The project ProSEPS aims to build a broad network of scholars – in principle political scientists and political sociologists involved in the comparative study of higher educational systems and the internationalization of research in the field of political science. However, the network will be also open to contributors from other scientific communities, who are in some way interested in comparing the evolution of the subject at the core of this project, with other domains included in the “universe” of contemporary social sciences.
The innovative nature of the project lies in its multidimensional focus: given that the key concepts to be discussed within the network are those of Professionalization and Social Impact , those scholars constituting this network will have to discuss data and the interpretations of such data. More specifically, the coordination of a wide range of relevant studies will allow the network’s scholars to perfect our knowledge of at least four areas of study: a) the transformation of the academic subject (size of the community, internal articulations, main research areas, PhD programmes, etc.); b) the social and media visibility of the subject and its research outcomes; c) the impact of reforms on the rates of international mobility and international circulation of research outcomes; d) the applicability and application of the products of political science, and the social impact of the work of political scientists.
political science - professionalization - social impact - social visibility - internationalization