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Global Governance and the European Union: Future Trends and Scenarios

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - GLOBE (Global Governance and the European Union: Future Trends and Scenarios)

Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2019-12-31

The project “Global Governance and the European Union: Future Trends and Scenarios” (GLOBE) approaches the issues identified in the European Commission’s call on “Governance for the Future”. The GLOBE project specifically concerns the need to understand “Trends and forward-looking scenarios in global governance” by focusing on global problems which are defined as strategic priorities, including trade and development, security and the politics of climate change (EU Global Strategy, 2016). Further to the proposed research, GLOBE has chosen to include the challenges of migration and global finance into its analysis. It will integrate a gender-sensitive approach in its research of the above issues and scenarios in order to contribute to a change of values at the international level, paving a path for the development of an inclusive society. For each of the global challenges noted, the GLOBE project intends to identify the major roadblocks to effective and coherent global governance by multiple stakeholders in a multipolar world. GLOBE works across 11 working packages, and divides its research into two clusters. GLOBE’s first overall objective is to provide an understanding of the current dynamics of global governance to enable the EU to navigate itself more effectively in its ambition to solve the aforementioned global challenges. GLOBE’s second main objective is to contribute to the EU’s knowledge-based economy and society.
The first year of the GLOBE project was primarily devoted to setting in place management, methodological and communication frameworks and laying the groundwork for the first deliverables (working papers) in WPs 3-6. In terms of management (WP1, IBEI), the early months of the project were used to prepare the first General Assembly of the consortium, which was combined with a series of work package meetings and the Kick-off conference in Barcelona (February 2019). A Project Evaluation and Implementation Plan (PEIP) was drafted, which serves as a comprehensive project handbook with information on deadlines, quality control, division of work, reporting, communication and management structures (February 2019). The management team put a particular focus on ensuring close and regular interaction between the many researchers and the different work packages of the project. This was achieved primarily through a series of work package meetings, workshops, and exchanges in the context of project-related or external academic events, but also by informal communication via email and by phone. The management team also set in place a bi-annual internal reporting framework, which was for the first time applied in December 2020. The resulting reports from the partners were reviewed by the Coordination Team in January 2019. Finally, an internal peer-review mechanism has been developed, which has been applied for the first deliverables (3.1 4.1 5.1 6.1). IBEI developed the Data Management Plan as well as a Project Handbook in the first months of the project February – April 2019. Gender mainstreaming was applied in many different fields. It was implemented in the fields of research, including the gender perspective in the mapping paper on security. Also, a gender equality committee was established and the incorporation of female researchers has been considered a top priority by all GLOBE institutions. In terms of methods (WP2), in order to achieve a relevant and comparable research approach, GLOBE has developed a joint conceptual methodology, which will help to facilitate cross-cutting analysis of the findings of the different WPs. Also, a conceptual paper for use of all the GLOBE members has been written. Besides that, different databases on international organisations, international treaties and informal governance structures have been created. GLOBE started also developing a data gathering tool, which processes big data to be applied in the study of Global Governance and will be made open-access to the general public. At the Second Progress meeting in Berlin in February 2020 (M14), demonstrations were provided of how this GDELT database could be used in global governance research, using the pilot project in the area of international peace and security.
In the WPs 3-6, the first deliverables in the form of Mapping Papers were concluded in December 2019. Between December 2019 and February 2020 several case studies have been started. The research has so far concentrated on developing detailed outlines for the working papers due in year 2, agreeing on divisions of work, conducting literature reviews and data collections, and drafting first drafts.
With regard to communication, KU Leuven and IBEI (WP11) drafted GLOBE’s Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation Strategy (CDE Strategy, September 2018) on the basis of which a range of core communication channels were established, including the GLOBE website (www.globe-project.eu) an extensive mailing list, several highly active social media profiles, and a blog, which up to date (February 2020) includes 13 blog posts. We also organized a webinar series that kicked off in January 2020. Going beyond the targets in the Grant Agreement, GLOBE also prepared a data set on Global Governance Websites. During the reporting period, several working papers were due and delivered on time.
GLOBE has already reached substantial impact through its website, above all in form of blogs, and the policy paper. The number of the blogs will be higher then promised in the work program. GLOBE has started to build up a network of academics and practitioners to foster debates about the future of global governance and the EU’s role in it, that we plan to expand in the next years. GLOBE will continue to disseminate and exploit innovative ideas, solutions and products through several webinars and academic events. GLOBE is working on different datasets: when using GDELT technology we are applying sentiment analysis to the evolution of perceptions on global governance across the world. We also are creating a novel dataset on transnational networks, which will be open-access for the public. A survey aimed at the secretariat of International organizations is going to be launched in 2020, focusing on their perceptions on the future of global governance. In addition, GLOBE is creating a data set on Global Governance dataset and global governance research centers. Through the Advisory Board, GLOBE forms partnerships with individuals and collective actors to receive input and foster their capacity to disseminate results and ideas. We also plan to invite stakeholders to contribute to GLOBE’s ongoing debates. The first mapping papers have shown that European and international collaboration has achieved more than would have otherwise been possible, including some of the EU’s most relevant questions such as security, migration and climate change. GLOBE started to hire and train a young generation of scholars in a multinational, truly European and interdisciplinary research context that contributes to existing research debates by adding innovative findings at the highest international level.
GLOBE Member Javier Solana gives a key-note speech in February 2019
GLOBE Panel Debate in Brussels in April 2019
The GLOBE team during the Kick-Off Meeting in Barcelona in February 2019
GLOBE Panel Debate in Brussels in April 2019
GLOBE Breakfast with experts on Global Governance at ESADE
The 1st Progess Meeting in Leuven in April 2019