Differentiated Integration in the European Union after Brexit

A UACES funded Collaborative Research Network


This Collaborative Research Network aims at bringing together scholars in order to reflect on the future of European integration (and more particularly differentiated integration) in a post-Brexit Europe. Between 2017 and 2020, a series of workshops and conference panels will be organised. Here is a list of our events and call for papers.


Call for papers: Second CRN workshop, Bath, 3-4 September 2018 (during the UACES 48th annual conference)

Following the success of its first workshop which was held at the University of Agder on 22-23 November, the UACES Collaborative Research Network (CRN) on ‘Differentiated Integration in the European Union after Brexit’ (https://differentiated-integration.eu and https://twitter.com/BrexitCRN) is delighted to send a call for papers to submit three panels for the UACES 48th Annual Conference, which will be held in Bath on 3-5 September 2018.


We particularly welcome contributions on the following three themes:

  1. European disintegration and integration theory: what are the implications of Brexit for the study of European integration? Has Brexit effectively triggered a process of disintegration?
  2. Horizontal differentiation: what are the implications of Brexit on the relations between the European Union and other (non-)EU member states? Will Brexit lead to even further variation in territorial extension?
  3. Vertical differentiation: what are the implications of Brexit on specific European policy areas?

If you are interested in contributing to one of these three panels, please send a title, abstract and short biography to the CRN conveners, Benjamin Leruth (benjamin.leruth@canberra.edu.au), Stefan Gänzle (stefan.ganzle@uia.no) and Jarle Trondal (jarle.trondal@uia.no) by Friday 22 December 2017. Notifications will be sent by 8 January 2018.


Kick-off workshop, University of Agder, Kristiansand (Norway), 22-23 November 2017



Frank Schimmelfennig (ETH Zurich) on theorising differentiated disintegration


The University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) Collaborative Research Network on Differentiated integration in the European Union after Brexit (http://differentiated-integration.eu) held its first workshop at the University of Agder (Kristiansand, Norway) on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 November 2017. A total of sixteen participants presented their work in progress on topics as diverse as the future of European (dis)integration theory, the evolution of the relations between member states and the EU, policy developments and the impact of Brexit on vertical differentiation, and the legal implications of Brexit. Keynotes delivered by Katharina Holzinger & thomas Malang (University of Konstanz), Frank Schimmelfennig (ETH Zurich) and Dirk Leuffen (University of Konstanz) were particularly insightful.



Dirk Leuffen (University of Konstanz) presenting his research on differentiated integration and differentiated representation



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