We are in the process of recruiting 15 PhD candidates across Europe. The last five calls closed on 15 March 2017.

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The EU’s post-crisis legitimacy

Multiple crises have created new legitimacy challenges for the EU. Have the EU’s responses to these crises been legitimate?

PLATO is a European training network of leading research universities and professionals from the policy advice, consulting and civil society sectors. Fifteen PhD candidates are currently being hired at our partner universities in Antwerp, Berlin, Cambridge, Krakow, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Twente, and Vienna.

Call closed

PLATO’s call for 15 PhD candidates across Europe is closed.

The recruited early stage researchers will start their PhD in the autumn of 2017.


PLATO investigates the legitimacy of the EU’s responses to the financial crisis. It will use the example of the financial crisis to build and test theory of what would amount to a legitimacy crisis in the case of a multi-state, non-state political system such as the EU.


PLATO offers an intensive and demanding programme of academic training as well as training in a range of professional skills, work experience from relevant sectors and individual professional career planning.


PLATO's team brings together nine university partners which will employ the 15 PhD researchers. Eleven training partners contribute to the network with professional expertise and secondment opportunities.