CIVICA Research Conference 2023

CIVICA Research Conference

12-13 October 2023 | Sciences Po, Paris

The CIVICA Research conference takes place on 12-13 October 2023 in-person (and online) at the Sciences Po campus in Paris.

The conference will be the closing event for the CIVICA Research project to share the key outcomes and achievements over the last three years. The event will bring together faculty and researchers from CIVICA's ten leading European universities in the social sciences: Bocconi University, CEU, EUI, Hertie School, IE University, SNSPA, Sciences Po, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, SSE, and LSE. 

The first day of the conference will include a keynote lecture by Philippe Aghion, a poster presentation for PhD and postdoctoral researchers, as well as four panel sessions featuring a selection of the collaborative research projects that were funded under CIVICA and organised around the four core themes of CIVICA:

The second day of the conference will showcase key capacity building activities completed during the lifespan of the project (on topics such as Open Science, professional networks, and mobility opportunities), along with a plenary session to discuss the policy landscape of funding research within alliances of European Universities.

The conference is open to everyone interested. 

A glimpse into the scientific panels

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

Panel topic: Climate change and the green economy


  • Florian Weiler (CEU), Explorative cases of sustainability and climate change discourse dynamics on social media combining text and network analyses (DYSTENA)
  • Valentina Bosetti (Bocconi), Sustainable Energy and Food Transitions (STEADFAST)
  • Dóra Piroska (CEU), Towards a common framework for evaluating EU's policy effectiveness in achieving its green transformation goals (EVALEU)

Moderator: Jelena Angelis (SSE)

Panel topic: Democratic backsliding and polarisation


  • Christophe Heintz (CEU), Attitudes to Inequalities: Perceptions, Judgments, Justifications (ATI)
  • Jelena Dzankic (EUI), Contestations of Citizenship in Contexts of Democratic Backsliding: Lessons from Post-communist Europe (CITDEM)
  • Ivo Gruev (Hertie), Religion, Illiberal Constitutionalism and the Retrogression of Fundamental Rights in East Central Europe (RELICON)

Moderator: Mario Del Pero (Sciences Po)

Panel topic: Migration and integration of minorities in Europe


  • Chloe Nibourel (SSE), Local democracy and state power: Immigrant inclusion or marginalization? (LOCALDEM)
  • Laurence Romani (SSE), Migrants’ integration in EU countries: for a selected few only? Current shifts in conceptions of integration and impact on social and ethnic inequalities in host countries (MERITA) 
  • When the Law is Silent: Hate Crime Prosecution and Implicit Bias in Law Enforcement Agencies (SILAW)

Moderator: To be confirmed

Panel topic: Data Science to help understand public perceptions and attitudes


  • Pedro Ramaciotti Morales (Sciences Po), European Polarisation Observatory: Measuring Positions of Users, Medias, Polarisation, and the Role of Algorithms and AI Systems (EPO)
  • Nicoletta Balbo (Bocconi), Mapping Emotions during COVID-19 Pandemic Using Twitter Data (EMOMAP project)

Moderator: Petra Kralj Novak (CEU)

Keynote lecture

Philippe Aghion is a Professor at the College de France, at INSEAD, and at the London School of Economics, and a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on the economics of growth. With Peter Howitt, he pioneered the so-called Schumpeterian Growth paradigm which was subsequently used to analyze the design of growth policies and the role of the state in the growth process. Much of this work is summarized in their joint book Endogenous Growth Theory (MIT Press, 1998) and The Economics of Growth (MIT Press, 2009), in his book with Rachel Griffith on Competition and Growth (MIT Press, 2006), and in his survey “What Do We Learn from Schumpeterian Growth Theory” (joint with U. Akcigit and P. Howitt. In 2001, Philippe Aghion received the Yrjo Jahnsson Award of the best European economist under age 45, in 2009 he received the John Von Neumann Award, andin March 2020 he shared the BBVA “Frontier of Knowledge Award” with Peter Howitt for “developing an economic growth theory based on the innovation that emerges from the process of creative destruction”.

On 12 October 2023, Philippe Aghion, will provide the keynote lecture during the conference entitled: “Is green growth possible?”

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Booklet on research projects

If you are interested to learn more about the details and outcomes of the collaborative research projects funded by CIVICA, please have a look at the booklet available here >>

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