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Areas of interest

The following is a list of themes for a masters thesis the ARENA researchers might find of interest (researcher in parenthesis).

We recommend that you contact that researcher whose field your project ties in with whilst working on your project outline, before you apply for the ARENA student scholarship. There should be a distinct overlap between the thematic focus of the applicant's project and the projects of the ARENA researchers.

List updated February 2017

  • The political economy of the Eurocrisis, e.g. causes and effects of political decisions (Jørgen Bølstad)
  • Public opinion in the EU: Trends, causes and effects (Jørgen Bølstad)
  • Democratic representation in the EU: Theoretical and/or empirical assessments (Jørgen Bølstad)
  • Decision-making in the EU: Explaining bargaining success, public transparency, or legislative efficiency (Jørgen Bølstad)
  • Using natural experiments to detect causal effects of new policies, or more generally, applying advanced quantitative methods to various aspects of EU politics and policy (Jørgen Bølstad)
  • Organisational change and new institutions in the EU system, e.g. new agencies. Background and/or effects (Morten Egeberg)
  • The (alleged) two hats of national agencies, being part of both the national bureaucracy and the EU's structure. Can be brought to light by means of case studies such as the the air traffic agency, the railway agency, the labour agency etc. (Morten Egeberg)
  • EU and post national democracy – is a supranational democracy possible? (Erik Oddvar Eriksen)
  • Deliberative democracy – the relationship between argument and power in the EU (Erik Oddvar Eriksen)
  • Arguments, norms and views of justice in the EU's constitutional and expansion processes (Erik Oddvar Eriksen)
  • The Europeanisation of research policy and education policy in "The Europe of Knowledge" (Åse Gornitzka) Available from September 2018
  • Multi-level governance in "The Europe of Knowledge" (Åse GornitzkaAvailable from September 2018
  • Expert committees in the EU governance system (Åse GornitzkaAvailable from September 2018
  • The European Union's gender equality policy (Cathrine Holst)
  • The role of science and expertise in EU decision-making (Cathrine Holst)
  • The European Union and democratic theory (Cathrine Holst)
  • Use of digital media in political communication strategies (national and EU institutions) (Asimina Michailidou)
  • News media, digital media and crises (role of media in mobilization and protest, transnational solidarity, crisis communication responses, role of journalists, EU contestation / politicization, Euroscepticism) (Asimina Michailidou)
  • News media, digital media and democracy (transformation of journalism practices, pluralism, reporting standards, public perceptions / trust) (Asimina Michailidou)
  • Europeanization of citizenship (Espen D. H. Olsen)
  • Multilevel citizenship in the European Union: supranational, national, regional (Espen D. H. Olsen)
  • Europe in crisis: Challenges and opportunities for European Citizenship (Espen D. H. Olsen)
  • Twenty years of European Citizenship: National, transnational or postnational? (Espen D. H. Olsen)
  • Deliberative democracy and citizenship in the EU: Normative, theoretical and empirical issues (Espen D. H. Olsen)
  • EU external trade policy (Guri Rosén)
  • TTIP - Transnational Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (Guri Rosén)
  • The European Parliament in EU foreign policy (Guri Rosén)
  • The European Parliament: inter- and intrainstitutional relations (Guri Rosén)
  • The EU's foreign and security policies (Helene Sjursen, Guri Rosén)
  • EU enlargements (Helene Sjursen)
  • Norwegian foreign and security policy and the EU (Helene Sjursen)
  • Democracy and European foreign policy (Helene Sjursen)
  • Policy and institutional responses to the financial and fiscal crises (Bent Sofus Tranøy)
  • The policy and politics of austerity and structural reform (Bent Sofus Tranøy)
  • International administration beyond the EU: How autonomous are international bureaucracies from their creators? Studies could be launched in the WTO, OECD, UN, African Union, etc. (Jarle Trondal)
  • The rise of a European Administrative Space (EAS): Characteristics, decision-making dynamics and consequences for national government institutions (e.g. ministries, agencies) (Jarle Trondal)
  • Governance in Turbulent Times: How persistent are governance dynamics (e.g. in ministries, agencies) when put under stress (e.g. the financial crisis)? (Jarle Trondal)
Published May 25, 2011 1:33 PM - Last modified Feb. 28, 2017 10:36 AM