Chair in Innovative Governance

The Jean Monnet Chair in Innovative Governance grant was led by Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and UVic's School of Public Administration with Tara Ney and advised by Oliver Schmidtke and Amy Verdun.

The aim of the Jean Monnet Chair in Innovative Governance was to internationalize, and to Europeanize three graduate programs at UVic's School of Public Administration, in order to better introduce students to policy processes of European integration in comparative perspectives. 

As part of the Jean Monnet Chair in Innovative Governance, two new courses were created:

The Chair also introduced three new, Europeanized units to an existing course:

In addition, a workshop and conference with the Government of British Columbia and the office of the Ombudsman of British Columbia was organised in September 2018. Click here for the schedule.

The following list includes the successful graduates whose thesis defences were held as public lectures from 2016 to 2020. (Brunet-Jailly was either supervisor, co-supervisor or external examiner).  

JMChair Public Seminars / MA, MPA PHD defences: 

  1. Tatiana Shaban(Political Science PH.D.) EU regional Cooperation and Governance of Its Eastern Neighborhood, August 23, 2019
  2. Katharina Herman (MPA - Thesis) Governing Cross-Border Sharing of Genetic Data: A new border frontier (European Union, China and Global Alliance) Fall 2019 (Talk January 10, 2020)
  3. Joel Holdaway (MADR -Report) Beyond LGN Bunkering (Comparing Vancouver, Singapore, Rotterdam, Long Beach) December 04, 2019
  4. Sarah Li Chu (MPA – Report) Smart Cities Approach: The Opportunity and Possibility of Data Driven Communities (Comparing EU’s Estonia, Somerville (US) June 14, 2019
  5. William Monkhouse (MPA – Report) Analysis of the State of Immunity Act (Comparing Argentina, Belgium, Italy, Spain, UK, and US) Fall 2019 (Talk January 15, 2020)
  6. Lauranne Jacobs (Political Geography Ph.D.) Gouverner la Frontière. Innovation dans la coopération transfrontalière des territoires alpins. Septembre 14, 2017
  7. Graeme Crouch (Political Science PH.D.) Rethinking Europeanization: Twinning and NGO Cooperation in Eastern Europe, fall 2016


Dr. Brunet-Jailly speaks about the new course 'Intergovernmental Relations: Comparing the European Union and Canada'.

The Jean Monnet Chair in Innovative Governance also included:

Dr. Brunet-Jailly talks about ADMN 578, a course he developped as a Jean Monnet Chair.

About Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly is a Professor at Public Administration at the University of Victoria. He held a Jean Monnet Chair in European Urban and Border Region Policy from 2010 to 2015. He was also the Director of the European Union Centre for Excellence from 2012 to 2016, Director of the 2019-2022 Jean Monnet EU Centre of Excellence and the Director of the SSHRC funded Borders in Globalization (BIG) partnership grant. In addition, he is also the Associate Director of the Institute for EU and European Studies. He held the latest Jean Monnet Chair in Innovative Governance. 

At the University of Victoria, Dr. Brunet-Jailly teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses - including two Jean Monnet courses - as well as offers guest lectures. He has also supervised over 30 graduate students and has been involved in several doctoral committees over the years. Dr. Brunet-Jailly also lectures and researches at reputable universities across Europe, North America, and Asia. In the Fall of 2012, Dr. Brunet-Jailly was a visiting Fellow at France's CNRS Pacte Research Centre working on Comparative Urban and Territorial Governance research program with Prof. Amilhat Szary.

Over the past ten years, Dr. Brunet-Jailly has also taught the following courses:

EUS 300 European integration: Socio-economic and political developments

EUS 300 offers students a historical background to and a contemporary account of modern European politics and society. The approach is comparative, concentrating on similarities and differences between selected European countries. Crucial social cleavages, selected policy fields, traditions in political culture and institutional settings are studied from a comparative and genuinely European perspective.

ADMN 420 The public policy process

This course offers an introduction to the policy process in the public sector. Includes analysis of current theories of policy-making and examines case studies from Canadian contexts. Topics include: policy formation; the policy communication process; the structural aspects of policy execution; and the human dimensions of implementation and coordination of policies in public sector organizations.

ADMN 423 Local government in British Columbia

ADMN 423 provides an examination of the legislative framework, organization, operation and finance of local government service delivery and regulation in British Columbia.

ADMN 520 Managing complex policy issues

ADMN 520 (no longer offered) explores a full cycle on a current policy issue. Students are required to formulate proposals and submit recommendations for policy responses, including assessment of requirements for inter-agency, inter-governmental and public consultation, and proposals for dealing with questions of implementation, organizational innovation, delivery, compliance and enforcement.

ADMN 551 Administrative justice and federalism

This course examines constitutional and administrative law structures and principles that underlie Canada's administrative justice system. Students develop critical understanding of
  1. characteristics of federal and provincial systems,
  2. legal principles under which statutory decision making is done,
  3. process and principles applied to development of administrative justice system legislation, 
  4. breadth and influence of tribunal decisions on activities of Canadians.

Examples are drawn from federal and provincial levels; comparisons to US, UK and France as appropriate.

ADMN 553 Understanding cities

ADMN 553 (no longer offered) explores cities as the basic building block to society. Cities offer an interesting opportunity to study political, social and economic issues. Examines European and North American/Canadian cities using academic and government resources to analyze and compare their various aspects.

ADMN 602 Research methods in public administration

This course offers students an overview of the most prominent research methods employed in public administration, concentrating on procedures for collecting and analyzing empirical data. Students are introduced to key methodological issues and debates and are required to critically appraise examples of applications of methods in the literature.