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What does global governance really mean?

Can you describe what global governance is – or what it actually means in the real world?

Today, global governance is primarily understood as the affairs of states and global governance institutions. But the more we focus on states and institutions, the more confusing this concept seems – especially with governance structures around the world evolving rapidly.

To start, many of the local institutions, agencies, and citizens doing the concrete work of global governance are underrepresented in traditional global governance institutions – a problem described by the ‘participation gap’.

At the same time, those who are most affected by global problems – such as citizens, students, or practitioners – are often puzzled by how global governance works in practice. This issue is known as the ‘information gap’.

For example, to tackle climate change, state actors must collaborate at multiple levels. But citizens, students, and practitioners themselves rarely know what actions are being taken locally – through community work, local governance, or private-public partnerships – to combat climate change.

Toward a broader understanding

But these dilemmas can be resolved. By understanding that global governance is really a world of local practices and local solutions, we can drive a more inclusive approach to it.

That’s why our mission at the Centre of Expertise on Global Governance is to improve understanding of how global governance works in practice (“New Actors, New Solutions”). In particular, we have four key goals:

1. Increasing the practical knowledge and skills of students in fields relevant to global governance;

2. Contributing to the professionalization of global governance through professional training courses and applied research;

3. Improving the public visibility of and engagement with the institutions shaping global governance by professionals, citizens, and youth;

4. Contributing to the development of new practical solutions that drive collaborative, inclusive, innovative governance at international, regional, national, and local levels. These solutions should be conducive to inclusion, equal representation, accountability, and legitimacy.

How do we support more inclusive global governance?

Inspired by the field of climate governance, we see global governance as a network of interdependent actors solving global problems together. Guided by this understanding, we study global problems with the people directly involved in those problems – what they do, how they do it, and how their practices can be improved.

We do this through communities of practice, and by using qualitative research methods such as interviews, surveys, focus discussion groups, archival work, and citizen science. We also collaborate on projects in development governance, climate change, women’s rights, and diversity.

This allows us to identify more local practices by new, underrepresented actors as being part of global governance, and to develop new collaborative solutions to global problems.

Our research program is regularly reviewed to make sure it represents the fast-changing reality of global governance, and builds on three key areas of expertise:

1) European studies and public administration
2) United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice
3) Multilevel regulation and alternative dispute resolution

Our mission

Projects

Understanding the effects of heatwaves on vulnerable population groups in the municipality of The Hague.

‘The Effect of heatwaves on vulnerable population groups in The Hague’ mapped the needs of independently living seniors in order to adapt to heatwaves, the sustainable (frugal) solutions that exist, and the actions that the municipality could take to address these needs and thereby contribute to urban resilience.
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Global Governance Innovators Lab

Exploring new ways to have your say in justice issues? Yes, at THUAS, you can! Join the upcoming project at the Global Governance Innovators Lab enriched with the Global Citizenship programme!
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Call for volunteers – take part in our new citizen science project "Trust MEdiators"!

Conflicts happen every day, often in an intercultural context. These conflicts frequently arise because we don’t really know how to talk to or collaborate with people from different cultures.

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News

Nieuws_Global Governance
29 August 2022

The annual report of the Centre of Expertise Global Governance is here!

General, Research

This year with a new, fresh (and interactive!) format: click around to explore more.
A big thank you to all our…
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Inheems Bevolking
7 July 2022

An Indigenous Story - The Story of the Tŝilhqot’in

General, Programmes, Research

09.06.2022 16:00 – 18:00; The lights are dimmed, and the first students stride into the room. The recording is set up…
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Transitional Justice
30 June 2022

Lecture on Transitional Justice

General, Research, Programmes

On Wednesday 22 June the Global Governance CoE organized an interactive lecture on Transitional Justice. During the…
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Research groups

Knowledge and expertise of the centre of expertise

Team

dr. Barbara Warwas

dr. Barbara Warwas

Director and Professor Multilevel Regulation

dr. Barbara Warwas
Director and Professor Multilevel Regulation

Dr. Barbara Warwas has been employed at THUAS since 2016 in roles as coordinator and lecturer at the International and European Law Programme. 

Mendeltje van Keulen

dr. Mendeltje van Keulen

Professor Changing Role of Europe

dr. Mendeltje van Keulen
Professor Changing Role of Europe

Dr. Mendeltje van Keulen is professor Changing Role of Europe since 1 January 2018. 

Maaike de Loor

Maaike de Loor

Programme Coordinator

Maaike de Loor
Programme Coordinator

Maaike de Loor is an enthusiastic, forward thinking professional with 20+ years of international development work experience. 

Tamara Takacs

dr. Tamara Takács

Coördinator of Professional Trainings

dr. Tamara Takács
Coördinator of Professional Trainings

Since 2017, Tamara Takács has filled various leadership positions within The Hague University of Applied Sciences, first as senior lecturer and team leader for the Law Programme.

Sylvia Bergh

dr. Sylvia Bergh

Senior Researcher

dr. Sylvia Bergh
Senior Researcher

Sylvia I. Bergh joined the team as senior researcher at the Centre of Expertise in 2020. 

Debora Spinabelli

Debora Spinabelli

Senior Management Assistant

Debora Spinabelli
Senior Management Assistant

ebora Spinabelli joined the Centre of Expertise in 2020. She has prior professional experience in a broad array of roles.

Georgia Fitzgerald

Georgia Delgado-Fitzgerald

Student Assistent

Georgia Delgado-Fitzgerald
Student Assistent

Georgia Delgado-Fitzgerald started as a student assistant for the Centre of Expertise on Global Governance in 2020, while studying a Bachelor of Laws in International and European Law.

Daiane de Almeida Barros Schwab

Daiana de Almeida Barros-Schwab

Student Assistent Communication

Jaap de Zwaan

prof. dr. Jaap de Zwaan

Fellow European Integration

prof. dr. Jaap de Zwaan
Fellow European Integration

His main domains of EU interest are related to respectively the constitutional debate, the internal market cooperation, the area of freedom, security and justice and the external relations of the EU.

Joris Voorhoeve

prof. dr. ir. Joris Voorhoeve

Fellow Global Governance

Sara Khermjioui

Sara Khermjioui

Sara Khermjioui

She is responsible for managing the Centre’s social media channels and the creation of newsletters for internal and external partners.

Publications

Article

Decentralisatie: hét antwoord op de Arabische Lente?

The so-called “Arab Spring” originated in the socio-economic grievances which resulted from the long-standing regional inequalities in many countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Article

The third, completely revised edition of Wereld in Beweging, the Dutch textbook on international relations for HBO students, is out!

The world is on fire: Corona, Afghanistan, climate change. As Europe and the US grapple with their role on the world stage, new super powers are emerging. Wars are hybrid, and a pandemic has frozen our image.

Article

SARS-COV-2 Vaccination and Employment: the Legal Framework in the EU and Hungary

The paper explores whether and under what conditions, vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 may become a mandatory requirement for employees. It includes a discussion on EU action on SARS-CoV-2 vaccination and its...

Article

The Role of Constitutional Courts in Promoting Healthcare Equity: Lessons from Hungary

This paper explores whether constitutional litigation contributes to sustaining the equity element of the right to health. Equity entails a fair distribution of the burden of healthcare financing...

Article

Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic: Are the EU’s current competences used to their full potential?

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked the debate on strengthening European-level cooperation and solidarity in tackling the disease. Is it desirable and feasible to confer more competences upon the EU?
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Book

What do they actually do there? Interviews with Dutch members of the European Parliament

Every five years, elections for the European Parliament are held in the Netherlands. However, it is difficult for citizens to cast a substantiated vote.

Article

The Multilevel Regulation Manifesto

As noted, contemporary multilevel regulation is still centred on states, on elites, on technocrats, and what is more, these are mostly Western states, Western elites, and Western technocrats.
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Article

Returning to the Origins of Multilevel Regulation

The Inaugural Lecture of dr. Barbara Warwas, "Returning to the Origins of Multilevel Regulation", centred the motto from the Manifesto of her newly launched research group on Multilevel Regulation...

Report

Future of the UN - A Youth Perspective

The following report presents a summary of the ideas and proposals discussed during the virtual UN75 dialogues organized by The Chair of UN Studies in Peace and Justice with the support of Leiden University...

Report

The United Nations after Brexit

How does the looming exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union affect the work of the United Nations? In the week of the United General Assembly in New York, on Tuesday 24 September 2019...

Report

Just Peace X UN Youth Impact: Statelessness and Peaceful Societies

On Monday 16 September 2019, UN Youth Impact held an event with The Lighthouse at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. This event was part of the Just Peace Festival programme in The Hague.

Paper

Trip to the UN: Essays by young students of the Van Aartsen Honours Program

From 6-9 July 2019, a group of young students from Edith Stein College, Rijswijk Lyceum and the Johan de Witt School in The Hague travelled to New York City as part of the Van Aartsen Honours Program to...

Blog

Women face an ‘extra responsibility’ in the armed forces

The challenge of how to increase female participation in peacekeeping forces is currently under the international spotlight, as reflected in recent debates in the UN Security Council and in the EU.