European Integration of the Western Balkans - Can the Visegrad Group of Countries be a role model?

The project deals with the results of the great EU expansion in 2004 and its implications for internal reforms in the Visegrad Group countries (V4), as well as related adjustments within the EU. The project aims to identify practical lessons for Serbia and the Western Balkans (WB), which could make the EU enlargement process towards this region faster and more efficient. Project outputs will be discussed in a public debate in Belgrade and disseminated to relevant decision makers.

First Nation’s Health Development: Tools for Assessment of Health and Social Service Program Impacts on Community Wellness and Capacity (Saskatchewan, Canada)

As part of SPHERU's First Nation’s Health Development: Tools for Assessment of Health and Social Service Program Impacts on Community Wellness and Capacity, this project developed indicators and a framework for use by First Nations and northern health organizations to track the effects of health and human service programs under their jurisdiction on indicators of community health. The first phase can be accessed at ttp://www.uregina.ca/fnh/. Revisions and future directions concerning the Environment domain will now be taken back to the project team and communities for discussion.

Formation of human-induced lakes in Uzbekistan: The Aydar-arnasay lakes system case study

The current development of the Aydar-Arnasay lakes system (AALS), which is one of the remarkable examples of the human-induced ecosystems, depends on numerous political and environmental factors. On the one hand, the political tensions and disagreements between Central Asian republics alter the implementation of the coordinated water policy in terms of agreed water discharges to the Aydar-Arnasay lakes. On the other hand, forecasting change of the regional climate has an uncertain influence on these lakes.

The overarching goal of the project is to identify which of the elaborated water management scenarios is the most probable in terms of the future development of the Aydar-Arnasay lakes system.

The future development of the lakes system implies such important aspects as features of hydrological regime, including level of mineralization; maintenance of fisheries situated in these lakes, conservation of biodiversity, i.e. wetlands of international importance designated as a Ramsar site and various birds and fish species inhabiting these lakes.

KF Global E-school Project in Eurasia

The aim of this project is to launch a Eurasia-wide e-School in order to promote excellence in teaching in the field of Korean Studies and thereby support the development of a world-class innovative curriculum, with a particular focus on the social sciences. To do so Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), proposes to become the hub in the network of leading higher education institutions in Western and Central-Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. The project brings together 18 institutions located in 15 countries.

"EU-36"

The main idea of the "EU-36" project is to support the issue of enlargement and to discuss the future political, economic, socio-cultural and security aspects of a greater EU. The project is being carried out by involving key policy makers and by organizing five workshops on five thematic issues in close collaboration with its core committee members.

"Visegrad4Moldova! - Debating the European Union: Visegrad 4 Experience"

The project aims at sharing the EU integration and reform experience of Visegrad countries with Moldova and strengthening the understanding of reforms needed on its European path via live debates of University students from V4 and Moldova.

1919 and the Hungarian Communist Party between 1949 and 1959

The project offers an innovative approach to its topic in several ways: it studies in-depth a particular phenomenon that illustrates how a dictatorship, a communist state remembers; unlike many other studies, it analyzes the workings of memory, concentrating on authenticity as the crucial concept in establishing the success or failure of memory-constructions; and, also, attempts to integrate a broad range of processes – political, scholarly, artistic – through which history is sought to be rendered authentic.

A discursive analysis of neoliberal forest conservation efforts in Guyana and Suriname

Neoliberal means of managing the global environment, such as REDD+, are widening in influence, with the logic and order of neoliberalism being used to manage issues traditionally relegated outside of the market. In my research, I seek to ascertain the extent to which neoliberal conservation is leading to beneficial social and ecological outcomes through new conceptualizations of development.

A Spatial Approach to Ottoman Defter Studies

This study is based on fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Ottoman tax records, tahrir defterleri, called defters for short, that have been compiled in a single volume covering the area of the present-day Republic of Macedonia. The use of defters for historical research has a substantial literature that includes critiques of different approaches because defters were designed merely as working documents for the administration of the empire. These are utilitarian sources reveal what people did and only occasionally hint at why they did it.
This research, “Patterns of Settlement Abandonment in Macedonia as Revealed in Ottoman Tax Records, from the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries,” will appear in: Flight and Emigration in Medieval Space and Mind, ed. Gerhard Jaritz (CEU Press, Budapest).

A view from the other side of the fence: Tsonga communities and the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

People whose livelihoods chiefly involve the direct exploitation of local natural resources often come into conflict with the institutions of protected areas, which are dedicated to natural resource conservation or preservation. Many scholars and managers now question the traditional top-down approach of excluding local participation and ignoring local interests in protected areas establishment and management.

Aging Populations and Land Use in Rural Europe
Aḥmad Fāris al-Shidyāq أحمد فارس الشدياق
All Rights Reserved? Barriers towards European CITIZENship (BEUCITIZEN)
Appliance Standby Power Consumption: Store Survey

The aim of the project is to measure and collect standby power data from a range of common household appliances on display in retail stores in two Central Eastern European countries – Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Asia Research Initiative (ARI)

The CEU Asia Research Initiative (ARI) was established in 2009 to conduct research, generate  and disseminate knowledge in order to raise the profile of scholarly work on Asia at CEU. ARI takes a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach to studying social, political, economic and cultural dynamics in Asia in partnership with academic institutions, governmental and intergovernmental organizations, and civil society.

Assessing Integration Measures for Vulnerable Migrant Groups (ASSESS)

This project monitors and assesses the effectiveness of integration measures for three vulnerable migrant groups – women, children and victims of trafficking. The assessment aims to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the application of the Common Basic Principles on Migrant Integration when it comes to the integration of vulnerable migrant groups. In addition, it will serve to identify and initiate the exchange of good practice in the field between EU countries of different migration patterns, regimes and experiences.

Assessment of policy instruments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings

The project aimed at assessing commonly used policy instruments (for example building codes, energy efficiency obligations, subsidies or information campaigns) for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings according to their emission reduction effectiveness and cost-effectiveness as well as factors for success. The assessment was based on case studies of implemented policy instruments from over 50 countries. As second part of the project, an online Quick Scan Tool has been developed to assist decision makers on various levels of government in creating policy packages most appropriate to their local context, which consist of the assessed policy instruments.

Assessment of renewable energy potential
Athabasca Land Use Plan (Saskatchewan, Canada)

In the midst of escalating development in the area, Athabascan communities are also developing a Land Use Plan which they hope will streamline activities in the area, and ensure sustainable livelihoods well into the future. We have been asked to comment on the draft of this document, which will be developed further in 2009.

Attitudes to Migrants, Communication and Local Leadership

The AMICALL project
Attitudes to Migrants, Communication and Local Leadership (AMICALL) is an eighteen-month transnational project. It is funded by the European Union’s Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals (European Integration Fund – EIF) under its Community Actions 2009 programme. It specifically responds to Priority 3 of the 2009 programme: “Promote the role of civil society organisations and the local authorities in shaping integration strategies.” Led by a partnership of six European research institutions, with the Council of Europe as an associate partner, the project seeks to provide a platform for the sharing of good practice and the development of new strategies for the promotion of positive attitudes towards migrants and towards migrant integration at the local and regional level. Thus it addresses two core areas of integration policy and debate: the role of local and regional authorities (LRAs) in integration, and the importance of communication and public attitudes.

Authority and Expectation: A Social History of the Communist Dictatorships in Central Europe

The subject of the proposed research is the social mechanisms of justifying and maintaining the communist dictatorships in Central Europe. The purpose, however, is not to merely pursue the tradition of looking for the social reasons for supporting the one-party regimes or the practices of adaptation to the new circumstances.

Azov Sea Center for Watershed Cooperation

The widely accepted and recognized modern principles of water resources management require watershed-wide approach. It was already incorporated in water codes of many countries as well as international treaties such as Water Framework Directive adopted by EU.

Background study for the preparation of the long-term greenhouse gas mitigation strategy of Hungary

This research project has been commissioned by the Hungarian Ministry of Environment and Water Protection with the aim of preparing a background study for the long-term climate change strategy of Hungary.

Barriers for energy changes among end consumers and households (the BarEnergy project)

The BarEnergy project aims to identify the relevance and strengths of various barriers for energy behaviour changes among end consumers and households, and to discuss how political authorities, energy producers and NGOs can act to overcome these barriers.

Best Practice Policies for Low Carbon & Energy Buildings

The project constructs and finalizes energy and GHG emission scenarios that estimate the contribution the building sector can make to ambitious climate change mitigation goals. The scenarios focus on heating, cooling and hot water. The scenarios are based on the CEU 3CSEP’s earlier building energy scenario work for the IPCC, the Global Energy Assessment and the UNEP SBCI.

Between Home and Host Cultures: Twentieth-Century East European Writers in Exile

The project has been initiated in Pasts, Inc. and hosted by Collegium Budapest. It consisted of a preparatory Workshop, held September 11-13, 2006 at Collegium Budapest, and a research period over the calendar year 2007, during which some participants of the project worked as Fellows at the Collegium for various lengths of time, others worked as external contributors.

Bio-Ethical and Legal Database (BIOLAW Database)

The Bioethical and Legal Research Database has started as a joint initiative of the Central European University (CEU) and the Public Understanding of Genetics in Europe (PUG) research project, financed by the European Commission Fifth framework Programme: Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources, and having Prof. Judit Sándor as principal investigator representing CEU.

Bioethics and Social Sciences

This research tries to find new pathways for anthropological engagement in biotechnological fields. One possible solution is offered by the social science and feminist critique of mainstream bioethics discourse, which can open a niche for anthropological expertise on biotechnology related issues. The gender perspective can be employed as a critical tool in anthropological research while addressing, for example, the challenges brought by modern biotechnologies into the world of human relationships. Furthermore, this perspective is useful for revealing hidden power relations in knowledge production and in the creation of expert discourses and normative frameworks. In turn, anthropologists’ engagement with biotechnology can contribute to the rethinking of some fundamental concepts of anthropological theory and practice, such as nature, kinship and identity.
Results of this research have been presented by Enikô Demény at the International Conference “Anthropology, Ethnography and Biotechnology,” held in Vilnius, in September 2007 and published in the book Social Anthropology, Ethnography and Biotechnology.

BioFACT - Assessing factors that affect farmers' willingness and ability to co-operate with biodiversity policies
Bridging Young Roma and Business: Intervention for inclusion of Roma youth through employment in the private sector in Bulgaria and Hungary (Bridge To Business)
BROAD project: Broadening the Range of Awareness in Data Protection

[img:2:small:left]Broadening the Range Of Awareness in Data protection (BROAD) is a collaborative effort of Hungarian and Dutch academic and not-for-profit organizations, to to explore in Hungary and the Netherlands the opinion, values and attitudes of IT professionals and their principals, who decisively impact the formation of personal privacy in today’s
“information society” as well as to raise awareness in the area of data protection and information privacy by using innovative means and methods.

Building a Local Civic Transboundary Environmental Network in Macedonia and Albania

The goal of CEPL's efforts in this area is to facilitate and strengthen civil society and the quality of life in the region of Lake Ohrid in Albania and Macedonia through research on, and initiation and activation of a multi-ethnic, transboundary civic action network for the implementation of sustainable development called, The Prespa and Ohrid Sustainability Network (POSNET).

Carbon dioxide mitigation potential in the Hungarian residential sector

The research estimates and analyzes carbon dioxide mitigation potential in the Hungarian residential sector and associated costs resulting from the application of energy-efficient technologies and practices as well as the use of fuel switch options from the demand side. In addition, the most promising options in terms of cost-effectiveness and carbon dioxide reduction potential are identified.

Carbon dioxide mitigation potential in the Hungarian tertiary sector

The research aims to assist the evidence-based design of the most cost-effective new policies targeted at CO2 emission reductions in the Hungarian commercial and public building sector. The project goal was to estimate and to analyze CO2 mitigation potentials in the tertiary sector and associated costs resulting from the application of energy-efficient technologies and practices as well as the use of fuel switch options from the demand side. In addition, the study identifies the most promising options in terms of cost-effectiveness and CO2 reduction potential.

Cell-based regenerative medicine: new challenges for EU legislation and governance (EUCelLEX)

In April, 2013 another project in which CELAB participates entitled: Cell-based regenerative medicine: new challenges for EU legislation and governance (EUCelLEX), has been also favorably evaluated by the European Commission with the help of independent experts.

Cell-based Regenerative Medicine: New Challenges for EU Legislation and Governance (EUCELLEX)

The European EUCelLEX Project consists in a full examination of the application of the European rules regarding cell banks together with current practices in respect of the therapeutic use of human cells in the different countries concerned. The purpose is to submit the data obtained to the European Commission for it to draw up legislative measures in line with medical advances in this field. The co-ordinator of this project is the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM).

Within the EuCeLLex Project CELAB team works within World Package 2. This WP’s main research questions are: 1: What are the interactions between EU legislation and the procurement of human (embryonic, fetal & adult) stem cells for research and innovation? and 2.: What are the effects of the application and implementation of EU legislation on the procurement of human (embryonic, fetal & adult) stem cell research and/or innovation. We will answer those questions using scientific, legal analysis, based on facts and figures and with the end in mind: to inform the evidence base that will help the European Commission optimize the innovative potential, the efficacy and the ethicalness of future EU legislation in this area of research and innovation.

CEU 20th Anniversary Postdoctoral Fellowship: To Make Dead Bodies Talk

At the core of human existence, the bio-archaeological heritage in the form of historical human remains can be considered a repository of knowledge about the ways people interact with both the natural and social constructed world. Thus, the dead make their presence felt in a variety of academic, religious, ethical and social contexts all of which have their justifications and contradictions. Human bodies and how they were treated during life and after death are source material for physical anthropology and a challenge for scholars and the societies they operate in. Physical anthropological research and policies toward bio-archaeological heritage have themselves a variety of social and religious implications. Information gleaned about the human condition from our dead ancestors must be weighed against serious non academic factors in a changing world. Modern concepts of respect for the dead impact the research practices of scholars and the management of heritage institutions.
Despite this, a critical over-review of physical anthropology has never been attempted, especially in light of more recent developments in the field (such as DNA and heavy isotope sampling). The impact of such results on long-held traditional historical interpretations is also a major issue. When such biological data is rigorously interpreted within its cultural-historical context it can be at the expense of dear and long-held beliefs. The proposed interdisciplinary research project wants to confront the policy and heritage issues arising when the search for knowledge sits uncomfortably with what society regards as right and good. The project is based on a network of physical anthropologists, bio-ethic experts, scholars of religious studies and heritage specialist and aims at collecting academic research results, policy protocols, legal regulations, research protocols and guidelines as a repository for working out best-practice reference materials.

CEU Web-Mapping Initiative

The Initiative aims to promote and facilitate adding mapping functionality to CEU activities and research to be published online.

CEU-HESP Comparative History Project

The project is funded by the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Institute, Budapest and administered by the help of CEU’s Special Projects Office. This is a three-year project to develop Comparative History as a stream/grouping of courses within a set of target departments in our Region – Central Europe, South East Europe, Eastern Europe --, with CEU acting as the core and the co-ordinator of the group.

Ceunet/Indra

PC client software suite for network analysis, focusing on dataset conversion, role analysis, second-order ties, and the simultaneous handling of attributional and relational data.

Changing Behaviour

Contextualising behavioural change in energy programmes involving intermediaries and policymaking organizations working towards CHANGING BEHAVIOUR

China Initiative for Sustainable Development

Consortium to support action research on sustainable development in China (2007-Present).

Classical Studies and Ancient Political Thought

This project contributes to the Humanities Initiative's goal of fostering new, interdisciplinary teaching and research in the Humanities by introducing the field of Classical Studies to CEU. The appointment of Georgina White, who specializes in the Political Thought of Republican Rome and its relationship to its Greek philosophical models, helps to bridge the gap between CEU's Department of Philosophy, with its expertise on ancient (Greek) philosophy; the Department of Medieval Studies, with expertise from Imperial Rome/late antiquity onwards; and the contemporary focus of the Department of Political Science. The focus on Ancient Political Thought, itself an exciting and expanding area of research, offers the opportunity for fruitful co-operation with CEU's established social science programs, and with the new Specialization in Political Thought.

Classical Studies and Ancient Political Thought

This project contributes to the Humanities Initiative's goal of fostering new, interdisciplinary teaching and research in the Humanities by introducing the field of Classical Studies to CEU. The appointment of Georgina White, who specializes in the Political Thought of Republican Rome and its relationship to its Greek philosophical models, helps to bridge the gap between CEU's Department of Philosophy, with its expertise on ancient (Greek) philosophy; the Department of Medieval Studies, with expertise from Imperial Rome/late antiquity onwards; and the contemporary focus of the Department of Political Science. The focus on Ancient Political Thought, itself an exciting and expanding area of research, offers the opportunity for fruitful co-operation with CEU's established social science programs, and with the new Specialization in Political Thought

Classicus Ensemble - artists in residence at CEU

In the framework of the Artists-in-Residence project that is new at Hungarian universities, but well known in the United States, the Center for Arts and Culture of CEU is glad to host a quartet of young Hungarian musicians: Zoltán Fejérvári (piano), János Palojtay (piano), Péter Tornyai (violin/viola) and Tamás Zétényi (cello) who contribute to our community with regular chamber music concerts since 2011. The aim of the Classicus et Universus Ensemble is to focus on classical and contemporary music of Central Europe and the United States, promoting a creative cultural exchange between students, staff and faculty of CEU and local community.

Common Goals, Different Approaches Strengthening Transatlantic Cooperation on Global Energy Issues

"Common Goals – Different Approaches?" is a two-year research and dialogue program jointly implemented by the  Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin and the Brookings Institution.
The project will focus on the role of markets and institutions in fostering global energy security. Rather than adopting a traditional security lens to studying energy security, this project will assess ways in which global energy governance can be strengthened by creating and deepening markets, and adapting the "rules of the game". The project combines policy research with constructive and forward-looking transatlantic dialogue among researchers, industry experts and policymakers.

Communicating Sainthood -- Constituting Regions and Nations in East-Central Europe

The project focuses on a range of different European regions using the cults of medieval saints and their modern appropriations as a vehicle for studying changing cultural values related to social cohesion and identity. Its main focal points are the interactions between centre and periphery, between the medieval Latin culture and regional interests, political and cultural agendas and their reflection in different media (images, music, liturgy, literature).The project is part of a collaborative research programme with other units in Austria (Institut für Realienkunde, Krems), Denmark (Rituals Centre, Copenhagen), Estonia (, and Norway (Department of History and Classical Studies, Trondheim); each of the constituent units are applying for funding by the respective national research funds in a EUROCORES framework coordinated by the European Science Foundation. The PIs of the collaborative project are Nils Holger Petersen, Gerhard Jaritz, Anu Mänd, Roman Hankeln. The proposed Hungarian project could be associated to the four EUROCORES applicants if OTKA accepts it as an international cooperation project (NN). The Hungarian project will be carried out by eight researchers; three of them will be employed by CEU for three years entirely on the cost of OTKA as post-docs. The research budget will also cover the costs of a major conference to be held at CEU in 2011, and will support the edition of two bilingual source editions in the series Central European Medieval Texts published by CEU Press, and contribute to the digital edition of sermons on Saint Elizabeth, Saint Stanislaus and Saint Ladislas, the publication of the English version of a monograph on the Hungarian Angevin Legendary, and finally a study-volume on the theme.

Communication and Knowledge Transfer in Medieval Monastic Networks
Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approaches on Reproductive Cloning and Stem Cell Research

CELAB has started this research project in 2005/2006 AY and continued during 2006/2007 AY. In March 2007 CELAB organized a workshop on this topic (see CELAB events).

Research objectives were to analyze the dominant ethical arguments and principles governing the regulation of stem cell research; to compare the European and US approaches on stem cell research; to compare the interconnections between regulation of reproductive cloning and stem cell research; to analyze public debates on reproductive cloning and stem cell in a number of EU Member States. This monitoring is based on a continuous analysis of relevant laws and decisions on this topic, these documents are reviewed permanently for the bio-law database of CELAB. The laws and regulations in this field of study are changing very rapidly, therefore no legal and ethical research on this topic can be conducted without having a clear view of the continuously changing legislative landscape; and without investigating the arguments of different stakeholders of stem cell research.

Research methodology:
-monitoring biomedical norms (ethical and legal) on the territory of the European Union and the Council of Europe in the field of reproductive cloning and stem cell research
-analysis of ethical and legal principles in the field of the study within the European Union and within the Council of Europe
-comparative analysis of laws, legislative proposals, reports and cases decided by European courts

Completed research projects
Conflicts, Control, and Concessions – The Central European Records of the Holy Apostolic Penitentiary
Confronting Climate Change: Avoiding the Unmanageable and Managing the Unavoidable

CEU organized a conference on February 28th, 2007 on the relevance of the recommendations of the UN SEG Report on confronting climate change for Hungary. Dr.Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, member of UN SEG presented the findings of the Report, and chaired the roundtable discussion.

Conservation attitudes of local people: the case of the Macin Mountains National Park, Romania

Beliefs and attitudes of local people toward protected areas are increasingly being considered in conservation planning. Although park-people studies abound, relatively little is known about these relationships in Central and Eastern Europe. Romania’s protected area management system currently involves considering aspirations of local communities.

Costs and Benefits of Labour Mobility between the EU and the Eastern Partnership Partner Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine)

The general aim of the proposed project is to contribute to a better understanding of the determinants and effects of immigration from the Partner countries and the relevant labour migration dynamics of the EU. It further aims to propose a series of recommendations that could improve labour exchange impact on sending and receiving countries through labour migration management that facilitates human capital complementarities.

Countering Islamophobia through the Development of Best Practice in the use of Counter-Narratives in EU Member States
Countering new forms of Roma children trafficking: Participatory approach (CONFRONT)

The CONFRONT project aims to strengthen counter-trafficking efforts in Europe by addressing two deficiencies in the current counter-trafficking response: lack of in-depth knowledge of the new forms of trafficking affecting children and lack of active involvement of the Roma community – a group at high risk of child trafficking. It will focus on three new forms of trafficking: child begging, labour exploitation for pick-pocketing and sexual exploitation of boys. Activities will take place in seven EU Member States, four of them typical countries of origin for victims of trafficking (Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia) and three of them traditionally destination points for Roma victims (Austria, Italy, Greece).

CReating Innovative Sustainability Pathways (CRISP)

CReating Innovative Sustainability Pathways seeks to identify potential pathways that will aid the EU towards the transition to a sustainable, low carbon Europe. We are funded by FP7, the European Union Framework 7 research programme and are a team of partners from Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway and UK.To meet this challenge, CRISP reviews current policies and practical case studies to figure out where we are at the moment. We then plan to develop and evaluate alternative scenarios for the future so that we than can hopefully find ways in which we can bridge the gap between where we are today, and where specifically we want to be in the future.

CUPESSE - Cultural Pathways to Economic Self-Sufficiency and Entrepreneurship: Family Values and Youth Unemployment in Europe

The multi-disciplinary CUPESSE project carries out a comparative analysis of both the demand and supply side of youth unemployment in ten Member States of the EU and Associated Countries (i.e. Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom). These ten countries represent the main empirical scope of the project, but whenever possible, the analysis is extended to include all European countries.

Derangement or Development? Political Economy of EU Structural Funds Allocation: Insights from the Hungarian Case

This research project was an attempt to reveal some insights on the interaction of political and economic aspects in Hungarian development policy and multi-level government financing mechanisms.

Designing options for Green Investment Schemes in Hungary

Green Investment Schemes (GIS) is an architecture which helps to utilize greenhouse gas emission surpluses tradable under International Emission Trading for sustainable energy development. The project aims to assist Hungarian policy-makers with analysis of various options of efficient use of Green Investment Scheme funding.

Destination: Transparency—New EU Member States' Best Practices for Moldova and Ukraine

Shortcomings in upholding the rule of law and, particularly, fighting corruption remain the main obstacles to improving the levels of democracy and prosperity in even the most advanced of the Eastern Partnership countries. The main aim of the project is to identify possible ways to upgrade the EU’s role in improving these areas in Moldova and Ukraine based on the experiences of the V4 countries.

Developing Agroenvironmental Policies: Interactions Between Polish People and the State

Researcher: Lenore Ethington
Agroenvironmental policies in new member states in CEE have been developed to align with the EU acquis. As a result, despite the lack of a negotiating role in the development of these policies, different states have interpreted EU Directives differently as a result of national histories and preferences. This study examines anti-GMO and conservation of agrobiodiversity campaigns and their interaction with public perceptions and legislation in Poland. I argue that anti-GMO legislation has been developed from the bottom-up in response to public opposition while agrobiodiversity legislation origniates from top-down international and EU law. Although the legislation regarding the two issues has been developed in a contrasting manner, both the actual implementation of laws and values of the public reflect a resistance to change both policies and practices.

Developing Models for Implementation of UNESCO Bioethical Instruments

Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB) received a UNESCO grant for developing models for implementation of UNESCO Bioethical Instruments. With this project, CELAB sought to contribute to the increasing international awareness of the existence of these UNESCO declarations. We believe that reflections on and interpretations of these documents should be an integral part of ethics education, policymaking, national legislation and international research and that translating these documents into the official languages of the Member States is one of the best ways to spread the idea of bioethical thinking and disseminate the results of policy-making at UNESCO.

Development of a Platform for Deliberative Processes on Nanotechnology in the European Consumer Market (NANOPLAT)

The objectives of this project are to evaluate selected deliberative processes in Europe, at both EU and national levels, and to develop a deliberate and science-based platform for a stakeholder dialogue in Europe and beyond in the field of nanotechnology.

Diversity and the European Public Sphere. Towards a Citizens' Europe (EUROSPHERE)

EUROSPHERE is a European Commission-funded Integrated Project within the 6th Framework Programme. The EUROSPHERE Consortium comprises 17 European universities and research institutes and approximately 150 researchers will be working in the project's different parts and phases. The project is coordinated by the University of Bergen. The overall objective of EUROSPHERE is to develop innovative perspectives on the European Public Sphere and to identify the factors which facilitate or hinder the articulation of a European Public Sphere. The research plan comprises synchronized data collection and analysis activities in 16 countries as well as creation of a Eurosphere Knowledge Base.</p>

Eastern Enlargement - Western Enlargement: Cultural Encounters in the European Economy and Society After the Accession (DIOSCURI)

Invoking the mythological figures Castor and Pollux, DIOSCURI focused on current encounters in Europe to predict the ways of cohabitation between the twin economic cultures of the "East" and the "West". The research fields - entrepreneurship, governance and economic knowledge - were explored in four East-Central European countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia) and in four countries of South-Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Serbia/Montenegro).

Economic History of Medieval Hungary as Reflected by Archaeology and Material Culture

The main aim of this project is to carry out interdisciplinary research in the field of economic history in the Carpathian Basin and to contextualize the Hungarian economic activities in the European system of production between the eleventh and the sixteenth century.

Education Support program in Caucasus

Events since 1991 have led to social dislocation with decidedly negative consequences for the region's children in social, economic and educational terms. As a result of instability across the region, children often have serious gaps in their learning and skills that follow them into adulthood. Such children often have difficulty integrating, leading to further exclusion both in the classroom and in wider society.
Civil society organizations in the region warn that the growing numbers of under- or uneducated and vulnerable children contributes in turn to increasing levels of poverty, decreasing social cohesion and further declines in socio-economic development. Such a situation clearly poses a threat to the immediate and long-term prospects of building free, open societies in the region.
The Open Society Institute's Education Support Program and the Interkulturelles Zentrum Austria, in partnership with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Culture and the Arts, and Soros foundations in the South Caucasus, are jointly carrying out the Education Cooperation across the Caucasus initiative, which will fund local and cross-regional projects in the North and South Caucasus.
The purpose of the initiative is twofold: to promote identified national priorities for education change, and to explore the potential for cooperation and mutual learning between countries and communities in the Caucasus. In line with ESP mission, the initiative aims to serve education justice, which places priority on access to quality education for excluded and vulnerable children, making this the key indicator for effectiveness and success within the education system. Education Cooperation across the Caucasus will accomplish these goals by creating opportunities for education professionals to better address their common challenges. In 2008-09 ESP has funded 12 projects that focus on the specific priorities identified by governments in each country and which, with support from the international community, could be replicated or scaled up by local and national governments.

Education Support program in Caucasus

Events since 1991 have led to social dislocation with decidedly negative consequences for the region's children in social, economic and educational terms. As a result of instability across the region, children often have serious gaps in their learning and skills that follow them into adulthood. Such children often have difficulty integrating, leading to further exclusion both in the classroom and in wider society.
Civil society organizations in the region warn that the growing numbers of under- or uneducated and vulnerable children contributes in turn to increasing levels of poverty, decreasing social cohesion and further declines in socio-economic development. Such a situation clearly poses a threat to the immediate and long-term prospects of building free, open societies in the region.
The Open Society Institute's Education Support Program and the Interkulturelles Zentrum Austria, in partnership with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Culture and the Arts, and Soros foundations in the South Caucasus, are jointly carrying out the Education Cooperation across the Caucasus initiative, which will fund local and cross-regional projects in the North and South Caucasus.
The purpose of the initiative is twofold: to promote identified national priorities for education change, and to explore the potential for cooperation and mutual learning between countries and communities in the Caucasus. In line with ESP mission, the initiative aims to serve education justice, which places priority on access to quality education for excluded and vulnerable children, making this the key indicator for effectiveness and success within the education system. Education Cooperation across the Caucasus will accomplish these goals by creating opportunities for education professionals to better address their common challenges. In 2008-09 ESP has funded 12 projects that focus on the specific priorities identified by governments in each country and which, with support from the international community, could be replicated or scaled up by local and national governments.

EDUWORKS

Crossing borders in the comprehensive investigation of labor market matching processes: An EU-wide, trans-disciplinary, multilevel and science-practice-bridging training network.

Elephant Management - A Scientific Assessment for South Africa

The appropriate management of South Africa's elephant populations is the focus of a national debate. In terms of the Biodiversity Act of 2005 and the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, the ultimate responsibility for establishing national policy in this regard is the Minister of Environment Affairs and Tourism. The Minister convened a Scientific Roundtable (SRT) in January 2006 to advise him on policies regarding elephant management. The SRT concluded that in key aspects, the available scientific information was insufficient for a fully-informed decision (Statements from SRT 1 and 2, summarised in Owen-Smith et al. 2006).

Employment 2025: How Multiple Transitions Will Affect the European Labour Market (NEUJOBS)

NEUJOBS is a research project financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program. It's objective is to analyze likely future developments in the European labor market(s), in view of four major transitions that will impact employment and European societies in general.

Employment Impacts of a Large-scale Deep Building Energy Retrofit Programme in Hungary

The objective of the project was to produce a report estimating the potential net employment impacts of a large-scale building energy retrofit programme in Hungary. While it is clear that such a programme would generate a substantial reduction of energy consumption in the country, this report quantifies an important co-benefit that can provide a new entry to the policy-making processes – the one on employment.

Employment Impacts of a Large-Scale Deep Building Energy Retrofit Programme in Poland

The goal of the research project is to gauge the net employment impacts of a large-scale, deep building energy-efficiency renovation program in Poland, in the understanding that the low employment rate of the Polish economy makes this a key entry point for decision-making. Therefore, employment impacts strongly correlate with the dynamics of the investments flowing towards building energy retrofits. The study was commissioned by the European Climate Foundation.

EMUDE - Emerging Users Demands for Sustainable Solutions
Energy Efficiency Governance

The project analyzed energy efficiency governance worldwide. This included institutions and the types of resources available at all levels of government which work to improve energy efficiency. 3CSEP covered the Eastern European and ex-USSR region within this global project on behalf of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Energy efficient lighting
EnGo - Environmental Governance for Environmental Curricula

In the former USSR environmental protection was understood as a set of engineering measures; interests and expertise of stakeholder groups were often ignored. As a result, even the best engineered solutions led to unexpected socio-economic problems. This attitude also drove the development of environmental sciences and professional training. Issues of environmental policy (or rather environmental governance) are still considered unimportant in many universities in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, or their presence in curricula is formal. This, and weak integration in international research communities often lead to a situation when in new curricula novel developments are limited to adjusted terminology and new approaches of engineering nature. As a result, environmental graduates with robust natural science or engineering education have difficulties with identifying environmental problems and suggesting balanced solutions / translating them into sound policies. A related problem is that environmental practitioners and educators do not cooperate; this affects the quality of training and employability of graduates. Evaluation and self-evaluation tools are also far from operational.

To address this, we propose (1) to revise BSc courses in environmental sciences in partner universities, upgrading them in general and introducing environmental governance context; (2) to set up at partner universities joint MSc and PhD programs in Environmental Governance, (3) to create a set of textbooks covering multidisciplinary issues of environmental studies, especially emerging and rapidly developing fields, (4) to set-up national permanent seminars of environmental educators and employers and a web-portal, (5) to introduce new mechanisms of evaluation and self-evaluation. Points (2) and (3) include development of curricula and syllabuses, re/training of teachers and short mobility periods for faculty and students, especially in support to international network-building.

Enhancing the EU's Transboundary Crisis Management Capacities: Strategies for Multi-Level Leadership (TransCrisis)
EnviroGRIDS: Building Capacity for a Black Sea Catchment Observation and Assessment System supporting Sustainable Development

The EnviroGRIDS @ Black Sea catchment project is developing a system that aims to assist governments and communities to track and respond to environmental trends in the Black Sea catchment.

Environment and Regional Transport Planning

July 8-19, 2002, our Department is offering a course on Environment and Regional Transport Planning organized in co-operation with the Regional Environmental Center for CEE (REC) Secretariat to the Sofia Initiative on Environmental Impact Assessment.

Environmental History of the USSR
Environmental Policy Integration and Multi-level Governance (EPIGOV)

Synthesizing research to further knowledge about modes of governance to promote environmental policy integration (EPI). (2006-2008).

Environmental Policy Integration in Hungary

Horizontal integration of environmental policies into sectoral policy areas is an essential component of sustainable development. CEPL is coordinated a project for the Hungarian Ministry of Environment that examined integration of environmental policies and concerns into sectoral policies in Hungary.

EPHR project: European Privacy and Human Rights

[img:2:small:left]The EPHR project will carry out a comprehensive review of privacy law across all EU Member states which in itself is a substantial task, but further to this, the EPHR project will deliver the results of this study in a number of innovative and interactive ways with the aim of increasing awareness of privacy rights across the European region and helping to empower all citizens to take control of their own privacy in this technologically complex age.

Equal Opportunities for Heath: Action for Development

The aim of the project – of which Doctors with Africa CUAMM is the lead organization – was to make European public opinion aware of the close link between health and development and to make the medical and health community – doctors, health providers, lecturers, trainers, and medical students – responsible for taking action.
To goal was to promote discussion and dissemination of the Global Health paradigm, understood as a “panoramic” approach to health, to be able to theoretically transpose into practice social determinants of health, values of justice and equity identified in the Declaration of Alma Ata, and an analysis of the growing interdependence between populations and countries determined by processes of globalization and its impact on health and health inequalities both in and among countries.
As Associate Partner CELAB participated in Partnership Meetings organized in the framework of the project.

EU - China Relations (The China Network)

The project initiated by the Prime Minister's Office in Hungary aims to analyze China's domestic state of affairs, its economic growth strategy and its international relations. Based on the analysis, the main goal of the initiative is to draw policy-relevant recommendations that can contribute to enhancing relations between China and Hungary. The project focuses on economic-, political- and trade relations, culture and education, scientific interaction between the two countries and also studies migration patterns. Work is carried out mainly in Hungarian.

EU Financial Perspectives, EU Budget, Hungary

The one-year research project concerns itself with the European Union's common budget and Hungary 's role and interests in its structural review. The main focus of the project is the EU-budget for the period of 2007-2013, an analytic review of its structure, an assessment of potential changes in the budget structure during its mid-term review as well as Hungary 's interests and potential in absorption of funds. The project also consideres any potential changes in the structure of institutions serving the common EU budget, and how the absorption of financial resources can interact with the main priorities of the EU.

EUCelLEX: Cell-based regenerative medicine: new challenges for EU legislation and governance

This project will examine the interactions between EU legislation and health research and/or innovation and the effects of its application and implementation on health research and/or innovation.

Europe and Beyond: Transfers, Networks and Markets for Musical Theatre in Modern Europe

The project analyzes the correlation between the cultural history of Europe and the history of music theatre from the 18th to the late 20th century.

European Efficient Residential Lighting Initiative (EnERLIn)

The project developed robust scenarios for CFL (energy-efficient lightbulbs) promotional campaigns on European, national and regional levels. At the same time the project aimed to promote a quality charter to assure that the CFL that are marketed and promoted can deliver savings which last over time and meet customer expectations of high quality lighting. The ultimate objective of this project was to substantially increase the efficiency of residential lighting.

European Living Organ Donation (EULOD)

The project on living organ donation in Europe is a coordination action that aims to establish an inventory of living donation practices in Europe; to explore and promote living donation as a way to increase organ availability and to develop tools that improve the quality and safety of living organ donations in Europe. This action aims to achieve broad European coverage with a specific focus on new EU Member States. It draws upon the support, knowledge and network of the European Platform on Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Organ Transplantation (ELPAT) and the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT).

European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen

A three-year research project dedicated to the audiencehistories, actualizations and futures for European national museums. National museums collect, preserve and display nations' most cherished objects to tell about nations' senses of themselves. Today, they are contested institutions, often squeezed between conflicting demands.

European Social Model

The workshop series (sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council) concentrates on the impact of EU enlargement on the political, social and economic agenda of the EU. More specifically, it analyses the effects that enlargement has on the pan-European discussion regarding the Single Market policy framework and the concept of a European Social Model. Events held in the framework of the project focus on the contribution of Central and Eastern European countries, in defining priorities of Single Market Reform and socio-economic development in the EU.

EUROPOLIS: A deliberative polity-making project

The project intends to test whether deliberative democracy can contribute to address the democratic deficit in Europe, with particular reference to the next European parliamentary elections. EuroPolis is a carefully designed experiment that assesses how political and social attitudes toward EU issues change as a result of exposure to information, and what implications this has for political participation and voter turnout.

EuroWhiteCert: Stepwise Towards Effective European Energy Efficiency Policy Portfolios Involving White Certificates

The EuroWhiteCert project supports the conceptual and technical development of tradable white certificates systems covering energy savings and energy efficiency.

Eutrophication in the Tsimlyansk Reservoir

This project aims to investigate the underlying causes of eutrophication and related algal blooms in the Tsimlyansk Reservoir (Southern Russia) using underutilized ICTs including GIS, remote sensing, and data portals.

Evaluation of Legislation and Related Guidelines on the Procurement, Storage and Transfer of Human Tissues and Cells in the European Union–an Evidence-Based Impact Analysis (TISS.EU)

The acronym Tiss.EU stands for „Evaluation of Legislation and Related Guidelines on the Procurement, Storage and Transfer of Human Tissues and Cells in the European Union - an Evidence-Based Impact Analysis.” The project, funded by the European Commission as part of the 7th Framework Programme, runs from March 2008 to early 2011 and addresses questions of ethical and legal regulation in relation to research using human tissue. Tiss.EU is made up of
four parts, the ethical and legal aspects of which are going to be looked at by the project partners: first, procurement, storage and transfer of tissue and cells for research; second, rights and entitlements to tissue and cells; third, anonymization and pseudonymization to protect privacy rights; and, finally, research using biobanks.

Evaluation of the LEADER+ program 2000-06

As part of a consultancy project funded by the EC’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, CPS took part in an ex-post evaluation of the LEADER+ program 2000-06.

Exploring 'Vulnerability of Roma' in the Anti-human Trafficking Policy Discourse in Serbia