EUTOPIA PhD Co-tutelle programme: Results 2022

The members of the EUTOPIA Alliance have selected the 17 laureates of the 2022 PhD co-tutelle call.

GlycoPolymers-based Glue for the inhibition of bacterial biofilm, Optimising Ti6-oxo-alkoxide clusters: molecules and metal-organic frameworks for visible light driven photocatalysis, Digital democracies in peril: a post-structuralist lens on disinformation and individual agency online: just a few examples of the subjects that will be researched by this years cohort of Eutopia PhD Students.

The EUTOPIA PhD co-tutelle programme, now in its fourth year, is a flagship initiative that funds excellent research projects with global impact and provides exciting joint doctoral training opportunities. Projects are submitted by pairs of researchers belonging to EUTOPIA’s different institutions and research centres. Successful applicants co-supervise PhD candidates under a bilateralcotutelle agreement. In addition to receiving a scholarship, PhD candidates enrolled in the programme benefit from experiencing two world-class research environments and from having accessto common training and scientific exchange activities. This programme illustrates the willingness of the members of the Alliance to integrate their research communities and their commitment to scientific excellence, international research collaboration and academic mobility.

The 2022 edition of the EUTOPIA PhD co-tutelle programme, coordinated by CY Cergy Paris Université, was launched in March 2022 and allows the funding of PhD scholarships between six universities of the EUTOPIA Alliance: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CY Cergy Paris Université, University of Warwick, University of NOVA, University of Babes-Bolyai and University of Ca’Foscari. The programme is jointly funded by the six participating universities.

29 projects were submitted to the 2022 Call for Projects across a range of academic disciplines. The evaluation process involved an internal evaluation within each institution and a joint selection panel gathering the partners of each co-tutelle project.

EUTOPIA is an alliance of 10 universities that have recently been awarded an Erasmus+ 'European Universities' pilot project. The core mission of the EUTOPIA Alliance is to promote a connected and inclusive academic community, addressing global and local challenges, advancing excellence and inclusion, geared towards impact and fostering European economic development and innovation through a deep engagement of the Alliance with its local and regional ecosystems.


CY Cergy Paris Université
Perrine ELSHAWISH, Manager of the Doctoral Studies Department

  • Novel Families of Electron Accepting Molecules for Organic and Tin Perovskite Photovoltaics: Molecular Conception, Materials Synthesis and Device Integration
    Thanh-Tuân BUI, LPPI, CY Cergy Paris Université
    Ross Hatton, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick
  • GlycoPolymers-based Glue for the inhibition of bacterial biofilm
    Remzi Becer, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick
    Nadège Lubin-Germain, BIOCIS, CY Cergy Paris Université
  • Optimising Ti6-oxo-alkoxide clusters: molecules and metal-organic frameworks for visible light driven photocatalysis
    Sebastian Pike, Pike, University of Warwick
    Frank De Proft, General Chemistry (ALGC), Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Digital democracies in peril: a post-structuralist lens on disinformation and individual agency online
    Trisha Meyer, Centre for Digitalisation, Democracy and Innovation, Brussels School of Governance, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    George Christou, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick
  • Performing political representation: Varieties,strategies, and effectiveness
    Eline Severs, Politics Department, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Michael Saward, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick
  • Does climate change violate children’s rights? Investigating intergenerational inequities in lifetime climate risks as an evidentiary base for youth-led climate litigation
    Wim Thiery, Department of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering / BCLIMATE Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Sam Adelman, Centre for Human Rights in Practice, University of Warwick
  • Deep learning for human pose estimation in videos (DeepPOSE)
    Aymeric HISTACE, ETIS, CY Cergy Paris Université
    Hichem SAHLI, Audiovisual Signal Processing / Electronics and Informatics Department, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Investigating the impact of implicit and explicit instruction on phonological acquisition in a second language
    Alexis Housen, Centre for Linguistcs (CLIN), Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Susana Correia, Research Centre: NOVA CLUNL, Nova University Lisbon
  • Contribution to fire safety of eco-efficient earthen-based masonry walls
    Anne-Lise Beaucour, L2MGC, CY Cergy Paris Université
    Maria Paulina Faria Rodrigues, CERIS, NOVA Univesity Lisbon
  • Experimental and numerical investigation of timber-filled steel tubes (TFST) composite frame with Timber Buckling-Restrained Braces filled steel tubes under cyclic and lateral loading
    Stephen Hicks, Civil and Environmental Engineering Discipline Stream, University of Warwick
    Rodrigo Goncalves, CERIS, NOVA University Lisbon
  • "PADRE: Prediction Antiviral Drug Resistance before its Emergence"
    Pieter Libin, Artificial Intelligence Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Ana Abecasis, Global Health and Tropical Medicine, NOVA University Lisbon
  • Large deviation techniques in some classical and quantum problems
    Armen Shirikyan, AGM-Mathematics, CY Cergy Paris Université
    Daniel Ueltschi, Department of Mathematics, University of Warwick
  • Colonialism, Borders and Carceral Geographies of Violence: Immigration Detention in Libya
    Ana Aliverti, Criminal Justice Centre, University of Warwick
    Benoit Henriet, History Department, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Contemporary Representations of Remains: Art and Resistance in the poetry of Manuel Gusmão, in the writings of Fernando Guerreiro, in the critical theory of Silvina Rodrigues Lopes, and in the cinema of Teresa Villaverde
    Golgona Anghel, Instituto de Estudos de Literatura e Tradiçao, NOVA University Lisbon
    Paulo de Medeiros, Department of English & Comparative Literary Studie, University of Warwick
  • Bayesian analysis of multi-layer and temporal network data through latent variables with applications to climate and environmental risks
    Mark Steel, Statistics, University of Warwick
    Roberto Casarin, Economics, University of Ca’Foscari
  • Getting Closer to Citizens? Political Parties and Participatory Democracy
    Sergiu Gherghina, International Studies and Contemporary History, Babes-Bolyai University
    Silvia Erzeel, Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • The interplay of autobiographical memory distortions and interpersonal deception in shaping the narrative self
    Laura Visu-Petra, Research in Individual Differences and Legal Psychology (RIDDLE Lab), Babes-Bolyai University
    Kimberley Wade, Behavioural Science, Department of Psychology, University of Warwick