More than any other academic fields, the social sciences are strategically placed to build bridges between academia and society, and to support policy-makers in crafting evidence-based responses.
In the CIVICA alliance, we link research, innovation and knowledge transfer across borders and sectors to find solutions for the benefit of all society.
In January 2021, the alliance launched an ambitious research and innovation dimension, CIVICA Research. The project aims to give voice to social science research on the world's most pressing challenges and to deepen research collaboration within and beyond CIVICA.
CIVICA strives to find solutions to complex societal challenges through a series of integrated activities focused on four key topics:
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Check out the CIVICA Research blog to learn more about our latest research and news from our joint research initiatives.Read now
Eleven collaborative projects selected for funding to address CIVICA’s four core themes.Read more
The Stockholm School of Economics hosted the CIVICA Doctoral Conference from 30 November to 2 December 2022. The conference offered early-stage researchers from CIVICA institutions an opportunity to get involved in various feedback sessions, talks, and hands-on academic practice training workshops to prepare them for their academic job market.Read more
The LSE Data Science Institute hosted a research hackathon in November 2022 that provided participants with the chance to explore the environmental crises of wildfires and drought in Europe. Professor Ken Benoit (LSE) explains what happened.Read more
“I would advise being very open with your network about your ambitions and where you want to take your career, it is how advice and opportunities can be given to you.”Read more
On 6-7 October, researchers and faculty from across CIVICA institutions and beyond gathered at the European University Institute (EUI) for the first in-person workshop organised in the context of the alliance’s Data-Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences research area.Read more
On September 1-2, the first CIVICA Research Conference took place at the Central European University’s campus in Budapest. The conference featured a wide range of topical themes including inequalities in digital public spaces, data analysis for social good, how to achieve sustainable development goals and migration and integration in Europe to mention but a few.Read more
The two researchers discuss current and upcoming CIVICA Research highlights and opportunities, and what the project brings to researchers across the alliance.Read more
Theme Leader Professor László Pintér from Central European University unpacks CIVICA’s focus area dedicated to sustainable development, environmental assessment, urban transformation, and COVID consequences and recovery measures.Read more
Associate Professor Matthijs Bogaards from CEU and fellow researchers shed light on CIVICA's focus area examining contemporary issues such as democratic backsliding, the reform of democracy, polarisation and the social embededdness of democracy.Read more
Associate Professor of International Relations Xymena Kurowska from Central European University (CEU) and fellow researchers unpack CIVICA's thematic group "Europe Revisited," which tackles topics such as multilevel governance of migration, constitutional resilience, EU and the world, green values and green economy, and interdisciplinary approaches in research.Read more
Professor of Network and Data Science Janos Kertesz (CEU) and fellow CIVICA researchers explain what's behind the focus area dedicated to learning about society through data science.Read more
CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences has received funding to strengthen its research dimension from the EU’s programme Horizon 2020, under the chapter “Science with and for Society.” The activities funded under this call aim to establish “CIVICA Research,” a joint long-term research and innovation environment.Read more