Centre for New European Research COE Programme
Institute for the Study of Global Issues and Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University
The Institute for Research on Global Issues was co-host of the Centre for New European Research, which ran from 2004 until 2009 under the Japanese government-funded 21st Century Centre of Excellence Programme. The Centre for New European Research addressed the challenges faced by Europe and the challenges that Europe poses to the rest of the world. Researchers were organised into four groups, working on the modern European system, on Europe outside Europe, on challenges posed by Europe, and on the European experiment. ISGI researchers played key roles in the project. Kazuyasu Ochiai led the Europe Outside Europe research group, in which four other ISGI members of staff also participated: Yoshiko Ashiwa, Shiro Kodamaya, Jonathan Lewis, and Naoko Miyaji. They explored the legacies of European colonialism in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the meanings attached to European ideas in those regions today. Former ISGI professor Masanori Naito worked on Muslim immigration to Europe and Europe's relations with the Middle East as part of the Challenges Posed By Europe group. Keiko Seki and Toshio Iyotani were also involved in the project. Jonathan Lewis was in charge of the Centre for New European Research website. That task led him to discover an open-source content management system called Plone which represents the best of European design and attention to accessibility and multilingualism.
For PhD students in the Institute for the Study of Global Issues, the COE Programme offered the opportunity to receive research funding as a COE Fellow, and also to be employed as an Associate Researcher while still retaining graduate student status.