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Polycentric Governance - Current Projects

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Comparative perspectives on Refugee politics (Beirut/Berlin)

Funded by the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German federal Ministry of Education (BMBF)

Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanese American University, Kaete Hamburger Kolleg) and Prof. Carola Richter (Freie University of Berlin)

This project brings together students and researchers from Beirut and Berlin to look in cross-comparative perspective at refugee politics in Lebanon and Germany. In the wake of two field research visits organized in Beirut (March 2018) and Berlin (June 2018), students and researchers will generate critical insights on how Lebanon’s and Germany’s policy and societal fields have interacted with forced displacement from Syria. 

Keywords  refugee governance; forced migration; post-Arab spring 

Involvement of Public-, Private-, and Civil Society Actors in the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration

The project examines how public-, private-, and civil society actors help shape the agenda for global migration governance. It asks the following questions: 1. How do public-, private-, and civil society actors envision global governance of migration, and how do they propose reaching this goal? 2. What aspects of migration do they highlight and how do these conceptualizations align with or deviate from the proposed global compacts on refugees and migration? 3. How do these actors engage with questions whether global governance of migration is desirable and attainable?

Keywords  migration governance; refugees; actors; civil society; polycentricity

Governing the Borderlands: Transnational Security Interventions and their Impacts in Africa

The Project investigates how the diffusion of global security practices to manage cross-border threats in Africa occurs in practice, the mechanisms of this diffusion, and how these new and often experimental ways of governing cross-border threats reconfigure politics and state institutions in African settings. The project examines three case studies: interventions to govern the Ebola epidemic in the Mano River basin (Liberia – Côte d’Ivoire border); interventions implemented in the Mali- Niger-Burkina Faso borderland to reduce youth radicalization and involvement in armed Islamist groups; and interventions to counter drug trafficking at Mozambique’s maritime coast and the border with the Republic of South Africa.

Keywords  Security; Intervention; Africa; Borderlands; Drug Trafficking; Radicalization; Ebola

The conceptualization and evaluation of polycentricity of Social-ecological Systems

Funding: Einsteinfoundation, DFG, self-funded

In this project, after initiation by the TransResScale project a group of distinguished researchers worldwide collaborates since June 2014 in order to further develop the conception of polycentricity for the analysis of Social-ecological Systems and beyond. Several conference panels and meetings were organized under this theme illustrating the outstanding potential of this work, among others at WOW 5 2014, in Bloomington, Indiana, at MPSA 2015, in Chicago, at ICPP 2015 Milan, Italy, at IASC 2015, Edmonton, Canada and at the Undisciplined Environments Conference of the Entitle Network, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016.

More targeted work of a core group was launched as part of a workshop in December 2016 which was held at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis and organized by Andreas Thiel of University of Kassel, Bill Blomquist of Indiana University and Dustin Garrick of McMaster University, Canada.

Keywords  Social-ecological Systems; Polycentricity; Political theory