Working Group 2: Perception


Our goals

Working Group 2 focuses both external and internal images of the EU. Knowledge of EU external images – in the EU’s neighborhood and far away from its borders – is the key to analyse gaps between expectations of the EU and the new realities of the changing world. Systematic comparative analysis of self and external perceptions in their interaction and co-construction is an effective means to chart the extent to which the EU is recognized by external partners and internal stakeholders to be a credible and leading actor able to shape global debate and policies at a time of major global challenges.

Working Group 2 ensures interdisciplinary innovative synergies between studies of the EU and its foreign policy, International Relations, political communication and psychology, media, linguistics, identity and cultural studies. It tests new theories and a range of methods to add to the explanation of images, frames, perceptions and narratives projected by the EU – and understood by audiences – inside the EU, in the European neighborhood and around the world.

Our activities

In the current period, the Working Group focuses on preparing and circulating policy papers and policy briefs. The topics we cover include, but are not limited to, Europe’s neighbourhood policy, climate and energy policy, and the interaction between the European institutions and the Member States in the EU’s external policy agenda.

We encourage both academic and non-academic authors to boost the outreach of their work by preparing short executive summaries of their research findings. The COST action will then circulate them in the relevant policy arena in the EU. For more information, please contact the group leaders.

How to participate

Please contact the Working Group leaders in order to join the mailing list and follow our Research Gate project to interact with the group directly.