The research interests of the members of the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) span across comparative politics, international relations, sociology, and social and political theory. 
We focus on contemporary phenomena, at the national, sub-national and transnational level, mainly but not exclusively in Europe.

We support an eclectic approach to research projects and doctoral theses, often cutting across traditional academic boundaries. A variety of method courses and workshops on data gathering and analysis are available in the first two years—survey, experimental and ethnographic; quantitative and qualitative—while field-work and data collection normally take place in the second and third year.


New appointment

Anton HemerijckProf. Anton Hemerijck has been appointed professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, starting as of 1 January 2017.

His research themes are: Welfare reform across Europe, including the impact of EU social, employment and economic policy coordination, from the perspective of the comparative politics of public policy.

The seminar he will teach at the EUI in the second term is "Changing Welfare States in Hard Times".

Short CV, incl. publications



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