Professor Karen Heard-Laureote
Faculty Research Degrees Coordinator, Reader in European Politics
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.
Dr Karen Heard-Laureote is a 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 transnational networks and their role in and impact on European integration. Karen is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation (FLF). Karen is also a Trustee and Co-Opted Member of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) Executive Committee and member of the UACES Teaching and Impact Working Group. Through this role, Karen is involved in the defence and promotion of the European Studies field in higher education, with a primary focus on the United Kingdom. Karen is co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER) Teaching and Learning section.
I am currently involved in three 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. This research links to work being undertaken by the University of Portsmouth's Transnational Civil Society (TCS) project. 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. Finally, I am co-Investigator on a research project exploring flexible delivery in post-graduate research degrees at the University of Portsmouth.
- Transnational Europe
- Higher Education Pedagogy
- Higher Education Policy
- Teaching and Learning for Post-Graduate Research Students
- European Studies
- Politics and International Relations
My main teaching interests are European Union political simulations, transnational policy networks, EU politics, research preparation, research training and continuing professional development for research supervisors and research students.