Research projects

There are several research projects at the Centre for European Studies funded by various organisations. This page shows the largest research projects taking place at the Centre. You can find the research projects for individual researchers on the Personnel page. 

The Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie) is funded by the Academy of Finland and is hosted by the University of Helsinki. EuroStorie seeks to critically investigate the foundations of the European narrative about a shared heritage of law, values and ideals. The purpose is to examine the crisis through the development of conflicting narratives of Europe in 20th century thinking and its impact in contemporary policies and popular perceptions.

The Centre of Excellence has three subprojects that all contribute to questions of the European crises through various approaches.
1) Law and uses of the past
2) Discovering the limits of reason - Europe and the crisis of universalism
3) Migration and the narratives of Europe as an "Area of freedom, security and justice"

EuroStorie home page

The multidisciplinary research project "All youth want to rule their world" (ALL-YOUTH) explores the capacities of young people (aged between 16 and 25) and the obstacles that hamper their engagement with society. The main goal of the project is to create possibilities and to enable young people to participate in making their own communities and the society. The key ideas at the project for sustainable growth are responsive governance and rule of law, digital innovation and sustainable development interventions such as bioeconomy.

The research project has five subcategories in multiple universities in Finland.
1) Towards Youth Equality 
2) From Dreams to Reality
3) Digital Solutions for Digital Generation 
4) Resolving Legal Obstacles 
5) Creating Sustainable Well-Being 

The director of the consortium is Dr Reetta Toivanen from the University of Helsinki

ALL-YOUTH home page

The project "Finland and Theories of Political Violence" (FIPO) sets to find out how theories of political violence manage to explain the low levels of political violence in the post-war Finland and what kind of factors contribute to resilience to political violence. By doing this, it sets to contribute to the debates within the research on Finnish society, history and politics. The main goal of the project, however, is to further the theoretical understanding of political violence.

The focus is on the periods of transnational waves of political violence in post-war Europe.  The most important of the recent waves are the New Left violence (from the late 1960s until late 1980s), Radical right violence (1990s) and Salafi-Jihadist violence (2000s, still ongoing).

FIPO home page

Reimagining Futures in the European North at the End of the Cold War looks at how contemporaries, decision-makers and other actors perceived the changes unfolding from late 1980s onwards, how they acted amidst these changes, what outcomes and policy changes this led to and what futures emerged amidst the transformation.

From its specific perspective of looking at continuity and change, ReImag adds new information on the nature of the systemic change of the 1980s and 1990s. By combining the work of historians and IR scholars, it leads to methodological and theoretical innovation on how to use historical documentation and analysis in theory development.

ReImag home page