Research Networks

As part of its mission to strengthen interdisciplinary European Studies, CES hosts and supports a range of research networks.  These networks (proposed and organized by scholars affiliated with the CES 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: Erik Jones, Johns Hopkins University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                  Regine Paul, Bielefeld 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: Marla Stone, Occidental College, 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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 

Co-Chairs: Jennifer Elrick, University of Toronto, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                  Oliver Schmidtke, University of Victoria, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                       
 

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: Gill Allwood, Nottingham Trent University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
                  Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, University of California, Los Angeles, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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: Lucy Finchett-Maddock, University of Sussex
                  
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                  Christian Fröhlich, National Research University Higher School of Economics Moscow
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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
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Transnational Memory and Identity in Europe

The Research Network on Transnational Memory and Identity in Europe brings together scholars who analyse transnational politics and policies of memory, processes of memory entrepreneurship, cultures of remembrance and identity construction in the context of European integration. Its aim is to foster exchange between scholars from different disciplines who are working on related subjects – including heritage, public history, political culture, communication, trauma, migration, diversity, religion – and who use memory and identity as the baseline of their research.
 

          Co-Chairs: Aline Sierp, Maastricht University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                            Jenny Wüstenberg, Free University Berlin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Radicalism and Violence

This research network brings together a range of disciplinary scholars who work on radicalism and violence in Europe, focusing on issues of continuity and change through historical and contemporary comparisons across European political and subcultural extremist movements, groups, and subcultures. The network is broadly interdisciplinary, including scholars from sociology, political science, history, media studies, public policy, education, and psychology and others, and across a range of methodological approaches and diverse national contexts. The network has three current thematic areas of focus:  youth engagement in radicalism and violence; media and violence; and cultural interventions from non-state actors.
 

Co-Chairs: Cynthia Miller-Idriss, American University
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                  Fabian Virchow, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf
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Political Parties, Party Systems and Elections

This Research Network has a simple purpose, to improve our understanding of political parties, party systems and elections by engaging scholars in sustained conversations that cut across geographical and disciplinary boundaries.  We will use a combination of electronic networking tools and more traditional conference meetings to bring scholars together and assist them in working together to gather and disseminate better data and collaborate on joint projects.

Co-Chairs: Kevin Deegan-Krause, Wayne State University and Comenius University
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  Fernando Casal Bértoa, University of Nottingham
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Emilie van Haute, Université Libre de Bruxelles
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