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: 

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

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Call for Research Proposals 2022

Faculty and (post-doctoral) researchers in CIVICA universities are invited to submit proposals for seed funding to apply to larger grants. 
Deadline to apply: 10 January 2022

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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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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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Posters of the Data Science Seminars

Data Science Seminar Series

This bottom-up multidisciplinary initiative focuses on applications and methodologies of data science for the social, political, and economic world. In regular seminars open to anyone interested, data scientists from CIVICA and beyond explore topics in the current public debate.

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Discover the CIVICA Data Science Seminar Series

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Eleven cutting-edge projects selected for funding to address major societal challenges and deepen ties within CIVICA.

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Early stage researchers (ESRs) from across the social sciences and humanities will have a unique opportunity to meet peers, share research, and receive input from senior scholars: the 2021 CIVICA summer schools taking place in Italy this year.

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

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.

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

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.

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Spotlight on CIVICA’s focus area "Europe Revisited"

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.

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Spotlight on CIVICA’s focus area "Data-Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences"

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.

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CIVICA Research launches with call for collaborative research projects

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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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The COVID-19 crisis

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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