Research Networks

As part of its mission to strengthen interdisciplinary European Studies, the Council hosts and supports a range of research networks.  These networks (proposed and organized by scholars affiliated with the Council and its member institutions) work to promote European Studies and strengthen ties across disciplines, generations and national borders.  A full list of research networks currently supported by the Council for European Studies appears below.

If you are interested in becoming a member of a CES research network, please consult the list below and complete our Research Network Sign-up Form.

 
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European Integration and the Global Political Economy - New Directions

This network has a dual focus.  It analyzes the extent to which the EU impacts on-going reform dynamics in a post-crisis context, focusing on the ideational and strategic influence of the EU on key actors, and how they impact countries with different institutional legacies and contexts.  It also focuses on governance and decision-making through the Lisbon Treaty in a broad range of policy areas, and how these relate to issues of popular legitimacy and contestation in the EU.

  Co-Chairs:  Claes Belfrage, Liverpool University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                     Caroline de la Porte, Roskilde University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 
Historical Study of States and Regimes
(formerly History of Democratization)

This network brings together scholars working on democratization in different areas and time periods in Europe, as well as those interrogating similar questions with a range of different methods. 

  Chair: Michael Bernhard, University of Florida, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 
The Political Economy and Welfare Network
(formerly Industrial Relations, Skill Formation and Welfare State Policies)

This network seeks to be genuinely interdisciplinary in nature, sensitive to a variety of methodological approaches and to bringing together young as well as senior scholars from both sides of the Atlantic.

The thematic focus of the network is to study the institutions, politics and policies of industrial relations, skill formation systems and welfare state regimes from a broad comparative perspective, combining historical with cross-national comparisons. The network will initially focus on three key issues, gradually expanding its remit over time. Those issues are: 1. the Origins and Trajectories of Education and Social Politices; 2. the Comparative Political Economy of Regime Formation and Change; and 3. Cross-border Connections, Internationalization and Europeanization.

  Co-Chairs:  Marius R. Busemeyer, University of Konstanz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                     Julia Moses, University of Sheffield, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                     Christine Trampusch, University of Cologne,
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The Immigration Research Group of the Council for European Studies aims to draw together scholars and graduate students from a variety of countries and disciplines to foster research around themes of migration, immigrant integration, majority-minority relations, pluralism and multiculturalism, discrimination, equality, and the political, social, and individual responses to migration. 

    Chair:  Andrew Geddes, University of Sheffield,
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The Gender and Sexuality Research Network aims at bringing together scholars working on gender and sexuality and enhancing research around a vast range of topics regarding gender and sexuality, from agenda-setting, policy change and policy implementation, multi-level governance, gender equality, gender dynamics in elections and voting behavior to women’s and LGBT movements.

While a strong regional emphasis is put on European countries and the European Union, the research group also encourages comparative research that situates Europe or European countries in a transatlantic or international context.  The Gender and Sexuality Research Network strongly supports diversity in methods.
 
   Co-Chairs: Isabelle Engeli, University of Ottawa, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                     David Paternotte, Fonds de la recherche scientifique / Universite libre de Bruxelles,
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Social Movements

The European Social Movements Research Network aims to bring together scholars and graduate students, located around the world and working within a variety of disciplines, to study the themes of social movements, civil society, popular protest, active citizenship, NGOs, and contentious politics in Europe, as well as the ways in which social movements interact with spheres such as the media, culture and memory, democratic institutions and policing, etc. and the longer-term outcomes of social movements both positive and negative. While it welcomes scholars whose primary focus is national, regional or local, it also supports and encourages comparative and cross-national work, studies of transnational movements and those engaging with European institutions, as well as historical work on earlier generations of European social movements.

   Co-Chairs: Cristina Flesher Fominaya, University of Aberdeen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                     Laurence Cox, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Territorial Politics and Federalism

The Territorial Politics and Federalism Research Group (TPF-RG) provides a platform for scholars interested in the broad themes of territory and federalism, within but also outside of the European Union. Topics of interest to the TPF-RG span a wide array of subjects, ranging from territorial elections/electoral dynamics and multi-level governance, to issues related to regional paradiplomacy (both European and global), the reform of government structures, the re-definition of territory and regional spaces, consociationalism, ethnic conflict, the effect of federalism/decentralisation on government processes, outputs and outcomes, and broader issues regarding questions of participation, legitimacy, identity and efficiency.
 

   Co-Chairs: Michael Bauer, German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer,
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                     Michaël Tatham, University of Bergen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



 

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