Faculty of Social Sciences

ERC projects

Ongoing projects at the Faculty of Social Sciences that have gotten funding from The European Research Council (ERC).

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The European Research Council (ERC) is a part of the EU's research programme Horizon Europe. The ERC promotes high-quality research by funding the best researchers and the best ideas in Europe. The topics are proposed by the researchers themselves and selected through strong competition.
ERC funding is considered one of the most prestigious awards a researcher can receive.

Ongoing ERC funded research at UiB

Consolidator Grants

  • Hallvard Moe, professor, Department of Information Science and Media Studies 

With the project: PREPARE (2023-2027). Distributed and prepared. A new theory of citizens’ public connection networks in the age of datafication. 


With the project: SUCCESS (2021-2026). Gender-Gap in Political Endurance: a novel political inclusion theory.

Muriaas will shed light on what makes women leave politics faster than men, and what makes them stay. With the project, she will launch a completely new way of understanding gender balance in politics. Read more here.


With the project: INCLUDE (2021-2026). Openings to the Inclusion of Muslim Minorities in Today’s Democracies

The project addresses one of the most fundamental challenges of our time; how to live peacefully together as diverse societies.  


Starting Grants

  • Aaron Spitzer, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Politics

With the project: Contested Frontiers (2024-2029)

Spitzer’s research project combines comparative politics, constitutional law, and political theory to study Indigenous-versus-non-Indigenous constitutional contestation for control of «peripheral jurisdictions» in developed-world liberal democracies.

With the project: Contested Knowledges in and through Asylum Litigation (ASYKNOW) (2023-2028).

The project provides fresh insights into this pressing global challenge by unravelling the complexities of asylum litigation in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. This groundbreaking initiative transcends conventional methods, bridging diverse disciplines to examine how knowledge claims gain authority, how legal strategies evolve, and how various knowledge types shape state power over individuals and spaces.


  • Carlo Koos, førsteamanuensis, Department of Government

With the project: WarEffects (2022-2026). The Micro-Level Effects of Civil Wars on Multiple Dimensions of Women’s Empowerment.

The project investigates if, how and under which conditions violence in Civil Wars affects women's empowerment and gender relations.


With the project: CONSULTATIONEFFECTS (2019-2025). Effects of stakeholder consultation on inputs, processes and outcomes of executive policymaking.

The project aims to investigate stakeholder consultations as institutions of political participation and representation, and to systematically study their effects on executive policymaking in the EU.