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Bergen Summer Research School

Governance to Meet Global Development Challenges

Welcome to the Bergen Summer Research School June 23 to July 4, 2014!

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GOVERNANCE is fundamental to the fabric of all societies and every aspect of social life. From political institutions, via international trade regimes and human rights treaties, to food regulations and anti-corruption measures, governance is about how we regulate our lives together, locally, nationally and globally; how we distribute resources, opportunities and burdens, and how we protect what we regard as valuable in our societies. Governance structures can create pathways to more fairness, human security, freedom and dignity – or it can do the opposite. 

Governance for global development is an enormous field. To allow a better understanding of the role of governance on the development agenda, the BSRS 2014 adopts an interdisciplinary approach gathering an international group of research students and scientists, to explore these complex and interlinked challenges from different disciplines.

The Summer School will be organised in five parallel courses.

  1. Studying Global Governance From Above and Below: Multilateral Organizations, Collective Action and the Politics of Development in the Global South.
  2. Climate Change Governance: Governance structures addressing mitigation, adaptation and restitution in the face of a changing climate.
  3. Differentiated Citizenship: Governing Populations Beyond Territorial State Borders.
  4. Global Governance for Health
  5. Uncertainty and quality in Sciences for Policy

* The course on Marine Resources Governance will be combined with: Studying Global Governance From Above and Below

Four of the courses will provide the students the opportunity to critically analyse the dynamics and impact of global governance mechanism on specific fields. The course on uncertainty and quality in Sciences for Policy will provide students with methodological skills and insights in their treatment of quantitative information.

The courses  will be bound together by joint lectures by high-profile keynote speakers.  In addition to the doctoral courses, a set of plenary sessions and public meetings will reach out to the wider community.

Participants having fulfilled the course will receive 3 ECTS credits.  Students that decide to submit a final paper will receive 10 ECTS if the paper is accepted.

Please find information about the courses, application form and other activities in the menu below.