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Asserting the Nation

Asserting the Nation:
Comparative studies on the (Nation) State-University Relationship in Europe

About the project

The project explores state-university relations in European higher education policy, including recent opposition against globalization and re-nationalizing trends in the wake of the Cold War. Since 1999, European higher education has undergone an extensive harmonization process across nation borders - a process through which the EU has established a ‘European Higher Education Area’. Meanwhile, universities are also increasingly caught between these ideals of deeper integration and protectionist national agendas. Against this backdrop, the project seeks to explore the societal role of the University in contemporary European states, examining its “national” role and how it might be changing. Centering on universities and their interaction with the (nation) state and international cooperation in Poland, France, the UK and Denmark, the project offers a comparative approach to understanding contemporary trends in European higher education policy making. The project also examines recent actions taken by the EU to deepen European integration and collaboration on education and research.

Funding & Partners

DFF Sapere Aude Forskningsleder:DFF Inge Lehmann:
Asserting the Nation: Comparative studies on the rise of neo-nationalism in higher education. The case of continental Europe.Asserting the Nation: Comparative studies on the rise of neo-nationalism in higher education. The case of United Kingdom and Brexit.
Project Period: 01.07.2021 - 31.12.2024Project Period: 01.07.2021 - 31.12.2024

International Partners:

  • Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Professor, Teachers College Columbia University, New York, US
  • Dorota Dakowska, Professor, Sciences Po Aix, France
  • Marek Kwiek, Professor, Adam Mickiwicz University, Poznań, Poland

International Partners

  • Susan Robertson, Professor,  University of Cambridge, UK 
Funded by the Independent  Research Fund Denmark (DFF)         Funded by the Independent  Research Fund Denmark (DFF)

Updates and Recent Events

Asserting the Nation Project Launch Webinars

The Project was officially launched in two webinars on October 29 and November 10, 2021. The webinars brought together leading scholars to discuss issues at the heart of the project, including the rise of neo-nationalism in Europe, policy-making in a conflicting EU and the entanglement of universities in current geopolitical tensions. For more information, take a look at previous events in the Policy Futures International Webinar Series: https://dpu.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/policy-futures

The project is currently in its data collection and fieldwork phase.

Information on Data Protection

Data Controller and Officer

Data controller responsible for the processing of personal data in the research project:

Aarhus University

Nordre Ringgade 1
DK-8000 Aarhus C
CVR no.: 31119103

The research project is headed by Associate Professor and PI, Katja Brøgger who can be contacted at:

Address: Danish School of Education, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 Copenhagen NV

Phone: 0045 93508478

Email: kb@edu.au.dk  

Data protection officer at Aarhus University:

Søren Broberg Nielsen

Data protection officer/DPO

dpo@au.dk

In order to gain insight from key stakeholders in each case study, interviews will be conducted with policy-makers, higher education stakeholders and political actors engaged in higher education policy making, implementation and practice in the four national case studies and the EU.

The project uses the scientific research purposes as legal basis. Pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation, the project should provide all participants/data subjects with information about how their personal data will be processed.

All personal data collected for the project will be pseudonymized and stored in accordance with GDPR compliance rules. Personal data is pseudonymized by removing all directly identifying information from the data. A unique serial number will be added within the framework of pseudonymization. The serial number - with an associated separate 'key file' - will make it possible to return to the original person identification. This so-called ‘translation key’ will be stored separately from the pseudonymized data using an Aarhus University-based GDPR compliant solution only made available to the project researchers. Data harvested from interviews, documents, archives, and other sources will be stored on a secure Aarhus university based platform.

Personal data will not be subject to automated processing and will not be disclosed to others.

Data from interviews will be pseudonomized in research publications with reference only, in a few instances, to the organization (organizations such as ministries will be referenced, universities will remain pseudonomized).

Your personal data will be processed by Aarhus University for as long as required by the research purpose and the rules on storage according to responsible conduct of research. When we no longer need your personal data for processing, the data will be erased.

Complaints about the processing of personal data should be directed to the supervisory authority:

The Danish Data Protection Agency

Carl Jacobsens Vej 35

DK-2500 Valby

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