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Methodology & Dissemination

Methodology

Monetary Integration and its multilevel impact is actually an unchartered region that bears huge implications for the future of Europe. The research will provide policy makers and interested experts in Economic & Monetary Integration a deep understanding of the trends within the EU and of the policy options both of EMU member states and of non EMU member states. By producing studies and publications assessing costs and benefits of participating to EMU and of further economic and monetary integration as well as discussing strategies of inclusion, exclusion and stabilisation, the project will thus contribute to the reflection about the future of Europe.

At a multinational level, the project will engage policy makers and analysts to help them assess whether and how to link themselves to evolving European structures. Also, the project will examine how further deepening of the EMU will affect three key policy issues for all of the states involved. Therefore, the project’s final deliverable will involve concrete policy proposals for:

  1. the creation of a common fiscal policy that will establish a redistribution mechanism of surpluses within the EMU;
  2. the creation of the necessary structures of Economic Governance within the EU facilitating stability of the Global Financial System; and
  3. the compatibility between national entities and supranational bodies in the application of the deeper EMU policy.

The research will, thus, be based on a cross-national field of interest basis, including field research, interviews with relevant local actors and researchers. Three workshops and three follow-up web meetings will be organized during the project while a final conference will take place towards the end of the second and final year. The concrete outputs of the project will be paper series, policy briefs, articles, and a collective book, as well as an interactive web site, where the collected data, articles and papers will be accessible to the wider public and a monthly newsletter. Moreover, selective papers may be published at the European Research Studies Journal.

The research team is composed of 8 Jean Monnet Chairs, 15 full Professors & various PhD Researchers from  12 Universities of 9 european countries (GRE, CYP, SPN, FRAPOL, ROM, SRB, CZE, AUT). At the same time, the project is already in the process of finding additional partners in Italy and other countries that sustain top institutions in European Political Economy. Thus, the group will facilitate the understanding between old, new and aspiring members of the EU, giving a valuable insight on the EMU’s impact within the EU and on the near abroad.

Dissemination

Our dissemination strategy provides for an efficient promotion of project's results; through the expertise of the involved parties, our exploitation strategy leverages the creation of links between the project and those policy makers and analysts from which the project’s results may be applied.

Summarizing, the dissemination of our research findings will be channelled through various medium such as:

a)  Website

  b) Documents & Publications (Publisher of Final Book: Cambridge Scholars Publishing or another publisher)

c) Conference & Workshops

   d) Academic International Network: A vibrant and strong transnational network of academics and researchers has been established from 9 different countries. The Research Group is consists of 8 Jean Monnet Chairs, 15 full Professors & various PhD Researchers in the field of European Economic Integration & International Political Economy. Moreover, a team of 2 scholars from the University of Craiova, Romania under the Supervision of Assoc. Prof. Mirela Cristea, a team of 3 academics from the University of Nis, Serbia under the supervision of Prof. Vice Dean Dejan Spacic and a team of 5 academics under the leadership of Professor J.P. Allegret from the EconomiX research centre in France, which is operated by the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) and theUniversity of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defence, a team of 2 scholars from the University of Finance and Administration of Prague (CZE) and a team of 3 Researchers from the Vienna University of Technology led by Professor G. Hanappi,  have been embedded in this project, the latter two being associate members.

This transnational network will be the perfect dissemination & exploitation vehicle of this research initiative ensuring top quality research work in a multinational framework of cooperation.

 The dissemination strategy is going to be based on the following pillars/phases:

  • Dissemination for Involvement of the stakeholders: This occurs in the first couple of months of the project. We wish to attract specific think tanks and even sponsors for our project.
  • Dissemination for Actions: This is carried out just after the first phase and throughout the whole life of the project, as ad hoc events may take place at all time, depending on current developments. We aim to be close to civil society and to react promptly on new key developments on our field of research.
  • Dissemination for Awareness: This is carried out throughout the whole life of the project. However, this phase is reasonable to be intensified as we get closer to the end of the project, as the culmination of our activities would be more apparent.
  • Dissemination for Exploitation: It is our concrete goal that our research is going to have impact on policy making centres by the publication of a Collective Book with research findings and possible policy proposals. Moreover, it is expected that our website will constitute an open and interactive platform for academics & civil society for interaction with policy makers through the elaboration and submission to policy centres of the best proposed policy reforms, through the use of modern technology (Google Moderator & Social Network channels). Thus, our results will survive the completion of the project and will not be exhausted on the publication of the Collective Book and on the organization of the final Conference.

The project’s philosophy is based on the premise of open sourcing. Therefore, it is fundamental to us to render the material of our activities and research as widely available as possible. To this end, our website will include material, statistics and the rest of the project’s outputs available for download.

Finally, the project aims to actively promote top academic research at PhD level as it engulfs in its research groups several PhD Candidates that will capitalize and embed the research results to their theses.

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