Director's Message

Dear visitor,

As we celebrated the 15th anniversary of UNU-CRIS in 2017, we announced a new partnership agreement with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Ghent University (UGent). This has enhanced our collective academic endeavours and brings the Institute one step closer to achieving our aspiration of becoming a true ‘centre of academic excellence’ on topics related to the goals and ambitions of the United Nations (UN) and its various institutions and agencies. UNU-CRIS seeks to address the seminal challenges of regional governance and integration, focusing on the provision of public goods in a global and regional setting. To achieve this, the Institute produces policy-relevant knowledge about new forms of governance and cooperation at the regional and global level. 

UNU-CRIS divides its projects into three main program areas; 1) ‘The Role of Regions in Global Governance’, 2) ‘The United Nations and Regional Public Goods’, and 3) ‘Changing Patterns of Regional and Global Governance’. Due to its strategic location close to Brussels, assessments of the European Integration project assume prominence. Questions relating to matters such as sound patterns of economic governance, health policies, mitigation of environmental degradation and combatting push and pull factors of migration flows are considered, as well as the EU’s role as a global actor and within international institutions.

That being said, the geographical spread of UNU-CRIS’ work is global and many other regional bodies such as ASEAN, the African Union, ECOWAS, MERCOSUR and patterns of interregional collaboration continue to also be the subject of investigation. When considering the issue of ‘public goods’ provision, UNU-CRIS adopts the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda as its lens for analysis. The Institute looks at how regional integration schemes can assist in the provision of these ‘public goods’ including; combatting the risks of violent conflict, of poverty and food scarcity and other factors negatively influencing human well-bring, safety and security. Such research explicitly takes the role and potential of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in such areas into account.

UNU-CRIS 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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Prof. Dr. Madeleine O. Hosli               Anthony Antoine
Director                                                 Deputy Director