A number of new initiatives are described in the ECMI Annual Programme 2014 that was made public yesterday, while a number of ongoing initiatives are also thoroughly described and will continue in 2014. These are for instance the cross-cluster foci on Roma empowerment and minority indicators.
The ECMI Justice & Governance Cluster will continue developing the topics of Non-Territorial Autonomy, and of Ethnicity, Territoriality and Equality, elaborating further identified deficiencies and gaps in minority protection.
This cluster will also embark on a new effort to research methods aimed at understanding the link between indigenous peoples’ rights and climate change governance, with specific attention to the North of Europe.
In the ECMI Politics & Civil Society Cluster, we are embarking on a project seeking to document the funding schemes of minority institutions, including political parties, and how these are implemented in reality.
With the strengthening of the ECMI Conflict & Security Cluster by our new colleague Dr Raul Cârstocea, we will embark on exciting new research focusing on human security and emergent security issues such as the increasing incidence of extremist violence directed against members of minority groups, the proliferation of hate speech in the new media, and the resurgence of the radical right in the post-Cold War political environment.
Our ECMI Citizenship & Ethics Cluster will continue addressing active citizenship and seek to develop further methodology in this respect, while the ECMI Culture & Diversity Cluster will focus on manifestations and management of diversity and on the power of culture to foster positive societal change.
We are also strengthening this cluster with our colleague Dr Zora Popova taking up the challenge to develop its programme. The right to education, its intercultural dimension and its role in community empowerment will remain among the key areas of research throughout 2014.
The ECMI staff at the beginning of 2014, from left: Dr Andreea Cârstocea, Tamari Bulia, Hanna Vasilevich, Jana Suhr, Dr Alexander Osipov, Dr Tove H.Malloy, Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen, Oana Musteata, Dr Raul Cârstocea, Sonja Wolf, William McKinney and Dr Zora Popova.