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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes


Jo Shaw holds the Salvesen Chair of European Institutions in the School of Law. During the academic year 2017-2018, she is a EURIAS Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium.

From 2017, she will be focusing on a series of projects related to citizenship regimes: what they are and how they work. Initially this work focuses on South East Europe, but over the following years it will extend to take in a global perspective. She will be blogging about this here.

From 2014-2017 she was Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and until December 2013, she was Dean of Research and Deputy Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science. Previously she was the Law School's Director of Research, and Co-Director of the Edinburgh Europa Institute.

Before coming to Edinburgh in 2005, Jo was Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Manchester between 2001 and 2004, and Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Her earlier appointments included a post as Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair of European Law and Integration at the University of Leeds, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Law in Europe, between 1995 and 2001, and posts at the Universities of Keele and Exeter, and University College London. During 1998, she was EU-Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. From 2001-2004 she managed a study on Constitutionalism, Federalism and the Reform of the European Union at the Federal Trust in London, as a Senior Research Fellow. She was Chair of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (2003-2006) and is on the Editorial Board of the European Law Review. She co-edits the a major book series for CUP, the Cambridge Studies in European Law and Policy and is on the editorial board of the UACES-Routledge Contemporary European Studies (CES) book series. Until 2005, she convened the Academic Awards Committee of the British Federation of Women Graduates. From 2004-2010, she a member of the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and from  2005-2008 she was a member of the Postgraduate Peer Review Panel 8 (Philosophy, Religious Studies and Law) of the AHRC. She has also done peer review of postgraduate applications and research grant applications for the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences and she is a nominated peer reviewer and Panel Member for the European Research Council. She was on the Advisory Board of the Helsinki Network of European Studies (2004-2007). She was nominated by the Academy of Finland to act as a scientific expert in the Scientific Advisory Board of the Finnish centre of excellence on Foundations of European Law and Polity (2008-2013), based at the University of Helsinki.

On 31 October 2006, Jo delivered her inaugural lecture on the topic Citizenship and Constitutionalism in the European Union - What Role for Political Rights? You can download a copy of the lecture here (warning: PDF file, 1Mb) or listen to the podcast via the School of Law podcasting page.

Jo Shaw's teaching and research focuses on the field of the EU constitution and institutions, particularly in socio-legal and interdisciplinary perspective. Over the years, she has had funding from the Nuffield Foundation, the ESRC, the British Academy, the AHRC and the European Science Foundation, for many different projects. She now runs a large scale European Research Council funded project on the Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia (CITSEE) (2009-2014). She is also Co-Director of the EUDO-Citizenship Observatory, funded by a variety of sources including the European Commission.

Jo is happy to receive enquiries from potential PhD students, or other academic visitors, whose academic interests are close to her own.


Research activities & awards

  1. Bettina Lange

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

  2. Edinburgh Law School Research Discussion: The Legal Spaces of Citizenship

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. Claire Squire

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

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Latest prizes

  1. UACES Lifetime Achievement Award

    Prize: National/international honour

  2. Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

    Prize: Election to learned society

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