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Béla Filep

Filep is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer at the Department of Geography of the University of Bern, Switzerland, where he received his Ph.D. Filep specializes in political geography, inter-ethnic relations, self-determination claims, border studies, and migration with a focus on East Central Europe. He has worked on these issues in projects of the EU (6th Framework Programme) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). He held visiting fellowships at the Department of Government at Harvard University and at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University.

At CES, Filep will work on his habilitation project on secessionist and autonomy movements in the EU’s East and West, which have gained momentum in recent years. The project will investigate why claims for political self-determination have intensified and whether they are a consequence of democratization or a democratic deficit in the EU and its member states. Further, it will investigate the involvement of civil society in the quest for political self-determination and the role of transnational networks in the process of mobilization.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Lecturer, Institute of Geography, Universität Bern

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Political Science

Areas of Expertise:

Border Studies


Inter-Ethnic Relations

International Relations and European Studies


Political Geography

Self-Determination Claims

Research Topic:

Nationalist Mobilization, Civil Society and the Transnationalization of Claims for Political Self-determination in the European Union