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Research Clusters

Our research is cross-cutting and interdisciplinary. The research clusters listed below reveal some key research areas at IBEI and are indicative of the institute’s particular strengths in international studies. Each cluster brings together IBEI faculty members, affiliated professors, visiting scholars and doctoral students who share expertise in a common field and provides them with a platform to discuss their work, exchange views, and start joint research initiatives. Cluster activities include, but are not limited to, work-in-progress meetings, retreats, workshops, training sessions and networking events with other research groups and centres.

Globalization and Public Policy

This research cluster focuses on the way globalization influences, and is influenced by, the capacity of different actors to defend and promote their economic and political interests.

Norms and Rules in International Politics

This cluster brings together members from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives studying the role of rules and norms in maintaining international order, as well as the extent to which formal and informal institutional actors contest them.

Institutions, Inequality and Development

This research cluster explores the economic and political dynamics that generate diverse inequality patterns and lead to varying developmental outcomes across the globe.

Security, Conflict and Peace

This research cluster looks broadly at the drivers, consequences and politics of conflict and political violence, along with strategies that can be taken to prevent or deal with the outcomes.

Diversity and Politics

Bridging the often compartmentalized scholarship on ethnicity, nationalism, migration and social class, this research cluster focuses on the role of the state, supranational institutions and civil society actors in the construction and mobilization of collective identities.