Univ.-Ass. Titus Udrea, BA MA MSc


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Geboren 1984, Studium der Politikwissenschaft (European Studies) „Babes-Bolyai“ Universität Cluj-Napoca (2003-2007) und Forschung-Master European Studies an der Maastricht Universität (2011-2013); seit 2013 Doktorand am Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Wien; 2013-2016 Postgraduiertenprogramms „The Politics of Representation in Europe“ am Institut für Höhere Studien abgeschlossen; seit 2016 Universitätsassistent (prae doc) am Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Wien.


Civil Society (Focus: EU level and Eastern Europe), Interest Groups, New Forms of Civic Representation and Participation, Social Movements, European Public Sphere, Social Network Analysis


Building Bridges? Organized Civil Society Networks and Their Role in Connecting the EU with Its Citizens (Working Title)

This project investigates the ecology of civil society actors operating at the EU level. In particular, the capacity of a special class of organized civil society networks to bridge the gap between the EU and its citizens. Brussels-based civil society meta-organizations (i.e. organizations that include other platforms or network organizations as members) are the some of the most encompassing organizations we can find at the EU level. Similar to a nesting doll pattern revealing several levels of complexity, meta-organizations embody the EU’s participatory governance system in its multi-level organizing patterns. The focus of the research is the capacity of these civil society networks to represent interests, provide expertise and information, and provide opportunities for membership interaction. In order to do so, this project, by relying on social movement studies, interest groups, policies studies and network theory, will refer to contextual and organizational factors as impacting factors. This study focuses on 5 cases of transnational civil society networks in 5 different policy fields. The approach combines in-depth qualitative interviews with social network analysis based on survey data gathered for this study.