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.

Round 1 has now closed. Read below for recipients and further details

 Round 1 - Recipients

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.




International Trade and Sustainable Development: The Future of Climate and Biodiversity Governance

POLICY BRIEF No.26 - Dr. Tracey Dodd, Prof. Johanna Kujala, Dr. Riikka Tapaninaho, Dr. Annika Blomberg, Dr. Anna Hannula, Heta Leinonen, and Filippe Delarissa Barros. History shows that existing approaches to international treaties, like the Paris Agreement, have not yet delivered adequate action to avoid catastrophic climate change by the turn of the century. A new approach to climate and biodiversity governance is therefore needed. Specifically, one that can consider tensions brewing across the principles of national interests and trade liberalism, and the critical issue of sustainable development that can ensure global economic stability and continued productive trade between nations.



Carbon Border Tax: How the CBAM could hold great potential for Australian Business

WORKING PAPER 14: Soon the Australian government’s Carbon Leakage review will recommend whether the country should adopt a border carbon tax, or not. In our latest Working Paper Dr Susan Stone sets out her reasoning for why we should.



ACITI 2023 Annual Conference

IIT's Professor Peter Draper recently attended and presented at Australian Centre for International Trade and Investment 2023 Annual Conference.
This years focus: Emission, Environment and Energy: impact and implications for Australia's international trade and investment



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.

European Union

Funded by the European Union.