12 May 2021

Multi-million grant awarded for new social science research project

NEW DFF GRANT TO POLITICAL SCIENCE

The Danish Independent Research Foundation has awarded six new research projects to the Faculty of Social Sciences with an aggregate value of DKK 23 million kroner. One of the projects has been awarded to Jacob Gerner Hariri in the Department of Political Science.

Jacob Gerner Hariri in a teaching situation. Photo: Sara Galbiati
Photo: Sara Galbiati

The Danish Independent Research Foundation has awarded six new research projects to the Faculty of Social Sciences with an aggregate value of DKK 23 million kroner. One of the projects has been awarded to Jacob Gerner Hariri in the Department of Political Science. 

Announcing the results from the October 2020 funding round, the Danish Independent Research Foundation has chosen to support six research projects in SAMF from a total of 191 funded projects. Over 1,900 researchers had applied for a total of 7.18 billion kr. 

Jacob Gerner Hariri, Professor MSO and Deputy Head of Research, received DKK 6,167,685 for his from ‘DFF-Forskningssprojekt2’ Anatomy of Empire. 

Anatomy of Empire examines the impact empires have had on the development of politics in subjugated nations, what empires actually are, and what traces past empires have left on today’s geopolitical landscape.  

The project will implement a new technique to measure key parameters in the way empires were organized, establishing a new database of political entities, covering 2,500 years of worldwide political history. The project expects to use these insights to draw out opportunities and limitations for contemporary democracy and state-building. 

"This grant award is, of course, very good news and we congratulate Jacob," says head of department Nina Græger, who continues: "The project is fundamental science that focuses on the significance of historical empires for today's democracy and state-building. Today’s world has evolved from fallen empires of the past, and I am convinced that the project will provide insights to many contemporary questions we need answers to, when confronted with democratic challenges and widespread conflict.” 

The project will start in December 2021 and lasts for five years. More about the project can be found here: Anatomy of Empire.