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Our call for 15 PhD candidates across Europe is now closed.

Our call is closed

PLATO is an EU-funded PhD network coordinated by Prof. Christopher Lord at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo.

PLATO brings together nine university partners from across Europe to recruit a group of 15 of the best ‘early’ researchers to undertake a common multidisciplinary investigation into crisis and the legitimacy of the Union. The doctoral researchers will work together with senior researchers from across the network.

The candidates will be employed at one of the nine universities and enrolled in a local PhD programme, while at the same time working together as an integrated team within a carefully designed research programme aimed at jointly developing state-of-the-art theory and methods. The recruited Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will follow the same mandatory training programme at network level.

Recruitment timeline

 

recruitment timeline

  • Deadline for application for all positions: 31 January 2017
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews in the period 6-17 March 2017
  • Job offers will be made to the selected candidates by the end of April 2017
  • Start date of all position will be 1 September – 1 October 2017, depending on local admission programmes

A common research agenda

PLATO will be a fully integrated, thematic research school with its own research question. PLATO aims to go well beyond the state-of-the-art by building a theory of legitimacy crisis in the EU from a uniquely interdisciplinary understanding of how democracy, power, law, economies and societies all fit together with institutions within and beyond the state to affect the legitimacy of contemporary political order.

The following 15 individual PhD projects on specific topics will make up PLATO's study of the EU’s legitimacy challenges:

  • ESR1: Legitimacy crisis and core state powers, Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies/Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)

  • ESR2: The legitimacy of multi-level orders, Department of Public Administration, University of Twente (The Netherlands)

  • ESR3: Legitimacy crisis and inter-institutional conflict, Centre d’études européennes, SciencesPo Paris (France)

  • ESR4: Legitimacy crisis and interface mechanisms between the EU and member states, Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies/Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)

  • ESR5: Legitimacy crisis and the delegation of powers, Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics (Belgium)

  • ESR6: Legitimacy crisis and policy failure, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo (Norway)

  • ESR7: Legitimacy crisis and parliamentary representation, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna (Austria)

  • ESR8: Legitimacy crisis and anti-corruption, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague (Czech Republic)

  • ESR9: Legitimacy crisis and democratic state failure, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo (Norway)

  • ESR10: Legitimacy crisis and political trust, Department of Public Administration, University of Twente (The Netherlands)

  • ESR11: Legitimacy crisis and identity, Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow (Poland)

  • ESR12: Legitimacy crisis and societal interests, Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics (Belgium)

  • ESR13: Legitimacy crisis and anti-politics, Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge (UK)

  • ESR14: Legitimacy crisis and the public sphere, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo (Norway)

  • ESR15: Legitimacy crisis and European elections, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna (Austria)

Contact

For any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the PLATO coordinator at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo.