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Research projects

Balancing Academic Excellence and Socio-Economic Relevance

The FLAGSHIP project examines and compares the strategies of Norwegian and other Western European universities in adapting to a global context that requires a better balance between academic excellence and socio-economic relevance.

What are the implications of the current European crisis for democracy and integration in a long-term perspective? What does it mean that countries both within and without the EU are integrated to different degrees? The aim of EuroDiv is to provide more knowledge on the implications of the current crisis and on possible ways out of the crisis.

ARENA cooperates with the Centre for European Studies at Jagiellonian University in Kraków in the establishment of a graduate research track within an MA in European Studies.

What does it mean to be an EU citizen in times of crisis? As more and more Southern Europeans migrate to Norway in order to escape the Eurocrisis, how aware are they of their rights as EU citizens? How do they experience moving to and living in another European country? What are the policies and support networks in place to help them in this transition? And how does the Norwegian public receive the arrival of crisis-fleeing Europeans?

Some claim that in today’s Europe the constitutional-democratic character and legitimacy of the EU’s Member States can no longer be established without taking the effects of the EU properly into account. If so, does this also apply to a closely associated non-member such as Norway? And, what are the implications for the ability of Norwegian citizens to govern themselves through law and politics?

The EPISTO project examines and assesses the legitimacy of expert rule in modern democracies with a particular focus on the European Union and the European Commission’s expert groups.