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National University of Ireland, Dublin
The Dublin European Institute

 The Dublin European Institute The National University of Ireland, Dublin, is Ireland's largest single university institution. It is a major centre for national and international research in the sciences and humanities. It has been a successful and active participant in previous EU research programmes and has a major record under successive EU Framework Programmes, including the relevant research themes of the then HCM, TMR and TSER programmes. NUI Dublin has an international reputation in the disciplines relevant to IHP. Already, under the 1st Call for Proposals of IHP/Socio-Economic Knowledge Base, UCD is Co-ordinator of a major contract and is a Partner in two others.

The Dublin European Institute was established in 1999 to provide a dynamic focus for research and postgraduate teaching in the field of European Studies at the National University of Ireland, Dublin. It is building upon foundations established by its three constituent components: the former Centre for European Economic and Public Affairs (CEEPA), the European Studies Programme and the Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence (awarded by the EU Commission). The Institute has been designed as an interfaculty centre calling directly upon the research and teaching capacity of seven dedicated Jean Monnet Professors (Business Studies, Economics, History, Law, Library and Information Studies, Politics and Social Policy) three university faculties, one dozen teaching departments and more than 40 academic colleagues. The Institute is also directly engaged with policymakers in both Dublin and Brussels and has a well-established programme of interaction between government officials, academics and business and trade union leaders.

The Dublin European Institute is also a constituent partner in the University's new Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISSC). The ISSC is a national centre and resource for social scientists in Ireland, conducting research in the social sciences to the highest international standards. Actively promoting inter-disciplinary collaboration, the ISSC is also building further on collaborative research links with social scientists at home and abroad. If successful, this project will be located and have access to ISSC facilities.

The key figures involved in this application have considerable experience in comparative cross-national research projects involving issues of public policy change, Europeanisation, bureaucratic adaptation and European governance. They have each been managers of major multi-partner research projects. In particular, Professor Brigid Laffan has been a lead researcher in the field of European Studies and EU public policy making and has successfully participated in an EU-funded HCM contract on The Union's Policy Process.

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 Brigid Laffan  Brigid Laffan

BA (Limerick), MA (Bruges), PhD (Dublin). Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics, Director of the Dublin European Institute and Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges. Professor Laffan has participated in numerous cross-national projects on domestic adaptation to EU membership and on the relationship between statehood and integration. She has collaborated with the European University Institute (EUI), the Max-Plank Institute in Cologne, the University of Cologne, and the University of Essex.

Research Interests:
EU public policy making both from an organisational and policy perspective. She has considerable experience not just with academic research but also with the world of the public sector. Over the last five years, Professor Laffan has been involved in numerous training programmes run by the College of Europe in Brugge, the Dutch Clingendael Institute and the Institute of Public Administration for civil servants and state secretaries from the countries of East Central Europe.

The Finances of the Union (London: Macmillan 1997), contributing editor Constitution Building in the EU (Dublin: IEA, 1996), [with R O Donnell and M. Smith] Europe's Experimental Union: Rethinking Integration, (London: Routledge, 1999), Organising for a Changing Europe: Irish Central Government and the EU (Trinity Policy Institute Blue Paper, 2000), Professor Laffan has published extensively in the major integration journals the Journal of Common Market Studies and the European Journal of Public Policy.

 Diane Payne  Diane Payne

BA, MA (NUI), PhD (ICS, University of Groningen, Netherlands) College Lecturer, Department of Sociology.

Research Interests:
Collective decision models and rational choice theory; network theory; EU redistribution policy; regional and local policy initiatives, UK and Ireland. Publications: Local and Regional Economic Development: Renegotiating Power Under Labour with R. Bennett (Ashcroft, 2000) Policy making in the European Union. An analysis of the impact of the Reform of the Structural Funds in Ireland (Thela Thesis, 1999); "European Union power and regional involvement-a case study of the political implications of the reform of the Structural Funds for Ireland" in P. Moser et al. (eds.) Aussenwirtsschaft special issue: Decision rules in the European Union: A rational choice perspective (1997). Co-authored with Mokken, R J, Stokman, F N and Wasseur, FW "Praeferenzaggregation und Effektivmacht. Die Reform des EG-Strukturfonds fur Irland" in Konig, T., Rieger, E. and Schmitt, H. (eds.) Europa der Burger? Voraussetzungen, Alternativen, Konsequenzen. (Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag, 1998).

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