The Bursaries set up in memory of François Duchêne aim to provide a contribution to travel and research expenses for Research Students of the University of Sussex in any discipline to:
Pursue field work in continental Europe connected with their thesis on issues of European Integration broadly construed or, Contribute to a collaborative project in another European country and connected to their research.
This bursary has been set up with funding from Sussex European Institute, friends of François Duchêne and from members of the Sussex branch of the European Movement. It is administered by the Sussex European Institute.
François Duchêne who died in 2005 was an administrator, a policy analyst, an academic, a published poet, a keen musician and an enthusiast for a united Europe. He was present at the birth of modern integrated Europe as an assistant to Jean Monnet when he was setting up the European Coal and Steel Community, a precursor to and an inspiration for the European Union as we know it today.
He was director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, professor and Director of the Centre for European Studies and finally emeritus professor in the University of Sussex.
He was author of a hugely admired and influential biography of Jean Monnet†. He was an enthusiastic member of the European Movement and the Sussex branch in particular.
The awards for 2011
The annual General meeting on 3 December 2011 heard from two of the most recent award holders and the work they have undertaken.
Marko Stojić is from Serbia and initially studied International Relations in his native Belgrade. He then moved on to Hungary where he took a higher degree in international politics with a particular focus on Europe. Back again in Serbia he worked for government agencies in relation to his country’s increasing contacts with the EU, in the National Bank of Serbia and as a university lecturer in international relations. He has recently published two papers relating to his specialist field.
He came to the Sussex European Institute to undertake further academic research into the current relations of Serbia and Croatia with the expanding EU and its institutional requirements. His PhD work analyses the positions taken up towards Europe by the major parliamentary parties in Belgrade since 2000, and the eventual formal membership of these two Balkan states in the EU.
Having already completed targeted interviews in Belgrade, he was awarded a François Duchêne bursary in order to complete his planned series by interviewing further key players, both practising politicians and political commentators, in Zagreb and Brussels. These were completed earlier in the year. He told us how he found the face-to-face contact with his interlocutors particularly helpful, and managed to get privileged access to the EU representatives for the Balkans in Brussels. While Croatia will be formally accepted as the 28th member of the EU in a year’s time, there are still delicate political impediments to Serbia’s membership – notably the status of Kosovo and the surrender of former Serbian war leaders to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
It is against this volatile and as yet unresolved background that Marko has been striving to develop his objective academic analyses.
Javier Mato-Veiga came to the Media and Cultural Studies Department as a mature journalist with a varied professional background in Spain in the media and public relations. After his first degree in traditional media he worked on Mallorca’s regional newspaper El Diario de Mallorca eventually becoming deputy editor, then subsequently worked as press officer for the regional Balearic Government. He then moved on to Madrid to work as director of external relations for the national Ministry of the Environment, before turning to the private sector as a senior planning officer in the Barceló Corporation. He eventually returned to Mallorca to work as the CEO of an advertising agency, and as a lecturer in the School of Journalism of the University of Mallorca.
Over some thirty years of varied work Javier has experienced at first hand the impact of rapidly evolving technology on his profession, and in particular the recent rise of the social media. His research interests relate to the adaptations now required of the traditional print journalist as the internet emerges as a powerful tool for rapid social communication; his research methodology is based on the observation of the working practices of journalists in the context of this evolving technology. He addresses as well the evolution of the wider cultural and societal contexts in which these developments are taking place.
His initial data came from a pilot study with his former colleagues on El Diario de Mallorca, which enabled him to refine his proposed methodology as he both participated and observed colleagues at work. His François Duchêne travel bursary enabled him to return to Madrid for three weeks to observe journalists at work in two of Sapin’s leading national newsprints, El País and El Mundo, which both now provide news on-line as well in traditional print format. The funds also enabled him to gather further data in Spain’s largest newsagency, Efe.