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The European integration project faces multiple challenges in the 21st century. The rise of nationalism, climate change, refugee crises, the vulnerability of European societies and economies to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and finally Russia’s unjustified military aggression against Ukraine have called the Europe’s post-war peace and stability into question.

European borderlands are particularly vulnerable to these multiple crises as they often become hot spots of large influx of refugees and migrants and frontline of reintroduction of border controls and closures and other external shocks. Nevertheless, European borderlands are still perceived by the European Commission as ‘Living labs of European integration’ where new ideas and solutions for European integration are often tested for the first time (COM(2021) 393 final).

B-SHAPES seeks to identify, understand and re-envision the key role of borders as a central factor in forming and changing people’s perceptions of European societies and politics in the 21st century.

PI: Martin Klatt

The role of SDU Citizen Science is advice on Citizen Science, develop methods and design interventions in collaboration with the PI and work package leaders.

Building on Citizen Humanities and SDU’s humanistic CS-projects.

Mette Fentz Haastrup, SDU Citizen Science –

Last Updated 31.10.2022