Governing Global Challenges

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Governing global challenges

Pressing challenges – including climate change, cybersecurity, gender equality, fake news, migration, or pandemics – confront communities and policymakers across the globe. They provoke – at require – rapid societal and political change, but as their causes and effects transcend national borders, such global challenges increase the need to coordinate local, national and international, as well as public and private, political interventions.

Our research group addresses complex wicked problems at the intersections of public policy, organization, law and politics, and political mobilization theory.

Questions guiding our research are:

- What are the global regimes for governing global challenges such as migration, climate change etc., how have they emerged over time, and why have they developed their specific organizational and policy foci?

- How are the Sustainable Development Goals implemented in specific organisations and places and how can we explain variation over space, time, and policy domains?

- How do local institutions, practices and political struggles interact with the global governance of any one challenge?

- How do governance regimes interact and constrain one another, for example with regard to climate change and climate migration or cybersecurity and conflict?


Read more on the research profile here

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Picture of Carlo Koos

Does state building improve state-citizens relations in conflict-affected countries?

In a new article, Carlo Koos together with Alexander De Juan, Miquel Pellicer and Eva Wegner show that foreign aid-funded state building projects can improve people’s access to basic services but fail to improve citizens’ attitudes towards the state.

New publication
Picture of a Unicef poster with a picture of a woman and the text: Don't be afraid to speak out when pressuered into marriage". #ENDviolence

Vote-buying, anti-corruption campaigns, and identity in African elections

Lise Rakner with new article in World Development.