Monitoring Regionalisation Processes


All over the world, we witness processes of regionalisation taking the form of cooperative arrangements or integration schemes. Groups of states initiate and support  regionalisation processes, inter alia, to improve their political links, to reap the gains from trade in goods and services, to strengthen financial links, to benefit from risk-sharing and better investment opportunities and to secure their regional environment.

This research programme aims to monitor regionalisation processes worldwide and to collect quantitative data and qualitative information. To this end, it seeks to advance new monitoring and assessment methods and to develop appropriate tools for retrospective measurements and prospective foresight of regional integration processes. This programme also supports the monitoring efforts of specific regional organisations.

This research programme therefore has the following objectives:

  • to systematically identify and describe the variety and evolution of regional integration agreements that currently exist across the globe, applying different time horizons;
  • to provide the discussion on the role and importance of the (macro-) regional level in global governance with a stronger empirical base;
  • to develop retrospective monitoring and measurement tools, including indicator systems, and prospective foresight and forecasting tools for regional integration processes; and
  • to organise participatory foresight exercises to identify scenarios for regional integration processes and contribute to their sustainability by involving multiple stakeholders in visioning the future of their regions.

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