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.
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.
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.
Matthew joined the European Union Centre in 2014. Matthew’s interest in EU-Australia relations includes the EU Digital Single Market and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), psephology (statistical analysis of elections), trade and regional development for international business, and European film festivals as tools for cultural diplomacy and soft power. Matthew is also an Executive Committee Member of the Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA).
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.
Debbi is a health anthropologist working within the EU Centre on the UN SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) project. She trained as a social and cultural anthropologist in The Netherlands, where she gained her undergraduate and Masters degree before returning to Australia to do her PhD in medical anthropology. She is an experienced health ethnographer, having undertaken fieldwork in Turkey, Swaziland (eSwatini) and in a variety of contexts in Australian public hospitals. She has worked as a consultant in clinical organisation and management on projects including quality improvement, infection control, patient safety, behaviour change, family violence education, compensation industry analysis and in industrial relations contexts. She has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level in anthropology departments; in medical, nursing and allied health programs; and in Indigenous programs. Along with a number of teaching awards, Debbi is a recipient of Monash University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Diversity and Inclusion, and in 2016 was named as one of ten “National Social Impact Innovators” in the Office of Learning and Teaching’s Indigenisation of Sociology project.
Chloe Ward is a Research Officer in the European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT. In this role, she researches and provides support to the EU Centre’s work in place-based regional development. Chloe is also an experienced media commentator on British and European politics, and is 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.
Bradley Davison is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) at RMIT University and an Honours student in International Studies at RMIT University. He is a Research Assistant at the European Union Centre at RMIT working closely with researchers at the Centre of Excellence in Smart Specialisation and Regional Policy and the Gippsland Smart Specialisation Strategy (G-S3) projects. Bradley is also the former president of the International Studies Association at RMIT University and is currently a committee member for the Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA).
Professor Chris Duke, Visiting Professor with the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
Associate Professor Bruno Mascitelli, School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Swinburne 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
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. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer