IRES is home to several research centers and groups promoting inter-disciplinary, cross-departmental, and international cooperation.
Center for European Enlargement Studies (CENS)
The CENTER FOR EUROPEAN ENLARGEMENT STUDIES (CENS), an independent Center of the Central European University, was founded in 2005 as an institution of advanced research into the EU enlargement process. Our overall goal is to promote a dialogue between member states and partners in Eastern- and Southern-Europe, academics and decision makers in the EU and in national governments so that they may have a more informed understanding of factors that influence Europe’s common future. Research carried out encompasses not only the enlargement process, but also a wider range of political, economic and social influences of European integration.
Asia Research Initiative (ARI)
Whether because signs of a bounce-back from the global financial crisis are beginning to be seen in East Asia; because nuclear proliferation, in the sub-continent or on the Korean peninsula, continues to pose a threat to international security; because we do not know enough of the impact of economic growth on the environment in India and China; because some parts of the post-Soviet space, and beyond, are home to a rather diverse range of non-democratic polities, thus far little studied and understood, Asia calls for greater and rigorous theoretical and empirical enquiry.
The CEU Asia Research Initiative (ARI) was established in 2009 to conduct research, generate and disseminate knowledge in order to raise the profile of scholarly work on Asia at CEU. ARI takes a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach to studying social, political, economic and cultural dynamics in Asia in partnership with academic institutions, governmental and intergovernmental organizations, and civil society.
Center for European Union Research (CEUR)
The Center for European Union Research (CEUR) is a platform for collaborative research, dissemination and international networking in the field of European Union studies. CEUR is open to all CEU faculty and emphasises an interdisciplinary approach. CEUR is a crucial component of
CEU’s research infrastructure. It promotes CEU’s profile as a key provider of research and teaching in the field of European Union studies. The primary objective of CEUR is to encourage academic debate and research collaborations among CEU faculty as well as to connect CEU with core academic networks in the field. In this context CEUR hosts a series of events throughout each academic year. Events are open to the entire CEU community and audiences outside CEU.
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.
Global South Research Group (GSRG)
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 a biweekly informal seminar with the participation of PhD students and faculty from the departments of International Relations and European Studies, and Political Science. Beyond functioning as a reading seminar that targets the most recent IR and political theory literature, it provides a cozy forum for discussing more general (epistemological and/or methodological) issues of the discipline and, on occasion, work in progress of its members.
Contact person: Anna Selmeczi
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 or other areas that fall into the broad scope of conflict & security. 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 ultimate aim of these meetings is to help its members improve the quality of their work and to promote collaborative research projects among students across disciplinary boundaries.
Contact person: Artak Galyan