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Researchers The Contribution of 'Regional' Multistakeholder Mechanisms in Improving Global Governance

UNU-CRIS - United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies

Bruges, Belgium

The Position

The project aims to investigate multistakeholderism (civil society involvement) in regional and global governance. It will compare two different policy areas where multistakeholderism has become a defining norm: internet and trade governance. Both in internet and trade governance, multistakeholderism at the regional and global levels has emerged since the early 2000s and has accelerated in recent years. However, there are also differences between this ‘new’ and ‘traditional’ policy area. The questions of legitimacy and effectiveness are key to debates on multistakeholderism and will also be central to the theoretical framework of the project. We will concentrate on the role of the European Union (EU), which has actively promoted (inter-)regional interactions amongst the diverse range of actors that make up the multistakeholder environment.

The successful candidates will together further develop the theoretical framework on legitimacy and effectiveness in regional (EU) and global governance. Both candidates will prepare a doctoral dissertation (PhD) on respectively internet and trade governance. They will work independently and also in team, with particular attention for the comparative dimension between internet and trade governance.

Profile

The successful candidates are required to:

  • hold a Master’s degree in political science, EU studies or international relations with excellent study results (Master students in the academic year 2016-17 can also apply);
  • have a strong motivation to conduct academic research;
  • be fluent and have excellent communications skills in English;
  • be able to independently develop and conduct a research project, both substantially and practically;
  • be able to work in a team;
  • have knowledge of (the literatures on) internet governance and/or trade governance, regionalism, and/or multistakeholderism/civil society involvement;
  • be willing to participate in academic conferences and to publish in international peer reviewed journals;
  • be willing to pursue a PhD.

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