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PLATO is a European network of leading research universities and professionals from the policy advice, consulting and civil society sectors. The innovative programme trains 15 PhD researchers to contribute to solving key policy issues for Europe.

Democracy International is one of PLATO’s eleven training partners.


PLATO investigates the legitimacy of the EU’s responses to the financial crisis. It will use the example of the financial crisis to build and test theory of what would amount to a legitimacy crisis in the case of a multi-state, non-state political system such as the EU.


PLATO offers an intensive and demanding programme of academic training as well as training in a range of professional skills, work experience from relevant sectors and individual professional career planning.

Partner and PhDs

PLATO's team brings together nine university partners which employ 15 PhD researchers. Eleven training partners contribute to the network with professional expertise and secondment opportunities.

For more information, please visit our project website:

Website of PLATO

Democracy International hosts "Marie Sklodowska Curie Visiting Fellow" Camille Dobler for a secondment as part of PLATO in February 2020. 

Marie Sklodowska Curie Visiting Fellow

Camille Dobler

Talking about Europe: legitimacy and identity at the border

Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University

ESR11 |

PhD project

There is an obvious interconnection between the two issues of identity and legitimacy in the European Union. Although they are two different processes of political construction, they are closely linked. Building upon theoretical and historical thoughts on this interconnection, my PhD explores and assesses the impact(s) a decade of multiple crisis had on European citizens’ sense of constituting political communities. Multiple country case studies will inform the research, which will rely on focus groups and qualitative discourse analysis

About me

Before joining PLATO, I have worked in the context of several public institutions: French, European and international. While this provided me with a good understanding of the complex European institutional framework, my thirst for knowledge was not fulfilled and in fact grew stronger. I have always sought to cut across traditional academic boundaries and PLATO offers me the opportunity to do so, bringing together the different expertise of an international and integrated cohort of students, academics and professionals. I believe this to be the conditio sine qua non to grasp the full picture of the EU’s unique political nature.


  • MSc in European Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • MRes in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (5 year degree), Sciences Po Lille
  • BA in Social Sciences, University of Strasbourg


  • French


  • Zdzislaw Mach, Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University
  • Florence Haegel, CEE, Sciences Po Paris


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