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Thematic Areas of Research

Cultural Borders and Identity
This theme involves research on European, national and regional identity, as well as how language, religion and ethnicity shape our understanding of ourselves and ‘the other’, spanning historical foundations and current situations. CERGU researchers relating to this theme are among others Mats Andrén, Katarina Leppänen, Göran Larsson & Anton Jansson (Literature, History of Ideas and Religion), Ingmar Söhrman, Katarina Vajta, Johan Järlehed, Angela Kölling (Languages and Literatures), Linda Berg (Political Science) and David Brax (Practical Philosophy). This theme is also related to the larger network ‘Cultural Borders of Europe’, led from Gothenburg but encompassing a much larger network of external scholars.

Migration is a theme which has spurred increased scholarly interest in recent years in relation to European challenges. Research involves social and legal aspects for migrants, politics of migration control, economic challenges of migration flows and local immigration policy strategies. Scholars interested in this theme are Joakim Ruist (Economics), Thomas Erhag & Karin Herveus (Law), Andrea Spehar, Frida Boräng & Linda Berg (Political Science), Ulla Björnberg, Oksana S. Green (Sociology), Anja K. Frank (School of Global Studies) and Gregg Bucken-Knapp (Public Administration). Some of the CERGU scholars are also part of the trans-European research project ‘IMAGINATION’.

Global Europe
This theme focuses on Europe’s relationship with the outside world, and especially the role of EU in international negotiations, regulating external trade or trying to influence democratisation, development and peace-keeping in other parts of the world. Several CERGU researchers are interested in various aspects of this theme, including Claes-Göran Alvstam (Economic Geography), Emily Xu & Cheryl Cordeiro (CIBS/Business Economy), Anja K. Frank & Fredrik Söderbaum (School of Global Studies), Ann-Kristin Jonasson, Lisbeth Aggestam & Rutger Lindahl (Political Science) and Andreas Moberg, Per Cramér & Joachim Åhman (Law).

Societal Challenges and Actors
Many aspects of societal challenges and changes, and how various actors (parties, social movements, trade unions, citizens) try to influence this development, are not unique to Europe. However, given the extra layer of complexity added by European integration, and for example the euro crisis, this is a theme of interest to many of our scholars interested in e.g. gender, poverty, welfare state change, party positioning and family policy. This theme thus includes scholars such as Ann Ighe (Economic History), Bengt Larsson, Kerstin Jacobsson & Allison Rovny (Sociology), Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny, Sofie Blombäck, Andrea Spehar, Linda Berg, Katarzyna Jezierska & Maria Oskarson (Political Science), David Brax (Philosophy) and Thomas Erhag (Law). Several scholars within this theme are board members, representatives or project leaders of international research networks or projects, e.g. Chapel Hill Expert Survey, CERES and a project on social movements.

EU Institutions
This theme focuses on EU institutions, the decision-making within and between them, and the external attempts to influence them (lobbying). Among our CERGU scholars, we find projects on the council, the parliament and the court, as well as broader analyses of competition for leadership and relations to the member states and other levels of government. Some examples of researchers interested in this theme are: Per Cramér & Andreas Moberg (Law), Daniel Naurin, Rutger Lindahl, Lisbeth Aggestam, Olof Larsson, Frida Boräng, Markus Johansson & Sofie Blombäck (Political Science) and Bengt Larsson (Sociology). This theme is also connected to the Council research database.


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