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Southern Voices on Research Geographies a workshop for transition-related Social Sciences & Humanities in Southern Europe

March 17, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Southern Voices on Research Geographies
a workshop for transition-related Social Sciences & Humanities in Southern Europe

Friday 17/03/2023, 9-16h CET, Bilbao & online
Co-hosted by: The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) & Wikitoki

The EU has sought to stimulate research collaborations for decades to enhance synergies among European research communities and to support its own policy goals. However, disparities remain in terms of overall participation, roles within cooperative research and financial contributions received, particularly between the Western/Northern parts of Europe and Southern, Central and Eastern European countries. These differences can be seen in the Framework Programme as a whole, but are also visible across the transition-related thematic areas of climate, energy and mobility. Moreover, as another dimension of inequalities, epistemic boundaries still prevail with (i) the dominance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research, (ii) the under-representation of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), and (iii) limited cooperation between the two.

SSH CENTRE project
The €3m SSH CENTRE (Social Sciences & Humanities for Climate, Energy aNd Transport Research Excellence) project aims to generate best practices for incorporating SSH research into policies to address climate change. One objective of the project is to help overcome fragmentation by enabling better representation of SSH research from across Europe. To this end, the project is running two invite-only workshops with climate-energy-mobility SSH researchers in March 2023 to create a Position Statement which will be submitted to the European Commission (Directorate-General for Research & Innovation) on how SSH in Southern and Central Eastern Europe can be better supported.

Call for Evidence
At the workshops, insights from our ‘Transition-focussed Social Sciences & Humanities in Southern and Central Europe: Call for Evidence’ will be discussed. This survey was launched in December 2022 to gather the views of over 100 climate, energy and mobility researchers who have worked in Southern and Central Eastern Europe (now or in the past). All workshop participants are asked to complete the survey in January 2023 (please also feel free to share the Call with colleagues, it takes around 10-20 mins).

Draft workshop agenda

● Welcome from Wikitoki; introduction to the SSH CENTRE project and workshop
● Overview of main findings from Call for Evidence
● Discussion of experiences and challenges, example topics: feeding SSH into climate-energy-mobility policy; involvement in EU projects; SSH-STEM cooperation
● Wrap-up plenary on main challenges
● Workshop session on how to overcome fragmentation and increase support
● Wrap-up plenary on solutions

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101069529 and from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under the UK government’s Horizon Europe funding guarantee [grant No 10038991].


March 17, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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