European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy (EL CSID)

Start Date: June, 2015
End Date: June, 2018
Client: H2020 Research & Innovation Action
Specialization Area: R&D Policies

The over-arching objectives of this proposed project are threefold: To detail and analyse the manner in which the European Union (EU) operates in the domains of culture and science diplomacy in the current era; comparing its bilateral and multilateral cultural and science ties between states, regions, and public and private international organisations. To examine the degree to which cultural and science diplomacy can enhance the interests of the EU in the contemporary world order and to identify: How cultural and science diplomacy, and innovations in them, can contribute to Europe’s standing as an international actor in a manner comparable to that of the other major contemporary actors, particularly the USA and China. Opportunities offered by enhanced coordination and collaboration amongst the EU, its members and their extra-European partners. Constraints posed by economic and socio-political factors affecting the evolving operating environments of both science and cultural diplomacy. To identify a series of mechanisms/platforms and tools to raise awareness among relevant stakeholders of the importance of science and culture as vehicles for enhancing the EU’s external relations. Together, these objectives should not only contribute to a strengthening of EU policy towards the use of science and culture in its wider diplomacy, but also to a deepening of scholarly understanding of diplomacy as an abiding, if changing, institution.


EL-CSID is carried out by a consortium of 9 key stakeholders:

  • The Joint Institute for Innovation Policy (JIIP)
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • The University Of Warwick
  • Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin Fur Sozialforschung
  • Evro-Sredozemska Univerza
  • Ceds Egitim Ve Danismanlik
  • United Nations University – Comparative Regional Integration Studies
  • National University Of Singapore
  • Nazarbayev University

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