Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research


New Horizons for Development Co-operation and a Momentous Institution at the Crossroads


Development aid can be seen as one of the core indicators for global cooperation. Two workshops and a Käte Hamburger Lecture scrutinized past upgrowth and future prospects of development cooperation in general and the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD in particular. It turned out to be a decisive and almost historic moment shared with a rare composition of influential individuals in the recent history of the field.

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Mapping the Future: Big Data Governmentality Demands New Critical Vocabulary in Social Theory


Under the catchy heading 'Mapping, Mercator and Modernity' a workshop and a public Käte Hamburger Dialogue panel scrutinized current trends in the cartographic business. The impact of the digital became a specific focus. Conceptualized by Senior fellow David Chandler a group of scientists took a closer look on mapping practises in geopolitical and security contexts, but also in public perceptions of borders and mobility.

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Crisis of Liberal Narratives as a Crisis of Universal Pretence


Research on political narratives, neglected in the respective academic disciplines for a long time, has been accelerated by current events and developed into a much demanded tool of policy analysis. A conference in Berlin now stated a crisis of the liberal narrative and scrutinized it from different perspectives. It may not have eased all participants that convincing alternatives were rarely recognisable.

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Coming Home to Syria – Centre's Dialogue Panel Identifies Glimmer of Hope in a Shadow Zone of Poverty, Pure Survival and Outstanding Civil Courage


It is the indispensable strength of diplomacy to keep things going when nobody is believing in a solution anymore. Otherwise diplomats are well aware of the fact that solutions are most likely if a point of ‘enough is enough’ has been reached. Not imaginable for Syria? A Käte Hamburger Dialogue in Duisburg evaluated the present situation, identifying a glimmer of hope in a shadow zone of poverty, pure survival and outstanding civil courage.

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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.