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Global Policy Institute


The Global Policy Institute at Durham Universityaims to establish international leadership in the field of global challenges and transborder problems, as well as the study of multilateral political and legal governance structures. It aims to ensure that Durham University emerges as an important intellectual centre for the academic study, research, and policy developments in the field of international and global collective action problems, and how these are governed. Since globalisation has put many of these issues at the heart of politics and policy-making, Durham would potentially be centre-stage in research and policy issues with global reach.

The aims and focus of the Institute, in the period leading up to 2020, are as follows:

  1. To consolidate the work of the Institute through majorexternal grant capture, which will underpin all of the objectives of the Institute.
  2. To link and catalyse global policy aspects of research being pursued across the University.
  3. To collaborate with other URIs and Centres in Durham, with a mission to provide expertise in government, law and policy-making at the global level.
  4. To establish strong international partnerships with leading universities and other institutions across the world.
  5. To create resources for undergraduate and postgraduate courses on global collective action problems.
  6. To facilitate and optimise impact case studies.
  7. To bridge the gap between academic work and the practical experience of policymakers in particular sectors.

In order to achieve these goals, the Institute will from the outset focus on the following three broad priorities:

  1. The identification and mapping of novel risks and challenges that are of global character and require international policy coordination.
  2. The study of how shifts in the balance of power, both between States (e.g., away from the traditional western powers), and away from States (e.g., towards globally organised institutions, regional associations and federations of States, corporations, and other influential actors), are shaping changes in global governance structures. A critical engagement with these phenomena aims to elucidate and open alternative normative proposals for global governance.
  3. A proactive approach to developing and implementing ideas for major projects that will attract external research funding, external collaborative partners, and the dissemination of research findings and outputs. It is hoped that this approach will attract both academic and non-academic interest, and eventually help drive changes in policy-making at the global level.