Recently conducted events

10 Jul 2019 - 12:00

Women, racial minorities and immigrants are disadvantaged in society, and those experiences influence their opportunities in politics as well as the content of their political work. But what does this mean for women of immigrant origin, who potentially suffer multiple disadvantages at once in both society and politics? The aim of this seminar is to answer this question by looking at the intersection of the discriminatory mechanisms of gender, ethnicity/race, and immigrant history in the lives of women of immigrant origin in the United States. The central questions at the heart of this research are: How do women of immigrant origin in the United States describe their experiences and the transnational events that have influenced their political lives? How do these experiences impact their opportunities in politics and their political work? This study will help discovering the systems needed to support women of immigrant origin in their political aspirations which in turn could increase trust in government among ethnic minorities in the United States.

3 Jul 2019 - 12:30

Once the Sea was Covered with Water: this documentary analyses the condition of contemporary European small-scale fisheries from the perspective of the two small fishing communities of the islands of Lampedusa and Fuerteventura. In some of Europe's most peripheral (border)islands, artisanal and small-scale fisheries struggle to survive squashed simultaneously by EU fishery legislation that jeopardizes fishers’ livelihood on the one side, and industrial fisheries’ overfishing that severely impoverishes fishing grounds on the other.

27 Jun 2019 - 12:00

Taking into account the increasing dependence of EU politics from the domestic context of member-states, this theoretical essay suggests that we need to rethink the legitimacy of EU referenda both at national and supranational levels, and in accordance to the type of the referendum. Unlike most research on EU referenda informed by direct democracy, the paper employs the approach of agonistic democracy due to the latter’s normative imperative for citizens to have an effective say in the way they are ruled. Discussion proceeds as follows. The first section critically comments on some of the most representative literature on legitimacy in the EU. The section that follows presents the basic features of agonistic democracy, and its value-added for assessing the legitimacy of EU referenda. The third section explores the recent Greek and British EU referenda to demonstrate ensuing legitimacy problems at national and supranational levels. The concluding remarks take as starting point the present analysis to raise broader reflections on legitimacy issues in the EU.

18 Jun 2019 - 12:00

Research has shown that ethnic minority women, by being members of two marginalized groups, might either face double barriers or experience a complementarity advantage in the representational process. Studies so far tend to focus on the role of parties in hindering or fostering the representation of minority groups through their selection process. Hence, research tends to overlook the role of voters in the election process. In this paper, we investigate how candidates’ ethnicity and gender interact to shape parties and voters’ behaviour in open-list systems, where both list composition and voters’ choice are crucial for candidates’ election. Our objective is double. First, we aim to investigate the existence and extent of a party vs. voters’ bias in the representation of ethnic minority women. Then, we want to understand how context factors, such as the geographical concentration of ethnic groups and partisanship, play a role in influencing these actors’ strategies.

4 Jun 2019 - 13:00

As we come to the end of our three-year JPI Urban Europe Innoviris project, we would like to share some of the results and reflections that we have made. Our final conference will bring together different stakeholders in the debates on urban sustainability, collaboration and technology to discuss how we can act in coherent, complementary and positive ways to increase awareness of and mitigate the impact of our environmental behaviour on the city we live and work in.

The conference will take place over one and a half days, and provide opportunities for policymakers, researchers, civil society organisations and citizens to share their thoughts on how to tackle environmental and energy challenges in urban settings.

28 May 2019 - 17:30

Giles Merritt will present his forthcoming book 'More Migrants Please; How Populists Threaten Our Future' at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 5 -1 1050 Brussels on May 28th.

The event will start will a small reception at 17.30 followed by the presentation.

23 May 2019 - 19:30

English version included - Hoewel defensie lange tijd het politieke debat in België maar weinig kon beroeren, staan de fundamenten van onze nationale veiligheid vandaag ter discussie. Het valt dan ook niet langer te ontkennen dat België niet ontkomt aan de gevolgen van slepende conflicten en groeiende spanningen wereldwijd. Welke antwoorden kan het Belgische defensieapparaat hierop bieden? Zijn nieuwe investeringen nodig? Indien ja, waar moeten de prioriteiten liggen? En hoe kan de volgende regering haar internationale engagementen nakomen in tijden van budgettaire schaarste? Zijn middelen en doelstellingen nog wel goed op elkaar afgestemd? Of zal een slinkend personeelsbestand op lange termijn problemen geven? Over deze onderwerpen gaan Hendrik Bogaert (CD&V), Philip Claeys (Vlaams Belang), Melissa Depraetere (Sp.a), Wouter De Vriendt (Groen), Theo Francken (N-VA) en Tim Vandenput (Open Vld) op 23 mei in debat.

22 May 2019 - 12:00

Process Tracing is often used as a term synonymous to case studies. Yet Process Tracing is a distinctive method that allows for within-case analysis based on qualitative data. In single case studies, it also allows the study of causal mechanisms, i.e. theories that detail how an outcome is produce. This lecture offers an up-to-date discussion of Process Tracing, addressing what Process Tracing actually is and how it is properly applied as a case study method. The aim of this lecture is to provide an overview of the method, giving insight on how to systematically apply the method and creating an understanding for when the application makes sense or not.

21 May 2019 - 12:00

What does it mean and take to feel politically represented? How the social inequalities are reproduced through the unequal access to political power that is founded on such inequalities? During this EDGE Seminar, the necessary revival of these classical issues of political sociology (Almond & Verba, 1963; Gaxie, 1978; Verba & Nie, 1987; Verba, Schlozman, & Brady, 1995) will be discussed.

15 May 2019 - 13:30

In the run-up to the 2019 European Parliament elections, the VUB invites you to discuss and reflect about European democracy and your future. Why would you vote in the upcoming EP elections? How can you, and other young citizens, give direction to the future of Europe, in the ballot box, and beyond? 

On the 15th of May, we want you to explore your “connections” to the EU, through national and European elections, but also through deliberative events, public spaces, art and cultural interactions. 

We have invited a range of inspiring experts, each representing one of these connections. Their contributions will be alternated by Youth Cafés, discussion tables of five participants. We want to hear how you feel you can (or can not) shape the future of Europe. The conclusions of these interactive sessions will be bundled, to inspire a plenary debate with the experts at the end of the day. 

The aim is to fill the room with a plethora of small conversations (five people per table) that together conform a kaleidoscopic vision on alternative connections with European democracy.

Research Colloquium
14 May 2019 - 12:00
3 May 2019 - 13:00

Majorities around the world say immigrants strengthen their countries rather than place burdens on them, according to new findings from the Pew Research Center. However, the public across many countries are also skeptical of immigrants’ willingness to adapt to their host countries and local customs.

In this session, the Center’s Director of Global Migration and Demography Dr. Mark Hugo Lopez will explore these findings, the demographics of migrant populations worldwide and what people think about immigration. Dr. Lopez will present the Center’s latest research and take questions from attendees on immigration and measuring public opinion.

2 May 2019 - 12:00

IES researcher Jamal Shahin will present a paper that analyses how the internet has emerged as one of the key spaces for experimentation in future modes of governance, as different stakeholders in the global governance of the internet's infrastructure try to find different ways of interacting with each other. The paper focuses on the European Commission's approach to governing the internet, and shows how it has linked domestic economic considerations to global governance practices through its Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative. The main thesis is that the European approach to Internet Governance has relied on a vague notion of "multistakeholderism", which evokes notions of a new form of democratic governance, but in reality leaves (non-)decision-making power in the hands of large (economic) actors.

Research Colloquium
9 Apr 2019 - 12:00
Lecture Series
3 Apr 2019 - 14:00

The IES-UPV lecture series will take place from 10 October 2018 until May 2019. The complete programme is available below. Please note: the lectures will be held in dutch.

3 Apr 2019 - 18:00

Discussing EU-African cooperation on migration most often happens from a Eurocentric perspective, emphasizing the EU’s core interest of having orderly and managed migration. But what do African states want in the migration field? What are their interests and positions vis-à-vis the EU’s agenda? The UNU-CRIS project ‘African Migration: Root Causes and Regulatory Dynamics (AMIREG)’ has explored this. Building upon extensive field-work and numerous interviews conducted in Ghana and Senegal, it elaborates on what drives African actors and African migration. This Policy Forum will present and discuss the key findings of the project with African policy-makers and civil society representatives.  

1 Apr 2019 - 18:00

This event is jointly organized by EDGE and RHEA in the framework of the VUB WeKonekt Week. It comprises a presentation of the book "Queer Muslims in Europe: Sexuality, religion and migration in Belgium" (by Wim Peumans) followed by a discussion with activists from civil society associations in Belgium and the Netherlands.