People

Professor Bruce Wilson

Director

Bruce Wilson is Director of the European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT. He provides insights to and leads research and debate on EU-Australian relations, particularly related to place-based innovation systems and regional development, and shares advice on building partnerships between Australian organisations and their European counterparts.

Contact:

E: bruce.wilson@rmit.edu.au
T: +61 3 9925 0873
@BruceWilson18
Visit Bruce’s RMIT Staff Page.

Dr Emma Shortis

Research Officer

Emma joined the EU Centre in June 2018. A historian by training, Emma’s research interests include global environmental governance, environmental history and diplomacy, and the relationship between history and climate change adaptation. In 2017-18, Emma was a Fox-Zucker International Fellow at Yale University. Emma is often asked to provide media commentary on historical connections to current events in the United States and Europe, tailored for an Australian audience. Emma holds a PhD in History at the University of Melbourne, Master’s Degree in International and European Studies from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Melbourne.

Contact:

E: emma.shortis@rmit.edu.au
T: +61 3 9925 0874
@EmmaShortis
Visit Emma’s RMIT Staff Page

Dr Sophie Di Francesco - Mayot

Research Officer

Sophie joined the EU Centre in September 2018. A political scientist by training, Sophie’s research interests include European politics, European integration, EU institutions, political parties, culture, religion and identity. In 2014, she was offered an internship at the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels in the Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives division. Sophie has lectured in French studies and European politics at Monash and Deakin University. She holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor with Honours in EU politics from the European and EU Centre at Monash University.

Contact:

E: sophie.di.francesco.-.mayot@rmit.edu.au

Matthew Coote

Research Officer

Matthew Coote joined the European Union Centre in 2014. Matthew is currently assisting with research and outreach for projects on regional policy and Smart Specialisation, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), innovation and trade while also researching contemporary election results in Central and Eastern Europe and the implications for social democracy.

Contact:

E: matthew.coote@rmit.edu.au
T: +61 3 9925 9884
@MatthewCoote

Dr Maren Klein

Research Officer

Maren Klein originally trained as a secondary teacher in Germany, she has worked as a teacher and lecturer, in education policy development, and a in higher education regulation. Her PhD explored mobility in the Global North. Her current research interests include the European Union as a global actor, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, governance, and transnational education.

Contact:

E: maren.klein@rmit.edu.au

Dr Chloe Ward

Associate

Chloe Ward is an Associate at the European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT University and a Senior Policy Advisor in the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR). As an Associate at RMIT, Chloe is focused on research partnerships between the Centre and DJPR involving forestry transition, Smart Specialisation, and socioecological innovation. Chloe previously worked as a Research Officer in the Centre from 2019-2021, with a focus on Smart Specialisation and place-based regional development. Chloe is also co-host of the 'Barely Gettin’ By' podcast, produced by RMIT. Chloe was awarded her PhD in History from the University of Melbourne in 2017.

Contact:

E: chloe.ward@rmit.edu.au

Professor Bruno Mascitelli

Honorary Professor

Bruno Mascitelli is an Honorary Professor at the Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT University. He was formerly a Professor in International Studies at Swinburne University of Technology. He was the Jean Monnet Chair between 2016-2019 and is currently the President of the European Studies Association Australia and New Zealand. He has published widely on European Affairs and especially around Italian Political Economy.

Professor Leo Goedegebuure

Professorial Fellow

Leo Goedegebuure is a Professorial Fellow at both RMIT University and the University of Melbourne. Most of his career has been working on higher education policy and management. More recently he has been a program director for the Smart Specialization Strategy in the Latrobe Valley together with Bruce Wilson.

Leo is editor-in-chief of Studies in Higher Education, one of the leading journals in this field. He has been director of the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne, which focusses on leadership and management in tertiary education. This follows on from his work at the University of New England and prior to his move to Australia from directing the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

His main interests are in mergers, innovation, system dynamics, institutional differentiation, and quality assurance. Over the years his work has taken him to the far corners of Europe, Africa, Latin America, South East Asia, and Northern America.

Affiliates

Professor Chris Duke, Visiting Professor with the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

Michael Nolan, Director, UN Global Compact – Cities Programme

Professor Michael Osborne, Chair of Adult & Lifelong Education, School of Education, University of Glasgow

Todd Williams, Director, NSW Cyber Security Network

Get in touch

European Union Centre of Excellence

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
RMIT University
GPO Box 2476
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
Australia 

Email: eucentre@rmit.edu.au
Fax: +61 3 9925 8220

 

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torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.