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ERA-CRN Panels @ 43rd UACES Annual Meeting (Leeds 2013)

The ERA-CRN will host the following 2 panels at the 2013 UACES Annual Meeting.

Panel 1: ‘Constructing the European Research Area in times of crisis’

Chair: Meng-Hsuan Chou, Nanyang Technological University (

Abstract: Amidst the financial crisis, the nature of the European Research Area (ERA) is seemingly changing. The advent of the Horizon 2020 framework programme (2014-2020), which encourages a market-driven approach to tackle ‘societal’ challenges, suggests a shift away from ‘pure’ knowledge generation towards the innovation of viable products with immediate commercial potential. With such an emphasis on producing marketable deliverables for profit, this panel asks whether policies emanating from the ERA are likely to strike a balance between the respective demands from the market, research communities and society. For instance, to what extent is the current projected vision of the ERA in danger of moving away from the motivations and expectations of scientists and researchers at the grassroots of the European innovation chain? Could the aims of the market be reached via such a strong push to ‘bring ideas to the market’? If so, what could be done to ensure that the ‘essence’ of science and research is not lost? What systems must be in place to safeguard and increase trust between policy-makers, scientists and citizens? Could the ERA be constructed in such a way so as to simultaneously address the needs of all stakeholders? If not, who ‘should’ be the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’? And, most importantly, who decides? This panel invites contributions from all theoretical and methodological schools addressing the above questions that would allow us to reflect on the impact that the crisis has had on the construction of the ERA. All papers should touch on whether the trend we are currently observing has been in the making since 2000 and the crisis merely expedited this process, or if the crisis is actually a critical juncture in the history of European research cooperation and governance so that the reactions we are seeing now indicate future pathways.


  • Inga Ulnicane-Ozolina (University of Twente), Experimentalism in the EU Multi‐level Research Governance Architecture: The Case of European Research Area (View Abstract)
  • Abel Polese (Tallin University), Imagining the European Research Area in 2030: Anything Left for Research? (View Abstract)
  • Diana Beech (University of Cambridge), Values: A Legitimate Driver of ERA Policy? (View Abstact)


Panel 2: ‘Delineating boundaries of the Europe of Knowledge in times of crisis’

Chair: Julie Smith, University of Cambridge (

Abstract: This panel aims to contribute to analysing how the Europe of knowledge is redefined and transformed at times of crises (i.e. the meaning of the Europe of knowledge project, its relative position to other domains of European policies, and how its governance mechanisms might be altered with the current economic and political crisis). In this panel, we will investigate these potential redefinitions and transformations through the question of boundaries of the Europe of knowledge. Different types of boundary will be considered. Some contributions will study geographical boundaries: Is there a renewed importance to national boundaries and competences or on the contrary a mechanism of more delegation to the European-level (searching for more funding)? What about the Europe of knowledge in relations to other regions in the world? What initiatives are in place beyond the European Union and how do they impact developments in Europe (e.g. how have they evolved with the crisis)? Secondly, this panel aims to explore what is at play at sectoral boundaries. As a segment of European policy space, the Europe of Knowledge incorporates different policy sectors connected to the production, transmission and diffusion of knowledge. The boundaries between these sectors (e.g. higher education and research, education and lifelong learning, research and innovation) may be reinterpreted with actual economic and political crisis; they may be a place of friction and reallocation of power. Finally, this panel also considers to what extent the crisis is affecting the public/private boundaries in the Europe of knowledge. Are knowledge policies seen as problem-solvers for restoring employment and competitiveness and therefore a priority for public intervention, or do we rather observe strategies to foster the mobilisation of the private sector in times of cutting public spending? Or is the answer somewhere in-between?


  • Meng-Hsuan Chou (Nanyang Technological University), The Digital Revolution and the Sectoral Boundaries of the Europe of Knowledge (View Abstract)
  • Andrea Gideon, Public‐private Boundaries in Research Policies and Possible Consequences from EU Primary Law ‐ the Example of Competition Law Constraints on Research Funding Policies in Germany, the Netherlands and England (View Abstract)
  • Matias Gardin, Evolution of Welfare States 1960-1970: Birth of Education Society in Finland and West Germany (View Abstract)

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