“Even the most wretched individual of our present society could not exist and develop without the cumulative social efforts of countless generations.” Mikhail Bakunin
There are two basic reasons for our interest to research societal transformation processes in Central and Eastern Europe. Firstly, results provide a well-founded, practical and realistic basis for the decision-making and planning processes, not only of the Foundation, but also that of policy-makers, civil society and businesses. The second, equally important motivation is our commitment to support the scientific work and research activities in social and political sciences of institutions (e.g. universities), research communities and individual researchers based in Central and Eastern Europe.
We publish the biennial research results at the end of each cycle on our website, and we promote the researchers’ specific recommendations in the region together with our project partners.
We, furthermore, ensure the exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas through linking the results to other researchers in related fields, such as, for example, journalists.
During each fellowship, several international meetings take place, encouraging researchers to discuss their projects with each other and with invited experts. For instance, the selection process for the 2011–2012 cycle was made during the International Migration Conference in The Hague. The kick off meeting took place in Vienna, while the final event, the Summer School, was held in Florence, hosted by the European University Institute, and covering the topic ‘International Migration, challenges and opportunities for the EU and its neighborhood.
The fellowship programme started in 2008 with the first generation of fellows 2009-2010 covering the topic of ‘Ensuring Income Security and Welfare in Old Age’. Then, the focus lay on the demographic changes in the CEE region, so the topic of the 2011-2012 fellowship was ‘Migration and Its Effects on Demographic and Economic Development in Central Eastern Europe’. The topic of the 2013-2014 fellowship was ‘Labour Markets and Employment in CEE’.
We closely cooperate with the World Demographic & Ageing Forum at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
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