Simon Sweeney is a Lecturer in International Political Economy and Business at the York Management School at the University of York. He was formerly with the Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University. Before that he was Head of Programme for the MA International Studies at York St. John University.
Sweeney's writing includes work in different disciplines. He has written a politics text book for Longman, 'Europe, the State and Globalisation', as well as chapters in edited collections. He has also worked as both an author and co-author, producing text books in English language teaching, with a particular interest in communication skills for adult learners working in business and professional environments. These include works on management, marketing and finance for business management students and professionals.
On 12 January 2013 a letter from Sweeney was published by the Guardian newspaper containing thought-provoking data relating to benefits arising from membership of the European Union, and the former European Economic Community, constituting an ingredient for debate over the forthcoming referendum on the nature of Britain's membership of the EU.
Since 2006, Sweeney has been one of 14 UK Bologna Experts. The Bologna Process aims to create the European Higher Education Area by making academic degree standards and quality assurance standards more comparable and compatible throughout Europe.
He is also a PhD student at the University of Leeds. His research is on European Security and Defence Policy 1998-2009. He has a longstanding interest in the European Union and the integration process, including the Single European Market.
He is an Associate of the Higher Education Academy, with a special interest in the internationalisation of higher education, internationalisation strategy, and the Bologna Process. He is available for consultancy work in these areas.
- 2006 National Teaching Fellowship (Higher Education Academy)
- 2006-13 UK Bologna Expert (UK Socrates Erasmus Council and British Council, European Commission-funded)
- 2008-09 Sounds Good JISC-funded audio feedback project led by Bob Rotheram at Leeds Metropolitan University (with Newman University College and Northampton University)
- 2007-09 C4C CETL Team Fellowship – Project Leader Enabling e-Learning: creativity in Virtual Space (EEL) External partners: National Association of Writers in Education, Wimba Educational Software.
- 1997-2004: English365 initiator, partner, and co-author of 3-level professional/business English course, English365, Cambridge University Press
- 1995-2001 Jean Monnet Scholar; Jean Monnet Project EC-funded Module development contributing to teaching and learning about European integration; three modules.
- 1995-98 Partner in international European Commission-funded Socrates Lingua Project: Handbook of Courses for Teachers of Modern Foreign Languages
- 1998-2000 Partner in international European Commission-funded Socrates Lingua Project: Using ICT in Foreign Language Teaching
Publications and Conference Papers
- Sweeney, S. (2005) Europe, the State and Globalisation, Longman.
- Sweeney, S. (2007) ‘Post-9/11 disorder and the European response: the values of international society’, in Bleitter, U. et al., (Eds) The New Europe at the Crossroads, New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
- Sweeney, S. (2007) ‘Globalisation, multiple threats and the weakness of international institutions: a community-centred response’ in Clay, C, Madden, M. and Potts L. (Eds) Towards Understanding Community: People and Places. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Sweeney, S (2009) ‘European integration and the construction of purpose: building partnerships for the global good’ Actas del IX Congreso ‘Cultura Europea’ Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona.
- Sweeney, S. (2002) ‘Nation states and globalisation: a case of acquiescence, not powerlessness’, Translating Class, Altering Hospitality, CentreCATH University of Leeds.
- Sweeney, S. (2003) ‘Powerlessness or acquiescence? Nation states and the response to the political project of globalisation’ UACES Annual Conference, University of Newcastle, January.
- Sweeney, S. (2005) ‘Post-9/11 disorder and the European response: the values of international society’, Multiculturalism: The New Europe, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, July 26–29.
- Sweeney, S. (2006) ‘Post Iraq: the evolution of ESDP’, Future of Social Democracy, University of Sheffield, June.
- Sweeney, S. (2006) ‘European Security and Defence Policy and the Challenges facing the European Arms Industry’, The New Europe at the Crossroads X, Berlin, July 2–5.
- Sweeney, S. (2006) ‘Narrative, history and memory’ Memoria, Historia, Amnesia: the afterlife of memory, CentreCATH, University of Leeds, July.
- Sweeney, S. (2006) ‘Changes in the international environment after 9/11: the importance of multilateralism’. Address to UNICEF Japan Committee, Tokyo, November 14.
- Sweeney, S. (2007) ‘La Evolución de la Política Europea de la Seguridad y la Defensa después de la Guerra en Irak 2003’ ITESO Universidad de Guadalajara MX 8 April.
- Sweeney, S. (2007) ‘The Evolution of European Security and Defence Policy post-Iraq 2003: straw, sticks or bricks?’ Political Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Bath, 11–13 April.
- Sweeney, S. (2007) ‘European integration after 50 years: a project in search of a vision’, The New Europe at the Crossroads XI, York St John University, York, July 15–18.
- Sweeney, S. (2007) ‘European integration and the construction of purpose: building partnerships for the global good’ at IX Congreso ‘Cultura Europea’ Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona. 23–25 October.
- Sweeney, S. (2008) 'Industrial incapacity: the lack of an integrated defence industry is a barrier to an effective ESDP' Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Swansea University, 1–3 April.
- Sweeney, S. (2008) ‘European integration after 50 years: a project in search of a vision’ Town & Gown Lecture, York St John University, June 18.
- Sweeney, S. (2008) ‘Understanding democracy: defending peace, justice and human rights’ Keynote lecture/workshop at XIV International Symposium on Education for Peace, Justice & Human Rights, ITESO Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara, Mexico. 6–14 September.
- Sweeney, S. (2008) 'The European Union: How does it work?' (Book review) Journal of Common Market Studies 46 (4) 930.
- Sweeney, S. (2009) 'European Security and Defence Policy: the evidence from missions that ESDP is gaining substance, or not?' Political Studies Association Annual Conference. University of Manchester, 7–9 April.
- Sweeney, S. (2009) ‘Case Studies in Electronic Feedback’ HEA-C-SAP conference The Virtual University? Social Science Critiques of Learning and Teaching in the Age of Digital Reproduction. London.
- Sweeney, S. (2009) ‘ESDP: a transition from civilian to military power or merely another postmodern instrument in search of perpetual peace?’ Repertoires of Violence: multidisciplinary analyses of the representation of peace and conflict’ York St John University. 1-2
- Sweeney, S. (2009) ‘Internationalisation and the use of electronic media in teaching and assessment: live webinars and audio feedback, some apparent benefits and drawbacks’ Enhancing e-Learning in the Social Sciences. C-SAP On-line Journal. HEA. July.
- Sweeney, S. (2010) ‘Analysing European Security and Defence Policy: not much defence and little security, so what is it?’ PSA Annual Conference, Edinburgh, April 21
- Sweeney, S. (2010) ‘Where’s Europe going? Lessons from CSDP’ Europe at the Crossroads XIV, Vienna
- Sweeney, S. (2010) ‘Bologna Process: responding to the post-2010 challenge’ Higher Education Academy, York
- Sweeney, S. (2011) 'Common Security & Defence Policy: is the EU's cup half full or half empty?' Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Hammersmith, London. April.
- Sweeney, S. (2011) 'European Union as Peacekeeper: EUFOR Althea in Bosnia Herzegovina - Europeanization in Practice?' Europe at the Crossroads XV, Dublin. 1–4 July.
- Sweeney, S. (2011) 'Reconstructing Spain: cultural heritage and memory after civil war' (Book review) International Journal of Heritage Studies, 17(6) 629-631.
- Sweeney, S. (2012) 'European Union as Peacekeeper: EUFOR Althea in Bosnia Herzegovina - Europeanization in Practice?' Political Studies Association Annual Conference. Belfast. 3–5 April.
- Wickham, M., Dunn, A., & Sweeney, S. (2012) 'Analysis of the leading tourism journals 1999-2008' Annals of Tourism Research, 39(3) 1714-18
- Sweeney, S. (2012) 'Common Security and Defence Policy Legitimacy and Process: to What Extent is EUFOR Althea Supported by Due Political Process and is the Mission Fit-for-purpose?' UACES Annual Conference. Passau, Germany. 3–5 September.
- Sweeney, S. (2012) 'Going Mobile: Internationalisation, Mobility and the European Higher Education Area' Higher Education Authority/British Council.
- Sweeney, S. (2013) ‘Emergence and coexistence: European and member state strategic cultures, cooperation or competition?’ UACES CRN Workshop on CSDP and Strategy. Guildford: University of Surrey, 1 February.
- Sweeney, S. (2013) ‘Common Security and Defence Policy After Lisbon: executivization marginalising foreign policy’ PSA Annual Conference, Cardiff. 25–27 March.
- Sweeney, S. (2013) ‘Legitimacy and the EU Common Security and Defence Policy: the credibility gap between rhetoric and results’ EUSA Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland. 9–11 May.
- Sweeney, S. (2013) ‘The Evolution of an EU ‘institution’: Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)’ CEGBI/CSWL Annual Conference, York Management School, University of York 13–14 June
- Sweeney, S. (2013) 'Emergent strategic culture and coexistence: can a CSDP based on lowest common denominator agreement be strategic?' UACES Annual Conference, Exchanging Ideas on Europe, University of Leeds 2–4 September.
- Sweeney, S. (2013) 'Making European Monetary Union' (Book Review) International Affairs, 89(3), 763-4.
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