Research event

CFR Research career development lunch: ERC grants

The Centre for Fundamental Rights is hosting a series of lunchtime talks and workshops to support research career development. The second of these brings together recipients of European Research Council Starting Grants.

European Research Council Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. The invited scholars will share their experiences of the research design, application, and grant management processes.

PhD and postdoctoral researchers at the Hertie School, as well as other members of the Hertie School’s community are invited to attend. Please note that the number of participants in each seminar is limited. Timely and binding registration is advisable, places will be awarded on a "first come, first served" basis.

Please note that registration is now closed. 


  • Cathryn Costello is a Professor of Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School and Co-Director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights. She is a leading scholar of international and European refugee and migration law and also explores the relationship between migration and labour law in her work. She is also Professor II at the University of Oslo and is on special leave from her previous post as Professor of Refugee and Migration Law at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. She is currently the Principal Investigator of RefMig, a five-year ERC-funded research project exploring refugee mobility, recognition and rights. She has undertaken research for UNHCR, the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. She holds a DPhil in Law from the University of Oxford.

  • Mark Dawson is Professor of European Law and Governance at the Hertie School. His research focuses on the relationship between law and policymaking in the EU, particularly in the fields of economic governance and human rights protection. Dawson was previously an Assistant Professor at Maastricht University. He has held visiting positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the University of Wisconsin and Harvard Kennedy School. Dawson holds degrees from the Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen as well as a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, where he was in 2019 Fernand Braudel Fellow. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the European Law Review and of the Advisory Board of the Maastricht Journal of European & Comparative Law. He is the Principle Investigator of LEVIATHAN, a research project exploring the legal and political accountability structure of EU economic governance. LEVIATHAN is supported by a Starting Grant of the European Research Council.

  • Daniela Stockmann is Professor of Digital Governance at the Hertie School. Her current research focuses on the challenge of how to tackle harmful content spreading via social media platforms, comparing policy approaches in the United States, China, and Europe. Her most recent project, funded by a Starting Grant of the European Research Council, explores the impact of the technological design of social media platforms on user behaviour regarding politics in China. She holds degrees from the University of Rochester, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and a PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2007). Before joining the Hertie School faculty, she was Associate Professor of Political Science at Leiden University. Her book, Media Commercialization and Authoritarian Rule in China (Cambridge University Press, 2013), received the 2015 Goldsmith Book Prize awarded by the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy.