Research Networks

Active Social Policies Network (ASPEN)

It gathers social scientific researchers from various European countries. The network members are engaged in research projects related to the development of social welfare states and the introduction of activation policies in Europe.

Beyond Our Backyards

Beyond Our Backyards is a learning, action and research network on agroecology, developed under the project “Farming the Future" (Grundtvig Programme, Lifelong Learning Project)

Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO)

Established in 1967, CLACSO is a non-governmental institution bringing together 195 research centres, as well as graduate and postgraduate programmes in the social sciences of 22 countries.

Conselho Local de Acção Social de Coimbra (CLAS/C)

The Local Council for Social Affairs brings 161 institutions and organizations together, aiming at fostering a collective awareness on the social issues and at contributing to the activation of the necessary resources for action optimization in the areas.

Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)

It was established in 1973 as an independent pan-African research organisation primarily focusing on the social sciences research in Africa. It is recognised not only as the pioneer African social research organisation but also as the apex non-governmental centre of social knowledge production on the continent.

Culturelink - the Network of Networks for Research and Cooperation in Cultural Development

The Network was established by UNESCO and the Council of Europe in 1989 in Paris, at the UNESCO Consultation of Representatives of Regional and Sub-Regional Networks for Cultural Development Research and Cooperation. The Network has primarily been serving as a platform for research in the field of cultural development, cultural policies and international cultural cooperation.

Disaster Resilience Network (ANDROID)

ANDROID is an Erasmus academic network that aims to promote co-operation and innovation among European Higher Education to increase society’s resilience to disasters of human and natural origin.

Emergence of Social Enterprises in Europe (EMES)

EMES is a research network of established university research centres and individual researchers whose goal has been so far to gradually build up an international corpus of theoretical and empirical knowledge, pluralistic in disciplines and methodologies, around “SE” concepts: social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, social economy, solidarity economy and social innovation.

EU-Russia Collaborative Research Network

The network was established in 2006, to encourage closer cooperation and exchange of views between the growing number of EU-specialists working on Russia and the post-Soviet states coming under the European Neighbourhood Policy and colleagues in the field of Slavonic Studies who were interested in the EU.

European Consumer Debt Network (ECDN)

ECDN is a European civil society network funded by the European Commission, built on the experiences and activities of key actors in the fight against over-indebtedness and financial exclusion in Europe, such as debt advice services, educational organisations, consumer agencies, research institutes, etc.

European Expert Network on Culture (EENC)

EENC contributes to the development of cultural policies in Europe, providing advice and support to the European Commission in its cultural policy development though the analysis of cultural policies at European, national and regional levels. Instead of conducting primary research, EENC network offers specialised consultancy to policy-makers by synthesizing current research and relevant issues in a practical way for continuing policy development. Among the tasks assigned to EENC is the launch and management of a website providing comprehensive information both on EENC’s activities and relevant advances to the fields in which the network operates.

European International Studies Association (EISA)

The European International Studies Association (EISA) is a new individual membership-based association, serving the International Relations community in Europe and beyond. EISA aims to bring together academics and others working in the field and subfields of international studies in Europe and beyond. EISA aims to be a forum for enhancing research on international studies and for stimulating mobility, exchange and dissemination of knowledge throughout Europe and beyond.

European Society for Environmental History (ESEH)

Network founded in 1999, aims at promoting the research and use of environmental history in academic programmes.


an independent network of, and portal for, European cultural journals, founded by a group of journals, among which is the Centre’s Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais. The network now includes over 50 journals and institutions from almost every European country. The editor of Revista Crítica is a member of the Editorial Board of Eurozine

Expert Group on Gender, Social Inclusion and Employment (EGGSIE)

It consists of 30 experts in the field of employment, social inclusion and gender equality issues. These experts come from 30-member States of the European Union, and from Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Romania.

Governance and Citizenship in the digital Age - UNESCO Network Project (UNITWIN)

The "Governance and Digital Citizenship" network represents a broadening and reinforcement of training actions by and on pure and applied research as well as the third mission, namely services to the community on the themes of the transformation of governance, practices and standards related to public action and public / private interactions with an empirical focus on the areas of public justice and security policies. It focuses on the big data culture, which includes as prism the components of knowledge of logical and managerial mathematical excellence, as well as the legal aspects of data protection and economic aspects of transformation. Radical practices of citizenship patterns of interaction between actors and rules see between companies and institutions. The framework agreement between the two institutions, which is in the definition phase, opens a horizon of scientific and institutional cooperation between the teams of two universities and two campuses with a modular format (with steps and crossed axes) affecting the strategies of fundraising, training and research capable of meeting the functional and professional needs of companies, institutions and citizens on a global scale. The network's proposal builds on the activities of the chair's coordinator in the OECD and the activities initiated under the program "Promoting the Culture of Lawfulness through Education" (GCED program and UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative). The Network engage in research, production, sharing, and dissemination of knowledge having an impact on: 1. Governance and the transformation of public action in the face of digital 2. Professionalism and the ability to govern complex processes in the digital age 3. The integrity and culture of legality in society and the economy. These activities take place on 4 axes: - Master and PhD training; - Professional training; - Applied research of the interdisciplinary type (social sciences data science management) - Community services and public debate.

Initiative for Peacebuilding (IfP)

IfP is a consortium founded by the European Commission, consisting of 10 civil society organisations. It has official representation in all the EU and in conflict-affected countries. Its aim is to develop and strengthen international knowledge in conflict prevention and peacebuilding ensuring that institutions have access to analyses enabling a more informed decision making, based on empirical data.

International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA)

IANSA is a global network of civil society organisations working to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons (SALW). The network has 700 members and CES participates through its Humanities, Migration and Peace Studies Group.

International Association of thew Portuguese Language Social and Human Sciences (AILPcsh)

AILPcsh arose from eleven Luso-Afro-Brazilian Social Sciences Congresses, of which the first edition premiered in 1990.  The main activities of the association are the itinerant organization of its Congress between the Portuguese-speaking Countries and the creation of incentive platforms and the promotion of research networks and publications. AILPcsh intends to affirm itself as a major scientific policy channel in fostering a cooperation area between Portuguese-speaking social scientists.

International Network for Economic Method (INEM)

The International Network for Economic Method seeks to promote links among economic methodologists, economists in all fields, and scholars in cognate disciplines. It aims to serve all who would reflect upon the methods of economics and of closely related social sciences.