Research Projects

The School boasts a team of outstanding resident faculty, world-class visiting faculty made up of top researchers and practitioners in the public policy field who bring a wide array of academic and practical subjects to SPP's diverse classroom.  SPP has an active program or research with a high degree of publication and other research related output. 

The School convenes a fortnightly seminar program of research papers.  As part of their candidature, public policy track doctoral candidates are required to attend these seminars as well as participate themselves by presenting a paper based on their doctoral research, and through critical engagement of other papers.  

The School also convenes a high-level Evidence Based Policy Seminar series. This series brings together researchers across multiple departments at CEU interested in empirical issues related to public policy. Invited speakers from both the academic and public sectors in Europe and from North America present research that uses rigorous methodology to answer pertinent policy questions. Issues will range from economic development, to gender equality, to demographic trends, to political economy. 

CEU ranks 41st and 44th in the world, respectively in the subject areas of Politics and International Studies, and Social Policy and Administration, to which researchers based in CEU’s School of Public Policy contribute. 

Currently, Martin Kahanec is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Manpower and Diane Stone is the Consultant Editor for Policy and Politics

Individual members of SPP faculty play an active role in European and international research networks and consortia depending on their specific areas of expertise. Their projects and publications can be consulted on their personal SPP web-pages.  

Current SPP Research Networks and Projects

A number of faculty in the School have had solid grant success in the past 5 years. Professor Agnes Batory is the Principal Investigator for the Tropico project (Transforming into Open, Innovative and Collaborative Governments.  Tropico aims to comparatively examine how public administrations are transformed to enhance collaboration in policy design and service delivery, advancing the participation of public, private and societal actors

Other success stories in research include Marie-Pierre Granger and Simon Rippon who are completing in 2019 a H2020 collaborative project on developing a Theory of Justice for Europe known as ETHOS.  Professor Martin Kahanec is conducting research for EDUWORKS, a project to train talented early-stage researchers in the socio-economic and psychological dynamics of the labour supply and demand matching processes at aggregated and disaggregated levels.  Immediately prior to joining CEU, Diane Stone was a Principal Investigator on EL-CSID – European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy and continues to work with this team on the ‘new diplomacy and public service’.