ABOUT

The RAUN Research Program is conducted by the Regional Academy on the United Nations and connects UN organizations and outstanding international Master and PhD students.  The nine-month program envisages group policy research that should feed into practical application in the field.

As an expert mentor, the BKMC provides the designated research group with consultations and guidance throughout the process. The overall program includes high-level and peer-to-peer networking opportunities, interactive workshops and academic skills training. The presentations of final research results and award of certificates take place every year at the United Nations in Vienna.

APPLICATION

RAUN is the main organizational body and responsible for the applications. They are currently not taking new applications. Submission period for the 2021 program can be found on the RAUN website. Follow our social media channels for updates on future research opportunities.

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The 2021 RAUN program focused on “COVID-19 recovery: towards more resilient and inclusive solutions”. The program was held virtually for a second time in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Esra Böyükk (Turkey), Maria Fabregas (Spain) and Clara Esteve Jorda (Spain) were dedicated to shedding light on the shadow pandemic of domestic violence against women (DVAW) during Covid-19. They conducted case studies of Austria, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, and interviewed representatives of grassroots feminist organizations in those countries. The paper highlights the lack of adequate policy implementation to tackle the rise of domestic violence against women during the pandemic.  The interviewed women’s organizations called for financial stability, inclusion in political decision-making and adequate training for all stakeholders involved in violence prevention and service delivery to victims of domestic violence.

 

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Clara Esteve JordaÌ

Clara Esteve Jorda 

Spain

Esra Böyükk

Esra Böyükk

Turkey

Maria Fabregas

Maria Fabregas

Spain

The 2020 RAUN program focused on “Partnerships and Cooperation for the Future: 75 Years of UN Action” and was held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s group took on the challenge to research the dimensions and differences of global citizenship education in the European Union.

Three RAUN Scholars: Jülide Acsi (Germany), Andreas Chmielowski (Austria), and Helena Hornung (Austria) conducted a content analysis of current scientific literature, as well as qualitative interviews with experts and practitioners. The research resulted in a set of 114 qualitative indicators that characterize non-formal GCED programs targeted at children and youth. This comprehensive indicator set is filling the current data gap on GCED initiatives, making them pioneers in that field. Their policy recommendations furthermore disclose adequate responses on national and EU level when implementing non-formal GCED initiatives.

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Picture Andreas Chmielowski

Andreas Chmielowski

Picture Helena Hornung

Helena Hornung

Picture Jülide Asci

Jülide Asci

The year 2019 had the umbrella topic of “Environmental and Socioeconomic Sustainability: How to Create Lasting Impacts.”

Jakub Adamec (Prague), Eva-Maria Holzinger (Vienna) and Christopher Paul Franz (Hamburg) selected and analyzed sustainable city projects in their respective hometowns and defined best practices and sustainability. Based on their research, they developed a set of recommendations on how successful projects could be replicated. Their qualitative analyses on “Successful Implementation of SDG 11: Best Practices and Cases” resulted in policy recommendations for local project managers in the field of sustainable city transformation on the basis of SDG 11.

Our research mentee Eva-Maria Holzinger got inspired by her work on sustainability and together with other young changemakers initiated the project called “Wanderers of Changing Worlds: Walk and Talk through Europe’s Climates”. As part of the Knowledge Association Board, the BKMC is actively supporting the project and serving as an expert on the SDGs. The combined research, education and media project aims to understand the regional experience of climate change by walking through different climate zones in Europe for one year and is touching on SDG 3, SDG 4, SDG 13 and SDG 17.

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Jakub Adamec

Jakub Adamec

Eva-Maria Holzinger

Eva-Maria Holzinger

Christopher Paul Franz

Christopher Paul Franz