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Members of CIVICA

The European University of Social Sciences

...now, more than ever, it is essential we work closely with our CIVICA partners to overcome these enormous challenges

Minouche Shafik, LSE Director

CIVICA brings together eight leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences, humanities, business management and public policy, with a total of 50,000 students and 10,000 faculty members. 

Our news

Attend CIVICA's online public lecture series Tours d’Europe

CIVICA lecture series: Democracy in the Time of Pandemic

LSE's Andres Velasco will take part in the first event of this series, hsoted by CEU on 15 February 2021, "Democracy in the Time of Pandemic". Find out more

Listen to "Over to Europe" the new CIVICA podcast

Over To Europe Episode1: Being European

The first episode explores the concept of European identity with European politics expert Frank Schimmelfennig and three students from CIVICA partners Bocconi University, Central European University and the Hertie School. Listen and follow the podcast on Apple podcasts, Spotify or Youtube. LSE's Grace Lordan and Simon Hix will feature in upcoming episodes. Listen now

CIVICA-wide courses for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers now open

CIVICA PhD course catalogue

On 19 January 2021, CIVICA’s Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Course Catalogue was launched. This online tool brings together the courses CIVICA partners offer to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers across the alliance. Find out more

Marking LSE’s 125th anniversary

125 logo. 125 years, established 1895. 

Watch Professor Michael Cox, LSE IDEAS, on LSE’s evolving relationship with the world, through the tumults of the 20th century to the modern day, taking in the political and social landscape and events, some of which paved the way for the creation of CIVICA. Watch the talk

CEU Summer University applications open, tuition waiver for CIVICA students 

Currently enrolled students of CIVICA partners are eligible for a tuition waiver, if admitted. CEU Summer University offers research- and policy-oriented interdisciplinary courses in June-July 2021 in Budapest. We invite applications from advanced undergraduates, MA and PhD students, postdocs, junior faculty, early-stage researchers, and practitioners. First deadline:14 February 2021. Find out how to apply    

"In my opinion, a dual degree offers the opportunity to develop a kind of cultural fluency": interview with CIVICA ambassador Stefan Pfalzer

Stefan Pfalzer

Stefan is a master’s student undertaking the dual degree programme at Sciences Po and LSE. Find out more about his reasons for pursuing a dual degree.

PhD seminar series on public sector digital transformation

PhD researchers from across the CIVICA network are invited. This series facilitates a network of those interested in public sector digital transformation. Find out more

LSE meets CIVICA: a student conversation

Students on Houghton St c Nigel Stead LSE

“They proved eager to communicate with researchers across the CIVICA alliance who work on related topics or employ similar methodologies,” explained LSE student ambassador Fiona. Read the full event write-up

LSE students invited to enter FuturEU competition on EU reform

FuturEU competition. CIVICA students shaping the EU of tomorrow.

Be heard. Join peers from across the CIVICA alliance in this student-led initiative on EU reform. Find out how to enter the competition

Safeguarding academic freedom in Europe

Credit Petter Cohen SSE

The Presidents of CIVICA's member institutions jointly welcome the European Court of Justice ruling that “Lex CEU,” a 2017 Hungarian law aiming to restrict the activities of foreign universities and specifically targeting Central European University (CEU), is incompatible with EU law. They also call on all relevant EU bodies to continue to strengthen the legal and cultural conditions for higher education and research institutions. Read their full statement

What does our relationship mean to you? An online event for LSE students was held on Wednesday 21 October

LSE and CIVICA event: what does our relationship mean to you?

LSE student ambassadors Liam Selsby and Fiona Gogescu hosted a discussion to find out what joint CIVICA programmes and activities would most appeal to you.

"We can do better research by learning from each other": interview with CIVICA ambassador Fiona Gogescu

Fiona Gogescu with quote "I believe that we can do better research by learning from each other"Fiona's research is around education and meritocracy in Europe. Find out about her priorities for connecting students across the alliance. Read more

Student ambassadors welcome you to a new academic year

Welcome to CIVICA

What does CIVICA mean for students and PhD researchers across the alliance? Watch the video

LSE's Simon Hix on his ambitions for the alliance

Simon Hix

Our Pro Director for Research has the latest news on CIVICA activities and his ambitions for the alliance. And he'd love to see democracy re-imagined. Read more

Research funding received from Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 CIVICA research

We've received funding from the EU’s programme Horizon 2020, under the chapter “Science with and for Society.” The activities funded under this call aim to establish “CIVICA Research,” a joint long-term research and innovation environment. Read more

Our mission

Together, CIVICA members build on an ever-stronger combination of teaching, research and innovation to mobilise and share knowledge as a public good and to facilitate civic responsibility in Europe and beyond. 

Our activities are focused on four key topics:

  • Societies in Transition and Crises of Earth
  • Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century
  • Europe Revisited
  • Data Driven Technologies for the Social Science.

Our members

CIVICA was selected in 2019 by the European Commission as one of the pilot European Universities, funded under the Erasmus+ program. LSE became full members of CIVICA in June 2020.

The eight members of CIVICA are:

  • Bocconi University (IT)

  • Central European University (HU)

  • European University Institute (Intergovernmental)

  • Hertie School (DE)

  • National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (RO)

  • Sciences Po (FR)

  • Stockholm School of Economics (SE)

  • The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK).

Find out more at CIVICA.