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Transitions Research seminar - Christoph Niessen presents the results of his PhD thesis

"When sub-state communities demand and obtain autonomy : A comparative analysis of sub-state mobilisation and restructuring in Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom". The presentation aims at publicly presenting the results of Christoph Niessen's PhD at the University of Namur. The public defence will take place at the University of Louvain (UCL).
  • Transitions Research seminar - Christoph Niessen presents the results of his PhD thesis
  • 2021-06-09T12:45:00+02:00
  • 2021-06-09T13:45:00+02:00
  • "When sub-state communities demand and obtain autonomy : A comparative analysis of sub-state mobilisation and restructuring in Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom". The presentation aims at publicly presenting the results of Christoph Niessen's PhD at the University of Namur. The public defence will take place at the University of Louvain (UCL).
  • When Jun 09, 2021 from 12:45 PM to 01:45 PM (Europe/Brussels / UTC200)
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When do sub-state communities demand autonomy and when do states accept to confer it? This question is at the centre of the dissertation that examines under which conditions sub-state mobilisation and sub-state restructuring have occurred in three typical cases of centrifugal sociological decentralisation: Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom. Through a reassessment of sociological, economic, institutionalist, functionalist and rational-choice factors that the literature had hitherto found relevant, the research systemically compared in which combination of these factors, autonomy demands and statutes of sub-state communities arose and evolved. In order to do so, a refined measurement of sub-state autonomy called Sub-state Autonomy Scale (SAS) was created and a new variant of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) that is suitable for longitudinal comparisons was developed.

The results of the analyses indicate that the rise and increase of autonomy demands and statutes were driven by a combination of sociological (and economic) and rational-choice factors for strongly distinctive and aggrieved sub-state communities. For sub-state communities with weaker distinctiveness and grievances to which the demands and statutes of the former have spilled over, combinations of sociological, functionalist, institutionalist and rational-choice factors were found relevant. These dynamics can be interpreted as two ‘waves’ of centrifugal sociological decentralisation, the first of which came with autonomy demands and statutes in sub-state communities with strong sociological distinctiveness that, in turn, incited a second wave among sub-state communities with weaker (albeit present) forms of distinctiveness, as well as their own extension.

For the mutual influence of sub-state autonomy demands and statutes, the findings indicate that, while both the conferral and non-conferral of sub-state autonomy lead to an increase of autonomy demands within sub-state communities, the non-conferral can be expected to lead to a greater exacerbation of demands than the conferral. When thinking about what these results and recent developments in the cases tell us about the longer-term perspectives of sub-state communities, four plausible scenarios of how the first two waves of centrifugal sociological decentralisation could evolve in the future have been sketched-out: through unidirectional federalisation, confederalisation, accession to independence, or differentiated de- and re-federalisation.

Taken together, the thesis shows when and how factors from different theoretical stands interact when leading to the rise and evolution of autonomy demands and statutes. This allowed to develop a cross-theoretical frame for the interpretation and analysis of sub-state mobilisation and restructuring through what was called ‘the three waves of centrifugal sociological decentralisation’.

Evolv'EP project Seminary

Evolv'EP project Seminary - Julien Navarro
  • When Jun 18, 2021 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Europe/Brussels / UTC200)
  • Where TBC
  • Contact Name Jérémy Dodeigne
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Julien Navarro (research fellow in political science at ETHICS of the Catholic University of Lille, Professor at the diplomatic Academy of Vienna & associate Researcher at ESPOL): "Report on alternative institutional options to democratise and re- legitimate the EU polity in the eyes of its citizens. An analysis of the congruence between MEPs and their voters on the EU political system ».

Thesis public defence

APPRENDRE À SOIGNER, APPRENDRE À COMMUNIQUER ? Une exploration des attitudes envers l’apprentissage de la communication médecin-patient chez les étudiants en médecine
  • Thesis public defence
  • 2021-05-25T15:00:00+02:00
  • 2021-05-25T17:00:00+02:00
  • APPRENDRE À SOIGNER, APPRENDRE À COMMUNIQUER ? Une exploration des attitudes envers l’apprentissage de la communication médecin-patient chez les étudiants en médecine
  • When May 25, 2021 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM (Europe/Brussels / UTC200)
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Transitions Research seminar

Élise Rousseau, PhD student in political sciences for the Tocqueville Chair in security policies (Université de Namur) and a F.R.S.-FNRS aspirant, will present us some data and results of her doctoral research, which might still be developed towards a new article. The temporary title of the seminar is « The 2018 European Union Chairmanship of the Kimberley Process ».

Since Élise will present a paper on that subject at an international conference that will take place on May 26th, you are cordially invited to attend this Research Seminar in order to help her find an angle of approach for this presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacature

Het Instituut voor Sociaal en Politiek Opinieonderzoek (ISPO) onderzoeksgroep van het Centrum voor Sociologisch Onderzoek (CeSO) van de KU Leuven, is op zoek naar gedreven en ervaren senior onderzoek(st)er (X) om de openstaande positie van onderzoeksmanager voor de oprichting van de dataverzamelingsinfrastructuur Advanced Center for inTernet Studies (ACTS) in de vorm van een Internet Probability Panel in te vullen.

 

  

 

ACTS is een interuniversitair initiatief ondersteund door alle Vlaamse universiteiten en meerdere Franstalige universiteiten van België. Binnen de KU Leuven is het gegroeid uit een interfacultair initiatief (Sociale wetenschappen, Psychologische en Pedagogische Wetenschappen en Geneeskunde) en vindt het zijn plaats binnen de groep Humane Wetenschappen.

Functie

  •  Je bent verantwoordelijk voor de dagelijkse leiding, aansturing, motivatie van het team dat de opzet en het functioneren van de infrastructuur gaat realiseren.
  • Je bent een teamspeler en werkt samen met de Principal Investigators (PI’S) van het project.
  • Je werkt samen met de betrokken universitaire instellingen en hun afgevaardigden.
  • Je bereidt de teamvergadering, de vergadering van de General Assembly, van het dagelijks bestuur en van de verschillende werkgroepen van de infrastructuur voor.
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Profiel

  • PhD met uitgebreide – dit is bij voorkeur 6 jaar – post-doc ervaring
  • Internationale publicaties in domein van attitude, opinie, gedrag, … aan de hand van kwantitatieve data
  • Specialist in sociale statistiek (SEM – Latent Class – Logistic Regression – Multilevel) – Je kan vlot overweg met een aantal statistische software tools, zoals bijvoorbeeld SAS, SPSS, R, MPlus, ...
  • Specialist in het opzetten en uitvoeren van survey research (face-to-face; CAPI) – ruime ervaring met sampling frames – ervaring met het managen van probabiliteit internet panels strekt tot aanbeveling.
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Aanbod

  • Wij bieden een voltijdse functie met een contract van onbepaalde duur, in een dynamische omgeving met veel verantwoordelijkheden en uitdagingen.
  • Wij bieden een passende verloning in functie van capaciteiten en opgebouwde anciënniteit.
  • De KU Leuven biedt heel wat extralegale voordelen zoals een hospitalisatieverzekering, een groepsverzekering, ecocheques en samenaankoop.

Interesse?

Meer informatie kan verkregen worden bij prof. dr. Marc Swyngedouw, tel: +32 16 32 31 59 of mail: marc.swyngedouw@kuleuven.be

Solliciteren voor deze vacature kan tot en met 15/11/2020 via onze online sollicitatietoepassing: http://www.kuleuven.be/solliciteren/xxx

KU Leuven wil een omgeving creëren waarin alle talenten maximaal tot ontplooiing kunnen komen, ongeacht gender, leeftijd, culturele herkomst, nationaliteit of functiebeperking. Hebt u vragen in verband met toegankelijkheid of ondersteuningsmogelijkheden, dan kan u ons contacteren via diveersiteite.HR@kuleuven.be.

 

Voor meer informatie, zien het vol aanbod.

FRESH mandate renewal for Sophie Devillers

The FNRS has just given the results of the 2020 "FRIA", "FRESH", "MIS", "CDR" and "PDR" calls.  For the UNamur, 25 projects are being financed. 

Among these, the renewal of Sophie Devillers' FRESH mandate.

She works on a project entitled "Democratic panacea or Trojan horse? Should elected representatives take part in deliberated democracy?", which deals with representative democracy, regularly presented as being in a crisis due to the gap between citizens and their representatives.

 

 

 

 

Doing IPS | Launch of the Belgian branch

Elise Rousseau and Benjamin Puybareau are members of the steering committee of the new seminar "Studying Power through International Political Sociology" starting in February 2021. Call for papers... Deadline : 12/1/2020.

This seminar will be the kick-off for the Belgian branch of the "Doing IPS" network and is co-organized by UNamur, USL-B, ULB and ULiège.

New CDR project for Jérémy Dodeigne

The FNRS has just given the results of the 2020 "FRIA", "FRESH", "MIS", "CDR" and "PDR" calls.  For the UNamur, 25 projects are being financed.  Among these, Jérémy Dodeigne's IntraPartyComp CDR project.

In the last decades, electoral reforms have boosted importance of individual politicians in list proportional (PR) electoral systems. This general trend towards “personalization of politics” leads scholars to study its broad effects on intra-party competition and personal vote-seeking behaviour.  Read more...

Prof. Jérémy Dodeigne is the principal investigator with the collaboration of Dr. Gert-Jan Put.

 

 

 

 

Laurent de Briey becomes Vice-dean of the Faculty of Economics, Social sciences and Business administration

It is a 3-year mandate, from September 2020 to August 2023.

Laurent de Briey holds a PhD in philosophy and economics.  He is a member of the Political, Social and Communication Sciences department, where he teaches economical and political philosophy.  As an observer but also an actor in the political Belgian life (1), his expertise leans on a triangle formed by population, politics and experts, a trust link between population and the political world.

The Faculty of Economics, Social sciences and Business administration focuses on specific topics in which they excel. Please visit the website to discover more about financial market fluctuations, development economics, economic policy, information management, marketing of services, conflict management in politics, and company and individual web-identity.

(1) Laurent de Briey used to be head of cabinet of the former Education Minister Marie-Martine Schyns. Today, he leads a pilot participative project « Il fera beau demain – Mouvement positif ».

Christoph Niessen preselected by European Consortium for Political Research jury

Christoph Niessen ( F.R.S.-FNRS FRESH PhD student) was preselected by the jury of the European Consortium for Political Research for the « ECPR Rising Star Award ».

In its letter, the ECPR says: "Unfortunately he was not selected as the winner on this occasion but the ECPR judges were impressed with his achievements to date. That he was nominated and shortlisted is a wonderful achievement and the ECPR hopes he is very proud. The ECPR also very much looks forward to seeing him involved in ECPR activities in the future ».