Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research


Top-Level Research Publications: Routledge Global Cooperation Series edited by the Centre’s Directors


The Centre hails the recent release of 'Global Cooperation and the Human Factor in International Relations', edited by Dirk Messner and Silke Weinlich. This publication encapsulates one of the Centre's main fields of research and, being its first volume, also serves as a good introduction to the new Routledge Global Cooperation Series. Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group, is one of the leading academic publishers in the humanities worldwide, and for the first time provides a platform especially dedicated to the new research line of global cooperation. The Centre’s Directors, Tobias Debiel, Dirk Messner, and Claus Leggewie, are the series’ editors.

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Challenges of the Transnational: 'Word Society in the Making' casts Light on current Politics of Globality


‘Theorizing the World Society offers opportunities to rethink and challenge the current state of the global’, argued Dr. Katja Freistein from the Centre of Global Cooperation Research in her opening remarks. Such a conceptual take on World Society pervaded many papers presented at the conference 'World Society in the Making? Varieties of Transnational Institutions' that she co-organized together with Dr. Rainer Baumann (both heading research units at the Centre) and Prof. Andrew Cooper, University of Waterloo, London.

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Comité de Paris - Photo: Benjamin Géminel - public domain

Paris Declaration a Milestone for Global Cooperation


In Paris representatives of 196 states under the guidance of the United Nations Climate secretariat signed in a global Climate Change Agreement. The 'Paris Declaration' will be a successor to the soon to expire Kyoto Protocol (Kyoto II). The new regulations and targets are to come into full effect from 2020 on. The timeframe of the Paris Declaration encompasses the entire 21st century.

The details of the agreement were under debate since many years and were discussed in many bi- and multilateral expert workshops. During the fortnight of the conference and a bargaining and negotiation process of unparalleled complexity the numerous drafts of the agreement were specified to a version on which consensus was finally reached.

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Cooperation and Dialogue had been awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize


The Tunisian Quartet - composed of the Tunisian General Labour Union, the Tunisian Union for Industry, the Tunisian Human Rights League, and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers / Bar Association - received the Nobel Peace Prize for having saved the transitional process after the fall of former dictator Ben Ali from collapsing.

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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.