European Projects

Since its inception in 2001, the Institute for European Studies has been involved in a multitude of projects funded and/or endorsed by the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament.

In the past, the IES was active in the EU’s 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes (DG Research). Today, the IES runs a number of research projects linked to the EU’s 7th Framework Programme and Horizon 2020. The European Commission (DG Education and Culture) awarded the Institute for European Studies the title of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in 2004. This title, which the IES is still wearing with pride for over 10 years, was awarded through IES’ multidisciplinary e-learning initiative, and on the basis of the 40-year legacy of high-level teaching in its LLM programme. Since the beginning of 2012, the IES has hosted a Jean Monnet Chair, while also being involved in numerous Jean Monnet teaching modules, ranging from lecture series to the IES Summer School on European Policy-Making.

Please find below links to the various EU-endorsed projects in which the IES plays a substantive role:

 

Running Projects

Funded by: European Commission - Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

Project description: Running for three years and coordinated by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris, the project will provide interdisciplinary analysis of the conditions of EU climate policy in the new strategic context of the Paris climate change agreement concluded in 2015.

Duration: December 2016 - November 2019

IES Staff:  Sebastian Oberthür

Funded by: European Commission - Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

Project description: The EL-CSID project studies the current and future role of science, innovation and cultural diplomacy as a feature of the EU's external relations through a program of historical stocktaking, multidisciplinary and cross-national comparative research. It marshals an empirical and analytical narrative that aims to deepen scholarly knowledge and offers practical support to the further development and enhancement of the EU policy in cultural, science and innovation diplomacy. The project is coordinated at the IES and involves a consortium of 9 partners.

Duration: March 2016 - February 2019

IES Staff: Luk Van Langenhove, Richard Higgott, Joachim Koops, Caterina Carta, Georgios Terzis, Léonie Maes

  • PARENT: "Participatory platform for sustainable energy management"

Funded by: European Commission - Innoviris

Project description: The project’s main goal is to upgrade and validate an innovative Participatory Energy Management Platform, targeting – as a case-study – home energy usage. The platform, built on an existing software-based solution, developed by project partner ENERBYTE, will be enhanced into an open, extensible and reusable platform, incorporating novel gaming and other reward mechanisms to achieve energy efficiency through behavioural change. The project will take into account and adapt to the local specificity, demographic make-up and capacities of four targeted cities - Amsterdam, Bergen, Barcelona and Brussels - via the PARENT Urban Living Lab. The VUB will be the project coordinator of and will be involved in most of the WPs.

Duration: March 2016 - February 2019

IES Staff: Jamal Shahin, Ólöf Soebech, Trisha MeyerKlaas Chielens, Jacintha Liem

Funded by: European Commission - Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

Project description: MINDb4ACT has the objective to improve the current EU counter-violent extremism policies and to generate new ones. It will focus on four kind of interventions (research actions, exchanges among law enforcement agencies, strategic-policy exercises, training courses and pilot projects). All actions will be developed within such collaborative ecosystems (‘Living Labs’) to facilitate stable collaborations (‘Knowledge partnerships’) that will improve current law enforcement techniques.

Duration: September 2017 - August 2020

IES Staff:  Christian Kaunert, Florian Trauner, Irina Van der Vet

Funded by: European Commission

Project description: The IES will host for the next three years a new Jean Monnet Chair, as IES professor Harri Kalimo was nominated for the post on the theme of “rECOnciliation”.  rECOncile contributes to EU Studies in two intertwined policy areas that remain fundamental to the success of the Union: the internal market and the environment. Strategic initiatives in both fields have been re-launched by the Juncker Commission, and their futures are intriguingly intertwined, as the initiatives on e.g. a deeper and fairer Single Market, Circular Economy and renewable energy illustrate. The market activities are becoming greener, while green policies can be supported by an economic logic. The ensuing reconciliation of ECOnomic and ECOlogical values is therefore of vital importance.

Duration: September 2016 - August 2019

IES Staff: Harri Kalimo, Trisha Meyer, Filip Sedefov

  • Jean Monnet Module: Europe Explained - Inter-University Summer School on EU Policy-making

Funded by: European Commission

Project description: The IES Summer School is an intensive two-week programme and is held one week in Brussels and one week in Vienna during the first two weeks of July. The IES joins forces with the Diplomatische Academie and the University of Vienna to bring you this ‘crash course’ in European Policy Making. Packed with lectures, study visits and simulation games, this programme attracts students and young professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of the European institutions, European law and the European decision-making process in general. The Summer School is also part of the Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy-Making. This certificate is equivalent to 25 ECTS credits and provides an even better insight in the different EU policy areas.

Duration: September 2016 - August 2019

IES Staff: Christian Kaunert, Trisha Meyer, Alexander Mattelaer, Florian Trauner, Léonie Maes

Funded by: European Commission, FP7

Project description: The aim of the SOURCE Network of Excellence is to create a robust and sustainable virtual centre of excellence capable of exploring and advancing societal issues in security research and development.  

Duration: January 2014 - December 2018

IES Staff: Peter Burgess, Christof Roos, Klaas Chielens, Ólöf Söebech, Laraine D'Antin, Anthony Antoine

 

Funded by: European Commission, FP7

Project description: The BFSJ project aims at advancing technical and legal research in order to enable extensive use of biofuels in the aviation sector. Bio-jet fuel currently constitutes the most viable solution for drastically reducing GHG emissions from the aviation sector in the medium to long-terms, as it constitutes a drop-in replacement to fossil-based kerosene and does not require any major infrastructural modifications to current jet engines or fuel supply to airport systems.

Duration: January 2015 - December 2019

IES Staff: Harri Kalimo, Filip Sedefov, Ólöf Söebech, Byron Maniatis

 

Funded by: Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO)

Project description: The aim of the research network is to foster international scientific exchanges and dialogues on regime complexes and institutional fragmentation. Due the growing proliferation of international institutions and regimes, many issues in world politics today fall under the authority of multiple institutions, both private and public. Such a composite galaxy of international institutions and regimes that are valid or active in a particular area has been dubbed a ‘regime complex’. Regime complexes have attracted the attention of a growing number of scholars of world politics as they beg important theoretical questions pertaining to their origins, consequences, and management. The aim of the research network is to sustain and expand inter-disciplinary research into regime complexes. 

Duration: January 2015 - December 2019

IES Staff: Sebastian Oberthür, Harri Kalimo, Max Jansson, Filip Sedefov, Carlos Soria Rodríguez, Justyna Pozarowska

 

Funded by: EDGE Research Programme, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Project description: The Evaluating Democratic Governance in Europe (EDGE) programme is a joint IES-Political Science department (VUB) strategic research programme. The main research themes of the programme cover political representation; political parties, elections and electoral behaviour; EU policy and decision-making; multi-level governance; and theoretical and normative reflections. The programme aims to analyse the major changes and challenges to democratic governance in Europe. 

Duration: January 2013 - December 2017

IES Staff: Claire Dupont, Serena D'Agostino, Ferran Davesa

 

Funded by: Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (FWO)

Project description: The aim of the FCGG research network is to foster international scientific exchanges and dialogues on regime complexes and institutional fragmentation. Due the growing proliferation of international institutions and regimes, many issues in world politics today fall under the authority of multiple institutions, both private and public. Such a composite galaxy of international institutions and regimes that are valid or active in a particular area has been dubbed a ‘regime complex’. Regime complexes have attracted the attention of a growing number of scholars of world politics as they beg important theoretical questions pertaining to their origins, consequences, and management. The aim of the research network is to sustain and expand inter-disciplinary research into regime complexes. 

Duration: January 2015 - December 2019

IES Staff: Sebastian Oberthür and others

 

Funded by: European Commission (DG CNECT)

Project description: GIPO (the Global Internet Policy Observatory) will monitor Internet-related policy, regulatory and technological developments across the world. A dedicated GIPO tool will be gathering all relevant information to improve and share knowledge among all interested parties across the world.

Duration: January 2015 - February 2018

IES Staff: Jamal Shahin, Trisha Meyer

 
  • PACT: "Project for Advancing Climate Transparency"

Funded by: European Commission (DG CNECT)

Project description:The specific objective of this project is to support the implementation of the transparency and accountability regime under the Paris Agreement, through a) the elaboration of details for the regime to ensure it is robust and effective and applicable to all Parties, with necessary and acceptable flexibilities for those countries that need it; and b) the enhancement of capacity within those developing countries that need it, including middle income developing countries. Through the project, the consortium will facilitate the development of options and approaches, provide relevant and timely inputs to the UNFCCC negotiations, and provide space to build consensus among the Parties?

Duration: October 2016 - December 2018

IES Staff: Sebastian Oberthür

 
  • EU-Neighbourhood Policy project

Funded by: Institute for Statecraft

Project description:The Institute for Statecraft provides a donation for research and organise activities related to EU-Neighbourhood policy. In more specific terms, research and activities will be devoted to the relations between the EU and its eastern partners (i.e. countries of the former Soviet Union).

Duration: March 2016 - February 2017 (ext.)

IES Staff: Luis Simón, Antonios Nestoras

 

Completed Projects