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Ghent Centre for Global Studies - Ghent University (UGent)
Ghent Centre for Global Studies

 Contact details
Contact personJulie Carlier
Research Coordinator 
StreetUniversiteitstraat 8 
Address 9000 - Ghent (Belgium) 
Phone++32 9 264 97 82 
EmailShow Email
Webwww.globalstudies.ugent.be
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)51-250 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» History
» Philosophy
» Anthropology
» Ethnic studies
» Economics
» Geography
» Political science
» Sociology
» Law

 Brief description of your activity focus
Global Studies

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
The Ghent Centre for Global Studies is one of 5 new research consortia in the Social Sciences
and the Humanities at Ghent University. This interdisciplinary research centre unites geographers, social
and political scientists, lawyers, economists, historians and philosophers – a total of 10 research groups
from 5 different faculties – around the critical study of global processes. In keeping with the spatial turn
in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, the centre aims to question the boundaries and scales of
space and place, focusing on the co-construction of the local and the global, with special attention to
the historical and ethical dimensions of economic, political, social and cultural globalisation and to
(local) agency in global processes and globe-making projects.

Research groups

• CEVI: Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry – Global Ethics (Philosophy and Moral Sciences)
• CEUS: Centre for EU Studies (Political Sciences)
• CCC: Communities, Comparisons and Connections (History)
• CRG: Conflict Research Group (Conflict and Development Studies)
• GIIS: Ghent Institute for International Studies (Political Sciences)
• HRC: Human Rights Centre (Public Law)
• MENARG: Middle East and North Africa Research Group (Conflict and Development Studies)
• POS+: Participation, Opportunities and Structures (Sociology)
• SEG: Social and Economic Geography – World Cities Research Cluster (Geography)
• SHERPPA: Study Hive for Economic Research and Public Policy Analysis (General Economics)

Steering committee

Eva Brems (HRC), Tom Claes (CEVI), Ben Derudder (SEG), Baz Lecocq (CCC), Dries Lesage (GIIS), Jan
Orbie (CEUS), Christopher Parker (MENARG), Glenn Rayp (SHERPPA), Henk Roose (POS+), Sigrid Sterckx
(CEVI), Eric Vanhaute (CCC), Ronan Van Rossem (POS+), Jo Van Steenbergen (CCC), Koen Vlassenroot
(CRG), Frank Witlox (SEG), Sami Zemni (MENARG)

Areas of expertise and research overview

• CEVI: Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry – Global Ethics (Philosophy and Moral Sciences)

The Center for Ethics & Value Inquiry (CEVI) carries out research and teaching on the ethics of
globalisation and on ethics under the conditions of globalisation. We specialize in researching current
sense-making of globalisation phenomena, in particular the language of ethics and its existentials
(Edel). Examples of (ongoing) research projects: Economic governance in a globalising world: ethical
challenges; Global Justice: assessing cosmopolitan approaches in light of some ‘realist’ objections

• CEUS: Centre for EU Studies (Political Sciences)

The Centre for EU Studies (CEUS) is the political science pillar of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
at Ghent University. CEUS research focuses on decision-making in the EU on the one hand and the ‘soft’
dimension of Europe’s external action (enlargement, trade policy, development cooperation and
humanitarian aid) on the other. Over ten PhD projects are currently being conducted at the centre,
especially in the area of EU external relations. Examples of (ongoing) research projects: The EU’s global
social role; The substance of EU democracy promotion; The relationship between the international trade
regime and European social, environmental and consumer protection

• CCC: Communities, Comparisons and Connections (History)

CCC brings together historians and social scientists, who study historical processes in a comparative and
global perspective through the scope of diverging spatial, social, religious, and political geographies.
Our focus on Communities, Comparisons and Connections applies to a variety of research topics: case
studies and regional studies in a comparative perspective; broader societal shifts with global
ramifications; and various models of explanation for social change on a global and longue-durée scale.
Examples of (ongoing) research projects: The globalisation of modern border systems and clandestine
maritime migration networks, a comparative research between Atlantic and Pacific migration systems
(1882-1938); The end of peasantries? Trajectories of peasant transformation in a comparative and
global perspective; The Awad el Djouh Affair: Slave trade, Human Rights and the Shaping of the
Postcolonial World (1948-1962)

• CRG: Conflict Research Group (Conflict and Development Studies)

CRG is a multidisciplinary research unit, primarily interested in the micro-level dynamics of civil
conflicts and concentrate both on the impact of civil conflicts on local communities, and on the links
between local and global dimensions of conflict. CRGs crosscutting analysis has led to the comparison of
different geographical case studies, from Asia and sub-Sahara Africa to Latin America. Our research
centres around three clusters: resources, governance and humanitarian aid. Examples of (ongoing)
research projects: Land reform and social differentiation on the island of Mindanao, the Philippines;
Violent conflict and urban transformation in the Eastern Congolese Periphery; The political economy of
humanitarian aid

• GIIS: Ghent Institute for International Studies (Political Sciences)

GIIS emphasizes the marriage between political science and history and strongly adheres to a critical
approach. Its research focuses chiefly on world politics and global governance (next to foreign policy and
diplomacy, and terrorism and radicalization). The first research line examines the patterns of the
current multipolar world order in the context of deepening interdependence and globalisation. The
second research line includes the study of institutions, regimes and structures of global policies on global
problems (climate change, energy scarcity, financial and monetary instability, underdevelopment) with
a focus on global power relations and ideational frameworks. Examples of ongoing research projects:
The Politics and Institutions of Global Energy Governance; Capital controls in Brazil, India and China:
towards the end of the free movement of capital as a global norm?; The European Union in the G7, G8
and G20. Explaining the EUs internal coordination efforts

• HRC: Human Rights Centre (Public Law)

An important part of the research conducted within the Centre has a legal orientation, encompassing
both Belgian law and European and international law, as well as comparative analyses in the field of
human rights. Apart from legal research, the Centre is also involved in interdisciplinary research related
to human rights (ethnographic research, legal anthropology). Examples of (ongoing) research projects:
The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective (Belgian Interuniversity
Attraction Pole – coordinated by HRC, UGent); Strengthening the European Court of Human Rights: More
Accountability through better legal reasoning (ERC Starting Grant); Advancing Human Rights in
Traditional Justice: The Role of the Legal Development Cooperation at the Grassroots

• MENARG: Middle East and North Africa Research Group (Conflict and Development Studies)

The MENARG is an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to the production of knowledge about - and
critical insight into - the politics, society, and economy of the contemporary Middle East and North
Africa. Affiliated researchers are also concerned with issues and phenomena that link the MENA to
Europe and the global world order. Domains of research include, but are not restricted to: social
movements, revolution, and contentious politics; Islam, Islamism and religious mobilization; urban
studies and the politics of space; Globalization and the dynamics of political change and continuity in
the region. Examples of (ongoing) research projects:; The Impact of decentralization and ‘good
governance’ on democratic transition and urban transformation in the Middle East; Infrastructural
violence and resistance in the Palestinian West Bank: The politics of spatial practice; Actually Existing
Neoliberalism and the Reconfiguration of Government and Political Society in the Arab World: Jordan
and Iraq

• POS+: Participation, Opportunities and Structures (Sociology)

POS+ focuses its research on multidimensional patterns of participation and social exclusion in both
current and past societies. Recent macro-social transformations and processes, such as the evolution
towards a post-modern, post-industrial and globalized society, encourages sociologists to reflect about
how traditional forms of societal participation are gradually replaced by more postmodern forms of
participation. POS+ studies the different dimensions of participation, i.e., civil, social, political,
economic, and cultural, as well as their inter-relations. Research themes include: globalization, the
state and the global system; civil society and citizenship practices; social capital and social networks;
poverty, social exclusion and the welfare state; reproductive health and empowerment. Examples of
ongoing research projects: Global Dynamics Project; Globalization, global citizenship and human rights
cultures; Ethical consumption and consumer activism

• SEG: Social and Economic Geography – World Cities Research Cluster (Geography)

The research of the SEG focuses on three main clusters: (i) transport geography, transport economics and
logistics, (ii) urban geography, urban policy and world city-formation, and (iii) land use, agro-
environment and geography of enterprise. Our research on urban geography, urban policy and world city-
formation focuses on present-day evolutions in the Flemish urban system (commuting, migration and
housing choice patterns), urban policy (city-monitoring and urban economics), and the formation of a
world city network through the internationalization of transport and production networks. Examples of
(ongoing) research projects: Changes in the world city network, 2000-2012; Land grabbing (land use,
development); Relation between trade and air transport in Asia Pacific

• SHERPPA: Study Hive for Economic Research and Public Policy Analysis (General Economics)

SHERPPA aims at intensifying scientific research on the design and the effectiveness of public policy on a
broad number of aspects: among others labour market, international economic, macroeconomic and
public economic aspects of public policy. Examples of (ongoing) research projects; Corruption and
regional integration (political economy of international trade policy); Quantitative analyses in economic
history (economic networks and shocks); Determinants of international migration (location of migrants,
migration policy)
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Structural changes in the knowledge economy and society
» Socio-economic development trajectories
» Regional, territorial and social cohesion
» Cultural interactions in an international perspective
» Interactions & interdependences between world regions
» Conflicts, peace and human rights

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