Research Centers and Research Groups
The mission of PERG is to foster collaborative research among the CEU faculty and students doing research in the tradition of political economy. The primary focus of PERG are varieties of capitalism in Central and Eastern Europe. During teaching semesters PERG convenes weekly seminars for faculty, students and visitors. PERG members also maintain a public blog commenting on issues of interest and a gated research blog for its members.
PolBeRG is a research-facilitating and learning environment for the study of political behavior and political communication. It organizes regular seminars with paper presentations, replication seminars, and more informal talks on research methods and emerging research agendas. The events are open to students and faculty from any CEU department as well as interested scholars at other academic institutions, and offer them the opportunity to discuss their own research with a specialist audience.
The Conflict & Security Research Group (ConSec) is a multi-disciplinary forum of academic exchange for students and faculty whose academic interests lie within the broad field of conflict and security studies. The topics covered by the research group include, but are not restricted to, ethnic and ideological civil wars, political violence, peace-building, third party intervention, conflict management, ethnic politics, Diasporas and migration, nationalism, identity and foreign policy.
POLEMO represents a research group in Political, Moral, and Legal Theory. It was established in 2011, centered around, but not limited to, students and faculty from the Political Science and Philosophy Departments. Its main activities are meeting for philosophical analyses of the latest literature on the topic. It also organizes lectures and seminars.
The Migration Research Group (MiRG) provides a platform for faculty, students and researchers from all disciplines and units at CEU who have an interest in the study of mobility and migration – key disciplines presented in the group include political science, public policy, international relations, sociology & social anthropology, law, history, and network science. The group holds regular meetings for informal and congenial debate of migration topics and to discuss ongoing research of the members with a specialized audience. It seeks to foster collaborative research among its members. Additionally, it organizes events, workshops, and public lectures to raise the visibility and impact of migration research at CEU.
The interdisciplinarity of the issues of ethics and law of science and technology create a unique intersection of research fields also at the Central European University, where more and more students choose a topic in bioethical and scientific ethical issues. Their interest in this interdisciplinary domain is indicative of the growing importance of this field of study. To promote research and teaching in the field of bioethics and biomedical law in 2005 CEU established the Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine. The Center shall assist scholars and students in their ongoing research and represent the University in international research consortia.
The research center DISC was established at Central European University in 2007, to develop and encourage research that reaches across traditional academic and geographic boundaries that exist in the study of democracy by connecting researchers from distinct world regions and from various fields and perspectives. The present challenges and changes give rise to serious concerns about political accountability and democratic performance that signal an imperative and critical need for learning more about the present and future state of democracy. DISC aims to advance the state of research and teaching on democracy to address the challenges faced in present-day democracies through research projects, educational programs,lecture series, and conferences.