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Professor Karen Heard-Laureote

Professor of Education and Society

Karen Heard-Laureote


Karen Heard-Lauréote is available for all media work and for the supervision of post-graduate research projects (ProfDoc/PhD).

I have supervised successful thesis in the following areas: local government transnational networking in Europe, the transparency of expertise in EU policy-making, transnational social networks in the 1970s, democratic legitimacy in the European Commission, the internationalisation of HE in Vietnam and international student mobility in China.


Professor Karen Heard-Laureote is Professor of Education and Society and Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration and Director of the University of Portsmouth's Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of Transnational Europe (CESTE2). Her main expertise lies in active learning pedagogies, civic education and local/regional/national/transnational networks. Karen is a National Teaching Fellow (NTF), Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation (FLF). Karen is involved in the defence and promotion of the European Studies field in higher education in cooperation with UACES, with a primary focus on the United Kingdom. Karen is co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER) Teaching and Learning section.

Research Interests

I am currently involved in two major research projects. First, I am Director of the University of Portsmouth's Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of Transnational Europe (CESTE2). As part of this project I am conducting research on network formation, particularly in the higher education sector, higher education responses to Brexit and teaching European politics using simulated learning environments. Second, I am co-Investigator on a research project funded by a Hefce Catalyst Fund award which is invesigating methods of improving postgraduate research student wellbeing by increasing mental health literacy and social support. 

Research Clusters 

  • Higher Education Researcg Group (CEISR)

Discipline Areas

  • Higher Education Pedagogy
  • Higher Education Policy
  • Teaching and Learning for Post-Graduate Research Students
  • European Studies
  • Politics and International Relations

Teaching Responsibilities

My main teaching interests are active learning pedagogies includiing political simulations, research preparation, research training and continuing professional development for research supervisors and research students.

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