The School of Public Policy is home to two Policy Centers. The Center for Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery (CCNR) is developing new approaches to conflict resolution and recovery from violence. Drawing on expertise from within CEU and by bringing together diverse experts, the center will focus on one issue each year to develop a policy tool or handbook. It is collaborative, focused, timely and responsive to the needs of communities experiencing or recovering from violence. By gathering academics, policymakers, activists, and those from the worlds of humanitarian action, technology and business, CCNR will bridge the gaps between various disciplines as well as providing an environment for students to participate in policy development. In its first year, CCNR will focus on the reconstruction of Syrian cities, drawing on lessons from Beirut, Kabul and Sarajevo and finding ways to ensure that refugees and others are included in planning. The center plans to work on the protection of women and girls from sexual violence in conflicts and improving policing in post-conflict situations. CCNR is led by Robert Templer, professor of practice in the School of Public Policy.
Nearly all public policy issues intersect with information and communication technologies. Indeed, digital media has become the means by which we generate the big data that identify social problems, the mode by which we collaborate to solve problems, and the tool for implementing our policy solutions. The Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) is dedicated to understanding communication processes and media technologies that facilitate positive citizen involvement in politics and social life. The Center joined the School of Public Policy in March 2013; its staff and faculty will work with students on original research, new educational programs, policy analysis, and Web-based citizen resources.
Policy Research at CEU
In addition to CCNR and CMDS, SPP faculty work closely with a number of policy-relevant centers at CEU.
At the Center for Policy Studies (CPS), researchers are dedicated to improving the quality of governance in the region by the provision of independent public policy analysis and advice. CPS is directed by Andrew Cartwright and Violetta Zentai, both adjunct professors at SPP.
The Center for European Union Research (CEUR), led by SPP Professor Uwe Puetter, promotes academic research and discussion in the field of European Union studies. CEUR brings together researchers from the CEU Departments of Economics, Legal Studies, International Relations and European Studies, and Political Science in addition to SPP.
The Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) is a university-wide interdisciplinary platform for energy policy research. EPRG hosts regular seminars, workshops and an Energy Policy Lecture Series. SPP Professor Andreas Goldthau is the Marie Curie Senior Fellow at EPRG.