In order to optimize the capacity of research carried out within the IEE-ULB to influence the academic and university world on the one hand and actors outside the world of higher education on the other hand, the Institute is positioning itself as a centre of expertise and a centre for debate. To do so, it capitalizes on its interdisciplinary specificity whilst taking into account four processes by which its research generates an external impact.
Generating impact through the aggregation of disciplinary perspectives present within the IEE-ULB
The IEE-ULB structurally integrates the actors of the ULB and their disciplinary activities in the area of European studies in its public relations strategy and thus develops an environment favourable to the emergence of transfaculty dynamics that can translate into setting up interdisciplinary projects anchored in disciplinary excellence.
Generating impact by going beyond disciplinary limits
As the academic method of work is essentially structured based on disciplines on the one hand and as societal problems are essentially of a multidimensional nature on the other hand; projects, funds and public activities are encouraged to integrate more in an interdisciplinary context. As a result, to optimise the impact of its research, the IEE-ULB promotes the linking of disciplinary knowledge through interdisciplinary activities as well as convergence in the area of European and global studies at the ULB.
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Generating impact through the development of cooperation with third parties
As a centre of expertise and a centre of public debate, the IEE is developing sustainable partnerships with ‘impact interfaces’ of its research present on the Brussels scene (thus optimizing its comparative geographic advantage in terms of European studies) and beyond. The objective here is to associate the ‘impact interfaces’ to the dissemination of its research activities where that is possible. A number of research projects led by or associating the IEE-ULB thus include reflection groups, European institutions, NGOs, consultancies as well as fully fledged partners.
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Generating impact through a participative approach
Finally, as a unique and easily identifiable interface, the centre of expertise and of debate on European issues, the IEE-ULB contributes to rationalizing and highlighting the advisory activities provided by academics and researchers associated with the IEE.
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