Research Groups

The students and faculty members of the Doctoral School are involved in a number of Research Groups and Research Centers at CEU.

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the research meetings organized by the School, in events organized by the Research Centers affiliated with the School, and in the voluntary student-faculty workshops organized by Research Groups. You can find information about the voluntary research groups below. 


The mission of PERG is to foster collaborative research among the CEU faculty and students working in the area of political economy in general and in the field of varieties of transnational capitalisms inparticular. PERG began with regular informal meetings of faculty and PhD students in 2006. Since January 2007 it has been formalized with a statute as an official student-faculty research group whose membership runs across several CEU departments.

PERG organizes weekly paper seminars, where members and non-members sign up and present their most recent papers or paper drafts, and to discuss them with a discussant. The research group also organizes reading group sessions on the most recent books in political economy. It organizes annual workshops, conferences, guest lectures, and PERG social events as well.




The Political Behavior Research Group (POLBERG) is a research-facilitating and learning environment for the study of political behavior and political communication. It organizes regular seminars with paper presentations, replication seminars, and more informal talks on research methods and emerging research agendas. The events are open to students and faculty from any CEU department as well as interested scholars at other academic institutions, and offer them the opportunity to discuss their own research with a specialist audience.



The Conflict & Security Research Group (ConSec) is a multi-disciplinary forum of academic exchange for students and faculty whose academic interests lie within the broad field of conflict and security studies. The topics covered by the research group include, but are not restricted to, ethnic and ideological civil wars, political violence, peace-building, third party intervention, conflict management, ethnic politics, Diasporas and migration, nationalism, identity and foreign policy.

The group welcomes new members who are working in any of these areas. The ConSec convenes regularly to discuss the ongoing research of its members with a view toward enhancing research productivity and high-profile publications; the group is also open to other forms of academic exchange, including invited talks by guest speakers, discussion of new books and articles, screening of documentaries, or public debates on ongoing developments in the field of conflict and security, and so on. 

Contact information:
Barbora Valikova (PhD student) –
Erin Jenne (Professor) -

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Bringing together the diverse migration scholarship at CEU departments, research centers, and other units, the Migration Research Group (MiRG) has been established in 2016, providing a platform across disciplines for faculty, students and researchers at CEU who have an interest in the study of mobility and migration. The group holds regular meetings for informal and congenial debate of migration topics and to discuss ongoing research of the members with a specialized audience.

Furthermore, MiRG seeks to foster collaborative research among its members. Additionally, it organizes events, workshops, and public lectures to raise the visibility and impact of migration research at CEU.

If you are interested in joining the migration research group, please feel free to come to our bi-weekly meetings and/or write to


If you want to sign up for the MiRG mailing list write to

Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB)

The interdisciplinarity of the issues of ethics and law of science and technology create a unique intersection of research fields also at the Central European University, where more and more students choose a topic in bioethical and scientific ethical issues. Their interest in this interdisciplinary domain is indicative of the growing importance of this field of study. To promote research and teaching in the field of bioethics and biomedical law in 2005 CEU established the Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine. The Center shall assist scholars and students in their ongoing research and represent the University in international research consortia. 


The Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) of Central European University is a University-wide platform for energy policy research. EPRG hosts internal seminars monthly to discuss research papers prepared by the group’s members, and organizes lectures and conferences that are open to the public, including an Energy Policy Lecture Series. EPRG welcomes PhD students and faculty from all CEU departments.



History of Political Thought Research Group is an interdisciplinary group at CEU, cutting across departments from across the University. They hold regular discussion meetings, coming together to discuss readings of an interesting text from the history of political thought, in a lively and informal setting. In addition to these reading groups and research seminars with invited speakers, HPTRG provides a great forum for presenting ongoing research projects in any area of political thought very broadly conceived. The wide range of backgrounds of the group members provides great opportunity to engage with other disciplinary and normative perspectives.



The Global South Research Group (GSRG) brings together students, researchers, and faculty interested in the Global South, independent of their departmental affiliation. The group aims to create a network focusing on matters of development, North/South relations, and regions such as Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific. We hold regular meetings during which the work of students and faculty can be debated and relevant literature can be discussed. In addition, the group intends to organize events at CEU in order to increase the visibility of the Global South focus across our academic community.

The Global South Research Group reflects the increasingly global composition and interests of the CEU student body and faculty. We aim to promote inter-disciplinary exchange of ideas on research topics with a geographic or thematic focus related to the Global South.

The Middle East and North Africa Space (MENAS)

The Middle East and North Africa Space (MENAS) is a research group dedicated to the study of issues related to the Middle East and North Africa. It is housed at the Central European University in Budapest, within the department of political science. The aim of MENAS is to bring together scholars working on these regions. It organizes events such as seminars, paper discussions, and workshops, and social events such as movie nights and Arabic language practice.


Global Politics and Practice (GPP) research group is a platform of learning and reflection for students, faculty, and researchers interested in critical perspectives on world politics. We aim to explore interactions and intersections between theory, practice and modes of study that also engage the ethics of research and the positionality of the researcher. GPP focuses on and seeks to inspire research practices that transcend disciplinary boundaries and open space up of for innovative, creative, and caring knowledge practices that directly engage the everyday and the multiplicity of life worlds, including the contemporary structures of higher education.

The research group offers different formats of engagement that include guest lectures, workshops, roundtables and reading sessions. We welcome interdisciplinary contributions and interventions of all forms drawing on (but not limited to) insights from sociology, anthropology, linguistics, political theory, political economy, performance studies, culture, art, and media studies.

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