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Differentiation: Clustering Excellence (DiCE)

DiCE establishes a large research network designed to support policy decisions on EU differentiation.

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About the project

DiCE’s overarching objective is to ensure that state-of-the-art research on differentiation is properly translated into policy-relevant advice and made readily accessible to policy-makers at European, national and regional levels of governance and society, better preparing the EU for future differentiation scenarios. The open and inclusive network will become the ‘Who’s Who’ of researchers working on differentiation and the dynamics of European integration. The project brings together the coordinators of three successful Horizon 2020 projects on differentiation (EU3D, EU IDEA and InDivEU) and thus creates an unique cluster of excellence. 

DiCE will: (a) create a network of experts on differentiation within and beyond Europe in an open and inclusive manner; (b) undertake a comprehensive stock-taking and synthesis of research including the production of a differentiation manual and portal; (c) map, synthesize and develop future scenarios on differentiation and test them at a scenario marathon; (d) improve the sustainability through a series of measures, including working on concrete proposals for a fully-fledged think tank on differentiation.

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Partner institutions

  • European University Institute, Brigid Laffan (coordinator)
  • ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, John Erik Fossum
  • Instituto Affari Internazionali, Nicoletta Pirozzi
  • Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), Lucia Mokrá
  • University of Exeter, Sandra Kröger

ARENA's role in the project

ARENA and John Erik Fossum will coordinate the project's Work Package 2 on stock-taking and creating a knowledge base. This includes building up a systematic knowledge base upon which scenarios and models of future differentiation will be devised. ARENA will establish a differentiation manual which will outline categories for the classification of research on differentiation. Based on this, ARENA will be in charge of building a differentiation portal - an online database on research on differentiation.



Coordination and Support Action financed by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme. Societal Challenges 6: Governance for the future. 

Project period: 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2022

Published Jan. 10, 2020 10:40 AM - Last modified Sep. 19, 2022 4:25 PM


Head of WP2

John Erik Fossum, ARENA Centre for European Studies

Project coordinator

Brigid Laffan, European University Institute

DiCE website