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Applied Data for Social Research Working Group

Data science, machine learning, big data and deep learning are ‘buzzwords’ in contemporary technology  policy-making. Recent advancements are broadening perspectives on how to maximise data utility. It is in the interest of social sciences to exploit the advantages offered by computational developments and their modelling techniques to better explain social phenomena, and contribute solutions for persistent societal challenges. The Working Group explores topics such as data mining, machine learning techniques, quantitative text analysis, ethical concerns around big data, data visualisation and storytelling, and evidence-informed policy-making. The agenda is flexible and modifieable based on the demands and interests of group members. 


The Working Group is an opportunity for researchers at any level or field to contemplate and discuss data science-related topics. Ideally, the group will meet once a month (or more frequently if there is explicit demand). Activities include seminar-style discussions of the group members' ongoing projects (e.g. structured feedback sessions on working papers) and hands-on demonstrations of specific data science techniques with applications on social phenomena.

Monitoring professor: Gaby Umbach

Coordinator: Igor Tkalec


Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Chair Research Working Group


The Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Chair, held by Professor Jean Pisani-Ferry, works on the analytical challenges and policy responses of global collective action problems, with a special focus on international macroeconomics and finance in Europe and the world. Solving these problems and attaining good global governance requires research that explores its various fields, their own governance structures and mechanisms, and their interactions.The Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Chair Research Working Group brings together researchers engaged in this kind of research and devoting themselves to these European and global issues, especially in the field of economic and monetary integration.The Group promotes an interdisciplinary approach and welcomes any EUI member whose research relates to global collective action problems and governance across departments and disciplines.

Contact email: [email protected]


The Muslim World Working Group

Directed by Professor Olivier Roy, Middle East Directions Programme

In the continuity of the activities organised in the previous years by the Middle East Working Group, the Working Group on the Muslim World aims to provide a space for discussion and debate on issues related not only to the Middle East region, but to the broader Muslim World in its diversity and complexity. This means addressing topics as diverse as political transition and military conflicts in the MENA region, transnational jihadism, Muslim communities in the West and religious politics in South-East Asia.


The Group promotes an interdisciplinary approach and welcomes any EUI member whose research relates to Islam and the Muslim World across departments and disciplines. We particularly encourage doctoral students and fellows to present their work and join us for the discussion. The Working Group will also coordinate its activities with the Middle East Directions programme. To be added to the mailing list or require further information, please send an email to [email protected].  The team: Alaa Badr (SPS), Théo Blanc (SPS), Inès Bolaños (SPS), Mathilde Zederman (RSC), Margot Dazey (SPS, MWF) and Olivier Roy (RSC). 

The Migration Working Group


Convened by Andrew GeddesMartin Ruhs and Leila Hadj-Abdou from the Migration Policy Centre, the Migration Working Group hosts a seminar series in order to foster exchange on the latest, cutting-edge migration research. In addition to established scholars, it wants to give especially early career scholars and PhD Students the opportunity to present their research.

Topics discussed in the seminar series overlap with the Migration Policy Centre (MPC)’s key research areas, such as public attitudes to migration and migration policies, labour markets, welfare states, and migration policies, Migration, foreign aid, and development, and others

See more details on the Calendar on the Migration Policy Centre’s website.

Former directors of the Migration Working Group: Anna Triandafyllidou (2012 - 2019), Rainer Bauböck (2008-2012), Jean-Pierre Cassarino (2006-2008), Virginie Guiraudon (2005-2006), Philippe Fargues (2004-2005), Franck Düvell (2002-2004). In relation to migration, the EUI also had a EUI Forum on Migration, Citizenship and Demography from 2014 to 2017, which provided a space for academics, experts, stakeholders and practitioners to reflect on movements of migrants and refugees.

Europe in the World Research Group

Directed by Professor Ulrich Krotz, Global Governance Programme, Europe in the World Area

This seminar series 'Europe in the World' is committed to the study of international politics and international history, including the EU’s external relations, European security, the EU’s global activities, and to broader questions of international security and world politics. This research group seeks to combine theoretical and conceptual research with empirical analysis central to the EU’s political and strategic development, and to its role and place in the world.

The seminars are organised in collaboration with the Department of Political and Social Sciences, the Department of History and Civilization and the Max Weber Programme.

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