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 the voluntary research groups below.
The Conflict & Security Research Group (CONSEC) is a multi-disciplinary forum of academic exchange for students and faculty whose academic interests lie within the broad field of conflict and security studies. The topics covered by the research group include, but are not restricted to, ethnic and ideological civil wars, political violence, peace-building, third party intervention, conflict management, ethnic politics, diasporas and migration, nationalism, identity and foreign policy.
The group welcomes new members who are working in any of these areas. The CONSEC convenes regularly to discuss the ongoing research of its members with a view toward enhancing research productivity and high-profile publications; the group is also open to other forms of academic exchange, including invited talks by guest speakers, discussion of new books and articles, screening of documentaries, or public debates on ongoing developments in the field of conflict and security, and so on.
The Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) of Central European University is a University-wide platform for energy policy research. EPRG hosts internal seminars monthly to discuss research papers prepared by the group’s members, and organizes lectures and conferences that are open to the public, including an Energy Policy Lecture Series. EPRG welcomes PhD students and faculty from all CEU departments.
Global Politics and Practice (GPP) research group is a platform of learning and reflection for students, faculty, and researchers interested in critical perspectives on world politics. We aim to explore interactions and intersections between theory, practice and modes of study that also engage the ethics of research and the positionality of the researcher. GPP focuses on and seeks to inspire research practices that transcend disciplinary boundaries and open space up of for innovative, creative, and caring knowledge practices that directly engage the everyday and the multiplicity of life worlds, including the contemporary structures of higher education.
The research group offers different formats of engagement that include guest lectures, workshops, roundtables and reading sessions. We welcome interdisciplinary contributions and interventions of all forms drawing on (but not limited to) insights from sociology, anthropology, linguistics, political theory, political economy, performance studies, culture, art, and media studies.
HERG has been created with the initiative of two Public Policy PhD candidates and with the support of Liviu Matei – Provost of CEU and a faculty member of the School of Public Policy. The Group's primary aim is to bring together CEU faculty and students and foster collaborative research among those working in the field of higher education policy. HERG organizes research seminars for its members; runs public seminars on topics related to the HERG´s work; networks and cooperates with similar groups at other universities and with similarly focused academic societies; serves as a policy advise in the relevant research area. The Research Group’s membership is open for academics interested in HE research from inside and outside of CEU, including PhD as well as MA students, faculty and researchers.
The aim of MENAS is to bring together scholars working on these regions. It organizes events such as seminars, paper discussions, workshops, and social events such as movie nights and Arabic language practice.
Bringing together the little connected migration scholarship at CEU departments, research centers, and other units, the Migration Research Group (MiRG) provides a platform across disciplines for faculty, students and researchers at CEU who have an interest in the study of mobility and migration. The group holds regular meetings for informal and congenial debate of migration topics and to discuss ongoing research of the members with a specialized audience. Furthermore, it seeks to foster collaborative research among its members. Additionally, it organizes events, workshops, and public lectures to raise the visibility and impact of migration research at CEU.
Facebook: MiRG - Migration Research Group @ CEU
The Nationalism Studies Research Group (NSRG) at CEU is a student-led initiative aiming to discuss theoretical and practical aspects of nationalism. Our research interests vary wildly, as most of our members come from various disciplinary backgrounds and contribute to the study of different aspects of nationalism, including populism, ethnic and civic nationalism, everyday nationhood, far-right ideologies, and bottom-up approaches to nation-building. The research group was established this year, not only in order to bring together CEU PhD students working on these relevant topics but also to establish connections and facilitate networking with Viennese scholars and PhD students working in the field.
Facebook: Nationalism Studies Research Group
(currently inactive, but will return in 2023)
The Political Behavior Research Group (POLBERG) is a research-facilitating and learning environment for the study of political behavior and political communication. It organizes regular seminars with paper presentations, replication seminars, and more informal talks on research methods and emerging research agendas. The events are open to students and faculty from any CEU department as well as interested scholars at other academic institutions, and offer them the opportunity to discuss their own research with a specialist audience.
The mission of PERG is to foster collaborative research among the CEU faculty and students working in the area of political economy in general and in the field of varieties of transnational capitalisms in particular. PERG began with regular informal meetings of faculty and PhD students in 2006. Since January 2007 it has been formalized with a statute as an official student-faculty research group whose membership runs across several CEU departments.
PERG organizes weekly paper seminars, where members and non-members sign up and present their most recent papers or paper drafts, and to discuss them with a discussant. The research group also organizes reading group sessions on the most recent books in political economy. It organizes annual workshops, conferences, guest lectures, and PERG social events as well.
POLEMO is a research group in Political, Moral, and Legal Theory. It was established in 2011, dedicated to philosophical or more broadly theoretical questions about politics, law, and morality. Its main activities are monthly seminars where POLEMO invites leading scholars around the world to share their work-in progress research. The research group also organizes regular meetings for POLEMO members to present and get feedback on their work. POLEMO has its annual conference called the POLEMO Symposium.
Facebook group: POLEMO (Political, Legal and Moral Philosophy)
Event page: https://events.ceu.edu/host/political-legal-and-moral-philosophy-research-group-polemo
Research Group on Drugs (RESDRUGS)
The Research Group on Drugs (RESDRUGS) focuses on investigations concerning illicit drugs, their policies, consumption patterns, and health and harm reduction responses. Established in 2022, RESDRUGS is an informal gathering of like-minded individuals, primarily from the Criminology Department at the University of Manchester (UoM). Comprising faculty and early career researchers, the group has grown to include 23 academics from institutions such as CEU, UoM, University of Lisbon, Ulster University, and Vilnius University. Students and faculty from all CEU departments are invited to join.
The group holds monthly hybrid meetings exploring research on drug policy and related areas. For those interested in the complex world of drug policy, RESDRUGS provides an opportunity to engage in conversations about the impact and implications of current policies and the intersectionality of the topic with other fields of knowledge.
RESDRUGS delves into the latest advancements in drug research and policy. These discussions involve critically engaging and dissecting the key works in the field and ongoing research by its members. The group also offers a space for disseminating information about upcoming events and available funding opportunities.
Anti-Corruption Research Group
The Anti-Corruption research group is a public forum for students, academics and professionals with the aim of engaging in discussion, readings and research projects on issues related to the prevention, understanding and problematization of corruption in society. The group is, in its nature, interdisciplinary because we think that in order to achieve a full understanding of and to provide solutions to a complex phenomenon as corruption a multidimensional approach is crucial. Corruption is not only detrimental to the correct functioning of democracy and to efficient business transactions, it bears heavy consequences on social justice, a country’s prosperity and citizens’ well-being.
The group welcomes new members in any interest field that relates to the study of anti-corruption. The group plans research activities which include seminars with established scholars and practitioners, reading nights, project presentations, development of case studies, public talks and activities with local governments, schools and civic organizations.
Davide Torsello (Associate Professor, Business School)
GLOBAL SOUTH RESEARCH GROUP
The Global South Research Group (GSRG) brings together students, researchers, and faculty interested in the Global South, independent of their departmental affiliation. The group aims to create a network focusing on matters of development, North/South relations, and regions such as Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific. We hold regular meetings during which the work of students and faculty can be debated and relevant literature can be discussed. In addition, the group intends to organize events at CEU in order to increase the visibility of the Global South focus across our academic community.
The Global South Research Group reflects the increasingly global composition and interests of the CEU student body and faculty. We aim to promote inter-disciplinary exchange of ideas on research topics with a geographic or thematic focus related to the Global South.
International Relations Research Group (IRRG)
The IR RG is an informal seminar with the participation of PhD students and faculty from the departments of International Relations and European Studies, and Political Science. The IR RG meets once a week (on demand) and is designed for PhD students to discuss their ongoing projects. These projects do not necessarily have to be related to the prospectus, and can cover both conference papers, project chapters and prospecti. Alternatively, the research group meets to discuss current developments in the field of International Relations and watch movies related to the discipline.
Equality and Social Justice Research Group (EQRG)
The mission of the Equality and Social Justice Research group is to open a research platform for common research activity on different aspects of equality and social justice thinking accumulated in the CEU community. Activities of the group will include presenting and discussing relevant work done in the topic within the CEU community, and brought to us by relevant visitors, and opening up the possibility for common collaborative research work. While emerging within the context provided by the creation of the School of Public Policy, the Research Group would like to go beyond a narrow understanding of equality as a policy concept and capture topics related to equality understood as a political, legal and social concept, particularly as these aspects gain relevance in the making of policies addressing inequalities and social injustice.
Andrea Krizsan (Research fellow)
The Africa Research Group is an interdisciplinary open platform dedicated to research on the African continent, and its relationship with the rest of the world. It is a forum that encourages debate and discussion through seminars, conferences and panel discussions on critical developmental issues such as good governance, democracy, arts and culture, conflict, poverty, natural resource-management, human rights, regionalism and integration and international relations.
Through the above listed activities, the group hopes to strengthen research quality through strong peer review mechanisms. It provides a platform for collaboration and networking between CEU researchers with a focus on Africa and other researchers on the globe. It promotes research and publications on Africa and its relations with other part of the world by CEU students and faculty.
Daniel Large (Professor)