Below you can find a list of on-going research projects through which CERiM researchers give meaning to the Centre’s research agenda.

HOMER

HOMER – Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (EU- funding)

HOMER is a six step research-based teaching program that seeks to identify narratives, focusing on three history making summits of national leaders in the history of European integration. The almost forgotten 1969 summit of The Hague was central to the emergence of the EU and the European Council as an entity. The Maastricht summit of 1991 was a history-making act for the deepening of European integration. The 2009 summit of Lisbon opened a new age for the construction of the EU.

CERiM members:
• Sophie Vanhoonacker
• Kiran Patel

Duration: 2014-2017
http://www.dshs-koeln.de/index.php?id=8592 

Pademia

PADEMIA – Life Long Learning Programme (EU- funding)

PADEMIA is a Europe-wide network of 56 academic institutions from 31 countries to promote research and teaching in reaction to growing European demands to study parliamentary democracy in Europe. PADEMIA seeks to enhance discussion among students, junior and senior researchers, also in exchange with stakeholders, on how to deal with the new challenges that parliaments and citizens across Europe are facing today.

CERiM members:
• Thomas Christiansen
• Christine Neuhold

Duration: 2013-2016
http://www.pademia.eu/

euranet

EURA-NET – Transnational Migration in Transition: Transformative Characteristics of Temporary Mobility of People (EU-funding)

EURA-NET aims to attain an understanding of the current characteristics and related policy impact of temporary transnational mobility of people. The findings in the European-Asian context will provide insights to be applied to other world regions. The project seeks to help national and international policy-makers to address the challenges arising in the increasingly interconnected and demographically mobile world. This will be done by discovering how politics structures the movement of people in sending, transit and receiving countries and by shedding light on the international practices and experiences of individual migrants. The research outcomes will be communicated in the forms of scientific and policy reports and policy briefs to multi-level interest groups.

CERiM members:
• Hildegard Schneider
• Natasja Reslow

Duration: 2014-2017
http://www.uta.fi/edu/en/research/projects/eura-net/index.html

TARN – The Academic Research Network on Agencification of EU Executive Governance (EU-funding)

The Academic Research Network on Agencification of EU Executive Governance aims to fill two particular lacunae in current agency research by: 1. promoting in-depth multi- and interdisciplinary research on critical concerns about the position and operation of EU agencies and agency-like bodies to integrate isolated disciplinary approaches; 2. encouraging the dialogue between academia and practitioners that is needed to enhance the democratization of the EU in scholarship and practice. By bringing together renowned and young academics and practitioners from various disciplines and policy areas, pooling knowledge on research and legal provisions, policy documents and information on the practical operation of EU agencies, TARN will operate as a research, information and agenda-setting network informing agency operation within the EU in a transnational setting.

CERiM members:
• Ellen Vos
• Bruno De Witte
• Esther Versluis

Duration: 2015 – 2018
http://www.eutarn.eu/

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ANTERO – Jean Monnet Network (EU-funding)

The goal of ANTERO is to strengthen the interaction between research in the field of EU foreign policy and the translation of that research through innovative, research-led teaching. This will include the production of specific open access research material and teaching outputs which can be easily accessed and integrated to the teaching of undergraduate and graduate students worldwide and which will contribute to the professional development of early-career academics and a strengthening of EU studies in this field.

CERiM members:
• Karolina Pomorska
• Heidi Maurer
• Gerana Noutcheva

Duration: 2015-2018
http://www.eufp.eu/antero

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PACO – Jean Monnet Network (EU-funding)

The Jean Monnet Network ‘Interparliamentary Cooperation in the EU’s external action – Parliamentary Scrutiny and Diplomacy in the EU and beyond’ (PACO) brings together three inter-related teaching and research areas: EU external relations, inter-parliamentary cooperation and parliamentary diplomacy. The project focuses both on the cooperation between the European Parliament and national parliaments as well as parliamentary cooperation with the EU’s external partners.

CERiM members:
• Thomas Christiansen
• Anna Herranz-Surralles
• Alexander Strelkov
• Ewa Mahr

Duration:2014-2017
https://ghum.kuleuven.be/ggs/projects/paco-project

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The European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-Discrimination Field (EU-funding)

The European Commission set up a network of legal experts in anti-discrimination to support its work by providing independent information and advice on relevant developments in the Member States. The network is managed by Human European Consultancy and the Migration Policy Group. In December 2014, the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination combined two previously existing networks: the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field and the European Network of Legal Experts in the field of Gender Equality. The aim of this Network is the coordination of and cooperation between legal experts in both gender equality law and non-discrimination law for the delivery of specific ad-hoc requests for certain countries or across multiple countries, consultation between the two networks on the work program, deliverables and methodologies, the programming and carrying out of an annual seminar.

CERiM members:
• Lisa Waddington

Duration: 2015-2019
http://www.equalitylaw.eu/

OPENCULT – Managing Diversity in the EU: The Cultural Open Method of Coordination Revisited (EU-funding)

OPENCULT focuses on the use of the open method of coordination (OMC) as one of the new cultural policy tools employed by the EU in the wake of the European Agenda for Culture in a Globalizing World (COM(2007) 242). The project studies the configuration of the cultural OMC, the institutional structures and policy objectives that define it, and the complex array of policy processes and instruments that it involves. It explores whether the cultural OMC has had a bearing on Member States’ cultural policies and also examines its effects on EU cultural action. The central assumption of OPENCULT is that besides being perceived as a motor to rejuvenate Member States’ cultural cooperation, the cultural OMC has also been instituted as a means to revamp EU cultural activity and steer the development of EU cultural policy.

CERiM members:
• Evangelia Psychogiopoulou

Duration: 2014-2016
http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/…/OPENCULT.htm

Inotles

INOTLES – TEMPUS Programme (EU-funding)

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.

CERiM members:
• Heidi Maurer

Duration: 2014 – 2016
http://www.inotles.eu/

PROM

PROM – NWO Vidi programme (National funding)

PROM – the Peer Review Observatory Maastricht- is a research project focusing on peer reviewing procedures among states as an increasingly widely used, yet poorly understood, instrument of global governance. The project explores how and under which conditions peer reviews develop authority in their field despite the lack of enforcement mechanisms. Such authority is researched empirically by looking at: a) the beliefs of participants in the appropriateness of the procedure; and b) the interactions of participants within peer reviewing procedures. Several case studies are conducted, covering three organisational contexts (EU; OECD; United Nations family) and four policy areas (the fight against corruption; protection of human rights; environmental policy; economic policies).

CERiM members:
• Thomas Conzelman
• Valentina Carraro
• Hortense Jongen
• Martina Kühner

Duration: 2013-2017
http://fasos-research.nl/peer-reviews/

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TRANSMIC – Transnational Migration, Citizenship and the Circulation of Rights and Responsibilities (EU-funding)

The aim of TRANSMIC, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network project, is to contribute to the understanding of transnational migration. The focus of the research is the rapidly-evolving field of transnational migration and citizenship addressed from the perspective of circularity of rights and responsibilities. The in-depth and inter-multi-disciplinary study of the concept of transnational migration, citizenship and related problems concerning the mobility of migrants from a comparative and rights-based perspective is extremely topical in the light of the current political and academic debates concerning circular migration, mobility partnerships, high- and low skilled migration. TRANSMIC brings together a group of universities, think-tanks, institutes, practitioners and high-level officials that all share a long-term interest in migration policies and citizenship issues and who have extensive academic and/or practical expertise in this field.

CERiM members:
• Hildegard Schneider
• Natasja Reslow
• Niels Philipsen

Duration: 2014-2018
https://law.maastrichtuniversity.nl/transmic/

EU-CIVCAP

EU-CIVCAP – Improving EU Capabilities for Peacebuilding (EU- funding)

The goals of preventing the outbreak of conflict and promoting sustainable peace remain a fundamental challenge to policymakers and analysts alike. The European Union (EU) and its member states require an adequate set of capabilities if they are to address this challenge in a timely and effective manner. EU-CIVCAP will provide a comprehensive, comparative and multidisciplinary analysis of EU civilian capabilities for external conflict prevention and peacebuilding in order to identify ‘the best civilian means to enhance these capabilities’ and address existing shortfalls.

CERiM members:
• Hylke Dijkstra
• Petar Petrov
• Sophie Vanhoonacker
• Ewa Mahr

Duration: 2015-2019

http://www.eu-civcap.net/