“Genesis and Development of the Schengen Area” Chair

This project came at a time when the Schengen area was undergoing profound adaptations against the backdrop of a migratory crisis. Within the framework of the Alliance Europa programme, it seemed necessary to develop research in order to clarify the foundation and genesis of the Schengen area, so as to better understand and explain the dynamics that drive its development and adaptations.

Over a period of two years, this project was led by Yves Pascouau, associate researcher at the University of Nantes and a post-doctoral researcher, under the supervision of Michel Catala.

The research project started in September 2017 and ended in December 2019.



Founder of www.EuropeanMigrationLaw.eu - Associate researcher at the University of Nantes. Doctor in public law from the University of Pau and the Pays de l'Adour. His thesis deals with "The European Union's migration policy". Holder of the "Genesis and development of the Schengen area" chair from 2017 to 2019.

Former director at the European Policy Centre (Brussels) –

Senior Research Associate at the Jacques Delors Institute (Paris) –

Some links :

– Yves Pascouau’s Twitter account

– European Migration Law’s Twitter account

Michel Catala



Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Nantes - Director of the Institute for European and Global Studies.

The director of the Institute for European and Global Studies since its creation in 2015, Michel Catala launched the RFI Alliance Europa programme in 2013, with Arnauld Leclerc. A university professor since 2004, he directed the CRHIA, a history laboratory bringing together 50 teacher-researchers and 89 doctoral students in Nantes and La Rochelle. He has a long practice of directing research structures and collective research programmes on the history of Europe on a regional (DCIE) and national (Labex EHNE) scale. A specialist in the history of international relations in Europe and the history of European construction, he has been teaching these subjects for 15 years. He is the author of numerous publications on these issues, and has also launched many international partnerships. He is the founding president of the Maison de l’Europe in Nantes, and is particularly familiar with civil society and local authority actors working on European issues in Nantes and the Loire region.

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Post-doctoral student at the Schengen Chair held by Yves Pascouau.

A doctor in political science from the Lumière-Lyon2 University, her research focuses on the construction of the European political space.

Her post-doctorate is funded by LABEX EHNE and the Université Bretagne Loire.