Alumni Postdoc Fellow

Dr Elisabetta Nadalutti

Alumni Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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47059 Duisburg

Tel: +49 (0)203 29861-135
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E-mail: nadalutti@spam


Elisabetta Nadalutti joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Postdoc Fellow. She  conducted her research in Research Unit 2 'Global Cultural Conflicts and Transcultural Cooperation' from September 2015 to August 2016.

Research Project at the Centre

Within the EU-ASEAN cross-border regionalism: cooperation with(out) an ethical cross-border governance? A comparative perspective analysis

The project will elaborate a comparative (sub)regional integration framework in an effort to compare and understand sub-regional integration processes through the analysis of governance at the micro-level. Thus, this research focuses on micro border-regions in the EU and ASEAN regional areas since border regions provide a rich empirical and policy context for understanding regional integration through a process of deterritorialisation-reterritorialisation of capital and politics.

The main argument of the project is the need to focus on ‘ethical’ issues in order to promote ‘good’ governance and to answer the general question of whether and to what extent ‘governance’ translates into development understood in the present research as justice and fulfilment of obligations.

Thus this research attempts to infuse regional integration theories with ethical considerations from the notion of ‘obligation’ as conceptualized by the philosopher S. Weil. This research starts from the assumption that integration through governance is not a merely engine for wealth creation, but is the process that provides the means for pursuing justice through equal redistribution, and develops authentically human social relationships of solidarity, trust and reciprocity.

Aims of the project:

  • to compare regional integration modes that appear to be disconnected and diverse in order to verify whether they can be manifestation of a more general and relatively simple structure and produce similar outcomes;
  • to study governance worldwide through border regions;
  • to elaborate a 'governance regional integration’ model infused with ethics to build an analytical-interpretive framework for issues of border regions development.

Research Interests

  • International Relations and Governance
  • Ethics in Geopolitics
  • Development
  • Integration
  • European Union, Association of Southeast Asian Nations
  • Borders and Borderlands

Current Projects

  • Co-authored article with professor Harlan Koff on the relationship between democracy and development in borders areas of Colombia, Mexico, South Africa and Indonesia as part of 'Borders in Globalization' project led by Professor Emmanuel Brunet-Jaily (University of Victoria)
  • 'Behind the mask of cross-national sustainable development normativeness: what a comparative EU and ASEAN analysis reveals', to be submitted to the Journal of European Public Policy
  • 'Do Human Rights exist as Obligations? The Case of the Orang Asli Seletar', to be submitted to The International Journal of Human Rights


05/2015-08/2015 Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Laboratoire PACTE, Grenoble, France
Political Geography
Post-doctoral short research visit
04/2015-05/2015 Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore
Visiting Researcher
02/2015-04/2015 University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Equitable Society Research Cluster, Research Management and Innovation Complex
Visiting Researcher
09/2013-08/2015 University of Luxembourg
Research Unit Identités. Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE)
Marie Curie and Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg Post-doctoral Research Fellow
01/2013-08/2013 United Nations University, Bruges, Belgium
Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)
Visiting Researcher
12/2011-12/2012 Australian National University, Canberra
Centre of European Union
Erasmus Mundus Post-doctoral Researcher
09/2008-08/2011 University of Bath, UK
Department of Politics, Languages and International Relations
Italian Lecturer


Nadalutti, Elisabetta (ed.) (2015): The Effects of Europeanization on the Integration Process in the Upper Adriatic Region, Dordrecht: Springer.

Nadalutti, Elisabetta (2015): ‘Do economic special zones promote integration through migration flows? The rise of the Iskandar Region: the Shenzhen of Singapore’, in Talani, S., and McMahon, S. (eds.): Handbook of International Political Economy of Migration, Edward Elgar Publishing: London.

Nadalutti, Elisabetta (2015): 'The rise of trans-border regions in Southeast Asia: Behind the dynamics of informal and formal integration processes in the Indonesia-Malaysia-Singapore growth triangle’, in: The Pacific Review 28 (4): 607–30, available online.

Nadalutti, Elisabetta (2015): 'Is EU Cross-border Cooperation Ethical? Reading Cross-border Cooperation Through the "Needs for Roots" by Simone Weil’, in: Geopolitics 20 (3): 485–512, available online.

Nadalutti, Elisabetta (2014): ‘What kind of governance does emerge in EU cross-border regions and Southeast Asia growth triangles? Italy-Slovenia and Indonesia-Malaysia-Singapore border zones revisited’, in: Asia Europe Journal Special Issue on Asia/Europe/Australia Dialogue 12 (4): 365–82.

Nadalutti, Elisabetta (2013): ‘The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation: does the nation state still count?’, in: Journal of Common Market Studies 51 (4): 756–71.

Nadalutti, Elisabetta (2012): ‘Is cross-border governance emerging in the border between Italy-Slovenia?’, in: Journal of Contemporary European Studies 20 (2): 179–96.

Nadalutti, Elisabetta (2012): ‘Re-visiting Cross-border Cooperation in the Upper Adriatic: a new kind of citizenship?’, in: European Urban and Regional Studies, July, 1–16.

Nadalutti, Elisabetta (2012): ‘Transnational Cooperation between Slovenia and Italy: what difference does it make?’, in: Simon McMahon (ed.): Developments in the Theory and Practice of Citizenship, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • University of Luxembourg, Faculte des Lettres, des Science Humaines, des Arts et des Sciences de l'Education, IPSE, Post-Doctoral Fellow 2013–2015
  • Universiti Malaya, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Visiting Researcher, 2015
  • Universita di Trento, Centro Europeo Jean Monnet, Jean Monnet Fellow, 2013
  • Maastricht School of Governance and the UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Guest Lecturer, 2012
  • University of Auckland, Department of Political Studies, Guest Lecturer, 2012
  • University of Bath, Department of Politics, Languages and International Relations, Lector, 2008–2011

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Journal Referee: Journal of Common Market Studies, and Regional and Federal Studies
  • Since 2013: Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC), member and rapporteur
  • 2013–2015: United National University, Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), affiliated researcher
  • 2013: Università degli Studi di Trento, Jean Monnet Fellow

Seminars and Conferences

  • 'Do common joined cross-border activities in cross-border metropolitan areas help to create ‘common spaces’ that respond to ‘common needs of cross-border people’s soul’?, Paper presented at the MANCEPT (Manchester Centre for Political Theory) Workshop, Governing the Commons: A global perspective, September 2015.
  • 'Is the quadrangular partnership promoted by ethnic grass-roots groups in the ‘Upper Adriatic’ a model for boosting European integration processes?', Paper presented at the conference “Territorialization of interest representation in times of economic crisis”, University of Wroclaw, Poland, February 2014.
  • 'Growth triangles in Southeast Asia and cross-border regions in Europe in comparison', Paper presented for the Conference: “Global Perspectives on Europe” at the University of Flensburg, Germany, December 2013.
  • 'The Rise of Trans-border Regions in Southeast Asia: Behind the Dynamics of Informal and Formal Integration Processes in the ‘Indonesia-Malaysia-Singapore’ Growth Triangle', presented at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, May 2015.
  • 'Governance and Development in managing natural resources: a European case study', University of Malaya, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, April 2015.
  • Seminar on ‘Human rights in Southeast Asia: the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights Declaration’ (intervention en français) given at ‘The ASEAN viewed through the EU prism: The impacts of regional integration in Southeast Asia’, Universitè Rennes, UFR de Sciences Sociales Département AES/ CIAPHS, September 2014.
  • ‘Cross-border cooperation in Europe and Southeast Asia: regional cooperation or rather regional integration?’, for the ‘Regional Integration and Multi-Level Governance’ one-year Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development organised by the Maastricht School of Governance and the UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), May 2013.


  • Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC), member and rapporteur
  • Affiliation to United Nations University, Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), Brugge


  • Marie Curie and Fonds National de la Recherce Luxembourg Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Université du Luxembourg, Laboratoire de Sciences Politiques
  • Half sponsored visiting fellowship at the European Union Centre at RMIT by the RMIT, Melbourne
  • Grant from EUOSSIC, Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Exchange, Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Topic on ‘Beyond Hierarchies and National Citizenship: European and Asian-Pacific territories in comparison’, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • Sponsorship from the University of Koper (Slovenia) and Trieste (Italy) for the META (Mediterranean Summer School in Theoretical and Applicative Humanities) Summer School 2008, University of Primorska, Slovenia
  • Grant from the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Regional Programme ‘Erdisu MOVE’ (Ente Regionale per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario of Udine) in partnership with the European Funds
  • Grant from the Erasmus European Programme of the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Region. Year abroad at the University of Kent (Canterbury/UK)

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