Research & Education Network on Contestations to EU Foreign Policy / ValEUs


KKNU structure involved: the School of Sociology

Project coordinator: Olena Muradyan, Dean of the School of Sociology, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Sociology

Project Web page: under development

Erasmus+ Action type: Jean Monnet Academic Modules

Project reference: 101127800

Duration: 2023–2026

Coordinator: European University Viadrina, Germany

Budget: 30,000,00 €


In recent years, the EU has faced unprecedented challenges to live up to its mission to create a peaceful future based on common values. Despite the incorporation of foundational values into instruments of global governance, societal actors have increasingly opposed both the methods by which the EU propagates its values and the values themselves. Understanding contestations is of utmost importance, not only for the resilience of the EU but also for its future role on the international scene. 

The consortium will create a common Peer Review Platform, organise academic conferences, co-teaching projects in cooperation with Ukrainian Global University, student laboratories for democratic participation and policy debates with civil society and political stakeholders. Moreover, it will disseminate and communicate project results through the project webpage and effective communication channels targeted to different stakeholders . Network insights will be published in working papers, policy briefs and a regular newsletter. For a greater public ValEUs will edit a MOOC and a dedicated podcast.

ValEUs main objectives are:

  • to enquire into the various contestations of the EU values and provide a realistic account of EU Foreign Policy; 
  • to learn more about potential and successful counterstrategies to contestations and develop an alternative policy agenda; 
  • to promote a new role for universities as responsible actors, as laboratories for democracy and committed partners to endangered regions, such as Ukraine.


  • European University Viadrina, Germany
  • University of Pittsburgh, United States
  • Istanbul Bilgi University, Türkiye
  • Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
  • Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
  • The Doshisha, Japan
  • Private Institution University Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine
  • Professional Business School of Higher Education LIBERTAS, Croatia
  • Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
  • Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, United States
  • University of the Aegean, Greece
  • University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina University of Florence, Italy University of Guadalajara, Mexico Universidad del Norte, Colombia
  • Paris 8 Université Vincennes-Saint-Denis, France,
  • University of Zagreb, Croatia
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