Integration through Minority Participation: Addressing Challenges to Social Cohesion in Post-Covid Europe

January – September 2022

The project examines long-standing and new challenges to societal cohesion posed by the rise of xenophobia, securitisation of minority communities and the re-emergence of polarising majority/minority dynamics in Europe’s multi-ethnic states, with a focus on Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Besides formulating new policy recommendations for (post-)Covid societies, the project’s events will strengthen collaboration with practitioners and academics, acting as a springboard for new projects combining academic research and public engagement on minority participation as a vehicle for integration.

The project is funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and is implemented in cooperation with Liverpool John Moores University. It runs from January to September 2022.


  • addressing new challenges to societal cohesion by unpacking the connection between self-governance, integration, and (de)securitisation;
  • identifying opportunities to improve integration policy mechanisms in key areas, by promoting policies that are developed, implemented and evaluated through participation;
  • examining the synergies between the guidelines/recommendations on minority participation of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM)
  • gaining a better understanding of how ‘effective participation’ in its multiple variants relates to integration and (de)securitisation

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