Three expressions of interest for hosting Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellows in the Institute for Advanced Social Studies (IESA-CSIC) have been published recently in the Spanish Horizon 2020 website.

The objective of the call Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA IF) is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers who wish to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and inter-sectoral mobility. Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context or outside Europe. This scheme also supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience.

Funding is provided for two years (European Fellowships) or three years (Global Fellowships). This includes an attractive salary for the researcher, transnational mobility and family allowances as well as a contribution towards management and research-related-costs.

These are the details of the IESA-CSIC research lines and projects looking for fellows:

– Citizens and new forms of institutional participation: while most public opinion polls indicate that citizens want their voice to be heard at the policy process, the existing institutional participatory devices fail to involve most of the public. We live a “participatory age” that we can see in hundreds of participatory experiences at local level, but many of these experiences are democratically weak, very far from the ideal participatory devices as Participatory Budgeting in Porto Alegre or the constitutional reform in British Columbia. We are interested in the analysis of the interplay between citizen demands and institutional activities: how participatory processes are shaped and at the same time influence the existing citizen attitudes. We propose to do a research on this field within a Research Group (DEMOCRETS) with international experience on participation studies and its relations to key problems in democratic theory. More information and contact details here.

– The research group on “Identity, subjective wellbeing and behavior” is the result of merging two research lines, those of Subjective Wellbeing, Satisfaction and Evaluation of Public Health Policies and Analytical sociology, Experimental ethics and Social Identity. The first of these two groups –headed by Rafael Serrano-del-Rosal- has a long experience in proposing health satisfaction indicators and analyzing quality of life components -without excluding the end of life. This experience has been expressed in diverse projects financed both by public administrations and research foundations. On the other hand, the research line on analytical sociology –headed by Fernando Aguiar- focuses its interest in finding the microfoundations of social and ethical beliefs through experimental methods. For further information, please click here.

Politics and citizenship: The growth of disaffection breeds apathy and disappointment of the citizenry towards institutional politics. But what exactly does this disenchantment mean, how this disaffection has been currently analyzed? It is the same anywhere or shall we consider contexts? What are its consequences? It is said that complex societies have favored the development of technocratic societies that may lead a post-democratic stage. But, does this explanation resist the actuality in Southern European Countries? How could we explain this phenomenon in these countries where the riots of 2011 have generated popular political alternatives? We are interested in the analysis of political processes in contexts of political disaffection, allowing us to better understand the significance and meaning of this disaffection and to what extent it favors alternative political processes, either towards technocracy or more participatory politics. We propose to do a research on this field within a Research Group (DEMOCRETS) with international experience on participation studies and its relations to key problems in democratic theory. Details of this expression of interest can be found here.

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