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.

Thematic priorities

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

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CIVICA Research

New funding provided by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme has allowed us to establish CIVICA Research, a joint long-term research and innovation environment that complements our education strategy.

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CIVICA Research Conference 2023

Taking place on 12-13 October 2023, this conference will be the closing event for the CIVICA Research project to share the key outcomes and achievements over the last three years.


Register by September 30

Trainings and courses for academics and staff

Our partner institutions offers a range of trainings and courses that are open to early-stage researchers, academics and staff members from across the alliance.

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PhD Clinic

The PhD Clinic serves as a forum where early-stage researchers can identify and contact faculty members at CIVICA partner universities whose expertise is relevant to their respective dissertation 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.

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