Overview of the Research Units

Our core research question asks how cultural premises and dynamics of emerging global governance could affect the global cooperation. To better grasp all aspects of this question, the Centre formed four research units.

Research Agenda on Global Cooperation

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research seeks to contribute towards a better understanding of the possibilities and limits of transboundary cooperation. Our research agenda reflects in every facet the Centre's methodological plurality and transdisciplinarity.

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Research Unit 1: The (Im)Possibility of Cooperation

The Unit examines the chances of global cooperation by incorporating insights from the arts and humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The research will concentrate on conditions and facilitating factors for successful cooperation.  Research Unit1 asks whether it is possible and how to scale up human abilities for cooperation to the global level. Read more

Research Unit 2: Global Cultural Conflicts and Transcultural Cooperation

From the interdisciplinary perspective, the Research Unit strives to understand how differences in culture and religion may facilitate or obstruct global cooperation. The conducted research will be oriented towards the model of gift exchanging.

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Research Unit 3: Global Governance Revisited

The research in the Unit is stimulated by the question: How is the world being governed in the absence of a world government? The Unit sets out to adjust and to deepen our knowledge in Global Governance.  The research attempts to answer which impact a growing heterogeneity of political and professional cultures has on global governance. Read more 

Research Unit 4: Paradoxes and Perspectives of Democratization

The research unit focuses on the mutual relationship between democracy and global cooperation under the conditions of current challenges of democratization in world politics. The unit attempts to identify the ambivalences and possibilities of global cooperation in a post-national democratic order. Read more