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.

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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