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New planning group for phase 2 of the Europe in Transition research initiative

The planning group, which has been given its mandate by the Research Board of the Division for Science, consists of researchers from relevant research institutions.

 Members include:

Ole Gunnar Austvik, Professor, Lillehammer University College (chair)
Nina Græger, Head of Department and Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
Cathrine Holst, Post-doctoral Research Fellow/Senior Researcher, Department of Sociology and Human Geography/ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
Halvor Mehlum, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oslo
Inger Johanne Sand, Professor, Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo
Kristian Steinnes, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Photo of group The planning group held its first meeting at the Research Council on 22 June 2012. From left: Inger Johanne Sand, Ole Gunnar Austvik, Kristian Steinnes, Nina Græger and Kristin Eikeland Johansen, who coordinates the activities for the Research Council. Cathrine Holst and Halvor Mehlum were not present when this photo was taken.

The mandate issued by the Research Board of the Division for Science defines the planning group’s assignment and the parameters for the call for proposals as follows:

The group has been requested to revise the academic basis for phase 2 (2013-2017).
• The revision must give special consideration to new knowledge needs resulting from the financial crisis in Europe as well as knowledge needs related to the impact of Norwegian EEA membership on the development of Norwegian society; cf. Norwegian Official Reports 2012: 2 “Inside and Outside – Norway’s Agreements with the European Union”.
• Projects are encouraged to apply economic perspectives.

The Research Board has approved the following parameters for the projects:
• The projects are to be multi- and interdisciplinary.
• Each project is expected to incorporate broad-based national and international cooperation. This implies projects of substantial size, e.g. NOK 4-5 million per year for up to five years, or a total of NOK 20-24 million per project.
• Given the current budget for phase 2, there will be sufficient funding available for two projects.

Two main areas must be covered within the scope of these projects:

1. The significance of Norway’s agreements with the EU for the development of Norwegian society, cf. Official Norwegian Reports 2012:2 “Inside and Outside – Norway’s Agreements with the European Union”.
2. Transition processes in Europe, including the political and social impact of the financial crisis on Europe.

The planning group will present a draft of the new academic basis at the annual meeting of the Europe in Transition initiative to be held for researchers and the users of research on 24 August 2012. Documents relevant to the planning group’s activities are available in Norwegian on the webpages of the Europe in Transition programme, including:
• Rett og demokrati (”Law and democracy”) Norwegian only (1)
• Europaforsking. Europas demokratiske eksperiment og institusjonenes evne til læring, nytenkning og omstilling (“Research into Europe - Europe's democratic experiment and its institutions' ability to learn, innovate and restructure”) Norwegian only (2)
• Academic and thematic basis - Europe in Transition (previous funding announcement) See right on the top.

 

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