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Academic institutions are the backbones of society, providing knowledge and educating young people. Global development challenges affect us all.


As inequalities continue to grow, it is the responsibility of advanced economies and their academic institutions to share their resources and research results. The Bergen academic milieu is committed to rethink the implications of Norway’s position in the world today, emphasizing themes and research that our institutions are already engaged with.


The University of Bergen´s Strategic Plan for 2011-2015 prioritizes high quality research education with emphasis on developing and strengthening thematic areas, across disciplines, to meet global challenges.


In its seventh year, the Bergen Summer Research School (BSRS) is a joint venture under the leadership of the University of Bergen with the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Bergen University College, Chr. Michelsen Institute and Uni Research. BSRS is organised by UiB Global.


2014: Governance to Meet Global Challenges

June 23 to July 4, 2014 at the University of Bergen

GOVERNANCE is fundamental to the fabric of all societies. From political institutions, via trade regimes and human rights treaties, to food regulations and anti-corruption measures, governance is about how we regulate our lives, distribute resources, opportunities and burdens, and how we protect what we regard as valuable. Read more

We are no longer accepting applications

The 2014 summer school is organized in six parallel courses:

    Studying Global Governance From Above and Below

    Climate Change Governance

    Differentiated Citizenship: Governing Populations
    Beyond Territorial State Borders

    Global Governance for Health

    Marine Resources Governance (this course will be combined
    with: Studying Global Governance From Above and Below)

    Uncertainty and Quality in Sciences for Policy

2014 Guest lecturers

Nnimmo Bassey Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria - 2012 Rafto Prize Laureate Christophe Béné Institute of Development Studies, Denmark Marge Berer Reproductive Health Matters, UK Adam Branch San Diego State University, USA / Makerere University, Uganda Olivier De Schutter UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Umut Erel Open University, UK Amanda Gouws University of Stellenbosch, South Africa Bjørn Hersoug Norwegian College of Fishery Science Tina Gudrun Jensen Danish National Centre for Social Research Gary D Libecap University of California, Santa Barbara, USA Srila Roy University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa John-Arne Røttingen University of Oslo Helle Rydström Lund University, Sweden Andrea Saltelli European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy Jeroen van der Sluijs Utrecht University, Netherlands Asuncion Lera St. Clair Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research, Norway Christina Voigt University of Oslo More info

  • Bergen Summer Research School 2014

    A focus on governance

    This year the Bergen Summer Research School will gather PhD candidates from all disciplines and all parts of the world to focus on Governance to Meet Global Development Challenges.