What did we achieve so far?
Throughout the 2008-2013 period, under the umbrella topic “Political, Social and Economic Change in the Western Balkans”, we have 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 18 regional trainings
have been organised and conducted by international specialists for research methods and management, gathering a total of 306 participants. 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
have been 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.