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Rebuilding Europe After a Decade of Crisis

UACES Graduate Forum Research Conference 2023
Institut Barcelona D'estudis Internacionals (IBEI)
Barcelona, Spain

About the event

The European Union has experienced a decade of crises in its economic, financial, security, legal and social relations internally between member states and institutions, and with its external partners. These range from the 'polycrisis' of the European debt crisis, the so-called 'refugee crisis' and Brexit to the rule of law crisis, COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, affected and compounded by the impending climate crisis. These crises have had wide-ranging implications for the European Union, its member states, and citizens, as well as for states and citizens in the wider European continent and further afield.

To look upon these crises facing Europe from an academic perspective, we invite masters students, doctoral students, early-career researchers, as well as practitioners from across the field of European Studies to submit paper and panel proposals addressing the theme of ‘Rebuilding Europe after a decade of crisis'.

To foster cross-disciplinary conversation, we welcome proposals from all European Studies disciplines and related fields. Including (but not limited to) Political Science, Law, Sociology, Economics, History, Gender Studies, Anthropology, International Relations and Public Policy. We hope that this conference will address the topic in a variety of ways and from a range of perspectives.


The UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2023 will take place at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) on 8-9 June 2023.
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Call for Papers!

To submit a paper, please complete the sign up form by midnight on the 31 March and notifications of acceptance will be made by 28 April 2023. Please clearly state that it is a conference submission in the subject line. We look forward to receiving your proposals and to seeing you this summer.


Please read the requirements carefully before submitting a proposal.

Conference Programme

Thursday, 8 June 2023

Find all details for the scheduled panels for Thursday, 8 June 2023 here.

9:00 - 09:30

Coffee & networking

09:30 - 10:00

Welcome note

10:00 - 11:45

Room 1: Critically evaluating the EU’s trade and migration policy

Room 2: Populism and the rule of law

11:45 - 12:00

Coffee & Networking

12:00 - 13:45

Room 1: The EU as a global actor?

Room 2: Trust and legitimacy in the EU 

13:45 - 14:30


14:30 - 16:00

Room 1: Policymaking in the EU

Room 2: De/Europeanisation in European policy?

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee & Networking

16:30 - 18:00


Friday, 9 June 2023

Find all details for the scheduled panels for Friday, 9 June 2023 here.

09:30 - 10:00

Coffee & Networking

10:00 - 11:45

Room 1: Influencing politics

Room 2: TBC

11:45 - 12:00

Coffee & Networking

12:00 - 13:45

Room 1: Elections and electoral policies

Room 2: Political and societal responses to economic crisis

13:45 - 14:30


14:30 - 16:00

Closing panel - Researching crises: a multidisciplinary discussion on European studies


IBEI is an inter-university institute created in 2004 as a joint effort of all five public universities in the Barcelona metropolitan area and CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) to promote postgraduate training and research in international relations, politics & development to advance the understanding of global challenges to governance in our world. Now into its second decade, IBEI has become consolidated and achieved a high level of recognition as an academic and research centre at both European and international level.

More about IBEI

Research Funding for Delegates

Funding of up to 150 € will only be offered to those whose paper proposal was accepted following the Call for Papers. There are up to 40 funded places (up to 150 €) available at the conference. Funding is only awarded to delegates who are currently studying for their PhD or who have submitted their PhD within the last three years (at the time of the conference). There are also up to 5 funded places available for masters-level students.


Funding will be allocated following paper selection.

Planning your Stay

Find tips about accommodation, travel, and what to do in Barcelona. 


For this event, you can apply for travel funding. Find more information in the submission requirements.

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