and focused take on a well-known topic, namely wage developments in EMU, as well as her methodological pluralism, combining econometrics with qualitative country comparisons.’

Alison's supervisor at the European Institute was Dr Bob Hancke.
More information about the award can be found on the UACES website|.

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Ronan McCrea's thesis on 'Religion and the Public Order of the European Union' won the 2010 UACES prize for best doctoral dissertation. Possibly the most prestigious doctoral prize on European Studies in Europe, this is the third time that a student supervised by a member of the European Institute has won the prize. No other university has won it more than once. Ronan's supervisors were Damian Chalmers and Jennifer Jackson Preece. More information about the award can be found on the UACES website|.

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In 2008, Marco Simoni was awarded the Juan J. Linz Prize for the Best Thesis in Political Science completed in English or Spanish within the European Union, by the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales (Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies) in Madrid. His supervisors were Bob Hancke and Abby Innes.  More details can be found on the homepage of the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies|.   


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Dermot Hodson was awarded the 1st annual UACES Best PhD Thesis prize in September 2005 for his study of 'Economic Governance and the Dual Outcome in Euro Area Fiscal Policy 1999-2002'. Supervisors were Dr Bob Hancke and Dr Waltraud Schelkle. More details can be found on the UACES website|.

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Emma Haddad was awarded the 8th annual BISA PhD Thesis Prize in December 2004 for her study of 'The Individual Between Sovereigns: The Refugee in International Society'. The supervisor was Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece. More information on the award can be found on the homepage of the British International Studies Association|.

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