Research team at the Institute for European Studies:
Kurt Hübner is professor of European Studies and the Jean Monnet Chair at the Institute for European Studies at UBC. Central to Hübner’s research are topics of global and European currency regimes, international regimes of foreign direct investment, and the relations between innovation and sustainability. His latest research focuses in a comparative way on national pathways to low carbon-emission economies where he is heading a international research group with scholars from Italy, Norway, Canada and Germany. Currently he is working on a project on currency competition and currency co-operation, which analyses the relations between the US Dollar, the Euro and the Chinese renminbi in the process of a multipolarization of the global economy.
Conrad is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is a Fellow of the Institute for European Studies. Conrad’s research focuses on the politics of education, and his dissertation examines the role of ideas and institutions in recent education policy reforms in France and Germany. His main research interests are comparative public policy, European politics, and the relationship between expert knowledge and policy-making.
Conrad is an alumnus of the IES Master of Arts programme, and has research affiliations with the Mitteleuropazentrum at the Technishen Universitaet Dresden and the Observatoire sociologique du changement at Sciences Po in Paris. Conrad also directs the EU Study Tour & Internship Program.
Lindsay Wong is a 4 th year B.A. candidate studying International Relations and French. Her interests lie in European Integration and Energy Policy in the European Union. Last summer Lindsay participated in the EU Study Tour where she spent a month in Brussels researching and learning about the EU institutions and other actors that work with the EU. Through this program, Lindsay developed a keen interest to pursue European issues further and, thus, became involved with the NEAR-EU research project.
Jana Cleve is from Germany, where she is enrolled in a Masters of Business and Economics at the Julius-Maximilians- University in Würzburg. Her key interest is empirical research in international economic issues, particularly economic policy-making. Her other interests include econometrics, information economics and market research. Jana interned as an Market Intelligence Analyst in Ireland, where she conducted research on the financial technology industry. Currently, she is an intern with the Institute for European Studies at UBC in Vancouver, participating in a number of research projects, including NEAR-EU.