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CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS IN DESIGNING RESEARCH GOVERNANCE

Objective

Broader stakeholder engagement in technical and scientific research is desirable for a variety of reasons. Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) can be optimal actors to realise the promise of participative research governance. Despite much activity to stimulate and implement CSO participation in research, there is no agreement on how to evaluate the success of participation.
CONSIDER will undertake conceptually sound and empirically rich research to establish a model of CSO participation in research. This will contrast theoretical views on benefits and limitations with empirical findings on the practice of CSO participation. Based on a grid of analysis, the project will survey all FP7 research projects. It will investigate 30 relevant projects as in-depth case studies. Using the conceptual grid of analysis and empirical data, a model of CSO participation in research will be developed. This model, representing relationships and causal effects of factors influencing CSO participation, will allow for comparative analysis of such factors to determine the role they play in achieving participation objectives. No such model currently exists, which renders it difficult to plan, implement and evaluate CSO participation in research. Stakeholders requiring such a model include researchers, research funders, policy makers and CSOs.
CONSIDER will itself employ CSO participation. The project will develop a network of 100+ CSO actors to contribute to a richer debate as associate partners in the project. This approach will ensure that the project meets the expected impacts of the call and will have practical relevance to stakeholders.
The uniquely qualified and experienced consortium will ensure that the project has the desired impact. Findings will lead to specific guidelines and policy recommendations for relevant stakeholders. CONSIDER will provide a necessary contribution for the further development of research participation by CSOs in the European Research Area.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/political policy/civil society
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2011-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY
Address
The Gateway
LE1 9BH Leicester
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 250 062
Administrative Contact
Bernd Carsten Stahl (Prof.)

Participants (7)

SIGNOSIS SPRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 240 000
Address
Avenue Louise 367
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elena Tavlaki (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DE NAMUR ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 180 489
Address
Rue De Bruxelles 61
5000 Namur
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Philippe Goujon (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE DE LILLE II - DROIT ET SANTE
France
EU contribution
€ 319 480
Address
Rue Paul Duez 42
59800 Lille
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marie Gompel (Dr.)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 179 989
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Natascha Kindsvogel (Ms.)
EUCLID NETWORK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 130 638
Address
Southbank Technopark 90 London Road
SE1 6LN London
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Filippo Addarii (Mr.)
University College London
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 149 603
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giles Machell (Mr.)
SPIA UG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 49 120
Address
Teltower Damm 283
14167 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Terry Martin (Mr.)