University of Essex

By 2 December 2018 Partners

The University of Essex is the UK’s University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018). We’re home to a truly global community for original thinkers who seek to change the world for the better. Part of an elite group of ‘dual intensive’ universities, Essex is gold rated for teaching excellence (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017) and top 25 for research in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. The University is 29th overall in the Good University Guide, 14th for international outlook in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 and top 15 for student satisfaction for the sixth year running in the National Student Survey 2018. Over 16,000 students from more than 140 countries study across Essex’s three campuses in Colchester, Southend and Loughton. Renowned for research in social science, human rights and data analytics, Essex is consistently ranked number one for politics (REF 2014), we’re the only university to be awarded a Regius Professorship for political science by The Queen and we’re in the top 50 for social sciences in the THE World University Rankings.

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Key Researchers

Emil J. Kirchner is Jean Monnet Professor and Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Essex. He is Advisory Editor and Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of European Integration, holder of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the University Association of Contemporary Studies. He has been a visiting professor at universities in various European countries, the United States and China. His recent book publications are (co-author) The European Union and China, MacMillan, 2018; (co-editor) EU-Japan Security Cooperation, Routledge, 2018; (co-editor) Security Relations between China and the European Union, Cambridge University Press, 2016; and (co-editor) The Palgrave Handbook on EU-Asia Relations, 2013. In the EAST project, professor Kirchner is a contributor and co-editor for the volume on security relations.


Han Dorussen is Professor of Government at the University of Essex and has been a guest professor at the University of Kobe. He is a board member of the Network of European Peace Scientists, associate editor for the Journal of Peace Research, international affiliate of Centro Europeo di Scienza della Pace (CESPIC), and a member of the Michael Nicholson Centre of Conflict and Cooperation. His current research interests include peacekeeping operations and the governance of post-conflict societies, the relationship between trade and conflict, and policy convergence in the European Union. Co-editor (with Emil Kirchner) EU-Japan Security Cooperation, Routledge, 2018; (with Emil Kirchner and Thomas Christiansen) Security Relations between China and the European Union: From Convergence to Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and (with Michael Taylor) of Economic Voting (Routledge, 2002). He has published articles in Public Choice, International Organization, World Politics, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Peacekeeping, International Interactions, European Union Politics, World Development, and Electoral Studies. In the EAST project, Professor Dorussen contributes to the volume on security relations.


Alexandra Hennessy is Senior Lecturer in Government at the University of Essex. Previously she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rochester’s Skalny Center, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clarkson University (NY), and an Associate Professor with tenure at Seton Hall University (NJ). She has authored The Europeanization of Workplace Pensions, Cambridge University Press; Informal governance and the Eurozone crisis, in: The European Union Beyond the Crisis (ed. B. Stefanova), Lexington Books; and has published articles in the journals German Politics and Society, Journal of Common Market Studies, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of European Public Policy and International Interactions. In the EAST project, Dr. Hennessy contributes to the volume on trade relations.