Thematic Research Groups 2016-2017

In 2014 the Max Weber Programme introduced a number of Thematic Research Groups 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.

The Thematic Research Groups for the academic year 2016-2017 are:


This theme has a double focus on citizenship and migration.

It looks at issues of political and legal constructions of community, boundaries and membership at local, national and supranational levels and to newest developments (empirical and theoretical) in this field. It also discusses novel trends in the field of migration  and  mobility.  Finally,  and  most  importantly,  the  theme  draws  the  link between evolving conceptions of citizenship and community with social and economic phenomena of transnationalism and of cultural diversity management in an increasingly mobile and interconnected world.

Leads: Anna Triandafyllidou (RSCAS)


Giulia Bonazza (HEC)

Mauro Lanati (RSCAS)

Jose Juan Perez Melendez (HEC)

Seetha Menon (ECO)

Mate Rigo (HEC)

Evangelia Tsourdi (LAW)


Nobody can doubt that the need to combine social and economic diversity with some form of legal and political unity has formed a key problem for any political and legal order from the beginning of recorded history and remains so in the contemporary world. 

This theme seeks to bring together researchers from all four of the EUI’s core disciplines interested in developing an interdisciplinary dialogue about the different ways, both empirically and theoretically, diversity and unity can be combined  from a federalist or a subsidiarity perspective.  Different models of federalism and subsidiarity have been proposed for managing both the economic diversity of the Eurozone within the unity of a common currency, to the many different forms of combining diverse religious, ethnic, linguistic, and material values and preferences within a single legal, political and economic unit. 

Topics suitable for this group might include discussion of how markets operate as mechanisms for uniting sellers and buyers offering and possessing a diversity of  products and preferences; diversity and unity within multicultural societies; studies of different types of federalism; and the governance of the EU as a mechanism for combining unity with diversity, among other issues.

Leads: Richard Bellamy (MWP) and Stefan Grundmann (LAW)


Shreya Atrey (LAW)

Johann Robert Basedow (RSCAS)

Maria Adele Carrai (LAW)

Amuitz Garmendia Madariaga (SPS)

Alexander Katzaitis (RSCAS)

Katarzyna Kryla-Cudna (LAW)

Sophie Lemiere (RSCAS)

Andrej Milivojevic (HEC)

Clara Rauchegger (LAW)

Stefanie Reher (SPS) 

Line Rennwald (SPS)






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.

Leads: Ulrich Krotz (RSCAS) and Federico Romero (HEC)


Sinem Casale (HEC)

Matteo Faini (RSCAS)

Tine Gade (RSCAS)

Ioannis Galariotis (SPS)

Jonathan Greenwood (HEC)

Paul van Hooft (SPS)

Stefano Marcuzzi (RSCAS)

Eva-Maria Muschik (HEC)

Marta Musso (HEC)

Cynthia Salloum (SPS)

Akisato Suzuki (SPS)




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)


Paul Bauer (SPS)   

Maria Ines Berniell (ECO) 

Maxim Goryunov (ECO)

Pablo Gracia (SPS) 

Nevena Kulic (SPS)





This group brings together researchers with an interest in legal, political and social theory, both past and present. Themes will include the nature of law; justification and legitimacy;  normative  and  metaethical  theory;  including the  relationship  of  law  and politics   to   morality; social   and  political   philosophy   and   their   application   to   the assessment of public policies and practices. The group will provide a forum for interdisciplinary exchange on these and similar themes, and dialogue between those interested in various contemporary theories and/or the history of ideas.

Leads: Richard Bellamy (MWP), Nehal Bhuta (LAW), Ann Thomson (HEC)


Alexandra Chadwick (HEC)

Lior Erez (SPS)

Philipp Hacker (LAW)

Christine Hobden (SPS) 

Steven Klein (SPS)

Damjan Kukovec (LAW)

David Lebow (LAW)

Veronika Pehe (HEC)

Andrei Poama (SPS)

Katalin Straner (HEC)

Henrietta Zeffert (SPS)





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.

Lead:  Youssef Cassis (HEC and Schuman Centre), Richard Portes (Padoa-Schioppa Chair, RSCAS)


Lian Allub (ECO)

Silvia Calo (RSCAS)

Anna Chadwick (LAW)

Francesco Molteni (ECO)

Vera Scepanovic (SPS)

The following Fellows have chosen not to belong to a Thematic Research Group:

Ran Eilat (ECO)

Audrey Millet (HEC)

Kym Pram (ECO)

Laura Pamina Seelkopf (RSCAS)

Aris Trantidis (SPS)

Gary Winslett (RSCAS)




Page last updated on 17 August 2017

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