International Research Institutions and Networks

CESS cooperates with universities, research centres’ and similar think tanks in several countries including the USA, the UK, France, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Macedonia, Kosova, Bulgaria, Romania, etc. A number of studies and publications are the product of the cooperation with these institutions in joint projects or regional ones. CESS aims to strengthen institutional cooperation with these research institutions.

Since 2015, CESS is member of the Western Balkan Migration Network. The WB Mignet is a partnership of institutions from seven Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia) working on different aspects of migration. It aims to produce new information and analyses on migration processes in the WB countries and to promote new policy approaches that will help to maximize the potential benefits of migration, whilst minimizing its negative consequences.

Since 2007, CESS is member of the International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE). IMISCOE is a network of research institutions and universities that gathers a group of 450 selected, highly qualified researchers from 23 European research institutes. They implement an integrated, multidisciplinary and rigorous comparative research program on migration, integration and social cohesion, mainly focusing on Europe. It provides comprehensive theoretical and empirical knowledge that serve as a reliable starting point for policy formulation. International migration, within and outside the EU is actually a fundamental issue of public policies.

Since 2003, CESS has been part of the Development Research Center on Migration Globalization and Poverty (Migration DRC) of the University of Sussex, UK. The Migration DRC was a partnership of eight institutions from five countries (Albania, Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, and the UK), researching on different aspects of migration-poverty relationship. CESS implemented a number of projects under this partnership.

CESS is also the local partner/member of the European Values Study since 2008, when Albania was first included by this survey. The European Values Study ( is a large scale, cross-national and longitudinal survey research program on basic human values. It is a unique research project on how Europeans think about life, family, work, religion, politics and society.