CIVICA PhD Panel Series - Fall 2021 Edition

CIVICA PhD Panel Series - Fall 2021 Edition

The Hertie School continues the fall 2021 PhD panels to connect doctoral researchers with senior academics to foster academic exchange and networks of academic expertise across CIVICA partner universities.

Upcoming PhD panels address the following topics:

  • Organisational Behaviour and Social Entrepreneurship
  • China and the European Union
  • The EU, NATO and the Transatlantic Cooperation

Each panel will give the opportunity to three PhD researchers from different partner universities to present their research to senior academics and other early-career researchers of the CIVICA network.

Doctoral researchers from CIVICA partners are invited to express their interest to present their research at one of the upcoming panels. The panels are open to all PhD researchers, whether at their start of their PhD or more advanced in their career. Find more information on the panels below.

How to get involved?

  • As presenter
    Proposals including a short abstract (of no more than 150 words) and a brief description of your profile should be sent by 12 November 2021. A paper is not required.Please indicate to which of the proposed sessions you are applying for. Questions and/or submissions should be directed to Diego A Salazar Morales (e-mail: d.salazar(at)phd.hertie-school.org)
  • General public
    The event is open for scholars of the CIVICA network to attend. The registration link can be found under each panel description below.

PhD Panel on “The European Union, NATO and the Transatlantic Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges”

Date: 8 December 2021; 12-2pm (CET) / 11-1pm (UK time)

The security order of the political West is increasingly tested, both internally and externally. Illiberal tendencies within member states of important institutions of this order, such as NATO and the European Union, make it more and more difficult to strive for a common goal. Domestic and international terrorist threats and the challenges stemming from global migration flows add to the uncertainty. In addition, Europe has seen multiple crises erupt in its immediate neighbourhood, while the U.S. prepares for great power competition with China. All these developments take place against the backdrop of a decreased willingness to intervene abroad after the highly contested missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. This panel will discuss the challenges and prospects of the Western security order pertaining to the EU, NATO, and transatlantic cooperation.

Presenters

  • Alexander Sorg, PhD researcher at the Hertie School
  • Alexander Fotescu, PhD Candidate at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
  • Alexandra Nunweiller, PhD Candidate at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration

Discussants

  • Dr. Emmanuelle Blanc, Fellow in International Relations at the LSE
  • Dr. Tobias Bunde, PostDoctoral Research at the Centre for International Security at Hertie
  • Dr. Benjamin Tallis, PostDoctoral Fellow at the Centre for International Security at Hertie

Registration link>>
The deadline to register is two days before the panel.

PhD Panel on “China and the European Union: Between Cooperation and Competition”

Date: 6 December 2021; 12-2pm (CET) / 11-1pm (UK time)

In the last years, China has become Europe’s major trading partner. The rise of China has generated important challenges to EU’s commercial and diplomatic approach with the Asian country. One the one hand, critics argue that the EU has made insufficient steps to ensure a level playing field with China’s Digital Silk Road initiative, in a time when major EU’s economics (like Germany) are still lagging behind. On the other hand, observers argue that EU’s commercial initiative is increasingly disconnected from ensuring the promotion of human rights, and/or promoting online freedom of speech with its trade partners. Considering these challenges, the present panel aims at reflecting on tensions between China and the EU commercial and diplomatic relationships.

Presenters

  • Nora Kürzdörfer, PhD researcher at the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies
  • Felix Garten, PhD candidate at the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies
  • Oana Cristea, PhD candidate at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
  • Emilian Stoica, PhD researcher at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration 

Discussants

  • Dr. Elisa Gambino, Fellow in International Relations at the LSE
  • Prof. Dr. Daniela Stockmann, Professor of Digital Governance at the Hertie School

Registration link>>
The deadline to register is two days before the panel.

PhD Panel on “Organisational Behaviour and Social Entrepreneurship”

Date: 19 November 2021; 12-2pm (CET) / 11-1pm (UK time)

The search for innovative solutions to existential, social, economic, and ecological problems have emerged as a central task for businesses at the global level in the last decades. Accordingly, changing societal values and emerging agendas such as climate change and the promotion of diversity have also led actors to embrace new forms of "social entrepreneurship" in both developed and developing countries. In this scenario, firms worldwide are internalising new form of organizational identity, culture, and sensemaking in the workplace more in line with global values. The present panel thus addresses how local actors, institutional arrangements, and state as well as non-state actors contribute to the emergence of new responsible managerial practices worldwide including the creation of social enterprises.

Presenters

  • Lin Gao, PhD researcher at the Hertie School
  • Nenad Apostoloski, PhD researcher at the Central European University
  • Dumitrița Dorina Hîrtie, PhD student at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration

Discussants

  • Prof. Dr. Sebastien Mena, Professor of Organisation and Governance at the Hertie School
  • Prof. Dr. Cedric Gutierrez Moreno, Assistant Professor of Management and Technology at Bocconi University
  • Dr. Mislav Radic, Research Fellow in Management at the LSE

Registration link>>
The deadline to register is two days before the panel.

    PhD Panel on “Challenges and Opportunities for Reforming EU's Public Administration”

    Date: Wednesday, 27 October, 12-2 pm (CET)

    The implementation of public administration reforms in European countries have been diverse. While initial reform waves aimed at introducing new managerial practices and policy instruments such as setting clear targets and the intensive use of performance management instruments; in recent years, European public administrations have turned to recent reform trends including the introduction of ‘agile methods’, policy labs, and the general transition towards e-government. Considering those trends, this panel addresses the challenges, opportunities, and advancements in pursuing public administration reforms in European countries and beyond. 

    Presenters

    • Corinna Funke, PhD Researcher at the European University Institute
    • Sergio Cappellini, PhD Researcher at Bocconi University
    • Elena Marseglia, PhD Researcher at Bocconi University

    Discussants

    • Prof. Dr. Kai Wegrich, Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at the Hertie School
    • Prof. Dr. Patrick Dunleavy, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the London School of Economics
    • Dr. Alexander Katsaitis, Fellow in Public Policy and Administration at the London School of Economics

    PhD Panel on “Governance and Democracy in the Digital Era”

    Date: Monday, 11 October 2021, 12-2 pm (CET)

    In the recent years media platforms and social networks have become central elements through which democratic deliberation takes place worldwide. While these platforms have greatly contributed fostering debate, democratic participation, and raising awareness about democratisation processes, observers also claim that they have contributed to the polarisation of political debate further contributing to the construction of vitriolic discussions that represent a significant challenge to democracy. This panel addresses the developments of the impact of media platforms in contributing and/or polarising democratic public discussions.

    Presenters

    • Philip Darius, PhD researcher at the Hertie School
    • Maria Gabriela Juncosa Calahorrano, PhD researcher at the Central European University
    • Clint Claessen, PhD researcher at University of Basel, and visiting student at the Hertie School

    Discussants

    • Prof. Dr. Simon Munzert, Assistant Professor of Data Science and Public Policy at the Hertie School
    • Prof. Dr. Elisa Omodei, Assistant Professor of Network and Data Science at the Central European University

    PhD Panel on “The Role of Gender in the European Labour Market”

    Date: Thursday, 30 September 2021, 12-2 pm (CET)

    The situation of women in the labour market still suffers from various gaps, including their underrepresentation, and the increasing burden of unpaid domestic responsibilities that still lay on their backs. In many European countries, women still struggle to find similar opportunities to men in terms of jobs and salary, even so despite holding similar qualifications. While there have declarative measures to facilitate the fair inclusion of women in the labour market, several countries still exhibit inherited historical legacies rendering their roles to that of ‘caregivers’. The present panel discusses the challenges and opportunities in fostering more equal market inclusion of women in Europe.

    Presenters

    • Tabea Naujoks, PhD researcher at the Hertie School
    • Carlotta Varriale and Rebecca Kirley, PhD researchers at Bocconi University
    • Elena Pisanelli, PhD researcher at the European University Institute
    • Discussants

    • Prof. Dr. Michaela Kreyenfeld, Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School
    • Dr. Ania Plomien, Associate Professor of Gender and Social Science at the London School of Economics

    CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences is an alliance of eight leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences: Bocconi University (Italy), Central European University (Austria and Hungary), the European University Institute (Intergovernmental), the Hertie School (Germany), the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania), Sciences Po (France), the Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden) and The London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom). One of the goals of the CIVICA alliance is to create an integrated space for early-stage researchers in the social sciences. 

    The PhD panel series is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).