We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study


Despite COVID-19, the IAS plans to hold a full programme of virtual lectures and seminars. Further events will be added to this page as they are scheduled.

'Scales of Governance: how we rule ourselves and each other' - 2017 Annual IAS London Debate

22nd June 2017, 19:30 to 21:15, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Chartered Accountants’ Hall, One Moorgate Place, London, EC2R 6EA, Professor Dame Sandra Dawson (University of Cambridge); Professor Kristine Kern (Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS)); Professor Ulrike Guérot (European Democracy Lab); Professor Peter Kinderman (University of Liverpool)

When we think about governance, we usually think about Government. But humans govern themselves on multiple scales, as individual persons; as families and kin groups; as sub-cultural and religious groups; and – of course – through national and international bodies.

In accord with the IAS’s 2016-17 research theme of Scale, this event explores different scales of governance, and how these strive to create social and material order by applying rules and regulations to our lives. Bringing diverse disciplinary perspectives together, it considers how concepts of governance recur at different scales, and how multiple scales of rule-making and regulation interact with each other.

Our panel brings together expertise about governance at every scale, and it will consider questions such as:

  • What do we mean by governance? Is it simply a mechanism for maintaining social order, or is its primary purpose to maintain specific systems of power?
  • How do individual efforts to ‘self-govern’ minds, bodies and emotions intersect with familial, local and wider processes of governing?
  • Cultural beliefs and values are manifested in rules and regulations. How can we reconcile very different ideas about governance?
  • What is the relationship between physical territory (the home, the town, the city, the nation) and governance?
  • Is there a scale beyond which governance cannot be effective? Can efforts to enact global governance and legislation succeed?

Our panellists for this event are:

Professor Dame Sandra Dawson,DBE, FAcSS, is a social scientist and the KPMG Professor Emerita of Management Studies in Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, where she has also held posts as a Deputy Vice Chancellor, and as the Master of Sidney Sussex College. She was previously the Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Deputy Director of the Management School at Imperial College. She has held multiple senior appointments in academic, government and private institutions, for example in the Institute of Government, the Financial Services Authority, the Prime Minister's Council on Science and Technology,the NHS,the UK-India Round Table, as a trustee for Oxfam, and as a Non Executive Director at several companies, including banks.

Professor Kristine Kern, is a political scientist. She joined the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS) in 2012. After her studies in Public Administration, Economics and Political Science in Stuttgart, Tübingen and Berlin (Germany), Kristine Kern earned her PhD in Political Science in 1998 (Freie Universität Berlin). She worked at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Social Science Center Berlin (WZB), as visiting professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (USA) and at Södertörn University in Stockholm (Sweden). Between 2008 and 2012 she was Universitair Docent at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University (Netherlands) and from 2012 to 2016 Professor at the Faculty for Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Potsdam (Germany). Her main research interests concentrate on Environmental Governance, in particular on regions and cities.

Professor Ulrike Guérot is Founder and Director of the European Democracy Lab at the European School of Governance in Berlin. She writes about European Democracy and global Europe, has taught at renowned universities in Europe and the US and has 20 years experience in the European think tank community. Since early 2016 she has been the Professor and Director of the Department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy at the Donau-University in Krems, Austria, and is the author of new Warum Europa eine Republik werden muss! Eine politische Utopie" (Why Europe Needs to Become a Republic. A Political Utopia). The central idea thereof is the idea of a res publica europaea, a European Republic, where the European common interest and the transnationality of the whole European Republic is stressed and placed above the nation state.

Peter Kinderman is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool and Vice President of the British Psychological Society. His research interests are in psychological processes underpinning wellbeing and mental health. He has published widely on the role of psychological factors as mediators between biological, social and circumstantial factors in mental health and wellbeing, and has received significant research grant funding – most recently from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), to lead a three-year evidence synthesis programme for the ‘What Works Centre for Wellbeing’, exploring the effectiveness of policies aimed at improving community wellbeing. His most recent book, ‘A Prescription for Psychiatry’, presents his vision for the future of mental health services.

The evening will be chaired by IAS Executive Director Professor Veronica Strang, an anthropologist whose research on human engagements with water includes an interest in transnational corporations and water ownership and control. She has worked extensively with UNESCO (receiving an international water prize in 2007), and is currently assisting the UN in developing some international Principles for Water. She is the author of The Meaning of Water (2004), Ownership and Appropriation (2011) and Gardening the World (2009). She also writes extensively on interdisciplinarity itself, and is increasingly involved in the development of UK policy and practice in this area.

This event will build on the success of previous IAS London events.

Organised by the Institute of Advanced Study, this event offers the Friends of the IAS and the wider Durham alumni network, colleagues and members of the public an opportunity to come together for what should prove to be a stimulating and engaging occasion.

Date: Thursday 22 June 2017
Time: 7.30pm – 10.00pm
Venue: Chartered Accountants’ Hall, One Moorgate Place, London, EC2R 6EA
Format: The event starts at 7.30pm and seats can be taken from 7.10pm.
The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception for guests to mingle and chat with speakers.
Cost: Free


Places must be booked in advance either via online registration or through the IAS directly at:

Contact for more information about this event.

Download this event in iCalendar format