Conference: “29th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics”, September 1 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)
The Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics provides an opportunity for those in the sector to share knowledge on developments in the rapidly changing postal environment.
Taking place in Gdansk, 1-3 September, the world-leading conference is open to academics, representatives from companies, regulatory authorities, public institutions, sector-specific associations and consultancies active in the postal and delivery ecosystem.
The conference is organised by FSR Communication & Media in collaboration with the CRRI Centre at the Rutgers Business School.
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Symposium: “Human Rights in Pandemic Times Political Exceptionalism, Social Vulnerability & Restricted Freedoms”, September 6-7 (Egmont, Belgium)
For many months, the Covid 19 pandemic has weighed on the lives of everyone. In the name of the fight against the pandemic and, through it, of the preservation of the health and life of the population, limitations on fundamental rights and freedoms have been imposed, directly or indirectly, on an absolutely considerable, even unprecedented scale and duration. The confrontation of this crisis has constituted, in all legal spheres – national, European and international – an unprecedented laboratory for the emergence of new questions and hypotheses on the point of balance to be reached between rival rights, and on the expected role of public authority. On the one hand, public authorities are expected to prevent the violence that the pandemic exerts, in an unequal and insidious manner, on certain vulnerable groups of the population. On the other hand, the public response deployed to limit the spread of the virus constitutes, in itself, a violence that must be moderated.
The purpose of this bilingual symposium is to identify these issues and to test these hypotheses. It will develop an interdisciplinary approach and will bring to the forefront the European, international and comparative dimensions of the issues addressed. Bringing together speakers from various Belgian and foreign universities, this symposium is the result of a joint initiative by the research centres attached to all the universities of the French Community and the University of Luxembourg, in partnership with the Egmont Institute.
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Workshop: “Public investment policies in Europe”, September 6-7 (Sciences Po CEE, France)
Global capitalism has entered a new phase: tertiarisation and internationalisation of economies, weakening of the state’s regulatory role, deregulation and privatisation, increased role of financial actors, corporate concentration, intensified competition, acceleration of technical progress, growing importance of information and knowledge as factors of production, upheavals associated with the development of the digital economy, increased separation between labour and capital ownership, between execution and design.
Inspired by the macroscopic approaches initiated by Marx, Weber, Polanyi and Rokkan, CEE has chosen to develop its explorations of political economy. These approaches reject the division of economics and politics into two distinct fields of study, instead emphasising their interdependence and the growing difficulty of distinguishing between political and economic actors whose interests, conflicts and dominance hierarchies underpin contemporary political economies. This approach is also characterised by the attention paid to the role of actors and interests (the question of agency), and to the conflicts and dominance hierarchies that underpin our contemporary political economies and the transformations of capitalism. This axis draws on Sciences Po’s two crosscutting programmes, MaxPo and LIEPP, with which it maintains close collaborations, the first co-headed by Jenny Andersson, the second by Bruno Palier.
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Workshop: “Public investment policies in Europe”, 6-7 September (Sciences Po CEE, France)
Program of the event:
MONDAY 6 SEPTEMBER, 9.30 AM – 6 PM
9.30 am: Welcome
10 am – 12 pm: Panel 1: The Financialization of Public Policies
Discussant: Eve Chiapello (EHESS, CEMS)
Pierre Alayrac (EHESS, CMH) and Antonin Thyrard (EHESS, CEMS) – The three ages of European productive investment policies
Thomas Hélie (University of Reims, CRDT) and Loïc Meuley (Université de Strasbourg, Sage) – Portrait of the European Union as a “cultural business angel”. Public investment instruments as vectors for the diffusion of an “entrepreneurial ethos” in cultural and creative fields
Matthias Thiemann (Sciences Po, CEE) and Dan Mocanu (Cambridge University) – Chasing Unicorns with public money: The crucial role of Public Actors in the rise and stabilization of the Venture Capital Market in the EU
12 – 1.30 pm: Lunch break
1.30 – 3.30 pm: Panel 2: Theory of the “Investment State”
Discussant: Cornelia Woll (Sciences Po, CEE & MaxPo)
Fabio Bulfone, Timur Ergen (Max Planck Institute) and Manolis Kalaitzake (University of Edimburg) – The Political Economy of Corporate Welfare
Philipp Golka (Leiden University) – Subsidize finance and all profit? Social impact investing and the rise of the leveraging state in Britain
Ulrike Lepont (ENS Cachan, IDHES) – Public Spending and Austerity: The Two Faces of the “Investment State”
3.30 – 4 pm: Break
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Conference: “The New Pact on Migration and Asylum: Dead or alive?”, September 9-10 (Egmont, Belgium)
Screening of migrants, agencies’ role & funding of policies, asylum, return & detention border procedures, Schengen, solidarity & relocation & sponsored return, cooperation with transit countries & migrant smuggling & search and rescue, Frontex responsibility & human rights monitoring, legal migration & talent partnerships will be on the agenda.
High level representatives of EU Institutions, International Organisations, Member States & NGOs, policy makers, judges, lawyers, academics, researchers will be on the program.
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Workshop: “Diversity, Equality, Inclusion @New Work: Managing a Diverse Workforce Successfully Inside Public Administration”, September 13-17 (EIPA, Maastricht)
In Diversity United! Three words that are extremely important for life and work in the EU. For business and administration, the diverse and different skills of employees are an important basis for meeting the needs of customers and citizens in a way that fulfils service expectations, and for demonstrating positive performance.
The consequences of demographic and social change, digitisation, globalisation, European integration, increased requirements on environmental protection, and New Work – as well as increasing diversity in the population and the workforce – pose challenges for innovative and modern HR work. The complexity of these topics is constantly expanding, thus demanding proactive responses and virtually simultaneous action. In addition to traditional administration and care of personnel, HR management has an active role to play in supporting the (digital) transformation with appropriate tools and programmes, and in advising and supporting managers and employees.
The event will provide you with:
- the tools you need to design a diversity strategy;
- the instruments, leadership principles and HR policies to build a framework for your organisation;
- extensive insights with multiple examples and real-life cases;
- input from practitioners from the private and public sectors as well as academics.
Date: 13 – 17 September 2021
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Conference: “16th Florence Air Forum: Navigating towards the decarbonisation of European aviation”, September 24 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)
Based on the established approach of the Florence Transport Forum series, the 16th Florence Air Forum will bring together key aviation stakeholders representing EU and national policymakers, airlines, airports, technology manufacturers, air traffic control, and civil society, among others, for a timely discussion on the necessary EU policy framework to enable the deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuels and zero emission aircraft, and furthermore, how the EU framework and approach can be extended onto the global level.
The 16th Florence Air Forum, jointly organised by the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation and the European Commission’s DG MOVE, will take the 2030 and 2050 perspectives on the progressive decarbonisation of civil aviation in the EU and globally. This, in particular, will involve the examination of the industry’s recently published Destination 2050 roadmap, the ongoing work in the ICAO on establishing a long-term aspirational CO2 goal and the actions planned under the Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy in relation to the European Green Deal.
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Training Course: "EU Project Management", November 15-19 (College of Europe, Bruges)
The EU Project Management training course is a one-week interactive journey along with the life of EU-funded projects, from programming to project design, proposal writing, budgeting, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation. High level experienced practitioners lead participants through a curriculum based on the latest project management methodologies.
15-19 November 2021
Conference: “The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism”, 29 November (IWE CERS, Hungary)
The topic of the conference this year is ‘The changing repertoire of state intervention to promote development in an unfolding new world order’. The SVOC conference will be organized in a hybrid form (depending on the pandemic situation) with both onsite and online sessions. Contributions to SVOC2021 should be related to the general theme of the conference, especially but not exclusively focusing on the following topics:
- Enhancing the theoretical framework of Varieties of Capitalism (VoC) research
- The (comparative) analysis of contemporary variants of state capitalism
- Developmental states in the twenty-first century
- Democratisation/re-democratisation and the developmental state;
- Is there any convergence to be seen across successful development strategies in the emerging world, or “varietas delectat”?
- Post-crisis, alternative trajectories and models of sustainable human development
- New perspectives of post-crisis development: focusing on the social component
- Consequences of the crisis for changes in the level of democracy/democratisation processes
- Environmental considerations in varieties of capitalism
- The monetary-fiscal link in state-led intervention
The keynote speakers will be:
- Professor Elizabeth THURBON (Scientia Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, Sidney)
Keynote title: Governing for Development in a Crisis-Plagued World: Can We Map a Way Forward?)
- Professor László BRUSZT (Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of Democracy Institute, Central European University)
The SVOC2021 conference is organized by the Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies and Democracy Institute, Central European University.
Format: hybrid (with both onsite and online sessions)
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Conference: “7th The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism (SVOC): The changing repertoire of state intervention to promote in an unfolding new world order”, November 29-30 (IWE CERS, Hungary)
The SVOC2021 conference is organized by the Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Budapest, Hungary and Democracy Institute of Central European University.
Entering the third decade of the twenty-first century, both the world economy and economics as a social science face important challenges that call for paradigmatic changes, maybe even for new paradigms. New trends and challenges emerging (or intensifying) globally during the past few years require the reconsideration of national development strategies to adapt to a post-crisis era from a situation in which these realities were not anticipated, let alone could anyone prepare for them. These changes have important consequences for the role states play in actively promoting development and economic growth in the twenty-first century, while also significantly shaping their internal policy responses to these new developments.
Following the global financial and economic crisis of 2008-9 and, more recently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one can observe different types of active state interventions and growing state involvement to revive economic growth and development throughout the world compared to the pre-crises period. Correspondingly, governments must act under new constraints posed (or intensified) by new challenges, which require the reconsideration of the repertoire of developmentalist policies and state interventions. This has led to a renewed interest in the analysis of the role of the state in economic growth and development in general and to a renaissance of comparative capitalism research in particular, with a special focus on the post-crisis varieties of capitalism. Furthermore, this change in the role of the state and governments have important consequences for the state of democracy and democratisation in less developed countries.
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