PLATO PhD School 1

The first PhD school within PLATO will take place in Berlin on 15-19 January 2018. The school includes a three-day PhD course in theory while two days will be dedicated to Vitae's Effective & Collaborative Researcher programme.

PhD course in legitimacy theory

15-17 January 2018

The aim of this course is to help PhD students build a conceptual framework for dissertations which investigate how the legitimacy of the European Union may have been affected by recent crises in European integration. The course will achieve that aim by introducing students to the following: a) debates about the justification of political power; b) the literature on the legitimacy of the EU; and c) the literature on the financial crisis.

By studying a)-c) the course will also introduce students to approaches different disciplines take to the investigation of legitimacy. Preparatory readings will include contributions from political philosophy, political science, political economy, law, public administration and sociology including gender studies.

Course leaders:

  • Markus Jachtenfuchs, Hertie School of Governance/Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS)
  • Chris Lord, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo (PLATO Coordinator)
  • Dirk De Bièvre, Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics, University of Antwerp

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How to be an Effective & Collaborative Researcher

18-19 January 2018

This two-day 'effective and collaborative researcher' programme is a tailor-made version of Vitae's Effective Researcher programme, adapted to the needs of PLATO's PhD researchers who are currently 3-4 months into their doctorate.

Course leader:

  • Daniela Bultoc, Vitae/University College London

Meeting: Steering Committee 1 Research & Training

16 January 2018, 13.00

The committee will meet to discuss details of PLATO's research and training programme.


Monday, 15 January, 18.30: Piazza Venezia

Tuesday, 16 January, 18.30: JUNGBLUTH Restaurant

Practical information

Information and directions to the venue, Seminaris CampusHotel and restaurants


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