The Centre is home to faculty members, graduate students and associates who conduct research on Europe and Eurasia and publish their work across a variety of academic disciplines. These include Anthropology, History, Geography, Law, Politics and Sociology. The Centre is committed to enhancing inter-disciplinary knowledge about and public engagement with the cultures, histories, institutions, and politics of Europe and Eurasia and itself is part of a renowned social science and humanities research infrastructure at Maynooth University. Faculty members participate in a wide variety of international networks which help to support and sustain the creation and dissemination of knowledge and strengthen ties across disciplines and national jurisdictions.
 
The Centre and its faculty members have a demonstrated record of success in attracting funding from a wide array of national and international bodies, including:

The Centre launched a new inter-disciplinary Occasional Paper series in 2015, with the aim of publishing high quality research on Europe and Eurasia, with contributions from scholars at Maynooth University and colleagues at a wide range of European and international universities.
 
Amongst the conferences/colloquia hosted by the Centre since its inception in 2007 were:

  • Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Russian and Central and Eastern European Studies (IARCEES), Maynooth University, May 2016
  • Symposium: The Balkans 20 Years after the Dayton Accords, Maynooth University, November 2015.
  • Joint organizer, ‘IACES Annual State of the Union Conference’, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 27 November 2015.
  • Roundtable on Crimea Crisis, NUI Maynooth, March 2014.
  • Jean Monnet Workshop on ‘National parliaments in the European Union’, European Parliament Office, Dublin, 6-7 December 2013.
  • Co-organizer of symposium ‘Ireland and Europe after four decades of EU membership’, University College Cork, 28-9 November 2013;
  • Symposium on ‘The Arab Spring and its Aftermath’, Hosted by the Centre for the Study of Wider Europe, NUI Maynooth, 7 March 2013.
  • Co-organizer of conference on the role of Humanities and Social sciences in Irish and European life, Royal Irish Academy, 7 May 2013; http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/HSS_2013_Programme-final.pdf
  • Symposium on ‘Europe’s Fragile Peace: Conflict, violence and transition in the wake of Europe’s World Wars’, Hosted by the Centre for the Study of Wider Europe, NUI Maynooth, 6 March 2013.
  • Symposium on 2012 US Presidential Election, NUI Maynooth, 5 October 2012.
  • Co-organization of conference on Innovation, technology and Change, Irish Presidency of the EU 2013, ‘Communicating Europe’ programme of the Department of An Taoiseach, (With Professor Margaret Kelleher and Dr. Michael Geary), 21 June 2012, Maynooth University.
  • Symposium, Europe in Crisis: present challenges, future trajectories’, NUI Maynooth, 1 March 2012, http://www.widereurope.ie/news_events/95/cswe_%5C%27europe_in_crisis%5C%27_symposium.html
  • ee the Irish Times report on the symposium: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0302/1224312634989.html?via=rel
  • Conference on EU-Turkey Relations, ‘The European Union and Turkey: the Accession Negotiations and Beyond’, NUI Maynooth, 18 November 2010; www.widereurope.ie
  • Postgraduate conference on Central, Eastern, South-eastern Europe, November 2009, www.widereurope.ie
  • Host, IARCEES Annual conference 2009, ‘1989: Europe Twenty Years On’, hosted by the CSWE NUI Maynooth, April 2009, http://www.iarcees.org/docs/ConferenceProgramme2009.pdf 

Amongst the distinguished speakers the Centre has hosted in recent years are:

  • John Bruton, former Taoiseach and EU Ambassador to the United States
  • Professor Cathie Carmichael (University of East Anglia)
  • Professor Christopher Clark, (University of Cambridge)
  • Professor Antoaneta Dimitrova, (Leiden University)
  • Lucinda Creighton TD (Minister for European Affairs)
  • Paschal Donohoe TD (Minister for European Affairs)
  • Professor Tom Gallagher (Bradford University)
  • Dr. Julia Eichenberg (Humboldt University)
  • Professor Robert Gerwarth, (University College Dublin)
  • Mary Fitzgerald, Foreign Correspondent, The Irish Times)
  • Dr. James Ker-Lindsay (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Professor Alan Kramer (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Dr. Neophytos Lozidis (University of Kent)
  • Professor Sinisa Malesevic, (University College Dublin)
  • Professor Anthony McElligott (University of Limerick)
  • Dr. Donnacha O’ Beachain, (Dublin City University)
  • Conor O’ Cleary (The Irish Times)
  • Mr. Bill Park (King’s College, London)
  • Professor Neil Robinson (University of Limerick)
  • Professor Brendan Simms (University of Cambridge)
  • Stephan Starr (The Irish Times)
  • Dr Uğur Ümit Üngör (University of Utrecht)
  • Professor Stephan White (Glasgow University)