PATHWAYS is an international cooperative project led by four universities, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), University of Bamberg (Germany), University of Leicester (United Kingdom), University of Manchester (United Kingdom), and SciencesPo (France). Below, you find a brief description of each institution.

University of Amsterdam

Political Science at the UvA investigates how ongoing social, economic, and political transformations affect local, national, European and global governance. The Department therefore studies politics broadly, addressing interactions between the political system, the economy and civil society. Its teaching and research carry-out such study to critically investigate and improve the democratic accountability, representative quality and legitimacy of contemporary governance.

To pursue this broad mission, the Department is and seeks to remain among the most comprehensive political science communities in Europe. Its faculty represents full academic diversity in terms of substantive areas of research, methodological and epistemological approaches, and engagement with adjacent disciplines.
The teaching and research emerging from this diversity does not evolve in isolation but rather through mutual engagement within a single departmental community.


Spui 21
1012 WX Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)20 525 9111

University of Bamberg

The University of Bamberg is a public university in Northern Bavaria with an enrolment of approximately 13,000 students. It was established in 1647. By 1773 it included Faculties of Philosophy, Theology, Law and Medicine. When Bamberg was merged with Bavaria in 1803, the University was reduced to the status of a college, but was re-established as a full university in 1979.

At present it has four faculties, namely Humanities; Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration; Human Sciences and Education; and Information Systems and Applied Computer Sciences. Areas of international excellence and research leadership are in empirical social sciences (especially educational research) and Slavonic Studies. Political Science in Bamberg is a dynamic and growing subject. At present, there is a team of eight professors and over 20 further lecturers and research fellows. Areas of research and teaching expertise cover international relations with a focus on international organizations and institutions; EU politics with strong research interests in the area of lobbying and policy making; comparative politics with an emphasis on parliaments, political parties, coalitions and representation; political theory with an emphasis on positive political theory and agent-based modelling; political sociology with a focus on political behaviour; governance of technological change and innovation; and public policy analysis with a focus on political economy. Empirical research methods are an important part of our profile. Both
research and teaching (from the undergraduate to the doctoral level) benefit from the expertise of professors specializing in epistemology, quantitative research methods and qualitative research methods in the subject group. In addition, the subject is supported by collaboration with statisticians in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business Studies. Political Science is integral part of the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS), which is funded under the German Excellence Initiative and provides exceptional opportunities for outstanding doctoral researchers.

Teaching is partly in German, partly in English (especially at the post-graduate level). Political Science in Bamberg is in the process of expanding its provision of structured international double degrees at the Masters level. Between 2015 and 2017, BAGSS and the Political Science subject group will host the ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques.


Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Kapuzinerstraße 16
96047 Bamberg

Phone: +49 951 863-0
Fax: +49 951 863-1005

University of Leicester

The Department of Politics and International Relations at Leicester currently has 25 full-time academic staff – including three professors, three readers and five senior lecturers – as well as two emeritus professors and seven administrative staff. The Head of Department is Professor Mark Phythian. All academic staff are active researchers and experts in their respective fields. The Department has, since 2011, undertaken a significant programme of expansion. This has allowed the Department to develop existing areas of strength and invest in complementary areas to create a critical mass of researchers organised in three clusters, based on the discipline’s major elements: International Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Theory.

The three research clusters are built around the broad themes of (1) Global ethics and Political theory; (2) Intelligence, Security and Strategic Studies; (3) Parties, Participation and Public Opinion. These groups, consisting of permanent academic staff, postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students, meet regularly to decide upon priorities (such as, for example, collaborative grant applications) and allocate responsibilities. They aim to promote high quality research, act as a stimulating and supportive research environment for academic staff and PhD students, and facilitate collaborative research within the Department, and with other departments across the University. In addition, they promote and disseminate research through workshops, seminars, conferences and a website. Each cluster organises an annual programme of research seminars featuring external speakers, which together constitute the departmental research seminar programme.

We have particular staff expertise in areas such as: human rights; migration, animal rights; children and social justice; the politics of property; ‘victimhood’; security and military intervention; intelligence; post-communist democratisation in eastern Europe; EU politics, policies and societies; US government and politics; US foreign policy; South African politics; the Conservative Party; the centre-right in British politics; the politics of Northern Ireland; the question of Europe in British politics; radical right and radical left politics; and the European Parliament.

All our staff are actively engaged in publishing high-quality outputs from their research, and in wide-ranging, international recognised research on a broad range of topics. The Department is quite successful in obtaining externally-funded research grants. In this context, the Department offers a wide-range of research degrees, both campus based and by Distance Learning, and a vibrant Postgraduate Research (PGR) student culture.

Finally, in addition to our varied offer of undergraduate programmes, on which over 230 students are currently enrolled, we offer an established range of campus-based and distance learning MA awards as well as two new MAs in Politics in the EU and in Politics of Conflict and Violence.


The University of Leicester
University Road
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0) 116 252 2522
Fax: +44 (0) 116 252 2200

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, with outstanding facilities and the widest range of courses. We are highly respected across the globe as a centre of teaching excellence. With 25 Nobel prize winners among our current and former staff and students, we have a history of world firsts and brilliant discoveries, from splitting the atom to giving the world graphene. And we’re on course to achieve our goal of becoming one of the top 25 research universities in the world by 2020. We’re committed to world-class research, an outstanding learning and student experience, and social responsibility in everything we do. The University of Manchester’s research has real-world impact beyond academia. We are at the forefront of the search for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems, seeking to be a global force for positive change. With a breadth of research activity that’s unrivalled in the UK, we work across disciplines and beyond the University, connecting the brightest minds to find innovative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

The Politics department at Manchester is one of the largest and strongest Politics groupings in the UK with a long and distinguished history as a centre of research, research training and education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We currently have over 45 academics, about 150 MA students and 60 PhD students, which makes for a vibrant and varied environment. Our large scale allows us to support internationally recognised research across a broad range of areas, organised in five research clusters. We are currently hosts to the prestigious British Election Study.


The University of Manchester
Oxford Rd
M13 9PL

Phone: +441613066000

Sciences Po + CEVIPOF

The Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po) is a fully-fledged, self-governing research university specialized in the social-economic sciences and the humanities which enrolls some 10’000 students per year, including 40% of foreign students from more than 130 countries. Sciences Po is the leading research university in the social sciences in France with 60 full-time professors, 190 researchers, 80 foreign professors invited each year and 300 academic partnerships with universities around the world. Sciences Po is home to a doctoral school offering 7 graduate programs. Based on a multi-disciplinary approach, it associates and combines skills and know-how from the different social sciences – in particular economy, history, political science and sociology and the humanities.

The Center for Political Research at Sciences Po (CEVIPOF) is a leading European research center in social science. CEVIPOF’s purpose is to study political behavior, forces and institutions as well as new trends and issues shaping political life. Keeping alive, its traditional mission of studying elections, parties and political groups established by André Siegfried in the early 20th century and developed later by François Goguel, the CEVIPOF has also opened up to areas of study such as racism, xenophobia and the politics of cultural identity, social activism, gender, governance and policy analysis, the media as well as political philosophy and the history of ideas. The Center brings together almost 30 senior scholars active in research as well as teaching, with various backgrounds in social and human sciences. CEVIPOF has also stood out as the leading institution in France for the treatment and analysis of ESS data, producing a number of valuable works on individuals’ values, attitudes and political choices.


Sciences Po
27 rue Saint-Guillaume
75337 Paris Cedex 07

Phone: +33 (0)1 45 49 50 50
Fax: +33 (0)1 42 22 31 26

98, rue de l’Université
75007 Paris

Phone: +33 (0)1 45 49 51 05
Fax: +33 (0)1 42 22 07 64