Cities and Science: Urban History and the History of Science in the Study of Early Modern and Modern Europe
This workshop has two tracks:
1) geospatial technologies (July 4-8) and
2) remote sensing (July 4-9).
Applicants are required to select one track, which will determine the practical sessions they will attend and the final project focus area.
For further information on the course and application procedures, please visit: http://isepei.org/geospatial-2016. Limited financial support is available for applicants from developing countries.
- Reflect on the necessary parameters of governance systems (strategies, policies, laws and regulations) for green industrial development, including cleaner and resource efficient production. Achieving low carbon and efficient material use paths for industrial development is a key aspect.
- Outline practical feasibility of technical requirements and policy measures for promoting green industry.
- Discuss how enterprises can successfully tackle key challenges that prevent them from commercializing green industry-related products and services.
- Delineate the essential institutional platforms for promoting “green industry”. Apart from promoting cleaner and resource efficient production, such institutions should offer counsel on the development and deployment of economically viable, socially appropriate and environmentally sustainable green technologies.
- Enable participants to construct and make use of green industry strategies that help meet specific future environmental goals and targets.
The Summer School will focus on the nexus between Romani studies and performance, with special attention paid to questions of visual culture and representation. The disquiet around increasing violence against and marginalization of Roma across Europe lends this course a special urgency. The course will focus particularly on the enduring hierarchies, exclusions and stereotypes that Romani communities and individual citizens face in everyday life and in multiple sites and structures of the nation-state. It will explore artistic practice—particularly in the area of performance—with any eye toward openings for disruption and contestation, and will analyze the Romani histories across Europe and globally through the prism of post-colonial critique and the possibilities of decolonization.
The summer school will bring together academics and students with artists, activists and community stakeholders in a partnership that focuses on knowledge production and best practice. The school will be led by eminent Roma and non-Roma, and will feature outstanding Romani scholars and policymakers amongst its faculty.
We are especially interested in recruiting young scholars of Romani background, (Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty) with a proven relevant research and teaching record, in the field of performance studies, history, sociology, political science or related humanities and social science disciplines. While the course is primarily aimed at encouraging young academics and those who are thinking of taking up an academic career to integrate Romani Studies and socio-cultural dimensions of performance practice and policy issues in their future research and teaching, it will also be of help to performance and other arts practitioners, policymakers and public servants, and others who deal with Romani communities in policy-making institutions.
The course covers several facets and methods of public policy, with an introduction to quantitative evaluation of policy interventions. First, the interest of the students is meant to be raised with a few examples, then we place public policy in a wider web of endeavours and disciplines, and links to related fields (e.g. law, economics, sociology, political science) are shown. Then the four key elements of the policy context are discussed: institutions, actors, ideas and instruments of policy. Next, the concept of policy cycle along with limitations and alternatives is introduced. During the next lessons steps of the policy cycle process (agenda setting / policy formulation / decision / implementation / evaluation) are discussed in detail. Case studies and examples taken from the experience of different countries and addressing different public policy issues are presented to help participants relate to the approaches presented. Alternative models of policy formation are also discussed. The second half of the course is devoted to an introduction to quantitative evaluation methods. After the fundamentals and main principles of evaluations are demonstrated, the importance of random experiments is stressed. Evaluation methods using observational data (matching methods, difference-in-differences, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity) as well as the assessment of distributional and equilibrium effects of policy interventions are also demonstrated.
The VOX-Pol Network of Excellence is a European Union Framework Programme 7 (FP7) funded academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of violent online political extremism and responses.
This week-long VOX-Pol summer course is designed to provide PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, advanced MA students, civil society, policymakers and advocates, industry representatives, security professionals, journalists, and others with an introduction to the role of the internet in contemporary violent political extremism(s), including the ethics and practices of monitoring violent extremist content; impacts on freedom of expression and privacy online; and how to research and contribute to ensuing policy debates.
The course will be run with a mix-method teaching style and includes lectures, discussion, small group work, policy lab and hands-on practicum, as well as a field trip to the Open Society Archives. Sessions will be led by experts from across fields, including research, policy making, internet industries, and civil society.
Topics to be covered may include, but are not limited to:
- State security and online privacy in the wake of recent attacks
- The internet and radicalization and recruitment into violent political extremist and terrorist groups
- Balancing security, privacy, and freedom of expression online in responding to violent political extremism and terrorism
- The content and functioning of violent political extremist online forums
- Ethical issues surrounding monitoring of violent political extremist content online
- The role of video in violent political extremism online
- Women/gender, violent political extremism, and online media
- Role of internet and social media companies in responding to violent political extremism online, including take-down requests, blocking, surveillance and filtering of extremist content
- Case studies of particular violent political extremist group’s use of digital media, including Jihadis, right wing extremists and others
- Case studies of violent political extremism on specific social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)
- Online initiatives to counter violent extremism
- Critical responses to research on, reporting of, and governmental responses to the conjunction of violent political extremism and the Internet
- Research methods for studying violent online political extremism
Application process and prerequisites
Applicants will have an interest in the field of violent online political extremism and be able to demonstrate how the course will benefit their work and / or research. Applicants should submit a 1-2 page statement of interest that addresses the relevancy of this course to their research, work or field of inquiry; a writing sample that addresses specific issues related to violent extremism online (research paper, policy brief, published article, case study summary, etc); a CV; and demonstration of sufficient English language proficiency.
In order to maximize the output and opportunities for participants the course will have a maximum of 25 students. Selected students will be asked to give a brief presentation of their work during the course.
There is no tuition fee for the course and scholarships towards travel costs and / or accommodation in the CEU residency halls are available to a limited number of select participants through the support of VOX-Pol.
Logic models have emerged as a major tool for improving public and private social programs at every stage of their operations, from initial program planning to implementation and management and through evaluation. As a result, worldwide, they are used increasingly by all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, funding agencies, and researchers. The ability to develop and assess logic models is now a much sought-after skill for social welfare professionals. Lectures will be led by Professor Douglas J. Besharov of the University of Maryland together with a team of internationally renowned experts in the field of program evaluation and performance measurement.