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This is the official blog for ECPR Standing Group on Knowledge Politics and Policies. (Previously - ECPR Standing Group on the Politics of Higher Education, Research and Innovation). We started as UACES's collaborative research network on the European Research Area (2013-2016). This Standing Group brings together scholars whose work relates to the deeply interconnected fields of higher education, research, and innovation to encourage debates and research on the politics and policies in these areas. Over the past decades, several developments have contributed to the growing political significance of higher education, research, and innovation in international, regional, and national arenas. The aim of this blog is to communicate our research findings to the wider international, academic and policy communities. Dr Inga Ulnicane coordinates this blog on behalf of the Standing Group.

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Comments please: How can social sciences and humanities be better integrated in research on ‘Societal Challenges’?

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In an earlier post, Thomas Koenig wrote about the upcoming Lithuanian EU Presidency conference ‘Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities’, which reacts to the so-called ‘integrative approach’ the European Commission proposed in the preparation of the ‘Horizon 2020’ research funding programme; more precisely the third pillar known as the ‘societal challenges’. Seven such challenges have […]

Competing for foreign talent in a globalised world: is Europe losing out?

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Labour market shortages in high-skilled sectors, demographic changes and the constant pressure to innovate have prompted governments around the world to engage in a global competition for talent. Against this context, the regional dimension has become increasingly important as governments seek to activate all policy instruments in the race for the ‘best and brightest’. This […]

Whither will the Europe of Knowledge amidst the Crisis?

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At the end of the second millennium, the European Union (EU) boldly proclaimed that within a decade it aimed to become the ‘most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world’. This ambition and its renewal through the Europe 2020 Strategy have seemingly been forgotten and, indeed, neglected amidst the Crisis. To what extent has […]

Q&A with Tamson Pietsch: How are Empires of Scholars built?

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A key concept within the Europe of Knowledge is the ‘fifth freedom’ – free movement of knowledge. In this Q&A, we ask Tamson Pietsch, a historian, to tell us about how scholarly networks are built in the British academic world. Q1: What is Empire of Scholars about? At the start of the twenty-first century we […]

Introducing the European Research Area CRN

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Hello, hello! We are UACES’s collaborative research network on the European Research Area (welcome to our home). This is our official blog where we discuss all issues concerning the construction of the European knowledge area: from controversies to technical details and thoughtful reflections about current and future developments. This network started as a casual conversation […]

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