9. Dissemination and exploitation

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  • Work Package No WP9
  • Name Dissemination and exploitation
  • Lead ULB
  • Participating Institutions All partners
  • Activity March ’23 – Feb ’27

Short description

The ULB will coordinate the dissemination and exploitation efforts associated with WP9. The ULB enjoys a central position in Brussels and a long-standing working relationship with both the consortium partners and several Brussels-based EU institutions. The ULB’s key partners of the ULB in WP9 will be NUPI and the European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR), a research institute and a think tank with pan-European and even global networks ideally suited to the dissemination and exploitation of the knowledge produced by NAVIGATOR. Besides the lead and the two non-academic partners, all other academic partners are also scheduled to contribute to the successful execution of the shared communication, exploitation, and dissemination (DEC) tasks.

Main objectives

Overall, the impact of NAVIGATOR is rooted in the following six outcomes: (i) its updated characterization of the five main trends currently leading to deterioration of the global multilateral rules-based system; (ii) its typology of states’ behaviour and European strategies in reaction to these trends across several key policy fields; (iii) its complementary in-depth analyses of how different types of existing multilateral arrangements and (iv) non-state actors have fared in this increasingly hostile environment; (v) its operationalizable insights into the priorities, modus operandi, and influence of the EU and its Member States; as well as (vi) clear, research-based recommendations and strategies. WP9 will leverage these outcomes to heighten the scope and sustainability of the action’s impact, through:


Continued Communication & Promotion of NAVIGATOR.


Improved Scientific Dissemination by way of a shared Conference Strategy.


Open Access Scientific Dissemination by way of a coordinated Publication Strategy.


Facilitated Exploitation through standing Strategic Expert Groups.


Policy exploitation through Coordinated Policy Briefs & Forecasting Strategies.

Core tasks



  • Continued Communication & Promotion of NAVIGATOR March ’23 – Feb ’27

The WP9-lead and the PI will jointly manage a set of communication tools to provide continuous, up-to-date information about the project. To ensure the coherence and accessibility of the communicated information on NAVIGATOR, all messaging will first be published on the project’s dedicated website before wider dissemination via the project’s dedicated social media platforms and a range of partners’ own platforms. The execution of this task will involve (a) creation of the website, a blog and the associated social media platforms (i.e. a Twitter Account targeting policy-makers); (b) production of regular communication content; (c) mobilization of partner relays to have the messages picked up by the partners ’platforms, notably those used by ECFR. A Plan for dissemination and exploitation will be developed.



  • Improved Scientific Dissemination by way of a shared Conference Strategy Aug. ’23 – Aug. ’26

The NAVIGATOR conference strategy covers: participation in international conferences, organization of outreach events in third countries and the hosting of an annual NAVIGATOR conference in a Member State or Associated State. P9 will also coordinate a series of panel submissions to the International Studies Association Conference (ISA) and the Council for European Studies annual conference (CES) scheduled to emerge from the different research and innovation work packages over the course of the project. The goal is to ensure a visible presence of the project at these international conferences to better disseminate the early- and late-stage findings of the project. Outreach seminars will be hosted in Japan (WUT), South Africa (Wits), Israel (HUJI), and Canada (UO) to reach out to the global academic and expert communities, while annual NAVIGATOR conferences hosted across Europe (Oslo, Berlin, Milan, Brussels) will help establish the project within the European epistemic community. The Brussels-based conference will be hosted in conjuncture with the German Marshall Fund’s Annual Brussels Forum to ensure maximal visibility and impact.



  • Monitoring of project activities and progress Feb ‘24 – Feb ’27

WP9 will coordinate a shared publication strategy, both supporting a series of article submissions to peer-reviewed journals driven by the different research and innovation work packages and leading the production and submission of an edited handbook gathering all key insights from across the project in one user friendly publication. The articles and the handbook will be published in gold standard open access.



  • Facilitated Exploitation through standing Strategy Expert Groups March ’23 – Feb ’27

The WP9-lead in close cooperation with the both the PI (NUPI) and one non-academic partner institutions (ECFR) will help set up and manage three so-called “Strategy Expert Groups”. These intersectoral groups will involve individuals from across the foreign policy knowledge quad (academics, civil servants, private sector and civil society actors) who will be regularly consulted throughout the lifespan of the project. WP9 will maintain the continued involvement of these three expert groups each including between 10-to-20 individuals, with each group covering respectively (1) universal membership multilateral organizations, (2) minilateral clubs, and (3) public-private arrangements. Each group should meet in person twice during the project.



  • Policy exploitation through Coordinated Policy Briefs & Forecasting Strategies Feb ’24 – Feb ’27

The WP9-lead, in close cooperation with NUPI and the non-academic partner institution (ECFR), will develop a series of policy briefs informed by the research and findings of NAVIGATOR. Although the policy briefs will be clearly branded as NAVIGATOR products, these will be co-authored by academics from the project and policy-experts associated with ECFR, ensuring that the briefs meet the highest standards in the field (D9.4, m48). Ultimately, they are to be published in Open Access, both on the project website and through the ECFR policy papers series. Additionally, with the support of the ULB, NUPI will run a structured forecasting exercise to identify strategic choices for EU officials seeking to ensure the continued resilience and relevance of the EU.


  • D9.1 month 2 – April.’23

    NAVIGATOR Website, Logo, Blog and social media

  • D9.2 month 6 – Aug.’23

    Plan for dissemination and exploitation

  • D9.3 month 24 – Feb.’25

    First NAVIGATOR Forecasting Report

  • D9.4 month 48 – Feb.’27

    List of NAVIGATOR Policy Briefs

  • D9.5 month 46 – Dec.’26

    Second NAVIGATOR Forecasting Report

  • D9.6 month 48 – Feb.’27

    Edited handbook manuscript uploaded to repository for open access

  • D9.7 month 24 – Feb.’25

    Plan for dissemination and exploitation (2)

  • D9.8 month 48 – Feb.’27

    Plan for dissemination and exploitation (3)

Co-funded by the European Union

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the Call HORIZON-CL2-2021-DEMOCRACY-01 – Grant agreement n°101061621

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