CPS has been active from its launch in the broader field of social diversity and policy responses to status based inequalities. Research and capacity building efforts within the center have mainly concerned gender, disability, ethnicity and race and multiple disadvantages resulting from the intersection of these inequality grounds.
European integration, its drivers and consequences is a broad theme that cross-cuts many of the center's projects, either in terms of an empirical focus on one or several European countries or in terms of an interest in the mechanisms through which the EU and its institutions impact on policies and policy processes in the member states and neighbouring countries.
The main focus of CPS research within the larger governance field is on non-traditional policy actors and government accountability and transparency related policy issues.
Should rural development be pursued through regional policy? This research field explores current overlaps, institutional changes and the implications they have for the development of the countryside.
CPS has started to address some outstanding issues related to social policy. Inter-ethnic relations, minority rights and social, economic and political inclusion of minority ethnic groups are broad issues that are brought up by a number of activities of CPS and crosscut its various investigations.
The research area focuses on cultural encounters in the European economy, economic policy and sciences in the context of post-socialist transformations and economic and cultural globalization, and contributes to comparative inquiries on the transformations of the labor relations and the governance of multinational companies and their subsidiaries in different sectors in Central and Easter Europe.