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Institutional mechanisms for gender equality and gender mainstreaming. 01/09/2018 - 24/07/2019

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This project advices on examining the institutional mechanisms for gender mainstreaming in all member states of the European Union and the supranational level. It aims at contributing to improving the monitoring and evaluation tools for the examined institutional and to collect up-to-date information mechanisms. The overall project with the identifier EIGE/2018/OPER/02 is conducted by the Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini on behalf of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).

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  • Promotor: Ahrens Petra

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Francqui Chair 2017-2018 Prof. Cas Mudde (ULg). 01/10/2017 - 30/09/2018

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Proposed by the University, the Francqui Foundation each year awards two Francqui Chairs at the UAntwerp. These are intended to enable the invitation of a professor from another Belgian University or from abroad for a series of ten lessons. The Francqui Foundation pays the fee for these ten lessons directly to the holder of a Francqui Chair.

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Gender budgeting in the European Structural and Investment Funds: the need change towards gender equality. 18/09/2017 - 31/01/2018

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This country report for Germany examines gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting implementation in the European Structural and Investment funds (ESI funds) in the funding period 2014 – 2020. It also provides some general information on gender equality and gender mainstreaming in Germany. The report is part of the project Gender budgeting in the European Structural and Investment Funds EIGE/2017/OPER/03 (ESF and ERDF): the need change towards gender equality. In addition, it reflects Germany's experience with the European Standard for Gender Mainstreaming in the Structural Funds.

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  • Promotor: Ahrens Petra

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Multiple inequalities and intersectionality in European Development Policy. 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2020

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The proposed research seeks to systematically describe and analyse multiple inequality and intersectionality in European development cooperation by means of a structured focussed comparison (SFC). The aim of the research is first, to get a better understanding of what equality principles the European Union (EU) promotes abroad, and second how these correspond with the equality principles that are promoted by EU Member states in their development cooperation. The data for the SFC are EU and Member State policy documents. Specifically the policy texts will be analysed through critical frame analysis, which offers a systematic method to analyse policy problems and solutions, as well as the consequences they have for (in)equality. This method will enable us to analyse how multiple discrimination and intersectionality are framed in European development aid, grasp what is similar or different and examine shifting patterns in similarities and differences. The proposed research is both empirically and theoretically relevant. While there is an extensive body of literature applying an intersectional approach to internal European policy, there has been very been little empirical research on intersectionality in European policy abroad. Furthermore the study aims at gaining a deeper theoretical knowledge of Europeanisation in development policy and the formation of European policy.

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Effects of Institutional Change on Participatory Democracy and the Involvement of Civil Society Organisations (DemocInChange). 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2018

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DemocInChange understands the current challenges to EU integration as an opportunity to rethink the interface of civil society organisations (CSOs) and EU institutions as a basis for supranational participatory democracy. It does so by focusing on CSOs that aim to improve citizenship rights and participation for groups often marginalized in the policy-making process, more precisely by studying the effects of internal EU administrative reorganisation on the participation of CSOs in EU decision- and policy-making.

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Transgender and political science in Europe: a comparative approach. 24/06/2014 - 30/11/2014

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This workshop brings together key established and emerging European scholars working in the trans* field in order to develop chapters which will be published in an edited collection. This text will be the first European trans academic publication with a main focus in political science. It will address citizenship and recognition, welfare regimes, and social movements. The workshop will also provide space for new themes to emerge. It will raise important questions concerning the direction and scope of political science in relation to gender diversity, including the gender binaried nature of much current theorising, and in so doing will advance the discipline more broadly.

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  • Promotor: Motmans Joz

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Effective Gender Equality in Research and the Academia (EGERA). 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2017

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EGERA brings together eight research and higher education institutions in seven EU member states (Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain) + Turkey, bound by a same commitment to the dual objective of achieving gender equality in research, and strengthening the gender dimension in research. Upon innovative methods, of which some have been experimented and evaluated under previous/on-going FP7 projects, our cumulative and inclusive approach will notably support the operationalization of structural changes with both an intensive and extensive use of gender training, as an instrument for effective gender mainstreaming strategies. Mobilizing considerable gender expertise and relying upon multi-level women in science policy networks, EGERA will also put efforts into the dissemination of its outputs and achievements across the European Research Area.

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Successfully mainstreaming gender in EU development cooperation and the role of the EU, the partner country and civil society: a best and worst cases analysis. 01/10/2013 - 30/09/2016

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The proposed research seeks to examine which factors contribute to successful gender mainstreaming of European Union (EU) development aid towards individual developing countries by analysing 16 as-yet unexplained best and worst-case practices. There are three hypotheses linked to a set of independent variables: the first hypothesis focuses on factors related to the preferences and interests of the EU; the second hypothesis concentrates on internal political and governance factors in the partner country; and the third hypothesis explores the role of civil society in the partner country. The ultimate aim of the project is to determine empirically under which circumstances gender mainstreaming works and contribute to the mostly theoretically oriented gender mainstreaming literature.

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The links between sexism, homophobia and transphobia. 17/07/2013 - 31/03/2014

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest. UA provides Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Research Centre for Equal Opportunities (2012-2015). 01/01/2012 - 30/06/2016

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The main specific objective of the initiative is to provide scientific research Input and support for the equal opportunities policy development and implementation of the Flemish government by developing multidisciplinary expertise and research potential in the area of equal opportunities policy in Flanders in a more integrated way. Another specific objective is to create a documentation and information centre and a contact point which serves a wide circle of direct and indirect beneficiaries in the field of equal opportunities policy.

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Racial differentiation in research output. 11/09/2011 - 10/03/2012

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Erasmus Mundus. UA provides Erasmus Mundus research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Belgian policies for disabled citizens: what is the European impact in these matters? 01/01/2011 - 31/12/2012

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The research project analyses the Belgian disability policies, its structures, the division of competencies and policies themselves. It is a first step towards a larger research on the Europeanization of national disability policies, in which the process of national disability policy-making in different EU Member States is studied.

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Barrier or leverage? The influence of European social policy in the Belgian equal opportunities policy. (EQUALITY) 01/02/2009 - 30/04/2011

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The project investigates the impact of Europe's social policies on the Belgian gender equality policies since 1995. Our aim is to explain the partly negative balance in terms of gender equality policies, more specifically when it comes to gender mainstreaming, and the role the EU, more particularly its social policy, plays in this context. Subsequently, the project investigates the institutional conditions for an optimal impact of Europe's social policy on gender equality policies.

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A comparative research on the substantive representation of migrants, seniors and women. 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2011

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The general research question on "How and why does substantive representation occur (or not)?" comprises four sub questions. 1)Who are the actors? 2) Which acts are included in substantive representation? 3)Which topics can be found in substantive representation? 4)In which context does substantive representation take place?

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The role of federalisation in the ethno-political discourse of political parties and elites. The case of Belgium (1968-2007). 01/10/2007 - 30/09/2010

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Development and application of a district barometer for the district Wilrijk. 01/02/2007 - 31/03/2008

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Districts are a particular and relatively unknown policy level in the Belgian state structure. On the one hand districts are a separate level with their own institutons, processes and competences. On the other hand they are strongly tied to and dependent on the city of Antwerp. The district of Wilrijk ordered a tool meant to measure how citizens perceive its policies. The Leeronderzoek 2007-2008 (seminar for bachelors in political and social sciences on how to set up and conduct a research project) is meant to develop such a tool. Results are expected to be available in March 2008.

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Policy Research Centre for the equal opportunities policy (2007-2011). 01/01/2007 - 31/12/2011

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The main specific objective of the initiative is to provide scientific research Input and support for the equal opportunities policy development and implementation of the Flemish government by developing multidisciplinary expertise and research potential in the area of equal opportunities policy in Flanders in a more integrated way. Another specific objective is to create a documentation and information centre and a contact point which serves a wide circle of direct and indirect beneficiaries in the field of equal opportunities policy.

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Reserved seats: an explorative comparative research on defining and classifying societies into social groups. 01/01/2007 - 31/12/2007

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Studying reserved seats in parliaments this project examines how societies define and classify groups: which criteria serve to define them, which rules help to classify them, to which extent does the individual, the group concerned or society at large decide in these matters and what are the consequences of these criteria and rules. This comparative exploring project serves to develop research on the origins and consequences of social groups in processes of political representation.

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Local networks and political recruiting. The missing-ling between political demand and political supply. 01/01/2002 - 31/12/2004

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In Antwerp, one third of the votes go to an extreme right-wing party. To restore the dialogue between the citizens and the local government, directly elected district councils were created, with own capacities and budget. The main theme of this research is whether this intra-communal decentralisation will succeed or not. In what degree do the political parties have contact with their electorate? Are the councillors and party-militants sufficiently inserted in the social life of their neighbourhood or district? Is the amount of their social and cultural capital a necessary condition for succes? Are parties, whose members have more social and cultural capital, able to maintain better contacts with the electorate?

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Conversion, implementation, and control of implementation of European policies in Belgium. Toward a structural adaptation of the way in which Belgium honours its European obligations. 01/01/2001 - 30/06/2004