About RRPP


The RRPP is aimed at fostering and promoting social science research in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). Social science research aids in the understanding of the specific needs for reform and in identifying the long-term implications of potential policy choices. Researchers receive support through research grants, methodological and thematic trainings, as well as opportunities for regional and international exchange and networking. The RRPP is coordinated and operated by the Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (IICEE) at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). The programme is fully funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

What have we achieved so far?


The RRPP consolidation phase started in 2014 with the selection of 21 regional research projects embedded in such thematic areas as Migration, Governance/Decentralisation and Welfare State/Social Disparities.

In October 2014, the Policy Bridging Initiative (PBI) was launched as a new capacity development programme. Its aim is to support the RRPP research in maximizing the production of policy-relevant outputs, as well as building the insight to bridge the resulting analysis into a target policy-making process.

Throughout the 2008-2013 period, under the umbrella topic “Political, Social and Economic Change in the Western Balkans”, we supported 50 research projects (26 regional and 24 national) valuing 3.7 million CHF. These RRPP research projects deal with topics relevant to transformation in political sciences, sociology, social work, cultural and gender studies, economies and other relevant fields.

In addition to these projects, a total of 20 regional trainings have been organised and conducted by international specialists for research methods and management, gathering a total of 326 participants so far. In order to improve capacity building impact and research quality, we have financed individual mentoring sessions and participation at international conferences for research teams supported by the RRPP.

By 2013, a total of five annual scientific conferences were organised, involving 533 regional and international scholars. Aside from the benefits gained via networking, such conferences provide researchers an opportunity to present their work, exposing it to critical review.

Furthermore, the RRPP initiated several projects related to “National Policy Dialogues” in all countries involved with its objective. These focused projects are aimed at influencing necessary systemic changes in social science research, simultaneously involving a number of relevant stakeholders such as ministers/ministries, rectors, deans and researchers from different disciplines representing a range of ages.

During 2012, support was granted to an additional pilot project entitled, “Data Centre Western Balkans”. It is currently coordinated by the University of Zurich. This project aims to assemble survey data relevant to social sciences in the Western Balkans, leading to easy and open access to said data. After the initial phase, should it be deemed successful, the project’s ownership shall be transferred to the region.

Finally, during the 2008-2011 period, the RRPP fully supported the “Regional Gender and Women’s Studies Network Project”, gathering scholars interested in regional gender studies. The project was implemented by the Euro-Balkan Institute in Skopje, Macedonia.
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RRPP Joint Volume

The RRPP is proud to present the volume Stagnation and Drift in the Western Balkans.
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New RRPP Flyer 2014

Please click here to download the current RRPP flyer.

12.12.2014

RRPP Young Researchers Club Albania met again on 4 December 2014 to discuss “Ethics in Social Sciences Research”, a topic of outmost importance for the researchers’ community in the country.
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11.12.2014

Now Open: Call for Papers - RRPP Annual Conference in Ohrid, Macedonia, 28-29 May 2015. Interested young researchers and scholars are invited to apply to participate in the RRPP Annual Conference and present their research results. Deadline for abstract submission: 19 January 2015.
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11.12.2014

Press Release on Swiss Investment in Social Science Research in Kosovo: Among 21 project proposals retained for funding after the last RRPP Call 2013, there are 12 research projects where Kosovar scholars are actively engaged in.
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11.12.2014

Press Release on Swiss Investment in Social Science Research in Macedonia: Amongst 21 regional research projects in social sciences selected within the last RRPP Call 2013, no less than six project proposals implemented by a Macedonian lead organization have been retained for funding through the RRPP.
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11.12.2014

Press Release on Swiss Investment in Social Science Research in Bosnia and Herzegovina: In the next two years, as part of the Regional Research Promotion Programme (RRPP) in the Western Balkans, more than 400,000 Swiss francs will be invested in social science research in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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11.12.2014

Press Release on Swiss Investment in Social Science Research in Serbia: Over 1 million Swiss Francs to be invested in Serbia into research projects in the field of social sciences.
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03.12.2014

In the follow-up phase the National Policy Dialogue in Serbia develops along two tracks marked by the establishment of the Working Group on Young Researchers as well as the Working Group on Social Science for the Benefit of the Society.
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02.12.2014

Creative Work in Post-communist Countries: Exploration of Experiences of Work and Work-related Inequality in Creative Industries and Creative Labour Markets in Macedonia and Albania.
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02.12.2014

Challenges and Opportunities for Employment of Marginalized Groups by Social Enterprises.
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02.12.2014

Impact of Socio-economic Structure of Rural Population on Success of Rural Development Policy.
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02.12.2014

Gender that Matters: Poverty and Social Inclusion – Social Protection Status in Rural Kosovo and Serbia.
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02.12.2014

(In)Equality in Social Protection: Multi-level Analysis of Intersectionality in Social Assistance Provision - a Comparative Study.
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02.12.2014

Representation of Gender Minority Groups in Media: Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia.
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02.12.2014

From Inclusive Identities to Inclusive Societies: Exploring Complex Social Identity in the Western Balkans.
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02.12.2014

Migration as Social Protection: Analysis of Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian Remittance-receiving Households.
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02.12.2014

Social Capital and Migration – Evidence from Post-conflict Environment.
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02.12.2014

Engendering Forced Migration, Socio-political Transition and Mental Health in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo.
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02.12.2014

Industrial Citizenship and Migration from the Western Balkans: Migration from Albania and Kosovo towards Greece, Germany and Switzerland.
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02.12.2014

Migration of Health Care Workers from the Western Balkans - Analysing Causes, Consequences and Policies.
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02.12.2014

Balkan Electoral Comparative Study: Impact of Personal Vote on Internal Party Democracy.
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02.12.2014

Courts as Policy Makers? Examining the Role of Constitutional Courts as Agents of Change in the Western Balkans.
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02.12.2014

Impact of Fiscal Decentralisation on Local Economic Development in Serbia and Montenegro.
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02.12.2014

Figuring Out the Enemy: Re-imagining Serbian-Albanian Relations.
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02.12.2014

Are Regulatory Agencies in Serbia and Macedonia Transparent and Accountable?
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02.12.2014

Communication Practices in the Context of Social Uprisings and Requests for Public Accountability.
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02.12.2014

Mapping Clientelism and its Causes: Rents, Rent-seeking and Democracy in Kosovo and Albania (1998-2013).
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02.12.2014

Performance Audit and Policy Evaluation: On the Same or Parallel Tracks?
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02.12.2014

Let us introduce the current round of 21 RRPP-funded regional research projects. The first one within the thematic area Governance/ Decentralisation deals with a meaningful but elusive topic of party patronage and clientelistic networks: Informal Practices of Capturing Economic Resources by Political Elites: Exploring Party Patronage in Kosovo and Serbia.
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25.11.2014

"Publish or Perish" - Workshop on Academic Writing was held on 6-7 November in Skopje, Macedonia. It was composed of multiple sessions for 21 participants to get acquainted with academic writing, its indispensable skills and techniques.
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19.11.2014

PBI Day 1: Enhancing the contribution of research to policy making in the Western Balkans – lessons from practice; Belgrade, 19 November
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17.11.2014

Upcoming: Policy Conference and Orientation Meeting for the Policy Bridging Initiative (PBI) in Belgrade, November 19-20, 2014. Stay tuned for more updates during the two-day conference.
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14.10.2014

Policy Bridging Initiative (PBI) for the newly selected RRPP-funded research projects has just been launched. It aims at maximizing the production of policy-relevant outputs, as well as linking the resulting analysis into a target policy-making process.
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14.10.2014

RRPP Young Researchers Club (YRC) was officially launched on 9 October 2014 in Tirana. It constitutes an interactive forum for young scholars to share knowledge and ideas as well as discuss with policy-makers and other stakeholders the enhancement of social science research in the country.
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10.10.2014

Workshop "Research-led Teaching" held on 18-19 September in Tirana, brought together 20 researchers in social sciences from Western Balkans, who had opportunity to analyse thoroughly different approaches on how to design, teach and foster student learning in their respective disciplines.
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08.10.2014

Now available: Briefing Paper on the Strategy of Scientific/Artistic Research and Development Activities 2013-2016 and its Impact on the Work of the Research Institutes at the University of Prishtina.
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23.09.2014

Online Bulletin on National Policy Dialogue Activities in Serbia - get on track with the latest research results about prospects for young academics in the field of social sciences and related activities conducted by the RRPP Local Coordination Unit in Serbia.
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23.09.2014

RRPP Call for Applications: "Publish or Perish" - A Workshop on Academic Writing on 6-7 November in Skopje, Macedonia. Apply quickly. Deadline for submissions: 2 October 2014.
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12.09.2014

Kick-off meeting for selected research projects in BiH took place on 9 September 2014 in Hotel Europe in Sarajevo. Organsied by the LCU Analitika, it brought together new RRPP grantees willing to exchange ideas and get familiar with RRPP rules in managing projects.
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27.08.2014

RRPP Call 2013 Results: 166 applications received, 21 projects selected for funding.
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27.08.2014

RRPP Web Directory: sign up and find the research partners from Western Balkans.
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26.08.2014

RRPP Call for Papers: Joint volume “Diversity of migration in South East Europe”. The edited volume aims to discuss diverse and concurrent migration movements in South East Europe. Deadline for abstracts: 15 October 2014.
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11.07.2014

Research results of the project "Gender Pay Gap in the Western Balkan Countries: Evidence from Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia" are now available online.
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11.07.2014

Now online: Research results of the RRPP-funded Project “Making Work Pay in Western Balkan Countries: the Case of Serbia and Macedonia”. Two research papers, two country reports as well as a policy brief in English, Serbian and Macedonian are now ready to be viewed and downloaded.
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10.07.2014

Roundtable “The Strategy for Research, Artistic and Development Activities 2013-2016" focusing on the work of the research institutes of the University of Prishtina was organized on June 27 in Kosovo.
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24.06.2014

Dear Applicants to the Call 2013, the decisions have been taken and we are now sending out decision letters. Due to a huge number of applications, it takes us a bit longer than expected. We should be able to complete the process by the end of next week. Thank you very much for your understanding.
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18.06.2014

Call for Applications: RRPP Training on "Research-led teaching" in Tirana, Albania, 18-19 September 2014. Deadline for submissions: 20 July 2014.
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11.06.2014

The edited volume "Europe, Here and There: Analysis of Europeanization Discourse in the Western Balkans Media" is now online ready to be downloaded.
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11.06.2014

Call for Expression of Interest: RRPP Young Researchers Club in Albania. This initiative enables young researchers to engange in a vital dialogue with policy makers in a more informal setting.
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11.06.2014

The RRPP Local Coordination Unit (LCU) has launched a Call for Applications: Experts on Research in Social Sciences in Albania.
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11.06.2014

RRPP research paper: "Analyzing factors influencing intergovernmental grants distribution in Western Balkans – the case of Albania and Macedonia" is now online and ready to be downloaded.
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