The South-East European Research Centre (SEERC) is an overseas research centre of the University of Sheffield, established as a non-profit legal entity in Thessaloniki, Greece. The centre was founded by City College, the University's International Faculty, in 2003. It is conducting multidisciplinary research in the fields of Enterprise, Innovation & Development, Information & Communication Technologies, and Society & Human Development.
SEERC's mission is to support the stable and peaceful development of South-East Europe by conducting pure and applied research in and for the region. To accomplish this, SEERC will employ the existing research capacities of the University of Sheffield and CITY College by facilitating collaborations between their research staff and by developing multi-disciplinary networks of researchers from across South-East Europe.
- To promote independent, objective analysis and public discussion on issues related to the development of South-East Europe.
- To provide a forum for researchers in the SEE region.
- To initiate common research by the University of Sheffield, CITY and other academic institutions in the SEE region.
- To disseminate findings to academics, professionals, NGOs, and policy-makers through conferences, advising, published research papers, monographs, and working papers.
- To disseminate important data and findings to interested members of the general public through open forums, and web and other media-based means.
- To promote cutting-edge methodology both within existing disciplines and in the development of multi-disciplinary perspectives through workshops and seminars.
- To assist in the integration of researchers from universities and research centres in the SEE region into networks of excellence.
- To draw PhD candidates from throughout the SEE region to University of Sheffield and CITY and provide them with a rich and rewarding research environment at SEERC.
The Role of SEERC as a Multidisciplinary Research Centre in the SEE Region
SEERC is fortunate that South-East Europe has been for some time the focus of a very large number of exceptionally talented and dedicated scientists, researchers, and policy analysts both within the region and throughout the world. The region has further benefited from the numerous high quality, forward thinking centres, institutes, journals, laboratories and think tanks that have chosen it as an area of concentration. The result of these efforts has been that the level of knowledge and data and calibre of analysis available to citizens, students, academics, policy-makers, politicians, NGOs, corporations and others over the past 20 years has increased dramatically. One of SEERC's first tasks will be to draw together these vast quantities of data and interpretation in order to make them accessible to different audiences at different levels of sophistication and interactivity.
The presence of SEERC will, of course, add the knowledge and talents of researchers and analysts from Sheffield, CITY and affiliated faculty from inside and outside the region. SEERC research faculty will represent a very wide array of disciplines including - economics, political science, international relations, social policy, computer science, history, sociology, anthropology, information technology, geography, geographic information systems, engineering, management, urban planning, cultural studies, public health, health care informatics, and education - and will undertake research at both micro and macro levels, employing quantitative and qualitative methods. SEERC will also have the practical advantage of being located in Greece, which allows it to function within the EU, while being physically located within the SEE.
In addition, SEERC will serve as an information clearing house, distilling the essence of research on the region for use by researchers, policy makers, civil society and business in the region. The centre's output will include timely policy briefs, electronic mapping, working papers and surveys of ongoing and recently completed research in the area, as well as journal articles and monographs. Through its multi-disciplinary research activities and its archival, synoptic and dissemination efforts, SEERC intends to position itself as a cross-border institution aiming to empower those countries that are currently on the edge of Europe to collaborate in playing their full part in an expanded Europe.