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Interdisciplinary Research Projects

In order to promote research collaborations across the participating faculties, ACES devotes a significant part of its budget to two-year targeted interdisciplinary research projects. These projects are led by ACES affiliates from at least two faculties and address major societal challenges in a European context and urgent issues concerning the dynamics and direction of contemporary Europe.

Solidarity and Institutional Design

The project on solidarity and institutional design studies the feasibility of cross-border European solidarity in the socio-economic domain, with an emphasis on its institutional architecture. It studies two salient cases: solidarity in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and solidarity via the joint procurement of medicines. In both areas, there is a need for new policies that are likely to meet resistance. The first needs to overcome potential moral hazard from fiscal transfers. The second requires willingness of national policymakers to implement such schemes. The project will combine insights from economics, law, and political science.

Project leaders

prof. dr. R.M.W.J. (Roel) Beetsma

Faculty of Economics and Business

Sectie Macro & International Economics

Prof. B.M. (Brian) Burgoon

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Political Economy and Transnational Governance

dr. mr. A. (Anniek) de Ruijter

Faculty of Law

European Public Law

prof. dr. F.I.G. (Frank) Vandenbroucke

Executive Staff

Uniformity and Differentiation in European Regulation

The project on uniformity and differentiation in European regulation tackles the challenge of reconciling functional pressures for uniform rules in integrated markets with diversity of preferences, institutions and conditions across member states. How far can such diversity be accommodated through flexible or ‘experimentalist’ forms of governance, as opposed to differentiated regimes in which some member states push ahead while others opt out, or unresolvable deadlocks that may block or even reverse the integration process itself? And what are the implications of each of these scenarios for the effectiveness and legitimacy of European governance?

Project leaders

dr. T. (Theresa) Kuhn

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation

dr. M. (Maria) Weimer

Faculty of Law

European Public Law

prof. dr. J.H. (Jonathan) Zeitlin

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Political Economy and Transnational Governance

Territorialities and Sovereignties

The project on territorialities and sovereignties investigates EU framing and practices across three different spheres that delineate the reach and limits of the Union’s capacity as a global actor: spaces, mobilities and data. How are geopolitical narratives deployed by the EU to re-make territoriality and spaces of ‘legitimate’ intervention? How do conceptions and practices of territoriality and sovereignty influence how the EU governs migration and mobility within and outside its borders? What role do (big) data and data infrastructure play in the management of territoriality?

Project leaders

prof. dr. C. (Christina) Eckes

Faculty of Law

European Public Law

prof. dr. L.A. (Luiza) Bialasiewicz

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies