Director's Message

Dear visitor,

As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of UNU-CRIS, we welcome the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and the University of Ghent (UGent) as new partners to enhance our academic endeavours which, next to our think-tank capacity, will take us one step closer to our aspiration to become a leading research centre on topics related to the goals and ambitions of the United Nations (UN) and its various institutions and agencies. UNU-CRIS 2.0 will focus on the provision of public goods in a global and regional setting, including patterns of economic, political and legal stability. With this, it will focus in its activities on global and regional governance, building on its rich tradition of research on comparative regional integration.

Operational since 2001, UNU-CRIS has a track record of generating policy-relevant knowledge about new forms of governance and cooperation and to contribute to capacity building on issues of integration and cooperation, particularly in developing countries. Over the years, it has shifted its focus to analyse the role of regionalization in helping to pursue the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

UNU-CRIS 2.0 aims at being an academically excellent institute focused on problem-solving and policy-relevant research into the provision of global and regional public goods and stability. Its research focuses, for example, on how regional integration, in settings such as ASEAN, ECOWAS or MERCOSUR, as well as newer regional integration schemes, can assist the provision of ‘public goods’, including combatting risks of violent conflict, of poverty and food scarcity and other factors negatively influencing human well-bring, safety and security. Research will explicitly take the role and potential of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in such areas into account. European integration and the provision of regional and global public goods will be explored – among them sound patterns economic governance, health policies, mitigation of environmental degradation and combatting push and pull factors of migration flows – to see how these can be enhanced and strengthened.

UNU-CRIS 2.0 also focuses on the global ‘trilemma’, namely how regions can help provide both sustainable growth and democracy in a globalizing world when globalization itself poses challenges to the traditional nation state.

Information on the output of our various research endeavours is available on this website, where you will easily find all our books, book chapters, articles, working papers, policy briefs and reports.

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Madeleine O. Hosli               Anthony Antoine
Director                                  Deputy Director