European Academic Network on Romani Studies


A European Union / Council of Europe Joint Programme, 2nd phase (June 2013 - May 2015)


Aims of the network

The overall aim of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies is to support efforts towards the social inclusion of Romani citizens in Europe. The project facilitates intercultural dialogue and raises the visibility of existing research outside the academic community in order to foster cooperation with policymakers and other stakeholders. By creating an interface between academic researchers and political decision makers, while promoting and improving the existing resources on the European Roma communities, the project shall ultimately allow for the implementation of better conceived policy initiatives based on reliable evidence.


2nd project phase

After having successfully completed its first phase in May 2013, the project has entered its second phase. While the first project phase, June 2011 – May 2013, has focused on the creation and further development of an operational and performing network by building its structure, developing and fine-tuning its communication and setting up its rules, the second phase will put emphasis on the policy advisory role of the network and further increase the visibility of the academic expertise it provides.


Origin of the project

The project reflects an initiative of the European Commission (DG EAC) on Intercultural Dialogue leading as from 2009 to consultations with experts and eminent academics on Romani Studies and representatives of the European Commission and the Council of Europe on the feasibility of a Roma Academic Network. In 2011, decisions were taken on objective criteria to be set for membership, the nomination and the role of a Scientific Committee and the recruitment of the secretariat of the network. The project strongly builds upon networks and results of the work on Roma education and inclusion carried out by the Council of Europe.


Scope and composition of the network

TThe network involves more than 300recognized academics working on Romani studies, as well as junior researchers who are mentored, thus creating a true interdisciplinary community of researchers. Access to the network is permanently open to all experts with relevant expertise on the basis of agreed and transparent criteria. The activities of the network are planned and supervised by the Scientific Committee, composed of a restricted group of academics. The chair of the Scientific Committee is elected during the committee meetings and oversees the actions of the network. Members of the Scientific Committee are elected chair by rotation.


Activities and network management

Activities of the network mainly consists of:


provision of policy advice on Roma issues to the European institutions;

networkingbetween different stakeholders involved with Roma issues;

grants for early career researchers and training support

  scientific conferences gathering the network members, seminars and training workshops;

a database of relevant research and researchers;


a project website, etc.


They are steered by the scientific committee with the assistance of a secretary and an assistant. The management of the project itself is jointly overseen by the Council of Europe and the European Commission. Each institution has appointed a coordinator.


Scientific Committee

Cătălin Beresccu

Colin Clark

Judi Durst

Victor Friedman

Elena Marushiakova

Yaron Matras

Ciprian Necula

Veselin Popov

Eva Sobotka

Michael Stewart

Elisabeth Tauber

Peter Vermeersch 

Elisabetta Vivaldi


Useful links

The Strasbourg Declaration on Roma

Roma Portal

Dosta campaign

Mediation for Roma (ROMED)

The Romani Archives and Documentation Center (RADOC)

The specialized library with archive "Studii Romani"

Balkan Ethnology

ECRI General Policy Recommendation no.13 on combating anti-Gypsyism and discrimination against Roma

Final Declaration of the Summit of Mayors on Roma

Database of policies and good practices 

Protecting the Rights of Roma

Roma Genocide

Remembrance of the Holocaust

European Roma and Travellers Forum



Call for membership

Membership Application Form

List of members [18/12/2014]



Meetings 2015



Grants for Early Career Researchers


Main partner

European Union


Summer school

The ROMA summer school  opens on 25 June 2012!

More information



Action plan





Newsletter - 4th issue  (December 2014)

Facebook page of the Intercultural CitiesThe Network is on Facebook



Secretary of the Network

László Fosztó (CV)

+40 364 103 154

European Union

Nicola Robinson

+32 2 295 53 89

Council of Europe

Kathrin Merkle
+33 388 41 28 84

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