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The main research question for Brussels Center for Competition Policy


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BCCP Research Group - Brussels Centre for Competition Policy

Competition policy exists to preserve the well-being or optimal functioning of freemarkets. Its core assumption is that anti-competitive behavior must be prevented, discouraged, or sanctioned ex post. Sound competition is important for keeping prices of goods and services low, ensure a wide range of choice, high quality and a healthy level of innovation.

There are four main pillars within the field of competition policy, i.e. State aid, antitrust, merger control and liberalization/privatisation of markets. Competition policy is a domain that is of relevance to all sectors (including public) in society, that touches upon a vast amount of subnational, national and European policy domains, and that is thus significant for researchers from diverse disciplines. The last few years, many competition cases also touch upon broader public interest considerations such as environmental protection and privacy, triggering the debate on how these topics could/should be integrated within competition policy.

The awarding of the The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel to Jean Tirole in 2014 underlines the societal importance of a sound competition policy. Within this context, BCCP is a center of excellence for interdisciplinary research on European competition policy that brings together all VUB expertise in this area, more particularly from the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, theSolvay Business School, the Faculty of Law and the Institute for European Studies.

BCCP fosters interdisciplinary research on competition policy and this at the theoretical, methodological and empirical level. We focus on high quality publications, on scientific (inter)national collaboration, but also on the organization of events open to academics, industry and policy makers as well as trainings.

 

 

Disinformation Dynamics


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Dealing with Toxic News


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Rethinking public values across European dataspheres


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Understanding Foreign Policy Public Opinion. Examining the determinants, structure and robustness of individual attitudes


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SMIT Research gGoup

SMIT stands for Studies in Media, Innovation and Technology. Our research group is part of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and imec.

Promotor Ike Picone teaches and researches disruptions on the crossroad of journalism, technological innovations and democracy. The thread within his research is the study of news use practices within the broad field of journalism studies. More precisely, his work focuses on ‘productive’ use of new(s) media, conceptualized within his research as self-publication. The scope is to understand how people participate to media as a social practice, and what motivations and thresholds play a role in shaping this practice. His research topics include user participation to online news, the changing relationship between news audiences and journalists and the role of new media;in the emergence of deliberative public spheres.

Dr. Ike Picone is Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Senior Researcher within the research group IMEC-SMIT. The threadwithin his research is the study of news use practices within the broad field of journalism studies. More precisely, his work focuses on ‘productive’ use of new(s) media, conceptualized within his research as self-publication. The scope is to understand how people participate to media as a socialpractice, and what motivations and thresholds play a role in shaping this practice.

His research topics include user participation to online news, the changing relationship between news audiences and journalists and the role of new media in the emergence of deliberative public spheres. Within Studies in Media, Innovation and Technology research group (SMIT), he is part of senior staffand responsible for developing the ‘Tackling Disinformation’ research strand, one of the priorities of SMIT’s strategic research agenda for 2019-2020. He is part of the international team working on the renowned yearly Digital News Report of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. His expertise has been acknowledged amongst others through his membership of the Flemish Council for Journalism and the temporary expert group on Fake News of former Belgian Minister of Digital Agenda Alexander De Croo. He has been vocal about the issue of disinformation in the Belgian media. He is also a member of the Council for Journalism of Flanders (Belgium).

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Ocular democracy-how politicians and citizens talk (past each other)


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Citizens’ expectations toward representative democracy


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The “constructivist turn” in the literature on political representation


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EDGE VUB Strategic Research Program

The VUB Strategic Research Program EDGE on ‘Evaluating Democratic Governance in Europe’ has brought together researchers from the Political Science Department and from the Institute for European Studies, sharing a common interest in the study of the way in which political participation, representation and decision-making functions in contemporary Europe.

Since its creation in 2012, the EDGE program has been a research platform (e.g., research seminar series, writing and methodological workshops), a host for incoming scholars and a means for intensifying research collaborations on cutting-edge topics, such as: democratic myopia, the politicalrepresentation of animals and future generations, gender backlash in Europe, political radicalizationand the growth of niche parties, migration and Islam. EDGE researchers frequently collaborate with external partners (inter-university and European partnerships, alliance with ULB) for conducting electoral and parliamentary surveys.

 

 

 

The Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research


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Research Group Cosmopolis

The Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research (www.cosmopolis.be) is a research centre within the Department of Geography of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and is dedicated to research and teaching in geography, spatial planning and urban design. Committed to pursuing both academic and practice relevant research, Cosmopolis actively engages policy makers, governments, citizen networks and other urban partners to transform knowledge into action. Cosmopolis is a leading member of the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (www.urbanstudies.brussels). A university-wide network for urban research that brings together researchers from more than 25 research groups at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and is coordinator of two international MSc in Urban Studies programmes.

Our group currently consists of approximately 45 members of staff (professors, researchers, support staff) and is one of the leading urban studies groups in Europe with strong local and international visibility with staff involved in various locally, European or internationally funded research networks and projects. Our expertise covers most areas relevant to urban studies, ranging from research on housing, urban design, mobility, transport and spatial planning to financial geography, urban culture, migration and diversity, urban policy and local economic development.

http://www.cosmopolis.be/