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Department of Political and Social Sciences - Florence School of Transnational Governance - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies - Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies

EUI scholars active in three new CIVICA collaborative research projects

In June 2024, the CIVICA alliance announced the selection of eight innovative collaborative research projects across partner institutions following its latest call for proposals.

10 July 2024 | Research


The selected projects will benefit from CIVICA's collaborative environment, leveraging the expertise and resources of the different universities in the alliance. EUI scholars are participating in three of these projects, which will run until May 2026.

In EVALUSE, lead investigator Gaia Taffoni (Florence School of Transnational Governance), together with scholars Diane Stone (Florence School of Transnational Governance), Anne Revillard (Sciences Po), and Thilo Bodenstein (Central European University), will investigate the nuanced dynamics of evidence use in policymaking, focusing on how evaluation outcomes are integrated into decisions—a critical yet underexplored area. The project explores the conditions that foster effective utilisation of evaluations within the policy framework, emphasising the diverse expertise of stakeholders.

P.R.O.L.E. explores the influence of vested interests on EU climate-related policies, aiming to balance public benefits with private efforts while preventing such interests from shaping political decisions. Conducted by scholars Fabio G. Santeramo (EUI Robert Schuman Centre), Simon Hix (EUI Department of Political and Social Sciences), Valentina Bosetti (Bocconi University), and Asya Magazinnik (Hertie School), the project will create a comprehensive dataset of lobbying activities and political outcomes in EU institutions, sourced from Integrity Watch EU, the EU Transparency Register, and VoteWatch EU.

The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine resulted in over 4.2 million non-EU citizens under temporary protection in the EU as of March 2024. RE-EMERGE investigates refugee entrepreneurship as a means to integrate refugees into host countries, support Ukraine's recovery, and enhance economic and civic agency. It aims to understand the conditions under which refugee entrepreneurship fosters economic innovation, civic empowerment, and transnational connectivity. Participating EUI scholars are Andrew Geddes (Director, Migration Policy Centre, EUI Robert Schuman Centre), and Lenka Dražanová (EUI Robert Schuman Centre).


CIVICA brings together ten leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences, humanities, business management and public policy, with a total of 72,000 students and 13,000 faculty members. Together, they build on an ever-stronger combination of teaching research and innovation to mobilise and share knowledge as a public good and to facilitate civic responsibility in Europe and beyond.

Last update: 15 July 2024

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