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More than any other academic fields, the social sciences are strategically placed to build bridges between academia and civil 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 to current and emerging European challenges.

By using existing and new approaches to research in the social sciences and related areas, CIVICA will build knowledge-based teams composed of researchers, faculty and students. These teams will collaborate both physically and digitally, developing new approaches and transmitting the results of their work into the public realm, producing recommendations on various social and political topics, and contributing to debates on the crucial issues of our times.

Members of the CIVICA alliance will find exciting new research content as well as opportunities to get involved here.

Focus areas

CIVICA strives to find solutions to complex societal challenges through a series of integrated activities focused on four key topics: 

  • Societies in Transition and Crises of Earth
  • Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century
  • Europe Revisited
  • Data Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences. 


CIVICA Horizon 2020

CIVICA’s research strengthened through Horizon 2020

CIVICA has received funding to strengthen its research dimension from the EU’s programme Horizon 2020, under the chapter “Science with and for Society.” The aim is to establish “CIVICA Research,” a joint long-term research and innovation environment. 

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Johanna Mair, Professor of Organization, Strategy and Leadership, Hertie School
Hertie School

How social enterprises in Germany tackled the COVID-19 crisis

Research project SEFORÏS, organised by the Hertie School in the frame of CIVICA, shows that social enterprises are resilient, but wary of the pandemic's long-term impact.

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Resources for Early Stage Researchers

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PhD course catalogue

Explore the classes, workshops and seminars currently on offer for CIVICA Early Stage Researchers (PhDs and PostDocs)


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The COVID-19 crisis

CIVICA COVID-19 knowledge hub

CIVICA alliance’s COVID-19 knowledge hub

The research outputs, expert insights, media features and examples of community involvement collected on this page promote a deeper understanding of the impacts of the pandemic and encourage an open dialogue at all levels of society.

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