Blog: Historians and regional policy-making: The perspective of a political scientist

November 22, 2019

By Sara Svensson

History matters for current politics. In this time of populism and nationalism, we see how national leaders utilize and sometimes rewrite history for political ends: Poland protests when a Netflix documentary places concentration camp locations on a map of today’s Poland.

Blog: Whither Poland? After the 2019 parliamentary elections

By Michael Zeller

This article was originally published on OpenDemocracy here on Oct 27, 2019.

The 2020 Presidential election will be the first indicator of how the Polish electorate is responding to the work of the second PiS government.

Blog: Did the Hungarian local elections break polarisation and extremism?

By Zsuzsanna Vidra

This article was originally published on OpenDemocracy here on Oct 27, 2019.

Hungary’s recent elections mark a breakthrough: the paralysing myth of Fidesz’s invincibility has been shattered.

Blog: Coastal landscapes in northern Cyprus: enclosed, contested, and occupied

July 16, 2019

By Ezgican Ozdemir

For the past few years, the coastal region of Kyrenia in northern Cyprus has developed unevenly and with an outright favoring of private investors, a trend not uncommon to the rest of the Global South.

Photo: "Sea for Free" activists wrote on a beach during one of their protests "Don't privatize, make the beaches beautiful". Source: Belese Deniz - Sea for Free Facebook Page.

Blog: “Get up, stand up”: The existential precarity of Dr. Ámbédkar High School

June 19, 2019

by Nora Tyeklar

The first time I visited Dr. Ámbédkar High School in Miskolc, Hungary was near the end of 2016, just before the winter break. I spent the day getting to know some of the students and teachers, observed classes, and was fortunate to be present for a school assembly in which students were awarded scholarships based on their academic performance.

Podcast: Reflections from Researching Night Shift Workers in London

January 25, 2019

This is the 3rd and last episode of the documentary podcast series launched by our colleague, Julius-Cezar MacQuarie, PhD graduate of the INTEGRIM network: 'NightWorkPod: A Podcast About Working the Night Shift'.

MacQuarie presents the last piece with the following words:

Blog: Old wine in new bottles: Romania’s recurrent problem with EU funds absorption

September 13, 2018

By Dragos Adascalitei

In 2012, the Economist was noting that Romania had a “funding obsession”: one of the poorest countries in the European Union (EU) was incapable of using the funds made available by the European Commission to get out of the crisis and catch up with its more developed peers. 

Blog: Summer heat and forest fires: could more collaboration be the answer?

September 6, 2018

By Sara Svensson

The summer of 2018 has been among the hottest and driest on record in many parts of Europe. In Sweden this has led to the outbreak of the largest forest fires the country has ever seen, and in Greece the highest casualty numbers resulting from a forest fire.

Podcast: London, the Glocturnal City, and its 'Other Workers' (E02)

August 13, 2018

This is the second podcast of the series launched recently by our colleague, Julius-Cezar MacQuarie, PhD graduate of our INTEGRIM network: 'NightWorkPod: A Podcast About Working the Night Shift'.

Please beware that this episode may contain disturbing content

Podcast: ‘Bridges to Business’: Training young Roma for White-Collar Jobs in Hungary

June 4, 2018

In the second CPS podcast Zsuzsanna Arendas and Sara Svensson discuss with invited guests the reasons for underrepresentation of Roma in traditional 'office work', especially in the business sector, through the experiences of an ongoing project trying to change this, the 'Bridging Young Roma and Business: Intervention for inclusion of Roma youth through employment in the private sector in Bulgaria and Hungary (Bridge to Business)'.