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, Tomas Wyns, Klaas Chielens, Jacintha Liem

Funded by: European Commission

Project description: The IES has since 2004 operated as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence that focuses on the role of the European Union in international affairs. In terms of contributing to research, the Institute advances academic education, cutting-edge, policy-driven research drawn from a variety of political, economic, legal, social and cultural dimensions. The contribution of the IES to Education are considerable.

Duration: September 2013 - August 2016

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, Tempus

Project description: The Innovating Teaching and Learning of European Studies (INOTLES) project contributes to curricular reform and modernisation of higher education in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, by implementing innovative pedagogies in European Studies courses at MA level. Building on a systematic review of pedagogies in European Studies, INOTLES will bring together Eastern partners with EU university centres of excellence in assorted approaches (including e-learning, problem-based learning and simulations) to create flexible resources for use in the full range of European Studies provision.

Duration: January 2014 - November 2016

IES Staff: Anthony Antoine, Alexandra Mihai, Silviu Piros

 

Project description: The Agreement on Climate Transformation 2015 (ACT 2015) consortium is a group of the world’s top climate experts from developing and developed countries that have come together to catalyze discussion and build momentum toward reaching a global climate agreement at the forthcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) summit in 2015. To do so the consortium has developed three potential propositions for what the agreement could look like which it will present in a series of workshops around the world, including in developed countries, major emerging economies, least developed countries, and small island developing states.

Duration: August 2013 - July 2016

IES Staff: Sebastian Oberthür, Tomas Wyns, and others

 

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: European Commission, Horizon 2020

Project description: The FORENSOR project aims at developing an ultra-low-power, miniaturized, low-cost, wireless, autonomous sensor for evidence gathering, able to operate for up to two months without infrastructures. Its goal is to develop an ultra-low-power, miniaturized, low-cost, wireless, autonomous sensor for evidence gathering, able to operate for up to two months without infrastructures.

Duration: September 2015 - August 2018

IES Staff: Paul De Hert, Harri Kalimo, Dariusz Kloza

 

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

 
  • De Veranderende Prestatie van de EU in het Internationale Milieu -en Klimaatbeleid

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

Project description: ‘Understanding the Changing Performance of the European Union in International Environmental and Climate Governance’ is a 4-year research project (resources can be spent over a period of 5 years) funded by the Research Foundation-Flanders and conducted by one IES PhD Researcher.

Duration: January 2012 - December 2015 (ext.)

IES Staff: Lisanne Groen

 

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

 

Completed Projects