Research

Research

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.

Focus areas

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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European Polarisation Conference

The 1st Conference on European Polarisation presents a selection of works analysing polarisation at the intersection of cultural and political transformation, with a focus on computational advances and methods.

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Collaborative research projects

The winners of CIVICA's first research call are eleven cutting-edge projects designed to adress major societal challenges.

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STEADFAST project workshop

STEADFAST advances the understanding of feasibility of worldwide dietary and energy demand changes necessary for achieving the Paris climate targets. 

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Eleven collaborative projects selected for funding to address CIVICA’s four core themes.

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CIVICA Doctoral Conference: Spotlight on the 2022 edition hosted by SSE

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.

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How do we develop integrated solutions for environmental crises? Reflections from the last CIVICA Research Hackathon

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First CIVICA Research Conference held at CEU in Budapest

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.

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CIVICA Research snapshot: An interview with Carsten Schneider and Daniel Izsak

The two researchers discuss current and upcoming CIVICA Research highlights and opportunities, and what the project brings to researchers across the alliance.

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Spotlight on CIVICA’s focus area "Societies in Transition and Crises of Earth"

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Spotlight on CIVICA’s focus area "Democracy in the 21st Century"

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CIVICA’s research and innovation dimension strengthened through Horizon 2020

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.

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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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