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Freie Universität Berlin and Hebrew University of Jerusalem Increase Collaboration

Berlin Einstein Foundation to Support Social Sciences Project with 250,000 Euros

№ 66/2011 from Mar 11, 2011

Researchers at Freie Universität Berlin and Hebrew University of Jerusalem are increasing their collaboration. They have agreed to develop joint research projects and, in particular, to support junior research groups in the social sciences. The Berlin Einstein Foundation has approved funds amounting to 250,000 euros for the next three years. The initiative was supported by Freie Universität’s Center for International Cooperation.

The planned collaboration covers issues of international relations and European integration, environmental policy, and communications and media. At both Freie Universität Berlin and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, excellent research is already being conducted in these areas, with emphasis being placed on interdisciplinarity. Scholars from both universities aim to benefit from synergies in the research and to initiate new projects.

A research project dealing with online mobilization as a communication strategy for new social movements has already been launched. At Freie Universität Prof. Dr. Barbara Pfetsch from the Institute for Media and Communication Studies is involved in this study, as is Prof. Gadi Wolfsfeld from the Department of Communication at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In another project, under the leadership of Dr. Klaus Jacob from the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at Freie Universität and Dr. Itay Fischhendler from the Department of Geography at Hebrew University, the role of innovative and modern forms of governance in the development of environmental policy is to be analyzed.

The Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS) – a joint endeavor of Freie Universität, the Hertie School of Governance, and the Social Science Research Center of Berlin – will expand its international exchange of graduate students jointly with the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hebrew University’s interdisciplinary Einstein Center. “The funding from the Berlin Einstein Foundation will enable BTS to move forward with its internationalization strategy,” said Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse, a member of the executive committee of the graduate school. The doctoral candidates will, for example, benefit from a joint workshop for junior researchers to be held in November, 2011, in Jerusalem.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Sebastian Barnutz, Managing Director, Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies
Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838 52321, Email: