Centre of Expertise Global Governance

Research group Changing Role of Europe

Europe needs change. Working with Europe implies change. But how to get a grip on European developments? For example: which consequences does ‘Brexit’ have for your organisation? How to organise a European lobby, and influence European Union decision making? And which historical and political developments can explain how Europe works today? These questions fall within the realm of the research group Changing role of Europe at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Annual report 2019 (pdf)
About the research group

The research group Changing role of Europe (est. January 2018) focuses on current and topical questions related to European cooperation at the global, regional, national and organisational level. It functions in a wide (inter-)national professional network with governments, think tanks and profit and not for profit organisations.
Lecturers, students and staff of the The Hague University are invited to develop and to share European knowledge. The lectorate involves individual and common research development, a reading circle and regular events.

About the professor

dr. Mendeltje van Keulen

Mendeltje van Keulen is lector Changing role of Europe since 1 January 2018. She has a PhD and MA European Public Administration (College of Europe, Bruges; EUI Florence, University of Twente). Her dissertation focused on the effects of EU policy shaping by the Dutch government in the field of natural gas and biotechnology. She worked as a (senior) research fellow for the Netherlands Institute for International Relations ‘ Clingendael’, the WRR (Scientific Council for Government Policy) and various ministries. As team leader of the parliamentary EU staff in the Dutch parliament, she gained abundant practical experience in processes of Europeanisation and change management. Mendeltje van Keulen regularly publishes and teaches on European policy making for students and professionals.

m.vankeulen@hhs.nl
Opening the black box of Europe.
Projects

Projects

EU Impact-scan

EU Impact-scan

The research group Changing role of Europe and its lektor, Mendeltje van Keulen has been cooperating with Berenschot and ERAC, both leading EU affairs consultancies, in the design of the EU Impact-scan. The EU impact scan is an essential toolbox for organizations that work with EU policy-making either linking to the processes representing interest, applying for project funding or through implementing and applying adopted EU regulations. The EU impact scan identifies the opportunities for the specific organization to connect to EU policy-making in any of the above way and suggests organizational, procedural, technical strategies to capitalize on European opportunities. The EU Impact scan was presented to participants of the CREUvent: Europe in working practise workshop on 27 January 2020, that took place at THUAS.
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Cooperation with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cooperation with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Since April 2020, dr Mendeltje van Keulen, lector at the Changing role of Europe research group has been part-time guest researcher at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate Research and International policy-evaluation.

In this capacity she carries out research and advises on modalities of effective governmental coordination of the country’s position feeding into EU policy-making as well as the implications of EU legislation for domestic actors and policies. Her work enhances CREU’s cooperation with the professional field and contributes to capacity-building in a policy area that is evidently crucial for interacting with the EU.

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Publications