Changing Patterns of Regional and Global Governance

Current forms of governance, on global, regional and domestic levels, are facing challenges. The globalisation of markets and the growth of transnational networks affect the ways of global and regional decision-making. This research program focuses on the search for new patterns of regional and global governance, taking into account a variety of actors, from states and international institutions to non-governmental organizations and civil society actors. How are decisions made at the regional and global level as regards collaboration and collective action in areas such as energy and climate governance, combatting root causes of conflict and poverty, trade policies and economic stability?

In this thematic area, projects focus on changing patterns of decision-making at the regional and global levels in a variety of policy areas, including environmental protection, migration policies, trade, energy governance and measures to improve core conditions for peace and stability. It explores how, in changing circumstances, globally and regionally, effective and legitimate patterns of governance can be achieved and implemented.

This research programme has the following objectives:

  • to systematically identify and evaluate patterns of decision-making and public goods provision at different levels of governance;
  • to offer policy advice on best practices at different levels of governance, contributing to the achievement of the goals of the United Nations;
  • to explore and assess themes likely to be core to global governance in the future;
  • to investigate how current regional and global institutions can best adapt to shifts in the current global order.

Related Projects

Within the framework of this research programme, the following projects are currently ongoing:

  • PADIRE (t.b.a. fall 2018)

Other activities include:

  • PhD research: Public participation in environmental decision-making: Aarhus watched with Argus eyes?