Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research


Trajectories of the Earth System Require Holistic Perspective on Threats and Cures


There are no stand-alone effects in the earth system but various factors interacting at a global level. In a recent paper for the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) authors from the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research explore the risk that self-reinforcing feedbacks could push the Earth System toward a planetary threshold that could cause continued warming on a “Hothouse Earth” pathway even as human emissions are reduced. 'Stewardship' of the entire earth system, they conclude, becomes even more urgent. Global governance is required a similar 'holistic' perspective: The World in 2050 initiative, in a report presented to the UN in July, underlines an effort to 'move beyond the sectoral and fragmented approach much sustainability research has followed thus far.'

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Parallel Trajectories: Business Regulatory Platforms Move Away from Unified Global Rules


In a recently published article in the Annual Review of Sociology, Centre Director Sigrid Quack and Marie-Laure Djelic (Co-Dean of the School of Management and Innovation, Sciences Po Paris) review the literature on globalization and business regulation from the angle of transnational governance. Re-framing the basic concept of 'globalization' for this evolving field of research, the authors observe an increasing functional differentiation and the emergence of parallel trajectories of transnational governance: monopoly, coordinated plurality and contentious competition evolving side by side. At the same time, they observe a move away from an idealized convergence around a set of unified global rules towards adaptation to resilient contextual specificities.

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‘Experience and Commitment’ - Christine Unrau has examined the production of ideas in the Global Justice Movement


Christine Unrau, head of research at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg, examines the ‘motives, forms and goals of the global justice movement’ in a recently published monograph. In deliberate differentiation from the sociological perspective, it poses the basic question of political theory as to the justification of political commitment by the actors themselves. The object of the analysis is thus the production of ideas in the global justice movement, ‘whose core is the conviction that intervening political action is possible, meaningful and even a duty’.

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Centre's Co-Director Dirk Messner to head United Nations University's UNU-EHS


The United Nations University (UNU) has appointed Professor Dirk Messner as the next Director of its Bonn-based UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), effective from 1 October 2018. Professor Messner, a founding director of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research in 2012, currently serves as its Co-Director and convener for 'Climate Change', one of the four policy fields of particular interest to the Centre.

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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.