Max Weber Programme Thematic Research Groups

researchthemesIn 2014 the Max Weber Programme introduced a number of Thematic Research Groups (TRG) to provide an interdisciplinary forum for those Fellows who wish to be part of a Group to present their on-going research, including the compulsory working paper that they must complete over the year.

Many of the Max Weber Lecturers are chosen with one of the Thematic Groups in mind, and as well as giving a lecture they are available to discuss the research of Fellows on an informal basis.

One or more Fellows from the group often do a videoed interview with the Lecturer and the Lecturers also conduct a Masterclass built around their work with the whole group.

Schedule of the TRG meetings for 2015-2016 (pdf)

The  Thematic Groups for the 2015-2016 academic year 

This theme explores the changing boundaries of citizenship brought about by migration. It examines the issues raised by this development from legal, political, sociological, historical and economic perspectives, and the various relations between these different dimensions. It also studies such novel transnational statuses as European citizenship, and the impact of regional economic areas more generally. It looks at how far increasing demands for multiple citizenships and the rise of multiculturalism are impacting the way citizenship is defined legally and politically, the historical precedents for such changes, and their economic causes and consequences.

Leads: Rainer Bauboeck (SPS) and Anna Triandafyllidou (RSCAS)




This thematic area brings together cutting edge research in the areas of international relations, international security, and world politics, all broadly defined. It seeks to integrate theoretical and conceptual insights with empirical research and political or historical relevance. It involves projects from the disciplines of international relations, political science, history, and law, as well as from related fields, and is both inter- and transdisciplinary.

While the cluster focuses on the EU and or one or more European states, it also embraces innovative projects investigating other geographical regions or states or otherwise engaging with world politics, as well as comparative research.

The sorts of topics likely to be explored include: Europe’s role and place in the emergent world of 21st century global politics; Europe’s foreign relations broadly, including the EU’s or European states’ evolving relations with the major and emerging powers (including the U.S., China, Russia, India, Brazil), as well as regional and global international organizations; foreign, security, and defense policy; the impact of the grand shifts and continuities in international affairs on Europe itself.

The foreign affairs-international security-world politics thematic area is hosted by the program on Europe in the World within the Global Governance Program at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

Lead: Ulrich Krotz (RSCAS), Federico Romero (HEC)

More informations on "Europe in the World" can be found here


This theme addresses national, transnational and supranational political systems in both democratizing and established democratic systems. It looks at issues of political equality, the shift from government to governance, and the relations between law and politics. It combines empirical and normative analysis, and perspectives from history, political science and law.

Sub-group 1

Fellows in Sub-group 1:


Sub-group 2:

Fellows in Sub-group 2:

The theme brings together economists, sociologists, political economists, economic historians and lawyers with an interest in the empirical study of the trade off between inequality and efficiency, both at the micro and societal level. It explores this issue in the areas of education and the labour market, based on age, gender, socio-economic background, ethnicity with specific reference to the relation between various dimensions of inequality, efficiency and different institutional arrangements across countries and over time. It compares the key questions that are put forward in the different disciplinary fields and looks at the different research designs employed to address them.

Leads: Fabrizio Bernardi (SPS), Andrea Ichino (ECO)


This theme is inspired by the work of Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa (1940-2010), a central banker and Minister of the Economy and Finance in Italy (2006-08). He is often credited as the father of the European single currency. The theme brings together economists working on monetary policies, international macroeconomics and finance, economic historians, political economists, and lawyers interested in financial regulation and constitutionalism, to explore issues in these broad areas in which Padoa-Schioppa worked and wrote.

Leads: Youssef Cassis (HEC)), Richard Portes  (Padoa-Schioppa Chair, RSCAS)



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