Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Trade & Environment

Funded under the European Union Erasmus Plus Program, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Trade & Environment gathers leading academics from across The University of Adelaide with expertise in European Studies, including international trade, environment, business, entrepreneurship, and international relations to create a focal point of competence and knowledge on the European Union in the context of trade and environment. 

This innovative centre leverages existing expertise, activities, and networks across the institution to conduct cutting-edge research that seeks to understand and inform the development of environmentally friendly trade and investment policy across the European Union and Asia Pacific. The Centre’s trans-disciplinary approach enables coverage of a wide variety of regulatory issues related to trade and environment and development of research resources and capabilities with broad relevance and application across the institution and beyond campus.  Specific objectives include:

  • Promoting research excellence in the field of EU studies
  • Fostering dialogue between the academic world and society
  • Generating knowledge and insights in support of EU policymaking and strengthening the role of the EU within a globalised world
  • Reaching out to a wider public and spreading knowledge about the EU to wider society through the implementation of a suite of coherent and strategic research and outreach activities

Jean Monnet Centre Director: Peter Draper

Jean Monnet Centre Coordinator: Sarah Warner


Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Trade & Environment is offering a grant, awarded on a competitive basis, for research papers exploring the linkages between trade and environment.
Grantees will be eligible for a payment of up to AUD 7,500. The winning papers will be officially announced through the Institute for International Trade’s (IIT) dissemination channels and posted to the COE’s website.

Proposals due 22nd September 2023 


Partners & Steering Committee
  • Prof Andrew Lowe - The University of Adelaide

    Andrew Lowe

    Professor Andrew Lowe, Interim Director, Environment Institute, The University of Adelaide

    Andrew is a dynamic and innovative research leader with over 10 years senior experience in university, government, start-up industry and community sectors. He brings high energy and instils infectious enthusiasm into teams and groups he engages with.  

    Currently Andrew is Director of Food Innovation, a University-wide role reporting to the DVCR, that brings together expertise in research and teaching across faculties, institutes and schools to coordinate and provide a single entry point for the significant food industry and government sectors across South Australia, and internationally. Andrew is also Deputy Dean – Partnerships and Collaboration in the Faculty of Science, and has overseen the submission of several multi-million dollar contracts for state and federal funding, he has coordinated early and mid-career mentoring programs to build and sustain meaningful partnerships between university and external stakeholders. Andrew has also served in executive positions in the government sector, including Director of the South Australian Museum (2013-2014), and Head of Science within the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resoruces (2006-2012).


  • Prof Michael Goodsite - The University of Adelaide

    Michael Goodsite

    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Energy Futures), Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources, Division of Research and Innovation

    Professor Michael Evan Goodsite is the foundation Pro Vice-Chancellor (Energy Futures) and holds the complementary role of Director of The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources (ISER).  His role is to consolidate the University’s position in renewable energy technologies and sustainability and to help position the University for a leadership role as the State and nation transition to a different energy future.

    He helps coordinate relevant University research activities across the Faculties, as well as with strategic external research partners and represents the University in relation to sustainability and energy futures at all levels of Government and industry.  

    In addition, Professor Goodsite leads the implementation and evolution of the University’s FAME Sustainability Strategy and has, where appropriate, oversight of the University’s sustainability initiatives on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).


  • Prof Emeritus Michael Young - The University of Adelaide

    Mike Young

    School of Economics and Public Policy, Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

    Mike Young holds a Research Chair in Energy, Water and Environmental the University of Adelaide and was the Founding Executive Director of the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

    As a result of an Australian Government endowment, each year Harvard University appoints one person to the Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University. In recognition of his contribution to the development of water policy in Australia, Mike was appointed to this Chair at Harvard University for the 2013/14 academic year. While at Harvard, he taught a course on transformational environmental policy reform. An Earthscan book on this topic is nearing completion. 


  • Lisa McAuley - CEO Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA)

    Lisa McAuley

    CEO,Global Trade Professionals Alliance
    The Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) is an organisation that cultivates international standards within the industry. The aim is to create a trade environment that is both inclusive and trusted by all.

    GTPA is an established domestic non-profit corporation to offer a series of solutions to assist international trading businesses to assess and diagnose their capability gaps, access up-skilling solutions, be internationally recognised as capable and trusted traders and join global business support networks.

    Lisa has worked in international trade for over 15 years, most recently as CEO of the ECA has seen the organisation focus on ground-breaking research and advocacy projects that promote and enhance the global competitiveness of SMEs. Lisa lends her passion for international trade and her respected voice in the industry to various initiatives, from an advisory role on the AmCham Trade Advisory Group, to the board of CargoHound and the Executive Director of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA). She has extensive experience across Asia, Europe, and North America, and in several multilateral forums.




Sustainability in European Union Trade Policy

30 June, 2023. The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence hosted its inaugural seminar on Sustainability in European Union Trade Policy. The EU’s trade policy sets out to support a transformation of its economy and help foster global sustainable development. This can substantially influence global trade and investment and serve as an instrument to attain climate neutrality.



Seminar: Sustainability in European Union Trade Policy

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence invites you to its inaugural seminar on Sustainability in European Union Trade Policy.
The EU’s trade policy sets out to support a transformation of its economy and help foster global sustainable development. This can substantially influence global trade and investment and serve as an instrument to attain climate neutrality.



Carbon Tax Creep Beyond Industrial Goods: Challenges and Risks for Extending Coverage to Agriculture

Tim Ryan is completing a Masters in International Trade and Development at the University of Adelaide, and is Manager of Global Trade Development at Meat & Livestock Australia. 
Governments around the world are implementing emissions reduction policies to mitigate the impact of global warming, however the application of climate policies will occur at different speeds and depth due to varying levels of development and degrees of ambition. There are inherent dangers from unilateral expansion of carbon tax regimes, not least protectionism, hence this brief argue for a cautious and multilateral approach to carbon taxation.



Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Trade & Environment

The University of Adelaide, through its Institute for International Trade, has established the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Trade and Environment. Funded by the EU’s Erasmus Plus programme, the COE will work across the University, including its Environment Institute and Institute for Sustainability and Resources, to catalyse research into linkages between international trade and the environment. The COE will also emphasise stakeholder and community engagement to raise awareness of these linkages.

European Union

Funded by the European Union.