Research Projects


Good Integration (GOODINT): Goals and bottlenecks of successful integration and social cohesion 

GOODINT (2021-2025) project researches notions of equality of opportunity, cultural integration and social cohesion, and their impact on good integration. With focus on three European contexts (Norway/Nordics, UK, and Hungary), GOODINT develops empirically informed theoretical knowledge on good integration: its meaning, value, and means of achieving it. The project is lead by Prof. Annamari Vitikainen and  Prof. Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen.


Globalizing Minority Rights (GMR): Cosmopolitanism, Global Institutions, and Cultural Justice 

Norwegian Research Council /SAMKUL (2016-2020) 

GMR (2016-2020) project aims to develop a cosmopolitan approach to the conceptualization, justification, and implementation of minority rights, and to test this theoretical framework on three case studies: minorities in the developing world, indigenous peoples, and refugees. The project is lead by Prof. Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen and Prof. Annamari Vitikainen.  



Collaboration projects:


Civic Constellation III: Democracy, Constitutionalism, and Anti-Liberalism. Hosted by University of Malaga (2019-2022)

The project aims at: Exploring the academic and public debates on the relations between democracy, constitutionalism, and anti-liberalism in Europe from a comparative, transnational perspective. Advancing new scholarly insights based on conceptual, argumentative, and rhetorical inquiries to shed light on the normative assumptions underneath recent anti-liberal and populist claims. Contributing to the public and academic awareness of the values of constitutionalism and the rule of law to the advancement of democracy. 

Indigenous Citizenship and Education (ICE). Hosted by the Center for Sami Studies (SESAM), UiT (2017-2021)

How does the education system treat indigenous peoples and indigenous issues? The project has three parts. Part One consists of political and philosophical analyses of concepts like ‘citizenship’ and ‘indigenous people’, connected to education and rights; and normative theories on the conditions of justice and equal rights. Part Two investigates how citizenship education happens in practice. Part Three is concerned with how the knowledge surrounding indigenous issues is created. 

COST Action RECAST: Reappraising Intellectual Debates on Civic Rights and Democracy in Europe. Hosted by University of Malaga (2017-2021)

Reactions to the growing conflicting claims on civic rights of individuals and groups in secularized societies framing new forms of ethnic, religious, and civil diversity, have been theorized largely in unrelated spheres. Very rarely have responses been produced by humanities’ and social sciences’ joint approaches. By advancing this form of cooperative research, COST Action seeks to bridge the gap that separates politics and policy action from humanities and social science research, and then provide new insights into the links (theoretical, political, and institutional) between civic rights and democracy in Europe.


Past Research Projects:

Justice in Conflict Norwegian Research Council (2012-2015)

Active Citizenship in Culturally and Religiously Diverse Societies (ACT). Hosted by PRIO /Oslo (2014-2018)

Civic Constellation II: Debating Democracy and Rights. Hosted by University of Malaga (2015-2018)

The Civic Constellation: A Conceptual and Argumentative Study of the Democratic Experience. Hosted by University of Malaga (2012-2014)