Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research


The Centre Invites Participants to Attend Its Midterm Conference on 1–3 July 2015


Three years after its inauguration, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research invites key experts of this new and interdisciplinary research area to its Midterm Conference 'Global Cooperation: Can we built on it? Findings and perspectives'. Aim and purpose of this conference are multifold: While the Centre wants to introduce some of the research projects it has initiated over the last years, we are also interested in identifying new research paths addressing the pressing challenges in the area of cooperation research. Moreover, the conference aims to bring together experts from different disciplines to create a community in the area of global cooperation research.

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Aysem Mert

Environmental Governance through Partnerships -
A Discourse Theoretical Study


Global Cooperation can be understood as a set of discourses and practices. Applied on the field of Environmental Governance, this assumption leads to a multitude of possible starting points for analysis. Postdoc Fellow Aysem Mert recently published her book ‘Environmental Governance through Partnerships – A Discourse Theoretical Study’ with Edward Elgar. Based on her dissertation, the manuscript examines the negotiation and emergence of ‘Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development’ in the wake of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, and follows their development and actualization to our day.

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Montage: KHK/GCR21

Put to test: Centre Publication evaluates 'The Tunisian Constitutional Process'


Tunisia is considered the Arab Spring's country of origin. Wheras Islam is accentuated in the new constitution, the freedom of conscience is assured and the Shari'a is excluded as a source of law. The Tunisian society showed some success so far in integrating a diversity of beliefs to a commitment towards its politico-societal future, but is again put to test after deadly attacks at the National Museum in Tunis, a tourist site. The Centre has a close eye on the developments since some time. A Global Dialogue platform last year provided opportunities to discuss

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Changing Mindsets - World Development Report 2015


Last years World Development Report focused on risk as a challenge that should proactively be dealt with and in this way aleady had the actors (and peoples) mindsets in mind. Now the new report clearly and directly centers on the broader topic of 'Mind, Society, and Behavior', marking a possibly 'groundbraking' step towards 'development policy 2.0', as Dirk Messner put it, during a presentation of the report at the German Development Institute in Bonn (DIE). Messner, Co-Director of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, and a former member of the Global Knowledge Council of the World Bank, pointed out that solutions beyond linear thinking are needed and that, while the Bank previously and exclusively 'was about money', with this report, there is a chance to aim at a new quality of knowledge,'thinking heuristics' that

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Mission Statement

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research seeks to contribute towards a better understanding of the possibilities and limits of transboundary cooperation. By building a learning community, researchers from different disciplines and world regions develop an innovative framework for contemporary cooperation research that enables the exploration of new options for global public policy. We aim to become a crucial hub for this emerging branch of research. We aim to understand the role of transboundary cooperation as an essential part of public policy addressing global challenges.

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen. The Centre is the tenth and the last Käte Hamburger Kolleg supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.