Project Summary

A brief summary about the REBUILD Centre, Next Generation EU (NGEU), research focuses and our outputs.

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence REBUILD (‘Recovery of Europe, Budget of the Union: Integration, Law & Democracy’) is a brand new project set up by DCU, funded under the EU Erasmus+ programme, and led by Professor Federico Fabbrini (Founding Director of the Brexit Institute).

It is a multi-disciplinary academic centre of research, aiming to examine in depth the innovative €750bn Next Generation EU (NGEU) Recovery Fund, agreed in 2020 and operational since 2021. NGEU is the EU’s response to the devastating economic crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic and constitutes one of the most ground-breaking developments in European integration.

We are a three-year (2022-2025) Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.
REBUILD is an initiative of Dublin City University (DCU), led and coordinated by DCU’s Brexit Institute.

Our Research

The objectives of REBUILD are:


To create at DCU a focal point of high level experts with competence and knowledge of all aspects of EU studies relevant to NGEU


To conduct in-depth research that will critically evaluate the functioning of NGEU with regard to three specific metrics – Governance, Values, and Resources


To develop synergies through knowledge exchange between experts within REBUILD, across DCU and throughout transnational scholarly networks


To disseminate the acquired knowledge to the widest possible audience, including policymakers

Our Outputs

We facilitate a series of public events allowing scholars from across Europe to share their research with one another and engage in broader debate with key decision-makers and the general public.

We curate a blog and a podcast and video recordings of events will be made available. We will also disseminate research findings through traditional academic publication channels such as books, articles or working papers.