FP7 bEUcitizen project

bEUcitizen: All Rights Reserved? Barriers towards EUropean CITIZENship

 Three faculty members of the CEU Center for European Union Research (CEUR) participate in the new European research consortium “bEUcitizen”. The consortium, which brings together 26 universities, was successful in a joint bid for a 6.5 million EUR research grant under the European Union Seventh Framework Programme. The interdisciplinary project, which involves research from legal studies, sociology political science, history and economics, aims to study the implementation and practice of European Union (EU) citizenship. The consortium is led by the University of Utrecht. The CEUR faculty team will work on this project for the next four years. The team is led by Marie-Pierre Granger, Andrea Krizsan and Uwe Puetter and is supported by three post-doctoral researchers. The group takes part in several consortium work packages, in which all research activities are organised, and is involved in the consortium governance.

  Marie-Pierre Granger, Associate Professor at the CEU School of Public Policy, Departments of International Relation and European Studies and Legal Studies, coordinates the work package ‘Civil Rights’, which investigates the exercise of civil rights under the framework of EU citizenship. Together with Orsolya Salat, one of the project researchers, she coordinates and contributes to comparative analyses of civil rights and enforcement mechanisms and in-depth case studies exploring obstacles to the realisation of selected civil rights (access to citizenship, residency rights, freedom of expression, dealing with life events, access to travel documents). Granger and Salat will also take part in the research activities of the work package ‘Economic Rights’.

 Uwe Puetter, Professor at the CEU School of Public Policy and CEUR Director, leads the two research themes ‘Political choice and limits imposed by financial markets’ and ‘The nexus of national executives, parliamentary control and EU decision-making’ within the work package ‘Political Rights’. Together with researcher Robert Csehi, Puetter investigates direct and de facto limitations to political citizenship rights in relation to EU economic governance. The research is based on a comparative study of decision-making in five EU member states. Puetter also coordinates the work package ‘Forward Looking Activities’.

 Andrea Krizsan, Research Fellow at the CEU Center for Policy Studies, engages in research on barriers to European citizenship imposed by generational divides and gender inequality as those play out in the realm of economic, civil, social and political rights. This wider set of problems will be investigated in the work package ‘Balancing Gender and Generational Citizenship’ through the lens of three specific fields: elderly care, youth migration and regulating diverse family models.

Post-doctoral researchers:

Robert I. Csehi Robert I. Csehi is a political scientist whose work focuses on comparative politics, comparative federalism, and European integration studies. He received his PhD from Central European University and holds an MA in international relations and economics from Corvinus University in Budapest. He was a recipient of the Doctoral Student Research Award provided by the federal government of Canada to carry out research that contributed to his dissertation that aimed to understand the changing character of intergovernmental relations in Canada and in the EU. Currently he works in the FP7 bEUcitizen research consortium where he carries out research on the link between financial market developments and the exercise of political citizenship in member states of the EU in the context of the sovereign debt crisis. Also, he is a researcher in the H2020 consortium project SCEUS led by the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies that analyzes member states’ preferences for economic and financial integration. His research interests include: Canadian politics, intergovernmental relations, democratic control of decision-making, economic and monetary integration.

Orsolya Salat has a law degree from ELTE University Budapest. She also holds a Diplome en droit francais et européen from the Université Paris II-Panthéon Assas, an LL.M in German law from the Universität Heidelberg, and another LL.M in comparative constitutional law from the Central European University (CEU Budapest). She defended her S.J.D. dissertation in comparative constitutional law at CEU in 2012 (nostrified as PhD by ELTE), and received a best dissertation award. She has been assistant professor at ELTE University Faculty for Social Sciences, Department for European Studies, and a junior research fellow at the Legal Institute of the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She was visiting researcher at the Yale Law School, at the University of Zürich, and at Heidelberg University. She works as a researcher for the bEUcitizen project, and co-teaches a course in the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations, and another one in the School of Public Policy.

Dominika Gruziel holds a PhD degree in Comparative Gender Studies. She is presently a visiting faculty at the Gender Studies Department in Central European University. Her doctoral dissertation examined the mobilization and agenda of Polish Roman Catholic lay women’s movements in Partitioned Poland during the transnational culture wars between 1878 and 1914. Her current research interests include the history of gender and women’s movements, modern history, religious studies, gender studies, and the theories of social movements mobilization for social change. She has been involved in several comparative research projects in the area of social policies and gender equality in non-profit and profit oriented entities (e.g. CEU Center for Policy Studies, the Budapest Institute) in which she focused on the relation between the policy-making processes, the involvement of religious institutions, and the third sector mobilization in the context of generating gender equality legislation to counteract domestic violence.

 Duration: May 2013 - April 2017

In March 2014 CEUR hosted the spring meeting of the consortium’s Executive Board.

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