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Migration Working Group – Integration @ Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

14.00 – 15.30
Does Ethnic Concentration Influence Gender Role Views? A Study across Ethnic Groups in England and Wales
Carolina Zuccotti | European University Institute

Cultural Policies and the Cultural Participation of Immigrants and Their
Offspring in the EU
Marco Martiniello | University of Liège and FRS-FNRS
15.30 – 15.45 Coffee break.

15.45 – 17.00
“So I can Give Something Back to Germany for the Help”: Discussing the
Employment of ‘Refugees’ in Elderly Care as a Relation of Mutual Help
Caterina Rohde-Abuba | Center for German and European Studies

Cultural Changes and the Migration Choice
Mauro Lanati | European University Institute

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Can Cultural Institutions Help? Thinking Through the Role of Culture in Creating Successful Diverse Societies @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Seminar organised by Anna Triandafyllidou with special guest Peggy Levitt.  

While migration scholarship has sometimes seemed allergic to culture, migration is an inherently cultural act. For example, culture is transformed as it migrates in ways that can enable further migration. Debates about pluralism and multiculturalism take place against a cultural backdrop and in the context of cultural institutions that can sway the course of the conversation. In this talk, Peggy Levitt looks at two sites of cultural production – museums and global literary and artistic canons (or what artists, writers, or works achieve international recognition) — to explore how they contribute to and thwart greater pluralism and inclusivity. Peggy Levitt argues for the need to look not only at what gets included in the exhibit or the textbook but also at the biases inherent in the organization of the knowledge used to create them. Without asking these prior questions, and decolonizing knowledge, we may be blind to the way that culture (re)produces inequality along with economics and politics.

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Migration Working Group – Irregular Migration and EU Borders @ Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
Apr 24 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

14.00 – 15.30

The International Organization for Migration’s Policy Choices in the Identification of Vulnerability: Between “Actionable Information” and “Experience”
Veronika Flegar | University of Groningen

Considering Borderworkers as an Analytical Category
Daniela De Bono | European University Institute

The Role of Universality in Guaranteeing Access to Healthcare for Undocumented Migrants: a Comparative Analysis of the Italian and British
National Health Systems
Danielle Borges and Caterina Guidi | European University Institute

15.30 – 15.45 Coffee break.

15.45 – 17.00
Refugee Integration in Rural Areas: The Case of Riace
Tihomir Sabchev |Utrecht University

Urban Space and the Interaction between Turkish Migrants and Syrian Refugees
in Berlin: A Case of Solidarity or Contestation?
Burcu Toğral Koca | Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space

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Transatlantic Relations: Past, Present, and Future @ Villa Schifanoia
May 7 @ 9:00 am – May 9 @ 7:00 pm

This Executive Training Seminar will examine the current state of transatlantic relations. The transatlantic alliance between the United States and its European partners has been essential for global peace, security, and stability since the end of World War II. But a number of developments are placing doubts on the centrality of the alliance on both sides of the Atlantic. The U.S. “rebalance” to Asia and the election of Donald Trump have raised questions about America’s commitment to European security. Transatlantic economic relations, including the future of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), also reveal differences between the United States and Europe. Bringing together academic specialists, policymakers, and think tank experts, this three-day seminar will offer an in-depth overview of the scale and scope of issues currently facing the transatlantic alliance, and outlines possible measures that the United States and Europe could take to address these challenges. Topics include the future of U.S. grand strategy and its implications for Europe, EU initiatives to build independent security and defense capabilities, transatlantic relations and Russia, transatlantic economic relations, and transatlantic relations in the era of Donald Trump. Through presentations, case studies, and simulations, attendees will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the complex set of issues currently facing transatlantic relations and the policy responses that will be needed to address these issues.


Draft Programme



Speakers (in alphabetical order)


Stephen G. Brooks is Professor of Government at Dartmouth, and has previously held fellowships at Harvard and Princeton. He is the author of four books: Producing Security: Multinational Corporations, Globalization, and the Changing Calculus of Conflict (Princeton, 2005), World out of Balance: International Relations and the Challenge of American Primacy (Princeton, 2008), with William Wohlforth, America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century (Oxford, 2016), with William Wohlforth, and Political Economy of International Security (Princeton, forthcoming). He has published many articles in journals such as International Security, International Organization, Foreign Affairs, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Perspectives on Politics, and Security Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science with Distinction from Yale University, where his dissertation received the American Political Science Association’s Helen Dwight Reid Award for the best doctoral dissertation in international relations, law, and politics.

Ulrike Guérot was appointed Professor at the Danube University in Krems, Austria, in 2016. Since then she has led the Department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy. She is the founder of the European Democracy Lab in Berlin, dedicated to the idea of a European Republic. Prior to her current appointments, Dr. Guérot has worked in several international think tanks in Paris, Brussels, London, and Washington. Her first book, Why Europe Needs to Become a Republic! A Political Utopia, was published in 2016. Her latest book, The New Civil War: The Open Europe and Its Enemies, became a bestseller in Germany. As of October 2017, she holds the Alfred-Grosser Visiting Professorship at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt.

Ivan Krastev is the Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. His latest books in English are After Europe (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017), Democracy Disrupted: The Global Politics of Global Protest (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), and In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders? (TED Books, 2013).

Barry Posen | Massachusets Institute of Technology, United States (short bio to follow soon)

Jeremy Shapiro is Research Director at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Previously he was a fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy and the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, where he edited the Foreign Policy program’s blog ‘Order from Chaos.’ Prior to Brookings, he was a member of the U.S. State Department’s Policy Planning staff, where he advised the Secretary of State on U.S. policy in North Africa and the Levant. He was also the senior advisor to Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon, providing strategic guidance on a wide variety of U.S.-European foreign policy issues.

Nathalie Tocci is Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen, and Special Adviser to EU HRVP Federica Mogherini, on behalf of whom she wrote the European Global Strategy and is now working on its implementation, notably in the field of security and defence. Previously she held research positions at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence. Her research interests include European foreign policy, conflict resolution, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.



Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 15 April 2018.

New European Agenda for Culture @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
May 24 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Organiser: Anna Triandafyllidou | European University Institute

12.30 – 13.30 Buffet Lunch
13.30 – 14.00 Welcome
14.00 – 15.30 The New European Agenda for Culture: A Critical View

Chair: Philip Schlesinger | University of Glasgow
Heidemarie Meissnitzer | Austrian Ministry of Culture, tbc
Francois Foret | Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Martin Kretschmer | Glasgow University
Tamás Szűcs | European Commission
Discussant: Monica Sassatelli | University of London

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 18.00 Culture as Soft Power and the EU: A Mobilizing Metaphor and Its Limits
Chair: Raj Isar | American University of Paris and European University
Silvio Gonzato | EEAS
Andrew Murray | EUNIC
J. P. Singh | University of Edinburgh
Discussant: Sana Ouchtati | Cultural Diplomacy Platform

18.00 – 18.30 Concluding Remarks
Anna Triandafyllidou | European University Institute

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Evidence-based policy-making: from data to decision-making @ Cappella, Villa Schifanoia
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day

Evidence-based policy-making: from data to decision-making



In times of increasing populism and contestation of politics, reliable information play a vital role for well-informed policy-making based on evidence rather than emotions and fake news. The popular legitimacy of any political system around the world today, maybe more than ever, hence depends on its effective capacity to successfully deliver good and targeted outcomes as a policy-shaper and law-maker based on facts. These outcomes have to be based on reliable data in order to make political decisions understandable, assessable, sustainable and future-proof.


Within the preparatory and scrutiny processes of policy-making, policy proposals, legislative acts and implementation arrangements are increasingly assessed and evaluated on the basis of factual evidence and statistical data. Such evidence-based monitoring is increasingly recognised as a complex steering mode in itself that resulted from changing governance patterns supranationalisation and globalisation. In this view, evidence-based policy-making reflects the need to re-structure the interaction of political actors of different institutional origin and political levels and represents an influential policy instrument at the border of the politics and policy dimensions of multilevel political systems.


While the demand for independent sources of evidence and expertise in policy-making has hence grown enormously in the past, the landscape of data sources and the ways how to best inject evidence into policy-making have grown exuberantly and became easily confusing for any non-data scientist. The present Executive Training Seminar wants to contribute to a better understanding of different modes and instruments of evidence-based policy-making. It will examine recent developments in evidence-based policy-making, data science and policy evaluation, including various tools of impact and implementation assessment, scientific evaluation and the policy-oriented use of large data resources. The main purpose of the Executive Training Seminar is to provide fresh ideas on how to develop a convincing toolbox for providing evidence for policy-makers, including critical assessments of the limits of empirical and data evidence in defining new policies. Through presentations, case studies, and ‘hands on’ work, attendees will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of main issues related to evidence-based policy-making.




Sessions (speakers tbc):


‘Evidence Turn’ in EU Policy Planning and Legislation

Workshop element: Discussion of pros, cons, challenges and limitations in groups (literature to be distributed ex ante); presentation of results


Legitimacy and Accountability of Evidence-based Policy-Making

Workshop element: collection of limitations from the respective national backgrounds; identification of patterns across systems


Impact assessment and Foresight


Stakeholder integration approaches: Crowd-sourcing of evidence for Policy-Making?

Workshop element: mapping of relevant actors from national perspective; identification of network patterns


Data providers: Data as Evidence


Communication of data: From figures to users

Workshop element: identification of relevant data on particular topics and development of communication strategies


Capacity-building at the Science-Policy Interface

Workshop element: Identification of key qualifications and training demands





Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 23 May 2018.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 15 May 2018.

Empirical Investigations in Services Trade Third Biennial Conference @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
Jul 9 – Jul 10 all-day

Call for Papers

Organised by: Trade Policy Research Network, CEPR | Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI, Florence | TEDU-Trade Research Center, Ankara | World Trade Institute, Bern

We invite submissions of papers and expressions of interest in attending the Third Empirical Investigations in Services Trade (EIST) conference. The meeting will take place on July 9-10 in Florence, Italy, hosted by the Global Governance Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute. The theme of the conference is economic analysis of trade and investment in services. We welcome submissions related to any aspect of international trade and investment in services, including empirical analyses of sectoral policy and regulation, trade and investment agreements, labor market adjustment and trade or investment in services, the role of services in value chains and offshoring and analysis using firm-level data.
Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered for one author of accepted papers. The meeting is open to attendees who are not presenting papers, subject to space constraints. Participants who are interested in attending must fund their own travel expenses as only limited funding is available.
Conference Format: The programme will include 10-12 papers, with one hour per paper devoted to presentation, discussant remarks, and open discussion.  
The (draft) papers should be submitted by Sunday 29 April 2018.  Selections will be made and authors notified by May 11. A final conference schedule will be posted on the conference website at the end of May.

The Scientific Committee

Nazire Nergiz Dinçer, TEDU
Matteo Fiorini, EUI
Joseph Francois, University of Bern & CEPR
Bernard Hoekman, EUI & CEPR
Ayça Tekin-Koru, TEDU