panel discussion


United for social cohesion

5 NOVEMBER 2019 at 6pm

at the House of European History


“For A New European Social Contract” project is a series of discussions that aim to rethink the social contract, so that it no longer relies on the relationship between citizens and the state but goes beyond by taking into account the different dimensions of life today and the crucial issues citizens are facing.

The first successful cycle of debates organised by EUNIC Brussels explored security concerns versus personal privacy, the Welfare state and social rights, building an inclusive society that goes beyond divisions, care for the aging population, opportunities for the next generation, and the preservation of natural environment.

These issues are at the heart of European policymaking and it is therefore of great importance to further enable these critical and well-informed discussions between policy makers, academics and practitioners and bring them to a wider audience.

Together, EUNIC members are interested to examine the ways in which cultural relations work, the conditions where they can cooperate with Civil Society and States in order to provide most value, and the different types of value that come with different types of cultural relations activities.

A number of questions arise over emerging forms of cultural relations activities which we aim to address in this panel:

What are the drivers and barriers to social cohesion and how the interaction between state institutions, civil society actors and cultural relations institutions can bring benefits to European citizens and contribute to social change?
How can we strengthen the relations between state and civil society and what is the role of cultural relations institutions?
Which are these case studies that highlight the value and the impact of collaboration and common efforts for social change?
How academic work can feed into work on cohesion as ‘a dynamic two-way approach which is built on shared responsibility?
How does research on multi-level governance help us to understand the role of local responses v. national level intervention and the role of civil society and grassroots community response within the cohesion ecosystem?

the speakers

JAcqui Broadhead

Director, Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, University of Oxford.

Jacqui is the Director of the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, the knowledge exchange arm of the Centre for Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford. She manages a wide portfolio of knowledge exchange and research projects including the Inclusive Cities programme, supporting UK cities and their local partners to achieve a step-change in their approach towards integration of newcomers in the city.
Prior to this, Jacqui managed the Refugee and Migrant Team at Islington Council, providing social services support to families and vulnerable adults with No Recourse to Public Funds, designing and managing the council’s contribution to the Syrian Vulnerable Person’s Resettlement Scheme and delivering training to social workers on behalf of the NRPF Network. In 2016, she received a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to travel to cities in the United States and Italy to understand how cities can better integrate migrants. Jacqui is a Research Member of Kellogg College, Oxford’s largest and most international graduate college and sits on the Central University Ethics Committee. Jacqui acts as the UK coordinator for the European Website on Social Integration.

Malgorzata Moleda-Zdziech

Associate professor of sociology and political science. She has been working at Warsaw School of Economics for twenty years.

She studied social anthropology at the Sorbonne University (V University of Rene Descartes), sociology at University of Warsaw, management at HEC and SGH. Malgorzata is an author and co-author of numerous publications regarding lobbying, media and communications. She published a book on celebrities in the public life. (Czas celebrytów. Mediatyzacja życia publicznego/The Time of Celebrities. Mediatization of the Public Life, Difin, 2013).

Since June 2018 she has been representing abroad the Polish Academy of Sciences as a Director of the Polish Contact Agency in Brussels.

Yves Sintomer

Professor of political science and Board member at Paris 8 University (France).
Yves is also a researcher at the Centre for Sociological and Political Research in Paris, and associate member at Nuffield College (Oxford). He teaches as well at Neuchâtel and Lausanne Universities (Switzerland).
His main research topics include, amongst others, participatory and deliberative democracy, and contemporary transformation of political representation.


Kélig Puyet

Director of Social Platform.
She has acquired extensive experience of the civil society sector and the impact that EU and national policies have on people in vulnerable situations. Prior to joining Social Platform, she was Head of Global Advocacy at SOS Children’s Villages International, and since 2003, she has been actively involved in the work of different organisations including the European Youth Forum, Eurochild, CONCORD and the International Civil Society Centre.

Kélig holds a Master’s degree in Law from the Robert Schuman University, France, and a European Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the University of Padova and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (University of Lund).

Practical information


At the House of European History, rue Belliard 135, 1000 Brussels

On Wednesday, November 5th 2019 at 6pm

Discussions in original languages, with English interpretation.

Free entrance

Entrance upon registration only. Thank you for confirming your attendance by clicking on the link below.

Contact: culture(at)

"For a new European social contract" is an initiative led by EUNIC Brussels of which are part the Alliance Française Bruxelles-Europe, the Balassi Institute Brussels, the Yunus Emre Enstitüsü Brüksel, the British Council in Belgium, the Instituto Cervantes Bruselas, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Bruxelles, the Polish Institute in Brussels and the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. In partnership with the House of European History and the Alumni Association of the College of Europe.

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