Research project

InDivEU - Integrating Diversity in the European Union

InDivEU is a consortium that aims to contribute to the debate on the ‘Future of Europe’ by re-assessing, developing and testing a range of models and scenarios for different levels of integration among EU member states.

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 822304

InDivEU begins from the assumption that managing heterogeneity and deep diversity is a continuous and growing challenge in the evolution of the EU and the dynamic of European integration. InDivEU aims to maximise our knowledge of Differentiated Integration by systematically pursuing four research objectives: the models and visions, the preferences of citizens, governments and parties, the causes and effects, and other forms of flexibility.

The project will complete two databases on the uses of Differentiated Integration and two data sets on public opinion and flexible implementation. This work will be complemented by focusing on key policy fields as well as on the EU’s relations with its neighbours. Finally, InDivEU will include thorough analysis of the preferences of citizens, parties and governments on Differentiated Integration.

InDivEU will use various methods and data sources to explore Differentiated Integration conceptually and normatively, describe its historical trajectory and patterns, examine its causes and effects, study alternative forms of flexibility, and provide evidence-based policy advice on designing future forms of Differentiated Integration.

It brings to bear the key disciplines of political theory, political science, law and economics that will assure the trans-disciplinary analysis of Differentiated Integration necessary to go beyond the state of the art. Stakeholders are an integral part of the research process and stakeholder knowledge is fully integrated into the project through a series of seven stakeholder forums.

Four critical groups of stakeholders in particular were identified for the purposes of this study: academics, policy makers, civil society organisations and citizens.

Smart dissemination, exploitation and proactive communication plans will leverage the potential of a variety of communication mediums and the multiplier capacity of our combined consortium of research universities, institutes of international relations and think tanks. The aim is to extend the impact of the project to the world of education and training so that its enduring legacy is assured.

InDivEU will combine excellent academic research with the capacity to translate research findings into policy design and advice. The research will be supported by professional expertise and knowledge in project management, exploitation, dissemination and communication.

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External Partners

  • Switzerland

    ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)

    ETH Zurich is a public research university in the city of Zürich, Switzerland. Founded by the Swiss Federal Government in 1854 with the stated mission to educate engineers and scientists, the school focuses exclusively on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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  • Germany

    Hertie School of Governance

    The Hertie School is a German private independent graduate school located in Berlin's Friedrichstraße. It has a right to confer doctoral degrees. Half of the students in the Hertie School come from abroad, and the working language is English.

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  • Liechtenstein

    Liechtenstein-Institut

    The Liechtenstein Institute was founded in 1986 as a research institute to do scientific research in the fields of history, politics, law and economy relating to Liechtenstein. The institute is organised as a non-profit association and is state-subsidized.

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  • United Kingdom

    LSE - London School of Economics

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  • Czech Republic

    Masaryk University (MU)

    Masaryk University is the second largest university in the Czech Republic, a member of the Compostela Group and the Utrecht Network. Founded in 1919 in Brno as the second Czech university, it now consists of nine faculties and 35,115 students.

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  • Turkey

    Sabanci University Istanbul

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  • Belgium

    Trans European Policy Studies Association

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  • United Kingdom

    University of Aberdeen

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  • Netherlands

    University of Amsterdam (UVA)

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  • United Kingdom

    University of Exeter

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  • Croatia

    University of Pula

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  • Netherlands

    University of Utrecht

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  • Poland

    University of Warsaw

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  • Netherlands

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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