News from Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes, Autumn 2016


AmengayAbdelkarim Amengay obtains the prestigious Joseph-Armand-Bomb Canada Graduate Scholarship
This scholarship, valued at 75,000 euros over three years, aims to develop research skills by supporting students who have achieved excellent results in their undergraduate and graduate studies in the humanities and who demonstrate an excellent Research potential.

Nicolas-LeronNicolas Leron received the Prix de Thèse Pierre PFLIMLIN
An accessit has been delivererd to Nicolas LERON for his work entitled  “ The constitutional governance of judge : the institutionalisation of a new mode of regulation of the risk of constitutional conflict in the European Union “, dissertation in political science which he defended on January 29, 2014 at  Sciences Po.

Visiting Fellows

Matteo Del Fabbro, Visiting PhD Candidate, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Urban Policies, September 2015 – April 2017

Matteo del Fabbro’s research interests include metropolisation, metropolitan governance, urban agglomerations, European cities, polycentric urban systems, conceptualisations and representations of the city, everyday spatial practices, neighbourhoods and well-being.

Bjørn Erik Rasch, Professor of political science, University of Oslo, January – March 2017

His research is currently focused on legislative organization, parliamentarism, and constitutional amendment procedures. He has written or edited twelve books, of which The Role of Governments in Legislative Agenda Setting (co-edited with Tsebelis, Routledge 2011) and Parliaments and Government Formation (co-edited with Cheibub and Martin; Oxford University Press 2015) the two latest ones. He has published numerous articles in books and journals such as Public Choice, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Journal of Legislative Studies, and European Journal of Political Economy. Bjørn Erik Rasch was member of a Constitutional Commission appointed by the Norwegian Parliament in 2003 to review and modernize the Norwegian Court of Impeachment, and a committee who designed a new electoral system for the Sami Parliament in Northern Norway. He is heading (principal investigator) the research project “The Evolution of Parliamentarism and Its Political Consequences,” funded by the Norwegian Research Council 2013-2017. Last but not least, Bjørn Erik Rasch is member of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Assaf Shapira, Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Political Science, October 2016 – June 2017

Assaf Shapira’s research largely focuses on the representation and participation of citizens and various social groups, especially minorities and other marginalized communities, in politics and particularly in Israeli politics. He has previously worked on issues relating to the representation of women in politics and expanding immigrants’ citizenship rights, among others. During his stay at the CEE, Assaf Shapira intends to develop and use the Intra-Party Democracy (IPD) Index, which he recently designed (together with Prof. Gideon Rahat) as a tool enabling the evaluation of the level of internal democracy of political parties.

Tinette Schnatterer, Visiting Research Fellow, Universität Konstanz, Politik-und Verwaltungswissenschaften, August 2016 – June 2017

Tinette Schnatterer’s research interests include democratic responsiveness, public opinion, public policy, agenda setting, political sociology and legislative studies

David Schäfer, Visiting PhD Candidate, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), International Relations Department, January – March 2017

David Schäfer’s research interests include banking union, economic and monetary union, ideas and constructivism

Ilya Zarankin, Visiting PhD Candidate, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, November 2016 – March 2017

Ilya Zarankinn research interests are political elites, especially the issue of the ministers’ recruitment. Earlier he studied career trajectories and recruitment similarities of Soviet and Russian ministers. Now he compares them to the corps of the French ones.


PhD Candidate in Post-crisis developments in EU policy-making (PhD network PLATO – ESR3)

The Centre d’études européennes (CEE), Sciences Po, invites applications for a PhD fellowship on ‘Post-crisis developments in EU policy-making, possibly with focus on social issues and welfare state issues’ as part of the PhD network ‘The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union’ (PLATO).

Applicants should hold a master degree in political science, sociology, mixed methods.

The position is announced for a period of 3 years with no teaching obligations. The starting date for the fellowship is 1 September 2017.

Application deadline: 30 January 2017

  • Interviews: 6-17 March 2017
  • Final decision and job offers to candidates: 21 April 2017

Call for Proposals

Workshop, Sciences Po, CEE, Paris, 19 May 2017
Lobbying and diplomacy in/of the EU: two faces of the same coin?

This workshop aims to bring together scholars working on diplomacy and lobbying in and of the European Union (EU) to investigate whether these two activities have now become faces of the same coin. This question has acquired relevance in light of the significant changes that we observe in the field of diplomacy – an increasing range of topics to be discussed at the international level as well as a new set of actors being involved in diplomatic activities – and of the growing role of lobbying. By fostering a dialogue between two communities of scholars that have rarely crossed their mutual expertise, this workshop aims to open up a discussion about the role that lobbying and diplomacy play nowadays. The workshop thus investigates what makes lobbying and diplomacy similar and, at the same time, different, and how we can learn from the concepts and tools of these subareas in advancing our knowledge of the EU’s multilevel political system as an arena where lobbying and diplomacy occur as well as an actor that practices both lobbying and diplomatic activities.

Abstracts of maximum 250 words should be submitted to Olivier Rozenberg ( and Benedetta Voltolini ( by the 16th December 2016. Please feel free to contact them if you require any further information. Authors will be informed of the acceptance/refusal of their abstract by the end of January 2017. Part of the costs to participate in the workshop are covered.

Call for proposals from Sciences Po’s partner:

Political Remittances and Political Transnationalism: Narratives, Political Practices and the Role of the State

Workshop at the University of Oxford, 19-20 June 2017

Conveners: Dr Félix Krawatzek and Dr Lea Müller-Funk

This workshop seeks to gather an interdisciplinary group of researchers undertaking innovative research on migrants’ political remittances and political transnationalism. The question of how political ideas and practices circulate between migrants and their home country has clearly gained in relevance with the current increase in worldwide migration and requires historically sound investigations. The workshop continues discussions initiated during “Political, Social, and Economic Migrant Remittances: Content, Social Networks, and Impacts” held at Nuffield College (Oxford) in September 2016.

Please apply with a paper abstract (max. 500 words) and a short CV by 21 December 2016 addressed to and They will finalise the programme by the end of January 2017. Papers should be sent two weeks before the workshop. Depending on the interest of participants, a publication of selected conference papers in a special issue is intended.

Interview Alternative Ways of Living in the City are Needed to Bring Cities to Life”

In 2016, Thomas Aguilera received three awards* for his PhD thesis** in which he analyses public policy on squats and slums in the regions of Paris and Madrid. It shows that illegality is not a by-product of capitalist and liberal societies but is in fact at the heart of the state-building process. Public authorities produce and exploit illegality in order to govern societies. Governments produce vulnerabilities as much as welfare.


Photo: Lonely silhouette walking in front of run-down buildings in a street in Paris: Credits: @ Ivan Bastien / Shutterstock