In the first funding period, the Research College studied the role of the EU as the promoter and recipient of ideas, analyzing the mechanisms and effects of internal and external diffusion processes in the three research areas. Each research area extended over a period of two years in order to allow for thorough analysis and theory development.
The EU and Regional Institution in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia: During its history of integration, the EU has developed as a major reference point for regionalisms around the globe. The aim of this research area is to explore how and under what conditions European policies and institutions diffuse to other regions of the world, particularly to Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
Europe and the EU as Recipient of Diffusion: EU institutions and policies do not only diffuse to other parts of the world. The EU is also recipient of global diffusion processes. This research area aims to explain how and under what conditions different regional cooperation and integration experiences travel back to Europe.