This research cluster focuses on the tension between, on the one hand, the EU’s programmatic commitment to socio-economic and ecological justice and, on the other hand, a concept of economic integration neglecting social and ecological justice. Normatively, the EU is well equipped to become a global leader for a regional integration concept which places economic integration and social and ecological justice on an equal footing. Its guarantee of economic free movement rights for persons under the condition of equal treatment for mobile citizens is only the starting point of social justice policies, and the Union pursues ecological justice as a free standing Treaty aim. In reality, the EU seems to betray these normative commitments at times. Policies promoting mobility of EU citizens reject equal treatment for all, and equality is not the main principle of EU migration policy. The development of Economic and Monetary Union, especially in response to the global crisis, is seen as endangering social cohesion, and the EU’s ecological law and policy does not always keep up with current demands for global governance.

Combining the normative constitutional perspective with empirical observant endeavours, the research programme targets three themes through three research seminars:

  • The research seminar “Mobility and Equality – Friend or Foe” is dedicated to the question of how mobility of EU citizens and non EU migrants relates to EU’s vision of equality in diversity, especially in an enduring global economic crisis. It also offers an opportunity to engage with the EU Commission’s Mobility Package. The seminar took place on 7 June in Belfast from 13:00 – 16:15 h (for more information click here).

Researchers participating in this activity include:

                     Professor Dagmar Schiek
                     Professor Yvonne Galligan
                     Dr Bal Sokhi-Bulley

  • The research seminar ‘Maintaining the Transversal Aim of Ecological Sustainability in the Global Crisis’ debates the challenges and opportunities of maintaining the EU’s transversal aim of ecological sustainability in times of global economic crisis, contributing to current problems such as energy union and global climate challenges and the EU’s responses through the 2020 deadline regarding carbon emissions.

Researchers participating in this activity include:

                     Dr Mary Dobbs
                     Dr Peter Doran
                     Dr Brian Jack
                     Dr Marek Martyniszyn‎

  • The research seminar “New Economic Governance and Social Justice” offers a forum to discuss the relation of the EU’s Economic and Monetary Union with social justice, highlighting conceptual problems of the EU’s response to the global economic crisis. In order to allow reflection on the projected renewal of the European Semester, it is planned for 2017.

Researchers participating in this activity include:

                     Professor Dagmar Schiek
                     Dr Dieter Pesendorfer
                     Prof. Lee McGowan