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Measuring interest group access to EU policy makers: what a difference a decade makes

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Ten years ago this week, in May 2010, I moved to Brussels for the first time. I went there to do research for my doctoral thesis,¬†because I wanted to understand how EU interest groups got access to information. I wanted to be in Brussels to go beyond what was accessible on EU websites at the […]

Teaching European Studies in Times of Brexit

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This blog post was original published as part of the BISA Postgraduate Network blog series.¬†     More and more British universities offer modules on the study of the European Union (EU). These allow students to learn how the institutions of the EU function and how its policies are made. The debate on how to […]

42.54% turnout: How preparing my European Studies course made EU news this week

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Some academics may think teaching is an obligation that disturbs research. In the publish-or-perish economy of academic life, it may seem as if teaching doesn’t add much to general knowledge and research. But it does, as my discovery this week of the 42.54% turnout figure for the 2014 EU elections shows. Preparing for my European […]

Thoughts on blogging, academic teaching, and the use of sources

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It’s been a while since I’ve been blogging here, which doesn’t mean I haven’t been blogging, although the live blogging from the EU Council was kind of exhausting. Yet, in the meantime, over at the Transparency International blog I’ve been writing about the current MEP corruption scandal. And on the Th!nk about it! blogging competition […]

New Ideas on Europe: How to use blogs for teaching

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Teaching is getting more important and EU scholars need to think how to adapt to a new generation of students that not only grew up with the internet but also tend to organise their lives using various social networks. However, it seems that many academics are slow to embrace social media as a teaching tool. […]