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EUI scholars active in four new CIVICA Research collaborative projects

The European university alliance CIVICA announced in late 2022 the winners of funding after the latest call for collaborative research projects.

12 January 2023 | Research


These projects are co-operations between different universities in the CIVICA alliance, and EUI scholars are participating in four of these projects.

Merita, whose lead researcher at the EUI is Andrew Geddes (Director, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre), is developing a forum across 10 CIVICA alliance partners on the topic of integration of migrants in Europe, studied through a spectrum of disciplines (political sciences, law, management, sociology and economics). The forum will seek research synergies on two central questions: (1) What are current (competing) logics in thinking integration and (2) what are the potential implications of these logics? – in particular, the possible creation of increased social and racial inequality in societies.

DigiPublicValues explores how public values can be preserved when the delivery of digitised public services is delegated to private actors. The project team will address mechanisms to protect public values and ensure digital sovereignty in the context of digital public–private partnerships in multiple sectors. Participating EUI scholars are Deirdre Curtin, Valerie Albus, Francisco De Abreu, Marco Almada and Ludivine Stewart (all Department of Law).

Stephanie Hofmann (EUI's Robert Schuman Centre) will collaborate with Mareike Kleine (LSE) on the pilot phase of a large-scale project investigating People and International Politics in Post-War Europe (PIPPE). "This project is especially relevant after Russia's invasion of Ukraine," explains Hofmann. It asks, what lessons do citizens draw from experiencing major armed conflicts, and how do they think about international politics when war is immediate or recent, rather than a distant memory? Using surveys dating to 1945, the researchers aim to understand how people formulate coherent ideas about emerging tensions and the best ways to ensure peace, security, and stability.

ReLiCon, a team of four experts co-ordinated at the Hertie School with EUI participation by Gábor Halmai (History Department), seeks to lay the foundations for a larger investigation on the role that organised majority and (de facto) state religion play in democratic backsliding and the rise of illiberal democracy. The initial focus will be on Orthodox Christian and Catholic value claims in Hungary and Poland, and in the understudied cases of Bulgaria Czechia, Romania, Latvia and Moldova.

Descriptions of all the projects that were approved by CIVICA Research in this latest (2022) call can be found on the CIVICA website.

CIVICA Research brings together researchers from eight leading European universities in the social sciences to contribute knowledge and solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. The project aims to strengthen the research & innovation pillar of the European University alliance CIVICA. CIVICA Research is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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Last update: 22 August 2023

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