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EU projects

The European Research Council (ERC) promotes scientific quality and bold, innovative, and cutting edge research by investing in the best researchers, and the best ideas.

The ERC is a unique funding programme in the category of excellent research in the EU research programme Horizon2020.

The ERC consists of three funding models: Starting Grants (StG) for young scientists, Consolidator Grants (CoG) for mid-career researchers, and Advanced Grants (AdG) for experienced researchers.

Whales of Power

The project "Whales of Power: Aquatic Mammals, Devotional Practices, and Environmental Change in Maritime East Asia", studies relations between humans and aquatic mammals in maritime regions of East Asia, focusing on popular ritual practices and beliefs. The project has been funded by an ERC Starting Grant awarded to Aike Rots.


The project "BROKEX: Brokering China's extraversion: An ethnographic analysis of transnational arbitration." will investigate the processes underlying the “rise of China” – one of the most significant socioeconomic developments of our times. The project is funded through an ERC Starting Grant awarded Heidi Østbø Haugen.

Creative IPR

Picture of woven tweed fabric The project investigates the history of the intellectual property rights in the creative industries, from the Paris Convention (1883) and the Berne Convention (1886) to the present day, with a particular focus on Europe in the global world. "Creative IPR –The History of Intellectual Property Rights in the Creative Industries" is funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant awarded Professor Veronique Poillard.