Research Centers

The students and faculty members of the Doctoral School are involved in a number of Research Groups and Research Centers at CEU.

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the research meetings organized by the School, in events organized by the Research Centers affiliated with the School, and in the voluntary student-faculty workshops organized by Research Groups. You can find information about CEU's institutionalized Research Centers below. 


Center for Policy Studies (CPS)

The Center for Policy Studies (CPS) is an academic unit within CEU dedicated to analyzing public policy. With 7 core staff members and additional 10 internal and external research affiliates, CPS pursues research projects that are interdisciplinary and comparative in nature. CPS has been active from its launch in the broader field of social diversity and policy responses to status based inequalities, and multiple disadvantages resulting from the intersection of these inequality grounds.

The Center has a strong track record in academic, research and training programs on issues relating to Roma identity, exclusion/inclusion dynamics, citizenship rights, participation and representation, gender and migration, and the integration of migrants and indigenous minorities alike. European integration, its drivers and consequences is a broad theme that cross-cuts many of the center's projects, either in terms of an empirical focus on one or several European countries or in terms of an interest in the mechanisms through which the EU and its institutions impact on policies and policy processes in the member states and neighboring countries on specific areas such as migration, social inclusion policies, and development policy. New forms and directions of labor migration within Europe, some of the unresolved challenges of the inclusion of second generation migrants are in the center of new research initiatives.

Andrew Cartwright (Research Fellow) - cartwrighta(at), cps(at)

Policy Documentation


Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS)

CMDS is the leading center of research on media, communication, and information policy in Central and Eastern Europe. Based in the School of Public Policy at Central European University, the research center produces scholarly and practice-oriented research addressing academic, policy and civil society needs. In September 2014, it adopted a new name (From Center for Media and Communication Studies, CMDS).

CMDS produces scholarly and practice-oriented research addressing academic, policy and civil society needs. The Center serves as a focal point for an international network of acclaimed scholars and academic institutions; offers innovative courses across several CEU departments; provides trainings and consultancies; and organizes scholarly exchanges through workshops, lectures and conferences on current developments in the field.




Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education

The Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education at Central European University, named after the third President and Rector of the University, is a collaborative academic initiative promoting applied policy research and professional training in higher education. The Center builds on more than two decades of experience at CEU in promoting policy research in higher education, as well as policy advising and professional development programs for governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and higher education institutions from countries on all continents. The Center also builds on the long history of cooperation between CEU and the Higher Education Support Program (HESP) of the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

The Center is committed to pursuing the overall open society mission of CEU through activities in the area of higher education policy. The Center places a particular focus on applied studies and practical initiatives regarding the relationship between higher education policies and practices, and issues of democratic development.

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