Yes, we research!
Maastricht is a leading Centre of Excellence for multi-disciplinary Europe-focused research with societal impact. We make academic knowledge widely accessible with special attention to citizen science.
In a world characterised by ongoing crises such as migration, climate change, Brexit, the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the rise of rapid technological innovation, the role of Europe on the world stage is therefore a key research theme at Maastricht University (UM) and Studio Europa Maastricht. UM has developed major interdisciplinary research programmes focusing on the role of the European Union (EU).
Research Agenda and its four themes
With the Strategic Research Agenda led by Studio Europa Maastricht, Maastricht University heeds the urgent need to renew and expand UMs research agenda on European integration, the EU and Europe more generally.
The research agenda provides a framework for future interfaculty and multi-disciplinary Europe-related research at Maastricht University and functions as a fundamental academic pillar with a visible outreach and citizen science component.
The research scheme contains seven calls and aims to encourage multidisciplinary research, larger grant applications, publication of scholarly papers and the establishment of strategic research consortia as well as a Young Researchers Network.
Calls 1 to 5 are continuously open to teams of UM researchers from all six faculties. Call 6 consists of two-year positions for four talented postdoctoral researchers, from inside and outside UM. Studio Europa’s two main criteria for awarding grants are the relevance of the topic to our Europe-focused research agenda and interfaculty collaboration.
- Call 1: Interdisciplinary research projects
- Call 2: Preparing a large grant application
- Call 3: Research on (EU)regional and European transition challenges
- Call 4: Policy Briefs
- Call 5: Workshops and symposia
- Call 6: Postdoctoral researchers
Latest policy briefs
The Conference on the Future of Europe: Lessons learned for deliberative democracy in the EU*
Simon Berke, Ilayda Lara Çavaş, Carolina Leon Santiago, Kai Mütschele (2023)
Special issue: Reflecting on citizens’ views: EU in the World and Migration
Dr Alvaro Oleart, Dr Anna Herranz Surralles, Dr Aneta Spendzharova, Wolfgang Koeth, Lalaine Siruno, Dr Karlijn Haagsman, Talha Gunay, Dr Sabina Lange, Dr Miriam Urlings (2022)
How can the European capitals of culture cities balance the ‘United in Diversity’ concept?
Dr Nicole Basaraba (2022)
The role of the EU-Turkey statement in refugees’ decision-making
Dr Talitha Dubow & Dr Katie Kuschminder (2022)
Latest working papers
A scoping review to explore how European citizens use social media and how it affects their civic life
Alexandra Masciantonio, Gerasimos Spanakis & Philippe Verduyn (2023)
The endogeneity of optimum currency areas in light of pan-European intra-industry trade patterns and business cycle synchronicity
Frank Niklas Steinert & Wilhelm Althammer (2023)
Governing the varieties of sovereign risk in EMU: the rise of state-contingent common public policies
Ad van Riet (2023)