Governance of Emerging Research Infrastructures in Europe
Sociology City University London, UK
A new generation of Research Infrastructures (RIs) are emerging in Europe. To date, 44 initiatives have been identified by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) as potential European Research Infrastructures. Of these 44, 5 are social science and humanities initiatives.
This paper provides an overview of the development of these Research Infrastructures within the context of EU research policy, with particular reference to social sciences research infrastructures. The modes of governance of these new "super-clusters" of research expertise, their position and relation to the European policy and public bodies and the policy vision(s) (as enunciated by different actors in European Union) for their regulation are critical elements impacting on the future structuring of the "European Research Area". The extent to which gender equality issues are mainstreamed in the various research infrastructures is also explored.