Exploring the extent to which EU institutions 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 Member States with different institutional legacies and contexts.
The Political Economy and Welfare Network:
Study the institutions, politics and policies of industrial relations, skill formation systems and welfare state regimes of different Member states from a broad comparative perspective, combining historical with cross-national comparisons.
Holistically approach themes of migration, immigrant integration, majority-minority relations, pluralism and multiculturalism, discrimination, equality, and the political, social, and individual responses to migration.
Gender and Sexuality:
Enhancing research initiatives around a vast range of topics concerning gender and sexuality, from agenda-setting, policy change and policy implementation, multi-level governance, gender equality, gender dynamics and LGBT movements.Encouraging comparative research that situates Europe or European countries in a transatlantic or international context whilst strongly supporting diversity in methods.
Study the areas 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 the spheres of media, culture and memory, democratic institutions and policing, etc. and the longer-term outcomes of social movements both positive and negative.
Transnational Memory and Identity in Europe:
– Analyse transnational politics and policies of memory, processes of memory entrepreneurship, cultures of remembrance and identity construction in the context of European integration.
– Exploit different disciplines who are working on related subjects including heritage, public history, political culture, communication, trauma, migration, diversity, religion.
Radicalism and Violence within Europe:
Focusing on issues of continuity and change through historical and contemporary comparisons across European political and subcultural movements, groups, and subcultures. Strongly concentrating on youth engagement in radicalism and violence; media and violence; and cultural interventions from non-state actors.