On September 1-2, the first CIVICA Research Conference took place at the Central European University’s campus in Budapest. The conference featured a wide range of topical themes including inequalities in digital public spaces, data analysis for social good, how to achieve sustainable development goals and migration and integration in Europe to mention but a few.
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In the CIVICA alliance, we are collaborating across campuses and borders to foster a dialogue between the social sciences and society.
On this page, you can stay up to date with the latest developments in the alliance, peruse news from our joint research or teaching projects, read expert opinions on current events, and much more.
CIVICA and Google joined forces to help first-generation college students to gain professional experience at the intersection of government affairs and digital public policy. Google employees, CIVICA members and policy agency partners from across Europe celebrated the achievements of the first cohort of participants during the closing event of the pilot programme last week.
The EUI’s researcher-led groups Engaged Academics and Thoughts for Europe continue their outreach activities engaging youth and connecting with the local community, this time with their involvement in the CIVICA Public Lecture ‘Tours d’Europe’, Not Only Erasmus – Making Ourselves Heard in Europe/ Non solo Erasmus – facciamoci sentire in Europa.
SNSPA has exchange agreements with a wide range of universities throughout the world. Students from partner universities come to study at our university for a semester or an academic year. Additionally, SNSPA's membership in CIVICA creates even more opportunities for our students to interact with peers from across Europe.
Central European University’s Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education (CEU YECHE) was selected to coordinate the external evaluation for The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education. CEU YECHE was chosen for its global expertise in higher education, including in European HE policy, the development of the EHEA and the workings of the Bologna Process.
Since its opening to researchers in 1976, the European University Institute has provided international, inter-disciplinary doctoral training with a special focus on Europe and European integration. While the scope of the Institute has since broadened, it has not lost sight of those founding principles, now shared with its partners in the CIVICA alliance.
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.
Catherine De Vries was recently appointed as the first Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Bocconi University. In this interview she talks about the importance of fostering diversity and inclusion in the academic world, making it part of the DNA of universities, promoting open debate in the European landscape, and about the role CIVICA can play as a hub for best practices.
Around 25 students from the Hertie School and 45 from Sciences Po signed up for the first joint master's course of CIVICA, co-taught by Florence Faucher of Sciences Po and Christian Freudlsperger of the Hertie School. For the fall 2020 sessions, the professors homed in on two topics of public interest around the globe – democracy and crisis.
In order to foster a joint and inclusive identity among faculty and staff across CIVICA, Sciences Po’s Gender Studies Programme - PRESAGE - organises a Gender Equality and Inclusion Workshop in November 2020 to exchange on best practices and innovation in institutional policies. Sciences Po researcher, Maxime Forest, speaks about the plans for the workshop.
LSE’s CIVICA Ambassadors Liam Selsby and Fiona Gogescu hosted an online conversation with peers (on 21 October 2020), “LSE and CIVICA: What does our relationship mean to you?”. The event gave students the opportunity to reflect on LSE’s role in the CIVICA alliance and what they expect from the collaboration.
European identity is a fundamental concept for the social sciences and one of the most discussed topics at policymaker level as well as citizen level. We aimed to find out what is the current view on European identity at the top of the EU. We talked to Dr. Victor Negrescu, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, European Parliament, and Lecturer and former Vice-Rector at SNSPA, Romania.
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.
In an online webinar organised on 13 May 2020 by Sciences Po, professors and researchers Waltraud Schelke (LSE), Anke Hassel (Hertie School), Anton Hemerijck (European University Institute) and Bruno Palier (LIEPP Sciences Po) discussed the role and expectations of welfare states before and after the COVID crisis.
On 27 April 2020, researchers Anke Hassel (Hertie School) and Bruno Palier (Sciences Po) presented in an online webinar their analyses of the labour market consequences and of the social policy decisions taken in Germany, France and Europe at large in response to the pandemic. (Photos: Anke Hessel © Hertie School / Bruno Palier © Sciences Po)
The Laboratory for Coronavirus Crisis Research draws faculty from all eight departments at Bocconi and is the university’s broadest multi-disciplinary research initiative ever. It aims to understand the spread of the COVID-19 and analyse its numerous social, health care, financial and legal implications.
On 4 March 2020, Hertie School President Henrik Enderlein participated in a round table with representatives from the other German universities selected in the European Commission’s European University Initiative, organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). (Photo by Malik_Braun / Flickr)
Alumni from the Hertie School and the CIVICA alliance are invited to apply for 25 stipends to a workshop on "The Future of Work: AI, Data Science and Digital Transformation" organised by the Hertie School in May, 2020. The stipends, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), also include a session on strengthening the CIVICA alliance.
On 10 February 2020, representatives of the universities in the CIVICA alliance got together at the European University Institute in Florence to discuss the creation of a common European space which enables early stage researchers to benefit from the expertise and the resources at partner universities and to collaborate across borders.