Europe and the New Global Challenges

CIVICA Conference: Europe and the New Global Challenges

How the social sciences can help us face an uncertain future

15 March 2022, 5:00-6:30pm CET
Online via Zoom

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As a key player in an unstable world, Europe is currently facing daunting challenges.

Join this online conference with policymakers, researchers and practitioners on two highly relevant challenges for Europe and the world today: international security and authoritarianism.

  • What do current developments mean for the future of Europe and the world?
  • What is the role of social science universities in a dramatically changing global landscape?
  • How can we work together to make Europe more resilient to 21st century threats?

Speakers will discuss their experiences at the forefront of societal challenges and reflect how our societies can take action in the present to be better prepared for the future.

Responding to current challenges requires not only a broad and diverse set of actors working across disciplines and sectors, but also careful analysis of our societies and timely advice on policies and solutions. Thanks to their multidisciplinary lens and wide-ranging insights, the social sciences are uniquely placed to provide a rich understanding of present and future phenomena. As a European University of social sciences, we want this dissemination conference to reflect on the role of academia in contributing knowledge that guides policymakers and serves the broader society. 

The conference is open to everyone interested. 

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Welcome remarks

  • Cornelia Woll, President of the Hertie School as of 15 March 2022
  • Kate Vivian, Acting Vice President for International Affairs, Sciences Po (Alliance Coordinator)


  • Manon Le Blanc, Head of International Cyber Policy, European External Action Service  
  • Simon Hix, Stein Rokkan Chair in Comparative Politics, European University Institute


  • Loïc Azoulai, Professor of European Law, Sciences Po, and member of the CIVICA thematic group "Europe Revisited"
  • Louise Marie Hurel, PhD researcher in Data, Networks and Society, The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Marina Henke, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for International Security, Hertie School
  • Zsolt Enyedi, Professor of Political Science, Central European University and leader of the CIVICA thematic group "Democracy in the 21st Century"


  • Xymena Kurowska, Associate Professor of International Relations, Central European University and leader of the CIVICA thematic group "Europe Revisited"

Speaker bios

  • Cornelia Woll
  • Kate Vivian
  • Manon Le Blanc
  • Simon Hix
  • Loïc Azoulai
  • Louise Marie Hurel
  • Marina Henke
  • Zsolt Enyedi
  • Xymena Kurowska

As of 15 March 2022, Cornelia Woll is President of the Hertie School. Woll is currently Professor of Political Science and President of the Academic Board, Sciences Po. She is also co-director of the Max Planck Sciences Po Center (MaxPo) and a researcher at the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE) at Sciences Po. Previously, Woll served as Vice President for Studies and Academic Affairs, founding co-director of the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Research of Sciences Po. She holds a habilitation in political science from the University of Bremen, and a a bi-national PhD from Sciences Po and the University of Cologne. Her research focuses on the international political economy and economic sociology, in particular regulatory issues in the European Union and the United States.

Kate Vivian is the Deputy Vice President for International Affairs of Sciences Po, and currently the Acting Vice President for International Affairs (until Spring 2022). In this capacity, she heads the international strategy of Sciences Po, including the 470 academic partnerships of the institution, its dual degree programs and strategic alliances across continents, and the international outreach and attractiveness of Sciences Po for students, faculty and talents worldwide. Before this, Kate Vivian was the Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions and Careers at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po and Academic Advisor for the Master’s programmes in International Development and Environmental Policy (2013-2017). From 2009 to 2013, she began her career within the startup industry, having co-founded a successful boutique consulting firm dedicated to innovative educational guidance and counselling. Kate Vivian holds a Master in Research in Sociology from Sciences Po.

Manon Le Blanc is Head of International Cyber Policy at the European External Action Service (EEAS). Prior to her posting at the EEAS, Manon served to the 2016 Netherlands' Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and was a senior advisor to the Secretary General at the Ministry of Justice and Security in The Hague. Manon holds an MsC in Business Administration from the University of Amsterdam.

Simon Hix is since 1 September 2021 the Stein Rokkan Chair in Comparative Politics at the European University Institute. He holds a PhD in Political and Social Science from the European University Institute (1995) and was for many years a Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests include comparative political behaviour and institutions – in particular political parties and party systems, public opinion and voting behaviour, electoral system design, and legislative behaviour – as well as the study of political behaviour and institutions in the European Union. His work has been published in, among other places, American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceBritish Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsEuropean Journal of Political Research, and Comparative Political Studies. He has won prizes for his research from the American Political Science Association, the US-UK Fulbright Commission, and the UK Economic and Social Research Council. Simon is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Loïc Azoulai is Professor of European Law at the Sciences Po Law School and member of CIVICA's thematic group "Europe Revisited." He holds the Excellence Chair of Sorbonne Paris Cité on Forms of Life and Legal Integration in Europe. Before joining Sciences Po in September 2010, he held the Chair of European Law at the European University Institute. From 2010 to 2015, he served as Co-director of the Academy of European Law and of the Centre for Judicial Cooperation, both hosted at the European University Institute. From 2003 to 2006, he was a legal secretary at the European Court of Justice, where he worked with Advocate General Poiares Maduro. 

Louise Marie Hurel is currently pursuing a PhD in Data, Networks and Society at LSE. Her research focuses on risk, cybersecurity governance, and incident response. Louise has experience working on the intersections of cybersecurity, Internet governance, technology and policy, cyber norms, and private governance. Throughout the past years, Louise Marie has worked at the intersection of Internet governance and cybersecurity communities of practitioners. She currently leads efforts on cyber and digital policy engagement at the national, regional, and international levels at Igarapé Institute’s Digital Security Program as Special Digital Security Policy Advisor. Her recent publications include a co-authored book chapter on “Putting the technical community back into cyber (policy)” in The Routledge Handbook of International Cybersecurity and another on “Cyber-Norms Entrepreneurship? Understanding Microsoft’s advocacy on cybersecurity” in the Rowman & Littlefield’s “Governing Cyberspace: Behaviour, Power and Diplomacy”.  

Marina Henke is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for International Security, Hertie School. She researches and publishes on military interventions, peacekeeping, nuclear security and European security and defense policy. Before joining the Hertie School, she was an Associate Professor (with tenure) at Northwestern University, specialising in international relations, as well as at Princeton University where she was a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She holds a PhD in Politics and Public Policy from Princeton University, a Double Master of Science in Development Studies and International Political Economy from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Politics and Latin American Studies from Sciences Po Paris.

Zsolt Enyedi is Professor of Political Science at the Central European University. He studied comparative social sciences, history, sociology and political science in Budapest and Amsterdam. His research focuses on party politics, comparative government, church and state relations, and political psychology (especially authoritarianism, prejudices and political tolerance). His articles appeared in journals such as Political PsychologyEuropean Journal of Political ResearchPolitical StudiesWest European PoliticsParty Politics, Political StudiesEurope-Asia StudiesProblems of Post-CommunismJournal of Ideologies or European Review. He was the 2003 recipient of the Rudolf Wildenmann Prize and the 2004 winner of the Bibó Award. His most recent book, Party System Closure, co-authoroed with Fernando Casal Bertoa, was published by Oxford University Press in 2021. 

Xymena Kurowska is Associate Professor of International Relations, Central European University and leader of CIVICA's thematic group "Europe Revisited." She received her doctorate in political and social sciences from the European University Institute. She works within international political sociology, with particular focus on security theory, psychosocial and anthropological approaches in the study of politics, relational and interpretive methodologies, and the ethics of academic practice. She was a grantee of European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Programme and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie senior research fellow at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. She also served as academic rapporteur for EU Cyber Direct. She is a co-editor-in-chief of Journal of International Relations and Development (2021-24) and serves on the editorial board of PARISS: Political Anthropological Research on International Social Sciences, Global Studies Quarterly, and Global Constitutionalism (2021-24).

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This event is organised in the framework of CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences. CIVICA brings together eight leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences to mobilise and share knowledge as a public good and to facilitate civic responsibility in Europe and beyond.

CIVICA was selected by the European Commission as one of the pilot European Universities under Erasmus+.