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MEDRESET.A comprehensive, integrated,and bottom-up approach to reset our understanding of the Mediterranean space, remap the region,and reconstruct inclusive, responsive,and flexible EU policies in it

Objective

Euro-Mediterranean policies, as well as research on them, have been characterized by a Euro-centric approach based on a narrow geopolitical construction of the Mediterranean. Moreover, stakeholders, policy instruments, and policy issues have been defined from a European standpoint, marginalizing the perspectives and needs of local states and people, and ignoring the role played by new and powerful regional and global actors. In an increasingly multipolar world, overcoming this Euro-centric approach is key for Europe to play a more meaningful role in the region. Thus, MEDRESET aims to reset our understanding of the Mediterranean and develop alternative visions for a new partnership and corresponding EU policies, reinventing a future role for the EU as an inclusive, flexible, and responsive ‘actor’ in the region. This will be achieved through an integrated research design which is in three phases: it 1) de-constructs the EU construction of the Mediterranean, 2) counters it by mapping the region on the geopolitical level and in four key policy areas (political ideas, agriculture and water, industry and energy, migration and mobility) alongside a three-dimensional framework (stakeholders, policy instruments, policy issues), which directly feeds into 3) a reconstruction of a new role for the EU, enhancing its ability to exert reflexive leadership and thus its relevance in the region. Embedded in an interdisciplinary research team, as well as in a civil society and media network, MEDRESET evaluates the effectiveness and potential of EU policies by investigating whether current policies still match the changing geopolitical configuration of the Mediterranean area. The perceptions of EU policies and the reasons for their successes or failures are assessed by surveying top-down and bottom-up stakeholders on both shores of the Mediterranean. Country-tailored policy recommendations for the EU will be given for four key countries: Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society

Call for proposal

H2020-INT-SOCIETY-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

ISTITUTO AFFARI INTERNAZIONALI
Address
Via Angelo Brunetti 9
00186 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 536 036,25

Participants (11)

KOLEGIUM EUROPEJSKIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 144 573,75
Address
Nowoursynowska 84
02 797 Warszawa
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 184 405
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KAMUSAL POLITIKA VE DEMOKRASI CALISMALARI DERNEGI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 304 170
Address
Kore Sehitleri Caddesi. No.38/3 Zincirlikuyu
34394 Istanbul
Activity type
Other
FACULTE DE DROIT ET DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES DE TUNIS
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 136 258,75
Address
Campus Farhat Hached
2092 Tunis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
American University of Beirut
Lebanon
EU contribution
€ 133 840
Address
Bliss Street
1107 2020 Beirut
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE D'INFORMACIO I DOCUMENTACIO INTERNACIONALS A BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 215 247,50
Address
Calle Elisabets 12
08001 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
CAIRO UNIVERSITY
Egypt
EU contribution
€ 140 500
Address
Al Orman Guiza
12613 Giza
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT DE PREPARATION A L'ADMINISTRATION ET A LA GESTION
France
EU contribution
€ 189 776,25
Address
Boulevard Saint Germain 184
75006 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FORUM INTERNAZIONALE ED EUROPEO DI RICERCHE SULL'IMMIGRAZIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 149 840
Address
Piazza Arbarello 8
10122 Torino
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE MOULAY ISMAIL
Morocco
EU contribution
€ 138 846,25
Address
Marjane Ii
50 000 Meknes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ARAB STUDIES INSTITUTE - RESEARCH AND EDUCATION METHODOLOGIES
Lebanon
EU contribution
€ 223 562,50
Address
1350 Pine Twins Bldg 1St Floor
Brummana
Activity type
Other