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|About||The ERA-CRN seeks to establish a sustainable research network of scholars at various stages of their careers working on the construction of a European Single Market of Knowledge.|
The main goals of the ERA-CRN are:
(a) to facilitate basic research on the ERA by bringing together scholars at all stages of the careers from a variety of disciplines, including European studies, research policy, higher education studies, law, and sociology of science and technology, and
(b) to ensure the sustainability of this CRN.
Our intended academic activities include engagement with the critical debates concerning the ERA in practice, collaborative publications, and discussions concerning all aspects of research (methodologies, theories, data collection, processing, and analysis). At the same time, we are aware that our findings are highly relevant for policy work. We will therefore ensure that we publish policy-relevant papers as well as more traditional academic contributions.
The construction of the European Research Area (ERA) is one of the most under-studied phenomena in European integration. This is surprising given its high political salience, and the urgent call in the Europe 2020 Strategy for its completion by 2014. As researchers studying ERA governance, we note both the lack of scholarly interest in these developments and the potential they offer for theorising, given the familiar sectoral tensions (turf battles between research, industry and higher education), as the ERA is a site of innovative governance where the ‘Open-Method of Coordination’ and ‘Community Method’ interact. As practitioners involved in implementing some of its measures, we have identified the structuring effects the ERA could have on how research will be conducted and funded in Europe and abroad. An ERA-CRN that unites scholars with different disciplinary expertise through common research interests and questions is thus long overdue.
The ERA-CRN has been awarded funding from UACES for the period Spring 2013 to Spring 2016 inclusive. The ERA-CRN will launch officially as a UACES CRN this coming fall. The coordinators of the ERA-CRN would like to take this opportunity to thank UACES for its generous support.
|Founded||Diana Beech, Meng-Hsuan Chou, Julie Smith|