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, knowledge-based teams composed of CIVICA researchers, faculty and students are collaborating both physically and digitally. Their aim is to develop new approaches and to share the results of their work with the public, either by informing policymakers on various social and political topics, or by contributing to debates on the crucial issues of our times.

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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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. 


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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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Data Science Seminar Series

CIVICA's Data Science Seminar Series allows researchers to share original, new work or work in progress on applications and methodologies of data science for the social, political, and economic world.

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Call for proposals: Europe Revisited

The editors of the Journal of International Relations and Development invite CIVICA alliance members to propose a forum to reflect on the “Europe Revisited” theme. The proposal should include at least four CIVICA members.
Deadline: 15 June 2021

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Call for papers: special issue Politics and Governance

CIVICA researchers are invited to contribute to a special issue of the journal Politics and Governance on "Gender and Illiberalism in Post-Communist Europe." The thematic issue is edited by Matthijs Bogaards (CEU, head of CIVICA's theme group Democracy in the 21st Century) and Andrea Pető (CEU). 
Submission of abstracts: 1-15 July 2021
Submission of papers: 1-15 March 2022

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