Europe in a Changing World

‘Europe in a Changing World’ is a new research project that reverses the gaze of Europe's Stories. In the first phase of the project, documented on this website, we looked at how Europeans see Europe from inside, and what they want the EU to do and to be. Now we are looking at how others see Europe. Since it is impossible to research all the world's attitude simultaneously, we are focusing on the mutual perceptions and relations of five major countries – China, India, Turkey, Russia, and the United States (CITRUS) - with Europe. How do these countries view and understand Europe and the EU and why? What are their current relations with Europe, including points of convergence and divergence, and how might future relations develop? In what ways can mutual understanding be enhanced? 

The project pursues these questions through a series of innovative online core seminars, attended by over sixty graduate students and over thirty faculty members from our partner institutions across the world, as well as through a series of conferences at all of the partner institutions, shared research, and other events, both physical and online. We intend to conduct further rounds of public opinion polling, both in Europe and in the CITRUS countries. The first phase of the project is scheduled to last until the end of 2023. 

‘Europe in a Changing World’ is a project of the Dahrendorf Programme at the European Studies Centre, University of Oxford in partnership with: Ashoka University, Delhi; European University Institute (EUI), Florence; Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow; Institute of Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna; Peking University (PKU), Beijing; Sabanci University, Istanbul; Stanford University, California; and, in Berlin, the Cluster of Excellence ‘Contestations of the Liberal Script’ (SCRIPTS) at the Freie Universität Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre. Core funding for this project is provided by the Stiftung Mercator. Additional funding is provided by the participating institutions.

About our team (pdf)