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Horizon 2020 – Funded Security Research (15/04/2018)


DIPLOWAR: Hybrid Practices of Diplomacy and Warfare
DIPLOWAR is an interdisciplinary research project that uses practice theory to illuminate the changing relationship between diplomacy and warfare. The central conceptual move of the project is to conceive of diplomacy and warfare not primarily as political or legal relations between states but as structuring principles of peaceful and violent political practices.

Through an explorative study of foreign policy decision-making in the United States and Germany from 1945 to the present, the project will demonstrate that practices of diplomacy and warfare which once were neatly separated have increasingly formed hybrid constellations. DIPLOWAR seeks to both sharpen our analytical vocabulary and deepen our empirical understanding of these processes of hybridisation to help scholars, practitioners, and the public to come to terms with the new realities of war and peace. The outgoing phase of the project will be hosted by the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, New York, the return phase by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt.

Start Date: 01/09/2018
End Date: 31/01/2020
Total Cost: 159,795.60 EUR
EU Contribution: 159,795.60 EUR
Project coordinator: Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany

KEEPWARM: Improving the performance of district heating systems in Central and East Europe
Many district heating systems (DHS) are highly energy inefficient and need to be modernized. Considering that the predominant energy sources used are still fossil fuels (oil, gas or coal) makes interventions ever more urgent. Both statements hold especially for East European countries where old, inefficient district heating systems, mostly fuelled by fossil sources, urgently need to be modernized.

KeepWarm will work intensively with DHS in seven countries (i) to increase the energy efficiency of these systems; and (ii) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting a switch from fossil to renewable fuels. This is most urgently needed in the case of large-scale DHS that are mostly found in Eastern Europe, the focus of this project. Likewise, it is important to ensure that existing DHS that run on renewables do not switch back to fossil fuels.

Start date: 2018-04-01
End date: 2020-09-30
Total cost: EUR 2 098 497,50
EU contribution: EUR 2 098 488,50

mPOWER: Municipal Action, Public Engagement and Routes Towards Energy Transition
The mPOWER project will enable in-depth, wide-scale and systematic peer-to-peer learning programme between at least 100 local public authorities with a view to replicate innovative best practices in municipal energy.

The project will map existing municipal energy policy and identify innovations, as well as obstacles and barriers. The action will enable participant authorities across Europe to (a) learn from replicable best practices, (b) recognise risks, obstacles and blockages, (c) identify and commit to replication pathways that best suit local needs, and (d) incubate at least 30 new and improved municipal energy policies and projects within the project duration. Lessons learnt will be disseminated publicly and through target networks in easily accessible format for replication.

Start date: 2018-05-01
End date: 2022-04-30
Total cost: EUR 1 999 396,25
EU contribution: EUR 1 999 396,25
Project Coordinator: UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW, United Kingdom

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