Research Groups

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. 

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Political Economy Research Group (PERG)

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.

Regular meetings:
Weekly seminars on Wednesdays at 17.20-19.00

Contact persons:
Achim Kemmerling (Professor) - kemmerlinga@ceu.edu
Evelyne Hübscher (Professor) - huebschere@ceu.edu
Ekaterina Paustyan (PhD student) - Paustyan_Ekaterina@phd.ceu.edu
Ákos Máté (PhD stuedent) - Mate_Akos@phd.ceu.edu

Websitehttps://perg.ceu.edu
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ceuperg/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/ceuPERG

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Political Behaviour Research Group (POLBERG)

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.

Contact persons:
Nemanja Batricevic (PhD Student) - Batricevic_Nemanja@phd.ceu.edu
Levente Littvay (Professor) -  littvayl@ceu-budapest.edu

Website: http://polberg.ceu.edu
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/polbergceu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/polbergceu

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Conflict and Security Research Group (ConSec)

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. 

Regular meetings:
Friday, 3:30 PM, Room 301 (time and venue is subject to change)

Contact person:
Vujo Ilic (PhD student) - ilic_vujo@phd.ceu.edu  
Erin Jenne (Professor) - Jennee@ceu.edu 

Websitehttp://consec.ceu.edu

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Migration Research Group (MiRG)

Bringing together the little connected migration scholarship at CEU departments, research centers, and other units, the newly established 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.

Regular meetings:
Every second Thursday, from 3.30 to 5.00 pm at Nador 15, room 101

Contact person:
Jenna Althoff (PhD student) - althoff_jenna@phd.ceu.edu 
Sign up at: mirg(at)ceu.edu

Websitehttps://politicalscience.ceu.edu/migration-research-group-mirg

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CEU - Africa Research Group (CEU-ARG)

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.

Contact person:
Daniel Large (Professor) - LargeD@spp.ceu.edu
Agatha Siwale (PhD student) - Siwale_Agatha@phd.ceu.edu
Michael Imran Kanu (PhD student, Legal Studies) Kanu_Michael@phd.ceu.edu

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/arg.ceu

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Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG)

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.

Contact persons:
Vija Pakalkaite (PhD student) - pakalkaite_vija@ceu-budapest.edu
Aleh Cherp (Professor) - Cherpa@ceu.edu

Websitehttp://energy.ceu.edu

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Health Research Group (HRG)

The creation of a health research group at CEU is meant to encourage the development of an inter-disciplinary community of faculty and students with interests in human public health research. Public health research has enormous breadth and scope, thus the following themes are pursued in a flexible manner: research on the determinants of health; research on health economics; research on health inequities and inequality; research on public health ethics; the history of public health; human rights and public health; health of vulnerable populations.

Regular meetings:
Events are announced on the research group website one week in advance

Contact:
Olga Loblova (Visiting Professor) - loblovao@spp.ceu.edu
Andrew Cartwright (Research Fellow) -  cartwrighta@ceu.hu

Website: http://phrg.ceu.edu

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Higher Education Research Group (HERG)

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.

Contact persons:
Simona Torotcoi (PhD student) - torocoi_simona@phd.ceu.edu 
Group email address - herg@ceu.edu 

Websitehttp://herg.ceu.edu
FacebookCEU Higher Education Research Group 

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Research Group in Political, Legal and Moral Theory (POLEMO)

POLEMO represents a research group in Political, Moral, and Legal Theory. It was established in 2011, centered around, but not limited to, students and faculty from the Political Science and Philosophy Departments. Its main activities are meetings for philosophical analyses of the latest literature on the topic. The research group also organizes lectures and seminars.

Contact persons:
Man Kong Li (PhD student) - li_man@phd.ceu.edu
Zoltan Miklosi (Professor, POLS) - miklosiz@ceu.edu

Regular meetings:
Every second Friday, 13:30

Website: http://polemo.ceu.hu/

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History of Political Thought Research Group (HPT)

History of Political Thought Research Group is an interdisciplinary group at CEU, cutting across departments from across the University. They hold regular discussion meetings, coming together to discuss readings of an interesting text from the history of political thought, in a lively and informal setting. In addition to these reading groups and research seminars with invited speakers, HPTRG provides a great forum for presenting ongoing research projects in any area of political thought very broadly conceived. The wide range of backgrounds of the group members provides great opportunity to engage with other disciplinary and normative perspectives.

Contact persons: 
Thomas Peak (PhD student, DSPS) - peak_thomas(at)phd.ceu.edu
Gina White (Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies) - whiteg(at)ceu.edu
Alexandra Medzibrodszky (PhD student, History) - medzibrodszky_alexandra(at)phd.ceu.edu

Websitehttps://hptceu.wordpress.com/

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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.

Contact person:
Davide Torsello (Associate Professor, Business School)  - TorselloD@business.ceu.edu
Michele Massacesi - (MA student, SPP) - Massacesi_Michele@spp.ceu.edu

Websitehttp://bs.ceu.hu/acrg

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International Relations Research Group (IRRG)

(currently inactive)

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.

Contact person:
None

Website: none

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Equality and Social Justice Research Group (EQRG)

(currently inactive)

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.

Contact person:
Andrea Krizsan (Research fellow), krizsana@ceu.hu

Websitehttps://eqrg.ceu.edu