What role for the European Union in an era of fiscal austerity? Adjustment to the recession in the European Higher Education Area

Dr. Cecile Hoareau, UNU-MERIT/School of Governance

The Great Recession which started in 2008 has had a profound impact on Governments’ financing abilities. One could reasonably expect that Governments would respond to such dire economic climate by restricting their public expenses, higher education included. Yet, the extent to which the Recession has affected the size of the higher education budget and financial policies for higher education across Europe remains uncertain. How does the Great Recession affect the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)? This paper maps out the changes in the financing of higher education across Europe. It also provides some general comparisons with other regions of the world as well as insights from the literature on public finance, the welfare state and federalism to derive some general predictions regarding the impact of such changes on Europe’s long-term integration potential and the future role of EU institutions.

About the speaker
Dr Cecile Hoareau is a research fellow at the School of Governance. She also is Project Leader for Empower European Universities. Cecile is also a senior researcher in a framework contract for the European Commission and currently works on a research project on business-university cooperation in North America. Prior to joining the School of Governance, she completed a postdoctoral research at the University of California Berkeley where she was a Fulbright scholar, and obtained her PhD in Government at the London School of Economics that she wrote on the Bologna process. She presented and published her work internationally. More information can be found at: http://www.cecilehoareau.org

Venue: Conference Room

Date: 06 September 2012

Time: 12:30 - 13:30  CET