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  • Higher education: call for an international movement against neoliberal reforms

    Message from a group of EPOG alumni involved in the strike in France, and calling for an international movement against neoliberal reforms.

    French Uni­ver­si­ties are under attack. While we are already under­fund­ed and sub­merged in work, the French gov­erne­ment is imple­ment­ing a new ‘reform’ wors­en­ing the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. It aims to increase the com­pe­ti­tion for grants between research teams, dis­ci­pline the pub­lic research com­mu­ni­ty to get it to work on spe­cif­ic top­ics, and get rid of the legal frame­work garan­tee­ing job sta­bil­i­ty and stip­u­lat­ing the teach­ing hours. Although the main­stream media hard­ly cov­er them, strikes have begun in many French universities.

    We know that you have expe­ri­enced the same pres­sures and are fight­ing against the same evils. Our fights would be hard­er to ignore if they were adressed as an inter­na­tion­al issue. In France, the 5th of march will be a nation­al “dead uni­ver­si­ty” day. What about an inter­na­tion­al “dead uni­ver­si­ty” day soon…?

    • List of inter­na­tion­al resis­tances (to be com­plet­ed): here.
    • Web­sites on strikes and uni­ver­si­ties in french: here and here.
    • List of uni­ver­si­ties and cen­ters on strike in France: here.
    • Papers on the cur­rent French aca­d­e­m­ic strikes: here.

    Overview on the French case

    French uni­ver­si­ties are cur­rent­ly under­go­ing the largest strike move­ment they have know in more than 10 years. Since Decem­ber 5th, an ever grow­ing num­ber of depart­ments, research cen­tres, jour­nals, learned soci­eties and dis­ci­pli­nary asso­ci­a­tions have stopped their usu­al research and teach­ing activ­i­ties and joined the struggle.

    The rea­son for the strike is threefold:

    • First, we can­not stand any longer the grow­ing pre­car­i­ous­ness of large num­bers of stu­dents, aca­d­e­mics and staff. In Novem­ber 2019, a stu­dent set him­self on fire to protest against stu­dent pover­ty. 130 000 adjunct teach­ers are paid by the hour, under the min­i­mum wage, while less and less per­ma­nent posi­tions are opened, and with salaries con­stant­ly descreas­ing in real terms.
    • Sec­ond, a vast reform of the pen­sion sys­tem cur­rent­ly under con­sid­er­a­tion by Par­lia­ment will affect all work­ers in France, but more specif­i­cal­ly civ­il ser­vants. Aca­d­e­mics, as all teach­ers in the pub­lic edu­ca­tion sys­tem, are bound to lose between a quar­ter and a third of their pen­sion, with no compensation.
    • Third, the French gov­ern­ment is plan­ning a new neolib­er­al ‘reform’ of uni­ver­si­ties wors­en­ing the cur­rent work­ing con­di­tions and cre­at­ing a bleak future for cur­rent junior schol­ars. The law (Loi de Pro­gram­ma­tion Pluri­an­nuelle de la recherche, or LPPR), deemed “ine­gal­i­tar­i­an and Dar­wininst” by the head of the CNRS, one of its pro­mot­ers, aims to increase the com­pe­ti­tion for grants between research teams and to get rid of the legal frame­work guar­an­tee­ing job sta­bil­i­ty and stip­u­lat­ing the teach­ing hours. Reform after reform, suc­ces­sive gov­erne­ments dis­man­tle the French pub­lic ser­vice of research and edu­ca­tion to bet­ter fol­low the neolib­er­al agen­da out­lined by the Bologna process launched in 1999

    Our next step is to expand and inten­si­fy the strike, start­ing on the 5th of March, which will be a nation­al “High­er edu­ca­tion and research stop” day. Then on the 6th and 7th we will hold a nation­al gen­er­al assem­bly with del­e­gates (stu­dents, admin­is­tra­tive staff, schol­ars, tenured or not) from dozens of uni­ver­si­ties. We would be hap­py and grate­ful to wel­come British col­leagues on these occa­sions. Coor­di­na­tion and sol­i­dar­i­ty between schol­ars on strike in Great Britain and in France will make us stronger. And since an increas­ing num­ber of coun­tries in Europe and all oth­er the world face the same reforms, maybe oth­er col­leagues and stu­dents can join us in the protest.

    Con­tact

    contact.strike@epog.eu
     
     
     
    Université de Technologie de Compiègne
     
    EPOG — Eco­nom­ic POli­cies for the Glob­al transition
    Eras­mus Mundus Joint Mas­ter Degree
     
    Hap­py new year!
     
     
    The EPOG team wish­es you a hap­py new year!
     
    The year 2020 will be the year of the first intake for the EPOG Eras­mus Mundus Joint Mas­ter Degree. The new peri­od of fund­ing by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, with around 20 schol­ar­ships each year will be a great chance to devel­op fur­ther the pro­gramme and cre­ate sev­er­al part­ner­ships in dif­fer­ent coun­tries of the world. Var­i­ous projects are on the way and you will be informed in the next months about the work in progress!
     
    The year 2020 will also be the oppor­tu­ni­ty to devel­op our coop­er­a­tion with EPOG 2 (an inter­na­tion­al Mas­ter’s pro­gramme launched in 2018) with the aim of pro­mot­ing plu­ral­ism in eco­nom­ics. This coop­er­a­tion will start with a joint selec­tion process (see reminder below). Both EPOG and EPOG 2 are renewed ver­sions of the well-known EPOG (Eco­nom­ic POli­cies in the age of Glob­al­i­sa­tion) Mas­ter’s pro­gramme, cre­at­ed in 2013. A sum­ma­ry of the dif­fer­ences between EPOG and EPOG 2 is avail­able here.
     
     
    Reminder — Call for applications
     
    Eco­nom­ic POli­cies for the Glob­al tran­si­tion (EPOG ) is an Eras­mus Mundus Joint Mas­ter Degree in eco­nom­ics, sup­port­ed by the Euro­pean Union. It offers a world-class inte­grat­ed Mas­ter’s pro­gramme on the (dig­i­tal, socioe­co­nom­ic, eco­log­i­cal) tran­si­tion process­es with a plu­ral­ist approach and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary perspectives.
     
    The main objec­tive of the pro­gramme is to give birth to a new gen­er­a­tion of inter­na­tion­al experts, able to define and assess eco­nom­ic poli­cies and evolve with­in dif­fer­ent polit­i­cal, social and region­al con­texts. Towards this objec­tive the EPOG Master’s pro­gramme goes beyond the reach of stan­dard eco­nom­ic the­o­ry to include var­i­ous heterodox/institutionnalist approaches.
     
    The full part­ners (degree award­ing insti­tu­tions) include a wide set of pres­tigous insti­tu­tions:
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy of Com­piègne (UTC),
    • Sor­bonne University,
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Paris,
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Turin,
    • Berlin School of Eco­nom­ics and Law,
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Roma 3,
    • Vien­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Eco­nom­ics and Business,
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of the Wit­wa­ter­srand (Wits).
     
    It also involves more than 30 (aca­d­e­m­ic and non-aca­d­e­m­ic) asso­ci­at­ed part­ners in Europe and the world.
     
    Schol­ar­ships
     
    The very best stu­dents from all over the world will be eli­gi­ble for schol­ar­ships award­ed for 2 years by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, based on our selection:
    • The « Pro­gramme coun­tries » schol­ar­ships for stu­dents from Mem­ber States of the Euro­pean Union (EU) as well as for­mer Yugoslav, Ice­land, Liecht­en­stein, Nor­way, Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia, Turkey;
    • The « Part­ner coun­tries » schol­ar­ships for stu­dents from all the oth­er countries.
     
    More details here.
     
    When to apply?
     
    Appli­ca­tion dead­line: Jan­u­ary 30, 2020 — 14:00 (Paris time).
    Note that two rec­om­men­da­tion let­ters are need­ed to apply and have to be pro­vid­ed by the deadline.

    The course will start in Sep­tem­ber 2020.
     
    More infor­ma­tion
    www.epog.eu
     
    The selec­tion will be organ­ised joint­ly with the EPOG 2.0 programme.
     
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    Save the date
     
    Friends of EPOG — LAUNCHING EVENT — PARIS
    The “Friends of EPOG / Amis d’EPOG” is a non-prof­it organ­i­sa­tion which aims to sup­port the EPOG pro­gramme. It includes indi­vid­u­als and organ­i­sa­tions from the aca­d­e­m­ic and non-aca­d­e­m­ic worlds.
    An event for launch­ing the asso­ci­a­tion will be organ­ised in Paris at the his­tor­i­cal build­ing of La Sor­bonne on March 10, 2020 (from 18:00 to 22:00). Even though the num­ber of places is lim­it­ed, the alum­ni are par­tic­u­lar­ly wel­comed. Please save the date!
     
    EPOG Mas­ter’s con­fer­ence — BERLIN
    The 2020 EPOG Mas­ter’s con­fer­ence, gath­er­ing both EPOG and EPOG 2 part­ners, the  EPOG 2 stu­dents, the EPOG alum­ni and invit­ed speak­ers will be held in Berlin on June 18–21 with a pos­si­ble spillover on June 17 and/or 22 in order to organ­ise vis­its and/or enjoy the “fête de la musique in Berlin”…  The details have still to be set but already save the dates!
     
     
    Pol­i­cy brief — Call for proposals
     
    The Pol­i­cy brief series aims to enrich the pub­lic debate with reflec­tions devel­oped in the field of research and in the non-aca­d­e­m­ic world. They are short (4 pages) and rig­or­ous (an edi­to­r­i­al board is in charge of review­ing the pro­pos­als). They ben­e­fit from a large dis­sem­i­na­tion (aca­d­e­m­ic and non-aca­d­e­m­ic worlds, includ­ing jour­nal­ists, pol­i­cy makers…).
     
    They are pri­mar­i­ly writ­ten by EPOG grad­u­ates but may also be “invit­ed pol­i­cy briefs” wit­tren by guests.
     
    All EPOG stu­dents and grad­u­ates are invit­ed to pro­pose a “Pol­i­cy brief” or sug­gest guests for “invit­ed Pol­i­cy briefs”, by send­ing a mes­sage to proposal.policybriefs (at) epog.eu.
     
    List of the pre­vi­ous Pol­i­cy briefs
     
    Pol­i­cy brief #6
     
    The last PB was on Brex­it. More top­i­cal than ever…
     
    No-Deal Brex­it: Trick or Treat(y) Uncer­tain­ty and the Future of the UK Economy
    by Louis Dau­mas (EPOG 2019)

    Despite the recent­ly struck agree­ment between the UK and the EU, the prospect of a No-Deal Brex­it remains tan­gi­ble due to the demand for an unkempth post­pone­ment on the part of the British Par­lia­ment. Although the ques­tion of the con­se­quences of such a shock has giv­en birth to a lengthy lit­er­a­ture, lit­tle atten­tion has been paid to its finan­cial aspects. This pol­i­cy brief aims at clar­i­fy­ing the debate by tack­ling these con­sid­er­a­tions, while draw­ing some pol­i­cy recommendations.
     
    View the Pol­i­cy brief
     
     
     
    Call for papers — Work­shop — Inter­na­tion­al cap­i­tal flows (OECD, Paris, April 22, 2020)
     
    Alessan­dra Celani de Mace­do (EPOG 2016) is shar­ing this call for pro­pos­al which may offer an inter­est­ing space for dis­cussing top­ics relat­ed to:
    • Going beyond tra­di­tion­al sta­tis­tics for map­ping of cap­i­tal flows;
    • The chang­ing com­po­si­tion of flows: the shift away from banks to non-banks;
    • Surges, stops and “nor­mals” for cap­i­tal flows.
     
    The work­shop is organ­ised joint­ly by the Bank of Eng­land, the Banque de France, the IMF and the OECD. It will be held at the OECD head­quar­ters in Paris on 22 April 2020.
     
    Full papers should be sent by Feb­ru­ary 1 2020 (email).
     
    Call for proposal
     
    EMA (Eras­mus Mundus Stu­dents and Alum­ni Association)
     
    The EMA (Eras­mus Mundus Stu­dents and Alum­ni Asso­ci­a­tion) is a vol­un­teer orga­ni­za­tion found­ed in 2006 by the ini­tia­tive of the Direc­torate Gen­er­al for Cul­ture and Edu­ca­tion of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. EMA reach­es out to over 14,000 stu­dents and alum­ni mem­bers from 170 countries.
     
    EPOG will become a Mem­ber of the EMA and all the EPOG stu­dents and EPOG grad­u­ates who were part of the 2‑year pro­gramme are invit­ed to reg­is­ter (freely). We are look­ing for an EPOG grad­u­ate who would accept to be a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the EPOG pro­gramme with­in the EMA. If you are a vol­un­teer, please let us know!
     
    More details on EMA
     
    Post­doc­tor­al posi­tion for 12 months
     
    Title: Analy­sis of productivity’s evo­lu­tion and tech­no­log­i­cal dif­fu­sion of dig­i­tal manufacturing
     
    Post­doc­tor­al posi­tion for 12 months (with pos­si­bil­i­ty of renew­al for 2 more years depend­ing on fund­ing) with­in the RENIR project coor­di­nat­ed by Pro­fes­sor Aldo Geuna.
     
    Short descrip­tion: The Depart­ment of Eco­nom­ics and Sta­tis­tics Cognetti de Mar­ti­is with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of the Col­le­gio Car­lo Alber­to is open­ing a 12 months post­doc posi­tion with­in the RENIR project. Depend­ing on ongo­ing appli­ca­tion for future fund­ing, the posi­tion can be renewed for up to 2 more years. The post­doc­tor­al fel­low will work with Pro­fes­sor Aldo Geu­na  on the analy­sis of the impact of dig­i­tal man­u­fac­tur­ing on com­pa­ny pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. Par­tic­u­lar atten­tion will be devot­ed to the analy­sis of tech­no­log­i­cal dif­fu­sion and to the role of inter­na­tion­al, nation­al and region­al poli­cies in sup­port­ing ongo­ing eco­nom­ic transformation.

    Can­di­dates should have com­plet­ed a Phd in eco­nom­ics, inno­va­tion stud­ies, eco­nom­ic geog­ra­phy, polit­i­cal sci­ence, soci­ol­o­gy (or being near to com­ple­tion with a defence date set) and be flu­ent in Eng­lish (Ital­ian not required).For infor­ma­tion: con­tact Pro­fes­sor Aldo Geu­na.Inter­est­ed appli­cants should send to Prof. Aldo Geu­na a recent CV and a state­ment of Research Interest.
    Les Fes­tives de Sor­bonne Université
     
    Sor­bonne Uni­ver­si­ty launch­es the fes­ti­val called “Les Fes­tives”. The fes­ti­val is an invi­ta­tion for all audi­ences to meet the com­mu­ni­ties of the Sor­bonne Uni­ver­si­ty Alliance and its part­ners in the 4EU Euro­pean Alliance. For its first edi­tion, the fes­ti­val has cho­sen as its guid­ing prin­ci­ple: “Imag­ine the future”. He pro­pos­es to explore the con­se­quences of the mul­ti­ple soci­etal upheavals that we are cur­rent­ly expe­ri­enc­ing and to imag­ine togeth­er the future.
     
    More details
     
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    No-Deal Brexit: Trick or Treat(y) Uncertainty and the Future of the UK Economy

    Louis Dau­mas (Cohort 2019)

    Despite the recent­ly struck agree­ment between the UK and the EU, the prospect of a No-Deal Brex­it remains tan­gi­ble due to the demand for an unkempth post­pone­ment on the part of the British Par­lia­ment. Although the ques­tion of the con­se­quences of such a shock has giv­en birth to a lengthy lit­er­a­ture, lit­tle atten­tion has been paid to its finan­cial aspects. This pol­i­cy brief aims at clar­i­fy­ing the debate by tack­ling these con­sid­er­a­tions, while draw­ing some pol­i­cy recommendations.

    The full Pol­i­cy brief is avail­able here.
    Pre­vi­ous Pol­i­cy briefs are avail­able here.

    Dollar centrality and Renminbi’s rise: challenges and prospects

    Tom C. dos San­tos (Cohort 2017)
    Lec­tur­er of Eco­nom­ics and Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions at Uni­a­van, Balneário Cam­bo­riú, Brazil 

    Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump has increased the uti­liza­tion of sanc­tions and the ‘weaponiz­ing’ theUS­Dol­lar inorder­toat­tain­aux­il­iary­for- eign pol­i­cy goals. We argue that this cre­ates chal­lenges to China’s process of inter­na­tion- aliz­ing its cur­ren­cy, the Ren­min­bi, but also oppor­tu­ni­ties to defy the increas­ing­ly coer­cive use of the US Dollar.

    The full Pol­i­cy brief is avail­able here.

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