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. 


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The first CIVICA Call for Research Proposals is now open!

Faculty and (post-doctoral) researchers at CIVICA universities are invited to submit proposals for new collaborative research projects under one of CIVICA’s four core themes.

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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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CIVICA Summer School for doctoral researchers

CIVICA doctoral researchers from across the social sciences and the humanities are invited to apply for a Summer School on "European integration in historical and contemporary perspective," hosted by the European University Institute in Florence, on 6-9 September 2021.

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CIVICA Research launches with call for collaborative research projects

Carsten Q. Schneider (CEU) and Guillaume Plantin (Sciences Po) talk about the strategy behind CIVICA Research and CIVICA's first call for research proposals.

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